Five Top Napa Valley Resorts – Drink Wine, Chill Out, Drink Wine

Napa Valley resorts are positively some of the best in the USA. And being situated in the stunning Wine Country is another added bonus. Meadowood Resort, the first in Napa Valley, has been offering luxury accommodation since 1979. Although there are newer, hipper resorts, for us Meadowood remains the gold standard of luxury. But of course not everyone wants to pay the price for that level of luxury. Not to worry, there are other, more affordable, choices.

Over the past 17 years other high-end and moderate resorts have been built to accommodate wine-loving visitors. Here we reveal the range of accommodations, from Meadowood right down to the cheap and cheerful setting of the RiverPointe resort. Read our reviews of the best Napa Valley resorts, then let your budget and your accountant decide!

Meadowood Napa Valley

Meadowood Napa Valley

This is the premier Napa Valley resort. We'd guess that when the president stays in Napa, this is where he sets down his briefcase. Cozy cottages, elegant suites and spacious lodges are set in a private, 250 acre estate. (We suppose the president would stay in the 2,960 square foot luxury two-bedroom suite. That's what we'd choose, anyway. If we were president.)

The Restaurant at Meadowood holds 3 Michelin stars and there are other more casual dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since the guest rooms are so spacious and well equipped, they make an ideal place for a romantic meal from room service. Sports are an important part of the resort with racket, wicket, tee times, and splash options. Golf, tennis, croquet, hiking, and swimming are available with resident sports professionals to help you up your game. Bottom line — the gold standard by which other resorts are judged.

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

Rating = Superb Plus
• 900 Meadowood Lane
• St. Helena

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Attentive service, beautifully maintained facilities in spectacular surroundings. Every detail is thought out and well executed, down to the power plugs & charging ports on each nightstand. Service is both attentive and unobtrusive, in keeping with the tranquil environment."
– 5-Star Review

The Carneros Inn

The Carneros Inn

One thing we love about Napa Valley resorts is the choice. For instance, at the Carneros Inn there are three restaurants to choose from — The Boon Fly Cafe serves up roadhouse food, thick beer-battered onion rings, chopped salads and BLTs on sourdough. Restaurant Farm serves an elegant brunch, an epicurean tasting menu, cocktails, plus casual fare. The Hilltop Dining Room features floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor dining and serves breakfast, lunch, and poolside. There's also a general store, Market, where you can pick up picnic supplies or a bottle of wine.

There are two resort pools with hot tubs — one is an adults-only pool with spectacular views of Carneros valley. Bicycles are available and there's a large fitness center. But what about the rooms, we hear you ask? Choose between Cottages (400 sq ft with outdoor spaces); Suites (900 to 1200 sq ft) with extended patios, outdoor showers, separate living spaces; or, our favorite, Homes at 2400 sq ft with full-equipped luxury kitchens, French doors, a den and second level sun deck with views of the vineyards. Bottom line — luxury living in Napa.

Rating = Superb
• 4048 Sonoma Highway
• Napa

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10th wedding anniversary trip, couldn't ask for anything more. Wonderful privacy. Beauty around every corner. Excellent food! Almost didn't want to leave and see the vineyards. Almost."
– 5-Star Review

Vino Bello Resort

Vino Bello Resort

We like to think of this Napa Valley resort strikes us as "moderate luxury". It has its good points, but there are a few things to take into account, depending on your pickiness and budget. It's a large place that includes with three apartment-like buildings, not exactly the romantic getaway one might get at a pricier Napa valley resort.

However, the property was built in 2006 and has all the amenities modern day holiday seekers expect — free valet parking, a picnic area, children's pool, fitness area, free shuttle to Napa city, steam room, restaurant, 24-hour room service, and spa. There's also a complimentary buffet breakfast. Guests rave about the good value for money, quiet rooms, and top-notch staff. Bottom line — moderate luxury, moderate prices, for Napa

Rating = Highly Rated
• 865 Bordeaux Way
• Napa

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Amazing resort! Staff exhibited amazing service and attention to all of our needs."
– 5-Star Review

The Meritage Resort and Spa

The Meritage Resort and Spa

Reading ALL the reviews gives a better idea about the actual experience of staying at the Meritage. There is a constant thread about guests arriving to find out that their room is not ready and will not be ready for several hours. Some complain that service isn't great and that the resort is much bigger than expected.

But here's what guests love — the shuttle service to Napa, the lavish spa, the pool, the sports ba,r and the fun bowling alley. Guest rooms are Tuscan inspired, some with private balconies. Suites have important names like the Chairman's Suite, Bacchus, Signature and Vintner's. The Chairman's Suite is equipped with a king bed, fireplace, dining room & a kitchen with better accoutrements that your own at home. Suites start at $839 per night. Bottom line — luxury but with a few hiccups.

Rating = Highly Rated
• 875 Bordeaux Way
• Napa

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The photographs are a true representation of the property. This is a luxurious property with wonderful grounds and staff."
– 5-Star Review

RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort

RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort

We put this one in the "cheap & cheerful" category with colorful cottages, studios, and condos. Not that there's anything wrong with it, it's just not unfettered luxury. But what it does offer is good value. Guests gush about the cleanliness, the pool, the proximity to Silverado Trail and the city of Napa, and the location which, like the name says, is on the river.

The big secret is that the cottages are actually trailers cleverly disguised as cottages. If you have a problem with that, spend the bigger dollars and stay in luxury digs. But if you're up for a more casual setting, this could be your best money-saving place to stay in Napa. There's a community BBQ and picnic areas, a pool, hot tub, sauna, and a games room. Bottom line — cute trailer park living starting from under $200 per night.

Rating = Highly Rated
• 500 Lincoln Avenue
• Napa

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– 5-Star Review

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