We stayed at the Embassy Suites on April 5 for one night and it was $128 a night.
We were visiting Napa and then on our way to San Francisco. We arrived around midnight.
The lobby was very pretty and grand looking. It was a large room with
a fireplace and lots of chairs, internet access, a kiosk to print out
airplane tickets, water and coffee and the front desk. Checking in was a breeze. The front desk person was very nice. The lobby is indoors but the hallways to the rooms are outdoors. They have a cover
so you wouldn't get rained on. I have kind of made it a rule not to stay anywhere with outside hallways because in my experience, they are usually skanky and shady places but I took a chance because this place looked nice and was a GREAT price to stay in Napa.
We took the elevator to the 2nd floor and it was confusing signage to find our room. The room was awesome. It was beautiful and very big. There was a living room and bar when you walked in. It was very homey. A couch, a tv, chairs, a kitchen table, a coffee table, and the bar with stools. There are lots of books about the local wineries, how much tastings are, restaurants, things to do, etc. The bathroom was also very nice (the usual marble with the shower and curved shower curtain for more room). The doors were weird though. It
was two little skinny doors that closed together (but opened separately) and one was on a hinge so the doors couldn't stay open. They automatically closed. No big deal, just weird and annoying.
The bedroom had a sink and mirror (convenient to get make up on when someone is in the bathroom). There was a king bed and a TV and end tables. The bed was VERY comfortable and there were sound machine alarm clocks that could wake you up by your MP3 player or sounds (like the ocean, the rain, etc) or the alarm noise or radio. I believe the bedroom was facing the highway ramp but I didn't not hear anything from the highway at all. The room was very quiet. I did not hear anyone that night or the next day.
The living room faced the courtyard which was really pretty. There was an outdoor pool, a pond with swans and tables and chairs, a gazebo and a little mill. The next morning we went to the free deluxe
hot breakfast that was included. I was so impressed. It was in a nice
restaurant part and there was lots of drinks (juices, coffee, milk, water, etc), cold food (cereal, fruit, danishes, bagels, bread, etc),
a omelet making station (lots of options, made to order, bacon, sausage, potatoes), pancakes, waffles. Maybe more but I didn't notice. The omelet was very good. The potatoes weren't that great but they were free so who cares? It was a very good breakfast for free. It was a good breakfast for money. It was the same thing you would get at any breakfast restaurant. I don't think you could go back for more omelets, bacon or sausage (though they probably wouldn't care) but the rest of the food was like a buffet. There was also an indoor pool and spa that looked nice.
The free internet in the lobby was available when we arrived at midnight but checking out on a Friday morning around 11, there was basically a line for it. One guy would NOT get off even though people were waiting. I also heard the airline ticket kiosk thing was not working.
Checkout was also easy. You can check out from your room or at the front desk and there weren't any people at the desk waiting. The front desk people were very polite giving us winery maps and two
"buy one, get one free" tasting coupons at two wineries. Ask for those. Napa charges at almost every winery for tastings and it is between $5 and $30 (except fancy special reserve tastings). Most places were $10 for a 4 tastings.
The hotel was in a good location. Right in downtown Napa and there are wineries everywhere though the bigger ones are probably 15 minutes away.
TIP: GO TO THE NAPA VISITORS CENTER. There was a man there selling resort condos who gave us a tasting card for free tastings at like 10 wineries. He didn't even force a sales pitch. He asked how long we'd be there and if we had time to look at the condos, we'd get a $100 restaurant gift card for Napa OR San Fran. It actually seemed reasonable but we said we would only be there until 5 PM and that was it. No pressure at all from him. He was very nice. Plus, we got maps and recommendations for wineries and places to eat. It was well worth it.
Napa is not as nice as Sonoma in my opinion. Much more built up (even
in the wineries section). Not as much individual service at the tastings. Sonoma had all free tastings pretty much except reserve wines and most places gave us those for free too. They were a little friendlier in Sonoma. Sonoma was also much prettier and picturesque like you'd picture in the movies or on a postcard. Now, Napa was very nice but I'd head to Sonoma if you have the time.
I am saying Napa but I mean Napa Valley (St Helena, Rutherford, etc). They are all next to each other. One place we did not like was V. Sattui Winery. They are one of the only free tasting places and it shows. It was SO crowded that they wouldn't even serve us. They have specific sections to be served (certain parts of the bar, they literally just ignore you. Literally. There were lots of angry people
trying to talk to someone). When they do serve you, they are rushed and rude, they don't give you any time. There is barely room to move.
On the bright side, they have good wine and they have a deli/market section with GREAT food. That is part of the reason they are so popular. The food is so good and there are tables to eat at outside. Go for the food, go elsewhere for tastings. In summation, the hotel was great. I would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic town of Napa, near world- renowned wineries and home to celebrity chefs, the Embassy Suites Napa Valley is a Mediterranean style property built around an interior courtyard and millpond. A three story building, this charming property offers 205 spacious suites, two swimming pools, sauna, whirlpool, gift shop, restaurant, and lounge. Complimentary full breakfast and beverage reception make this a great choice for anyone looking for hidden value in the Napa Valley. ... more less
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