Northern California’s famed Napa Valley is all about luxury. It’s a place where hot air balloons soar overhead and limos cruise up and down the main roads, taking visitors to taste wine that might cost $100 per bottle or more, or to dinner at places like The French Laundry, where a meal for two can easily reach a thousand dollars. It’s no surprise then that the valley is also home to some of the most over-the-top accommodation options in the world.
From suites bigger than single-family homes to personalized service that attends to your every need, these hotels have a lock on outstanding amenities and unequaled luxury. If you’re looking to go all out, look no further than these six over-the-top suites. And if you want luxury on a smaller budget, check out the cost-conscious alternatives for each one.
The hotel: Set on 250 wooded acres in the heart of Napa Valley, Meadowood has long set the standard for superlative service and luxury in wine country. On site, there are several dining options—including the revered three-Michelin-starred Restaurant—a fitness center, two large pools, croquet court, tennis courts, nine-hole golf course, miles of hiking trails, and a newly renovated spa with private treatment rooms.
The suite: Meadowood offers more than a dozen room types, including villas and family lodges. For the ultimate suite experience, book the 2,000-square-foot Estate Suite. These ultra-private suites include services like a personal concierge, complimentary customizable mini bar, and grocery provisioning. The large one-bedroom suites have California King beds, 1.5 baths, wood-burning fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, indoor and outdoor showers, and sprawling terraces for relaxing and al fresco dining.
The cost: Room rates range by season but are generally between $1,750 and $2,200 per night, with the best prices offered on weekdays during the off season of December to March.
A budget-conscious alternative: If the idea of an all-in-one resort appeals, check out the Meritage Resort and Spa, located just south of downtown Napa. There’s an onsite bar, restaurant, spa set in a wine cave, fitness room, putting green, chapel, bowling alley, and vineyard hiking trails. The Bordeaux Junior Suite has a king bed and sofa sleeper, fireplace, and large patio with courtyard views. Rates start at around $500 per night.
The hotel: Built in 1885, the two-story Ink House has had several lives over its 133-year history. It’s been the residence of its first owner, Theron H. Ink, and a bed and breakfast where Elvis Presley stayed while filming “Wild in the Country” in 1960. After being purchased by the Castellucci family, it underwent extensive renovation to restore its old grandeur while bringing it up to modern standards, and it reopened as an ultra-luxe inn in January, 2018.
With just four rooms and a prime location surrounded by vineyards, it feels like a magnificent private home—and one where your every wish is catered to. The fridge and pantry in the open kitchen are stocked with all your favorite items, the living room is your own space to relax with a glass of wine or whisky, the tv has Netflix, the backyard has a firepit and bocce court, and staff will do just about anything to ensure your happiness, including chauffeur you around the valley in the house Bentley.
The suite: Each of the inn’s four suites are uniquely decorated, with custom chandeliers and artwork, sumptuous Italian bedding and eco-friendly linen towels, and windows that look out into the surrounding vineyards. The largest suite, the Helios room, is the most spacious, with tall ceilings, a wood floor, four-poster bed, small sitting area, work desk, and a private portico.
The cost: Rack rates for the inn start at $1,200 per night, but while it’s new—and winter off-season—rates can be found as low as $675 per night.
A budget-conscious alternative: If you want to feel like you’re staying in your own little home among the vines, check out the Napa Vineyard Inn, which has just five guestrooms plus a detached two-bedroom cottage set in the middle of the vineyards just south of Yountville. Rooms have king or queen beds, hardwood floors, gas fireplaces, outdoor seating areas, and small wet bars. Breakfast comes by way of Bouchon Bakery and is delivered to the room each morning. Rates start at around $300 per night.
The hotel: Set on six acres and located a short drive from the tiny town of Forestville in the Russian River area of Sonoma County, the Farmhouse Inn oozes romance. From the heated hot tub and pool to the fire pits (with complimentary s’mores ingredients) to the “bath bar” stocked with homemade soaps, it offers plenty of ways to relax and unwind with your special someone. There’s a full-service spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant serving dinner and a three-course breakfast. And a high staff to guest ratio ensures great service. Guests in the 25 rooms are attended by six concierges who can arrange complimentary tastings at the hotel’s winery partners.
