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Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Napa
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Auckland, NZ
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“Well placed as a base for the wine country”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

We stayed at the Napa River Inn for 4 nights in early October, using it as a base for our time in the wine country. Though it is comparatively new and not among the inns that are touted as the best in the area (all of which were unavailable when we were booking), this was a great alternative: the accommodation and amenities are very good.

We had a room upstairs and on the corner of the Embacadero wing which was large and well laid out. The bed was huge and very comfortable. The room had an air-conditioning unit that was a little loud at times but was very effective. There was good room to work at and a dressing area separate from the bathroom. The one negative was that the very small double doors into the bathroom were liable to catch you coming and going and during our stay one of the door handles remained hanging by one screw even though the daily maid service must have seen the need for repair. The room was just over the hall from a shared outdoor landing that allowed a view over the river to the station from which the Napa Wine Train left each day.

The Inn is superbly placed to see old Napa township which has some very interesting shopping options and lovely Victorian villas in surrounding streets, which have been very well restored. Access to the main highway north into the valley was very simple and straightforward. We also crossed the river several time to explore the town further afield. The River Inn could not be better placed to allow this.

We were very glad of the assistance of the Inn's Concierge who could not have been more obliging. We had left New Zealand without finalizing bookings for the wine tours we wanted to undertake. Our concierge was able to finalize the booking even though we had no luck trying to do so on line - we were very grateful for her help.

The Inn is adjacent to 3 eateries - a place called "Sweetie Pies", which provides the Inn's inclusive breakfast option through a voucher system. We weren't particularly impressed with this at our first try and opted to breakfast next at the Napa General Store cafe which was a much better option. Thirdly there is the restaurant Angele which is very good.

We would recommend this as a place to stay in Napa and hope to return.

Room Tip: Try for a river facing room, though be aware that the view can be a little "industrial"
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United States
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

My husband and I were lucky enough to stay in the only suite in this Inn. It was beautiful and functional. I slept wonderfully in the comfortable bed and you can enjoy at bath in a claw foot tub or a tiled shower. There is a wet bar in the suite as well. The room was very clean. Service was great and friendly. I will definitely stay here next time in the area.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Walnut Creek, California
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Just finished our company partners retreat at Napa River Inn, and can highly recommend the hotel for similar functions. As one reviewer said, everything in the Napa Valley is truly expensive, so given that fact, this was a reasonable option.

We had 9 "Superior" rooms in the seperate River Plaza Building (recommend paying for the River View side) and 4 "Deluxe" rooms in the separate Embarcadero Building across the parking lot (these are the larger rooms, and face the river also). There are a few rooms in the main hotel building called Hatt Hall, they have no River views. Ask the Hotel for a site map, as it was hard at first to understand were the rooms were located.

The rooms were very nice and well appointed with a fireplace and Peete's K-cup coffee. Shower was in a tub, so not high end. But everything else was great. The Chocolates and wine bottle every night were a nice touch!

The Hotel is part of a re-developed district, re-built into an old Warehouse, and has a very cool mix of new and old. There are lots of unique shops built into the re-developed area, a bakery (from which you will get your breakfast) a general Store, restaurants, and even a jazz club.

You can pre-order your breakfast the night before, and have it delivered to your room at a time of your choosing. But if you are willing to go downstairs, you can see and order from a much wider variety of freshly baked and cooked breakfast items. Plenty of food - all of it excellent!

We booked a lunch with the General Store one day, and sat outside on the river Bend Plaza. This is a wonderful outdoor area, right on the river.

The conference rooms are somewhat limited, one small one buried inside that seats about 8 (10 max) and a much larger one, that seats about 50. We set up in that one day, and it was a bit dark and cold. The Hotel was able to book us a meeting room down the street for our other meetings, which wash't really a problem, (as long as it does't rain!)

While not in the tranquil vineyards of Yountville, we really liked the location, you can walk to every restaurant and bar downtown, and feel safe walking back, as everything is so close. I liked being on the River edge, as opposed to the Andaz located more downtown.

Definitely worth considering as a weekend retreat, or a small group meeting. We found the Hotel was very willing to try and accommodate our needs.

Room Tip: Room 306 is a corner room with windows on 2 sides with morning sun, very nice
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

This hotel was almost perfect- the location, the value, the quality of the complimentary breakfast, and the comfort of the bed. The room was a little small (I had one of the less expensive ones), and there wasn't a lot of space for my luggage, but otherwise everything was perfect. The bottle of bubbly and chocolate covered strawberries a very pleasant surprise.

The hotel is close to many restaurants and tasting rooms- which was perfect as our trip was focused on the consumption on wine. It allowed many choices of where to eat without having to get in the car. The front desk staff were excellent.

Room Tip: I think a room on the river side with a balcony would have been nice....but also priced accordingly.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Amarillo, Texas
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Nothing is cheap in Napa, the hotel costs a bit but so does everything around there. Our room was very nice. We had a view of the river and unfortunately, the view across the river was basically a run down industrial looking spot that kind of was a buzz kill when the hotel was so new and tidy. However, the room was good, service was good and we enjoyed our stay. The "free" breakfast was a loser as the place where you get the breakfast (Sweetie Pie's...very poorly named) is run by obnoxious staff that don't value the "hotel" customer who carries a "free" breakfast ticket. THAT was frustrating and after two days of cold rocks (allegedly pastries) we ended up skipping the "free" breakfast to go pay for a good meal at the Napa General Store right down the sidewalk. On the plus side, the soap and shampoo in the room were AWESOME. :-)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I recently booked the Napa River Inn for a retreat with eight guests. Since I didn't attend, I asked for their input. My overnight guests were in Superior Rooms with balconies overlooking the river. Here are their comments about the hotel and guest rooms: "comfortable bed, spa-like feel, excellent in-room coffee, easy parking and plenty of it, within walking distance to everything."

The group utilized the Krieg boardroom for a two-day meeting and the response was neutral. The room has no windows but I knew that when I booked it so can't "ding" for that. Apparently there were temperature issues and when notified the hotel staff immediately worked on and resolved the problem. My guests complimented the "healthy, comfy" food.

As the planner I must let others know that working with NRI's Lisa Koester and Karen Kaminski is a dream. Every time I had a request or needed to make a change they were eager to assist. Nothing flustered them and they were so relaxed that I was, too! I'm so appreciative.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

Amazing location in Napa, walking distance to so many places. Large comfortable rooms, one if the more comfortable beds I have been in awhile. Not sure on the value since we won our accommodations and didn't have to pay. Had a massage at the spa and it was very nice.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Property: Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill
Address: 500 Main St, Napa, CA 94559-3353
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Region: United States > California > Napa Valley > Napa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Napa
#1 Spa Hotel in Napa
#3 Family Hotel in Napa
#3 Business Hotel in Napa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Napa
#5 Green Hotel in Napa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill 4*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill is the perfect central location in Downtown Napa! Just one hour north of San Francisco, experience Napa Valley charm, luxury, and convenience at this romantic Napa Valley historic hotel, nestled in the heart of Napa Valley wine country. Established in 1884 by Captain Albert Hatt, the Historic Napa Mill, a registered Historic Landmark, boasts live entertainment, fine dining, wine tasting, spa, and shops. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, this downtown Napa historic inn will surprise and delight. Explore all of the attractions near the Napa River Inn, including: restaurants, wine tasting, shops, galleries, and the Wine Train. ... more   less 
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