The Best Napa Valley Hotels

The cozy boutique Rancho Caymus Inn tops our list

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The Rundown

There’s no place in the United States better suited to exploring vineyards than Napa Valley. Similarly, there's nothing like staying in a Napa Valley hotel to get that classic wine country experience that all oenophiles dream of. Just north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa is home to 375 dynamic vineyards of various sizes and specializations.

The caliber of wines available in Napa Valley, paired with the unparalleled Golden State scenery and location, means that you can find yourself paying top dollar for accommodations in the area. You don’t necessarily have to, though. While there are plenty of Napa Valley hotels near the wineries and vogue properties that offer world-class luxury, there are also plenty of more affordable locations with a terrific range of amenities.

01 of 07

Best Overall: Rancho Caymus Inn

Rancho Caymus Inn

Rancho Caymus Inn

Why We Chose It

This boutique hotel offers amenities similar to the area’s most luxurious resorts, but at a much more affordable price, and has tastings from local wineries.

Pros
  • Small hotel with immersive scenery

  • Historic art and architecture

  • Complimentary breakfast and wine tasting

Cons
  • Resort fee

  • Two-night minimum on weekends

  • Inconvenient cancellation policy

A small hotel with only 24 rooms, Rancho Caymus Inn was built with reclaimed wood from 19th-century structures and features art and stained glass throughout the beautifully designed property. An outdoor plunge pool and hot tub let you take in the scenery all around. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast every morning and wine tastings in the afternoon. You might think all that comes with a high price tag, but Rancho Caymus offers a more affordable experience that feels luxurious and secluded. It’s a must-visit for a Napa trip.

Notable Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Guest access to bicycles
  • Plunge pool
02 of 07

Best Budget: The Bergson

The Bergson

The Bergson

Why We Chose It

In an area known for pricier accommodations, The Bergson stands out for its charming rooms that come with luxury touches for value pricing.

Pros
  • Walkable to Calistoga attractions

  • Free breakfast

  • Jacuzzi tubs in rooms

Cons
  • No pool

  • Rooms only sleep two

  • Road noise

The Bergson, a charming boutique hotel with only 21 rooms, has a luxury feel but not a luxury price tag. Rooms have feather beds, quality linens, fireplaces, and bathrobes. Some come with jacuzzi tubs or separate soaking tubs. Continental breakfast is complimentary in the mornings, and the inn offers discount wine tasting passes for nearby wineries. While The Bergson is within easy walking distance of the shopping and dining in Calistoga, it also provides access to a free shuttle around Calistoga.

Notable Amenities

  • Plush robes and jacuzzi tubs
03 of 07

Best Family Option: RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort

RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort

RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort

Why We Chose It

Individual cottages with full kitchens, kids' activities on-site, and free laundry make this a great choice for families with younger kids.

Pros
  • Individual cottages with full kitchens

  • Kids' activities

  • Free laundry

Cons
  • Longer distance to area attractions

  • Resort fee

If you’re looking to visit wine country with your family (or even a large group of friends), consider RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort. Studios with kitchenettes and one-bedroom cottages with full kitchens are available, with space between to socialize or sit outside on the patio and relax. Resort amenities include a heated pool with two hot tubs, a game room, a walking trail by the river, and a barbecue and picnic area. The resort offers activities like a daily wine tasting happy hour and movie nights and will arrange hot air balloon excursions with pickup at the hotel.

Notable Amenities

  • Many on-site resort activities (wine tastings, movie nights, local excursions)
  • Full kitchens
  • Free laundry
04 of 07

Best Luxury for Less: UpValley Inn & Hot Springs

UpValley Inn & Hot Springs

UpValley Inn & Hot Springs

Why We Chose It

While many hotels in Calistoga offer access to the town’s iconic hot springs, UpValley Inn & Hot Springs does it for less, while not compromising on other amenities.

Pros
  • Free parking and airport shuttle

  • Early arrival package available

Cons
  • No food on site

  • Longer walk to attractions

People have been coming to Calistoga since the 1850s to bathe in the town’s geothermal hot springs, which are mineral waters naturally heated underground. While many nearby hotels offer access to the waters, UpValley Inn & Hot Springs stands out as a value option because of its pricing and amenities, which include free parking, a free airport shuttle, and access to the free Calistoga shuttle to downtown attractions. UpValley has a geothermal pool and hot tub, as well as a steam room and sauna, and is surrounded by striking Napa Valley scenery.

