Auberge du Soleil
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford
Set up on a hill above an endless—and undulating—vista of vineyards, Auberge du Soleil has been maintaining the luxury standard in Napa for thirty years. Though it's since spawned two sister hotels (Solage and Calistoga Ranch), Auberge du Soleil is the reigning patriarch in Napa Valley, particularly when it comes to old-school indulgences and creature comforts (the other two spots are a bit more modern and laid-back). Here, the cottage-like rooms are organized into private little villages (they all feature patios and terraces). With two Michelin stars, Auberge's main, global-inflected restaurant draws a crowd that swells well beyond hotel guests—the Japanese breakfast is particularly dreamy. Don’t miss the spa: While hotel treatments often aren’t that great (particularly for their generally inflated price tags), this was one of the best massages we’ve ever had, particularly because it was followed by a soak in the outdoor bathtub. Meanwhile, Quintessa Winery, one of our favorites, is just across the street.
6526 Yount St., Yountville
Just a short walk from downtown Yountville and its bevy of great restaurants, Bardessono definitely boasts one of the best locations in the valley. With sleek, streamlined décor, excellent tech in room, and the almost impossible-to-accomplish LEED platinum rating, the vibe here is decidedly modern without sacrificing luxury. The grounds are incredibly lush, with the addition of a few well-placed water features, giving you the sense of an outdoor experience despite the relatively compact property.
Brannan Cottage Inn
109 Wappo Ave., Calistoga
A quaint, immaculately-kept inn on the quieter east side of town. The decor is sort of old world with its rich wallpaper and mahogany wood. It's large pool and efficient spa makes it a good package at a slightly lower rate than some of the other hotels in the area.
580 Lommel Rd., Calistoga
This hotel has its own cabernet-producing vineyard, so you get the full Napa Valley experience without even leaving the property. There's plenty else to do on site, from walking the stunning grounds and hanging out at the pool, to gathering eggs from their deluxe new coop. Should you book a stay in the early fall, you can join the pruning, harvesting, and crushing of the grapes. Each of the fifty rooms has a fireplace and a private deck, and occupies its own, secluded lodge, which guarantees plenty of privacy. While Calistoga Ranch makes for a great romantic holiday, it’s kid-friendly too, with a new family pool and a lunchbox menu just for little ones. Should you want to go out (it is Napa, after all) you can borrow one of the ranch's cars.
Carneros Resort and Spa
4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
Formerly the Carneros Inn, the 28-acre resort is now under new ownership but still maintains its farmhouse-style charm, with a few welcome updates. Like many Napa hotels, rooms here are situated in individual cottages, each outfitted with rocking chairs and an outdoor shower and fire pit. An adults-only pool overlooking the neighboring vineyard is probably the most Instagrammed thing on property, but it's totally idyllic all the same.
6462 Washington St., Yountville
Although it's eighty rooms strong (and has the spa, restaurants, and pool to accommodate that many guests), Hotel Yountville feels like a small, quaint, boutique hotel. The cozy, updated interiors match the grand stone building that houses them. Definitely ask for a room with a fireplace.
Kenwood Inn & Spa
10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Napa takes a lot of its cues from Tuscany, and this boutique spot, which occupies what could only be described as an Italian farmhouse, is an excellent embodiment of that aesthetic.
1915 Main S., St. Helena
This stunning new hotel merges modern, minimalist design within a historical landmark. Six of its sixty-eight rooms are housed in the Acacia House, a 1905 Victorian mansion that also hosts the Chris Cosentino-helmed restaurant (aptly named Acacia House), as well as a lounge that offers some of the most expansive views in the valley. Like its sister hotel in Mexico City, the rooms are elegant and considered, and the architecture is noteworthy. Book the Atrio Experience, a reflexology & aromatherapy experience topped with an Indian head massage, stat upon your arrival.
900 Meadowood Ln., St. Helena
If making the pilgrimage to Napa Valley is a must for any foodie or wino, then Meadowood in St. Helena is most certainly Mecca. In the Restaurant, Chris Kostow continues to wow critics, guests, and chef friends alike with his vision, passion, and downright deliciousness (proof: Kostow's cookbook A New Napa Cuisine). Plus, there's no better place to sleep off a three Michelin-starred meal than in one of their cozy rooms by a roaring fire (unless you count the massage table at the seriously idyllic spa).
Napa Valley Lodge
2230 Madison St., Yountville
Part hotel, part wine country retreat, Napa Valley Lodge exudes sort of an old, familial feel–like you're staying with relatives on their Tuscan vineyard. The rooms are bright and spacious and the staff is incredibly friendly; they'll help you customize your experience how you like it, offering advice as to which wineries to visit. The location is one of the assets here, centrally located, you can come back after a day of wine tasting, take a swim, and then walk to Bouchon for dinner.
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