The Magnificent 10 – The Best Napa Valley Hotels

The Wine Country is a special and beautiful place. We want your hotel to feel the same, so we've searched among the vineyards for the best Napa Valley hotels that will make your visit even more memorable. Competition for the top spots was fierce. Much has changed in Napa over the past decade, many hotels have been renovated to include the luxury touches that we've grown to love — spas, fireplaces, soaking tubs, tennis courts, swimming pools, movie stars.

The best hotels have passed our stringent requirements — we're only including Napa hotels that wow visitors with their over-the-top charm and swank amenities. We've also looked carefully at what other guests have said and only include hotels that have received a 90% or greater approval rating. We start at an old favorite of ours, Auberge du Soleil, one of the pioneers in Napa, who set the stage for out-and-out luxury.

1. Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

One of fondest Napa Valley memories is witnessing the Presidential motorcade driving down verdant Rutherford Hill, departing from Auberge du Soleil. It's that kind of place. The auberge rests majestically in the 33-acres of hilltop olive groves, creating the feeling of a hidden treasure that only you and few other lucky people have discovered.

The rooms and suites are spacious with terra cotta flooring, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, cozy nooks to curl up in and some of the best guest services in the land. Book the VIP garden suite and relax in your own private garden. Yes, Auberge is expensive but, baby, you're worth it!

How Our Ratings Work

Superb Plus = 93%+ Travelers Rating
Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated Plus = 85%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating

Rating = Superb Plus
• 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford

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Best place I have ever stayed. Great views, fantastic included breakfast, free wine, incredible spa, free snacks and drinks in room. Beautiful property on hillside overlooking vinyards."
– 5-Star Review

2. Hotel Yountville

Hotel Yountville

Once a modest inn in the pleasant town of Yountville, a complete overhaul has transformed it into a luxury, boutique hotel & spa. Settle into the Hopper Creek kitchen for a signature breakfast of eggs Benedict with crushed pistachios and crisp pork belly. The critics are calling the refreshed Hotel Yountville, "prestigious" and filled with "farm-house chic."

There are several packages available including the Bed & Breakfast package, the Spa package with a hefty credit for the Spa Acqua, and the Napa Valley Film Festival package. Or, if you want to lounge longer, there's a discount for a three-night stay.

Rating = Superb Plus
• 6462 Washington Street, Yountville

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Feels super-luxurious but relaxed, not fussy. Grrreat staff! Lovely, quiet, off-the-main-road feeling that has an almost woodland quality, which is remarkable because it's on the main road in an incredibly convenient location. But you'd never know it. Brilliant design, inside and out, that radiates style, warmth, ease."
– 5-Star Review

3. Bardessono Hotel & Spa

Bardessono Hotel & Spa

We're partial to the Spa Suite with the gas fireplace and private courtyard and bathroom that's bigger than most hotel rooms! The bathrooms are designed to do double duty as a spa with a cleverly concealed massage table, a soaking tub, and shower. This way you don't have to leave your cozy room to get the best of the spa. The spa comes to you!

Also in-house is Lucy's Restaurant with regional dishes like Sonoma duck confit hash, fresh bay oysters served on the half-shell with champagne mignonette, and Sonoma lamb with roasted figs, and local cheeses.

Rating = Superb Plus
• 6526 Yount Street, Yountville

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The grounds are impeccable, the service is phenomenal. It's definitely one of the best places I've had the pleasure of staying at. That's saying a lot given that I travel all over the world. It's also right across the street from great restaurants and wineries. Yountville is a great town."
– 5-Star Review

4. Wydown Hotel

Wydown Hotel

Partial to independently-owned small boutique hotels? Think about the Wydown Hotel. There are only a dozen rooms, each offering a different perspective on Wine Country hospitality. Another benefit, you're right in the heart of beautiful St Helena, with its charming shops, parks, and leafy streets. The small-town charm comes from the heart.

The hotel is not owned by a mega corp, it's the vision of one man, who had a lifetime dream of owning his own hotel. The rooms are pleasant with tons of attention to detail. Rooms are equipped with Nespresso coffee machines, comfy robes and slippers, and include continental breakfast.

Rating = Superb Plus
• 1424 Main Street, St. Helena

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Very comfortable room with many small attentions for guests. Hotel nicely decorated, smiling and helpful staff. Snacks and things to drink always available…Great!"
– 5-Star Review

5. The Vintage Inn

The Vintage Inn

For starters, we like the location, smack dab in the middle of the best restaurants of Napa. Within walking distance are Bistro Jeanty, Bouchon, Bottego, Hurley's and the French Laundry.

Choose from either a king or queen guest room, a loft suite, or a private villa. The rooms are handsome & masculine with acacia hardwood floors, wood burning stone fireplaces, private balconies or patios. There's also plenty of extras like a full-range of decadent spa treatments at Spa Villagio. Lounge in the heated pool, play in the tennis & bocce courts, and savor our favorite thing, the champagne breakfast served daily.

