We had an enjoyable stay at the Wydown Hotel in St Helena in January 2012. The rooms are decorated in calming shades of grey and neutrals and are of a good size. They are equipped with a mini fridge, flat screen tv, coffee machine, hairdryer and iron. We had a standing shower with our room; water pressure was good and they supplied loads of white fluffy towels. There was also free wifi access in our hotel room.
Formerly known as Hotel 1424, the newly renovated Wydown Hotel reopened in May 2011. The location of the hotel is perfect for exploring St Helena, being literally steps away from the shops on Main St and diagonally across the road from Model Bakery. It is also a short walk to a large Safeway supermarket behind the hotel and round the corner from popular St Helena restaurants like Cindy's Back Kitchen and Terra. There is also free parking for guests at the back of the hotel and a gas station right next door.
Currently, the hotel does not serve breakfast and provides a self service counter with coffee and tea making facilities and some fresh fruit and granola bars in the hallway every morning but staff said they may explore offering something more substantial in future. Vouchers for free coffee from Napa Valley Coffee company across the road are also issued daily.
All guest rooms are located on the second floor of the hotel and currently, there are about 12 guest rooms, which makes for very personalized service. Credit must go especially to reception staff Carole and Lisa, who patiently answered our numerous email queries prior to our stay about our accommodation as well as transport and dining options in the area. Their recommendations for restaurants such as La Condesa and Market, which are all within a block of the hotel, were spot on. Carole helped us with our car rental arrangements and printed out detailed maps from google with handwritten instructions marking out the restaurant we were visiting in Yountville plus various parking options nearby to ensure that we didn't get lost. At one point, she even offered to drive us to CIA in her own car when we were stuck for transport. We didn't have to take her up on that but were touched by her offer all the same.
All this made a lasting impression on us and we would recommend the Wydown Hotel to anyone visiting St Helena without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the heritage of Napa Valley and the cosmopolitan setting of downtown St. Helena, the Wydown offers guests a modern take on the classic wine country getaway. This 12-room boutique hotel offers amenities that include King beds, flat screen HD TVs, glass enclosed showers, Free Wi-Fi throughout, skylights and tiled bathrooms with granite countertops. Rooms also include Molton Brown bath products, plush robes and slippers, Nespresso coffee makers, Geneva sound systems and Health Spa Napa Valley passes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wydown Hotel St. Helena, Napa Valley, California