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“Finally - a gem in "the other" wine country” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa

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The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa
Certificate of Excellence
Charlottesville VA USA
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145 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Finally - a gem in "the other" wine country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

This place is a delight! We flew out to CA to catch up with a short list of wineries we liked in the Livermore wine region and Napa. We chose to stay here for the Livermore portion and it made us wonder why we didn't skip the Napa part. Also, we wanted a geographically convenient venue to catch up with friends coming over from Reno.

So on the first night we were there, it was just the four of us and a delightful third couple who was there for the spa services (they raved about it!) and the wineries. It was a small group for the wine tasting which featured a local red and a local white (different selection each night). The host couple joined us and shared their great local knowledge. All of this is classy but low key. Day two began with breakfast brought out to an umbrella shaded table by the solar-heated pool. The hosts packed us a wonderful sandwich bag lunch that we took to a [secret] picnic table at a [secret] local winery that we had discovered on a prior visit to the region. After our afternoon visits, we returned to the inn for a different selection of local wines accompanied by bread, cheese, and the olive oil pressed from the olive tree grove at the inn. It doesn't get more local than that.

The rooms were great. The views from the pool area and all the rooms are spectacular. Within a 15 minute drive there are a few dozen truly excellent wineries along with the outstanding Greg Norman golf course at Wente which magically accommodates both the accomplished and modest golfer. Livermore really is a civilized alternative to Napa.

The inn claims to be world class. Is it? It's definitely up there. There is a lot to like.

As mentioned elsewhere, this place was featured in a Hotel Impossible episode (I downloaded and viewed the episode on iTunes after our visit) which focused on the new owners establishing the inn as a spa and wedding/celebration destination. We have no doubt it will succeed wildly at this. We're thinking it would also make a great buy-out-the-house family reunion venue.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank JTworldtraveler
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United States
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99 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

Let owners Derek and Rhiannon pamper you with an amazing wine country getaway that is smack at the edge of Livermore's most beautiful winegrowing region. You are surrounded by gorgeous blonde hills, covered with olive orchards, and rose bushes with blooms the size of dinner plates. The tranquil pool has a soothing waterfall, and two beckoning jacuzzi tubs, lined with smooth, relaxing stones. They will spoil you with a great selection of Livermore wines by the bottle or glass, delicious cheese and olive trays, and the breakfasts will have you waking up early. So many winetasting and dining options are within a few minutes drive, that you will want to make this your base of operations for exploring the region. The microfiber linens are soft and luxurious and the evening breezes will sing you to sleep, perhaps with a distant chorus of coyotes. This is a romantic and delightful place, with a full suite of spa services, and attention to detail.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank winewriter
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Minden, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

My husband, daughter and I just spent a wonderful three days at the Purple Orchid! The countryside surrounding this bed and breakfast is exquisite. This time of year it is green and gorgeous. We were all looking for restorative relaxation and we found it. My adult daughter and I had facials and massage therapy, both of which were out of this world. My husband played golf at two nearby golf courses and he loved that! We had a gourmet dinner at the Wente winery and played bocce ball at an Italian restaurant on another night. The owners of the Purple Orchid are welcoming and attend closely to every detail of the guest's comfort. We plan to take advantage of the fun, relaxation and hospitality there again soon.

Don and Roberta

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank RobertaL323
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SF Penninsula
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48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

My husband and I just returned from the most relaxing and romantic weekend at the Purple Orchid Inn. This resort is a hidden jewel in the Livermore Valley Wine Country! Shortly after checking in, we were personally welcomed by owner, Rhiannon, at our suite with a lovely fruit bowl, a breakfast menu for in-suite dinning and a personal invitation to their afternoon wine and appetizer social in the main lodge. We ended up staying for 3 nights and went to the Valentine's Winemaker dinner they hosted Saturday night which was impeccable! I was truly impressed with owner Derek's knowledge of wine. I was looking for wineries with delicious full bodied REDS and the wineries he recommend were spot-on. We will definitely be back. I understand the new owners are working on putting a concert series together. If it's anything like what they've done so far, it should be phenomenal!!!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any room. They are all beautifully decorated and unique!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Flyanbfree
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Rhiannon_and_Derek, Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor at The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa, responded to this review, 27 February 2013
Thanks for continuing to support us with a five-star review on TripAdvisor! Again, it means a lot to us and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Best wishes,

Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

The Purple Orchid exceeded our expectations in every way. We were warmly greeted by Erin at the end of welcome hour and were offered wine, cheese and olives. We met other guests who hosted a corporate retreat there that same day and they raved about their meeting experience. The spa, pool, grounds and accommodations are beautiful, comfortable and well-appointed with wine themes throughout. There are jacuzzi jets in most (if not all) of the guestrooms, a made-to-order breakfast was included. I had one of the most amazing deep tissue massages ever by Leah. Derek and Rhiannan (owners) are approachable and hospitable and deserve every bit of positive PR, accolades and awards that are sure to come. Everywhere we went, we were raving about the Purple Orchid, and locals were surprised to hear that the inn has been transformed in to something uniquely special.

My background is in luxury hospitalty sales and customer service consulting so I'm not easy to please, but this place won me over. We can't wait to return! Well worth every penny.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Michelle D
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Rhiannon_and_Derek, Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor at The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa, responded to this review, 13 February 2013
I can't begin to express how flattered I was to read your review, Michelle! I immediately had to share it with rest of the team! We work hard to go above and beyond your expectations, so your compliments are much appreciated. Thank you so much for taking the time to sing our praises, and come back soon! We'd love to have you back.

Best wishes,

Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor
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Pleasanton, CA
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2012

We live in Livermore but wanted an overnight getaway and the Purple Orchid was the perfect choice. Very inviting and relaxing. The room, the pool, the breakfast and the relaxed pace, everything for a quick recharge. Highly recommended. The new owners have done a wonderful job transforming the inn.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank CACowboy83
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Rhiannon_and_Derek, Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor at The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa, responded to this review, 26 November 2012
We all deserve a "quick recharge" every once in a while, and I'm pleased that you think we're the perfect spot to do such! Hopefully, we'll get the chance to welcome you back soon. Thank you for the kind review you left last August, and take care.

Best wishes,

Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor
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California
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124 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

My wife and I had a mid week stay while we were off work. The pool area is amazing, the sound of the waterfall was soothing, so relaxing and only 20 minutes from our house. Rooms are very nice, this is the second time we have stayed. Very nice amenities, each room is unique. I am amazed at how quiet the area is, hard to believe it is only 45 minute drive from San Francisco. I strongly reccomend to visitors to the area and locals as well. Breakfast was very good, we weer served while sitting by the pool, sipping coffee.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Jfeil
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Rhiannon_and_Derek, Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor at The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa, responded to this review, 26 November 2012
Thank you for sharing your lovely experience with others! I's always a treat to welcome you and your wife to our resort. Have you had a chance to try any of our spa services as well? They add a special touch to any visit!

We hope to see you soon. Thanks again for reviewing us last August, and take care!

Best wishes,

Rhiannon Eddy, Proprietor
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Additional Information about The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa

Property: The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa
Address: 4549 Cross Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Region: United States > California > Livermore
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Livermore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a striking destination inspired by an extraordinary landscape melding the offerings of valley wine tasting, outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments. Embrace the warm & unsurpassed beauty of the Livermore valley. The Purple Orchid features ten rooms and suites designed for the relaxation and comfort of our guests. Experience the tranquility of the property as you relax in the modern country rooms complete with fireplaces and private Jacuzzi tubs.As a guest of the Purple Orchid, we invite you to walk through our rose gardens before relaxing and socializing in one of our many common areas. Then join us for "Gathering Hour", take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or unwind in the hot tubs. And don't forget to visit our Spa for pampering and rejuvenation of the mind and soul. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Purple Orchid Hotel Livermore
Purple Orchid Inn, Resort And Spa

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