Rating = Superb Plus
• 6541 Washington Street, Yountville

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Loved everything about the Vintage Inn — the lovely staff, the wonderful rooms (had a second floor room with huge balcony), the delicious breakfast, and the warm pool with the amazing bali beds poolside and even tea service!"
– 5-Star Review

6. Napa Valley Lodge

Napa Valley Lodge

This was our first hotel stay in Napa and we still have a soft spot for it. And why not? The location is superb, away from the madding crowd with many of the rooms overlooking vineyards. The hotel was built in a different era, when room sizes were larger and each one with a private veranda, some with fireplaces.

Yes, you're in Yountville but a little closer to the vineyards than the restaurant scene. You feel like you're a special guest in Wine Country. Book the Couples Spa Retreat package that includes a massage, accommodation, an arrival bottle of wine, plus a champagne breakfast delivered to your love suite.

Rating = Superb Plus
• 2230 Madison Street, Yountville

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From check-in to check-out the staff was delightful. The location is perfect for walking to the restaurants in Yountville."
– 5-Star Review

7. Hotel Napa Valley

Hotel Napa Valley

Okay, let's agree on this. Some folk like staying in the city of Napa for its urban feel, restaurant scene and, well, city vibe. If you're in that camp, may we recommend the Hotel Napa Valley? What you will discover is that it includes a collection of three outstanding properties: Hotel Napa Valley, Merlot House (one block away), and Cabernet House (also one block away). Think of it as a campus of comfortable, hip properties.

We also absolutely adore the names of the rooms — Acqua, (Italian for water), Terra (Italian for Earth), Aria (air), Sole (sun).

Rating = Superb
• 1556 Polk Street, Napa

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Large Victorian bed and breakfast. Staff were very friendly and the rooms and bathrooms were recently updated. Breakfasts in the tasting room were delicious and every night chocolate desserts were available. Great recommendations for wineries, with many 2-for-1 tasting coupons, and every evening a wine tasting is featured on site."
– 5-Star Review

8. Southbridge Napa Valley

Southbridge Napa Valley

This has to be one of the most charming locations for a Napa Valley hotel! You're baby steps from the Southbridge Spa, Merryvale Winery, and Pizzeria Tra Vigne — all found on pebble pathways with fountains, flowers and fauna.

We also like that all the rooms and suites are on the second level of the hotel opening out onto Juliette balconies (don't you love that name?) overlooking the garden. Most rooms have fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and French doors.

Rating = Superb
• 1020 Main Street, St. Helena

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The staff was absolutely fantastic. Friendly, helpful, flexible. The rooms are large and being able to light a fire was a lovely touch. The breakfast was basic but great variety. Loved having all the sport and spa facilities right there."
– 5-Star Review

9. Villagio Inn & Spa

Villagio Inn & Spa

Conde Naste and Travel & Leisure both give top kudos to this luxury Napa Valley hotel. And why not? The rooms and suites have an air of Tuscany in their color scheme and decor. And that the entire estate is accented with vineyards, fountains and lush gardens, and it's like Italy in California.

All rooms are equipped with wood burning fireplaces, sunken soaking tubs, either a private balcony or garden patio, and nightly turndown service. You're in Yountville, so dining options are varied and world class. The Spa Villagio is the icing on the cake, with a delightful menu of treatments.

Rating = Superb
• 6481 Washington Street, Yountville

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Location is ideal to travel up and down Napa Valley. It is within walking distance of great restaurants, shopping, and boutique tasting rooms. The made-to--order breakfast with complimentary Mimosas is a treat. Grounds are landscaped beautifully and the rooms are well-appointed"
– 5-Star Review

10. Harvest Inn

Harvest Inn

Given that it was established in 1975, the Harvest Inn is a true pioneer in Napa Valley. Afar Magazine recently wrote that the 2016 renovation overhauled 55 rooms with soft lighting, a bright, airy color palette. Some of the rooms now have patios that overlook Whitehall Lane Winery's Leonardi Vineyard.

The Harvest Table features lunch, brunch and dinner menus that focus on locally-sourced ingredients. Try the rock shrimp hush puppies or, if you're more adventurous, go for the crispy pig ear salad with Asian greens and yuzu vinaigrette. Sit at the bar for a casual glass of wine or go into the restaurant and cozy up in front of the oversized fireplace. One caveat is that a number of guests have complained about poor service at reception.

Rating = Superb
• One Main Street, St. Helena

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Stayed here 10 years ago and returned because of our great experience. Didn't disappoint. Spacious room with a fireplace. Comfortable bed and large bath. Beautiful grounds and good location."
– 5-Star Review

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