Notable Amenities

  • Geothermal hot springs pool and hot tub with natural mineral water
  • Sauna and steam room
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05 of 07

Best Pet Friendly: Napa Winery Inn

Napa Winery Inn

Napa Winery Inn

Why We Chose It

With its concierge services, a 24-hour front desk, and on-site dry cleaning services, this pet-friendly hotel is a rarity in Napa Valley.

Pros
  • Pet-friendly

  • 24-hour front desk services

  • Free parking

Cons
  • Limited outdoor space

  • Free WiFi in public spaces only

  • Driving required to attractions

Of the valley’s pet-friendly hotels, Napa Winery Inn is a standout for its policy of allowing two pets per room, up to 50 pounds each. On-site amenities include 24-hour desk service, which is less common in Napa Valley’s smaller accommodations, and on-site dry cleaning. Napa Winery Inn offers discounts for extended stays and has an outdoor pool and hot tub, although the outdoor space isn’t as extensive as at some other hotels.

Notable Amenities

  • On-site dry cleaning
06 of 07

Best for Wine Lovers: Meritage Resort and Spa

Meritage Resort and Spa

Meritage Resort and Spa

Why We Chose It

A private nine-acre vineyard, restaurants on-site, in-room wine tastings, and an underground spa make this an ideal spot for sipping and pampering.

Pros
  • Extensive dining options

  • On-site spa

  • Wine tastings and activities

Cons
  • Resort fee

  • Not much within walking distance

  • Reviews say slow response time from staff

Even if you’re visiting the area to take in all that wine country has to offer, you might not want to leave this resort. Meritage Resort and Spa has several on-site dining options, a bowling alley, pools for kids and adults, and a fitness center that offers daily classes like outdoor yoga. The resort has a private nine-acre vineyard guest can explore on their own, or book a vineyard forest bathing experience. Meritage also offers private, in-room wine tastings. Even the spa is wine-themed in an estate cave like the ones used as barrel-aging rooms at wineries.

Notable Amenities

  • Extensive on-site activities like a bowling alley
  • Several pools
  • Vineyard walks
07 of 07

Best Splurge: Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

Why We Chose It

A Michelin-starred restaurant on the property, a sculpture garden, an on-site spa, and unparalleled Napa Valley views make this a once-in-a-lifetime splurge.

Pros
  • High-end dining options

  • Gorgeous scenery in and around the property

  • On-site spa

Cons
  • High price tag

  • Rates can be double on weekends

If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion and want to have truly the finest experience Napa Valley has to offer, look no further than Auberge du Soleil. Located on the Silverado Trail in Rutherford that’s home to some of Napa’s finest wineries, the Auberge sits in an olive grove and has mountain views all around. Enjoy the complimentary Mercedes-Benz program that lets you drive cars around the area, or hang out on the property and enjoy wine-themed services at the spa. The hotel restaurant, which has a Michelin star, offers a tableside champagne cart.

Notable Amenities

  • Complimentary fitness classes
  • Michelin-starred restaurant on-site

Final Verdict 

You don’t have to dip into your savings to afford a nice hotel in Napa Valley, but if you want to splurge, there are plenty of options available. If cost is a significant factor, watch out for resort fees and extras like parking charges, and be on the lookout for included bonuses like a free shuttle to wineries, complimentary wine tastings, and free breakfast.

Compare The Best Napa Valley Hotels

Property  Resort Fees  Rates  Rooms  Free WiFi
Rancho Caymus Inn Best Overall $40  $$$  24  Yes
The Bergson Best Budget None  $  21  Yes
RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort Best Family Option $19  $$  113  Yes
UpValley Inn & Hot Springs Best Luxury for Less $5  $$  55  Yes
Napa Winery Inn Best Pet Friendly None  $$  59  Yes
Meritage Resort and Spa Best for Wine Lovers $30  $$$  394  Yes
Auberge du Soleil Best Splurge None  $$$$  55  Yes

Methodology

We evaluated dozens of hotels in Napa Valley before settling on the best for the chosen categories. We considered such elements as proximity to wineries and Napa Valley attractions, on-site dining options, and fee-based as well as complimentary amenities. In determining this list, we evaluated numerous customer reviews and considered whether the property has collected any accolades in recent years.

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