The suite: Luxury King Suites at the Farmhouse Inn have 850 square feet of space furnished with feather beds with European linens and down comforters, and bathrooms with jetted tubs, saunas or steam showers, and radiant heat marble floors. The large fireplaces are double sided, so you can cozy up by the fire both indoors or under the stars, and nightly turndown service includes homemade cookies and milk.
The cost: Luxury King Suites start at around $700 per night, but the inn often offers deals such as midweek discounts and specials that include spa treatments, dining credits, and even free nights.
A budget-conscious alternative: Ten miles north of downtown Sonoma, the 29-room Kenwood Inn and Spa looks like it was plucked right from Tuscany and transported to California. Rooms are spread among three Mediterranean-style courtyards concealing bubbling fountains, two pools, a spa, and a restaurant. There are nightly wine tastings, evening port, and a lavish breakfast spread including mimosas and made-to-order egg dishes. Rooms have fireplaces, feather beds, and marble bathrooms with deep jetted tubs. Room rates for suites start at around $550 per night.
The hotel: Located in a secluded canyon on 157 acres on the north end of Napa Valley, the Calistoga Ranch blends almost seamlessly into the surrounding environment. Here it’s all about being one with nature—without sacrificing any luxury, privacy, or service. There’s an onsite restaurant, lounge and bar, fitness center and spa, acres of hiking trails, and activities like bocce ball, painting, and wine blending. And, following Calistoga’s long tradition of soaking in the local mineral waters, there’s a heated mineral pool.
The suite: The 2,400-square-foot Estate Lodge is its own self-contained unit tucked into the surrounding woodland. With two queen beds, a sofa bed, and two full bathrooms, it can easily sleep five. There’s a large living room with fireplace, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and plenty of outdoor space for dining, soaking in the private hot tub, or taking an outdoor shower. Guests also have exclusive use of a Mercedes for exploring the valley.
The cost: Rates start at around $3,000. Smaller one bedroom lodges with living rooms and 1,200 square feet of space start at about half that—$1,600 per night.
A budget-conscious alternative: If you want to experience the mineral waters of Calistoga on a budget, check out the UpValley Inn and Hot Springs. The hotel describes itself as “rustic-meets-modern,” with contemporary rooms that are comfortable without a lot of bells and whistles. Rooms have king or queen beds, laminate floors, mini fridges, work desks, flat screen TVs, and—in some rooms—fireplaces and balconies or patios. While the hotel doesn’t have a lot of onsite amenities, it’s a quick walk or free shuttle ride to the restaurants and tasting rooms of Calistoga. The biggest perk is the hotel’s geothermal pool and hot tub and adjacent sauna and steam room. Room rates start at around $200 per night.
The hotel: The five-room Poetry Inn sits on a hillside high above the valley floor and offers spectacular views of the vineyards below. Every room is uniquely decorated, but all have a king bed with feather duvet and Italian linens, indoor and outdoor rain showers, wood-burning fireplaces, complimentary mini bar, and a large terrace. Onsite, there’s a pool, jacuzzi, and spa treatment room, and a three-course breakfast is included.
The suite: The 1,450-square-foot Robert Louis Stevenson suite is set on the top floor of the inn and has a private entrance and a wrap-around deck for admiring the incredible views. There’s a sitting room, 1.5 bathrooms, and a large bedroom with four poster bed, dual closets, and a pop-up flat screen TV at the base of the bed. While the room itself is beautifully decorated, the main draw is the unparalleled views.
The cost: Rates start at around $1,100 per night, with the lowest rates offered on weekdays and during the winter slow season.
A budget-conscious alternative: If your Napa Valley dreams consist of a small, romantic inn with amazing vineyard views (albeit from the valley floor instead of a hillside), book into the Wine Country Inn near St. Helena. Each room is different; for more space, book one of the cottages, which may have a Jacuzzi tub, wet bar, large soaking tub, sitting room with fireplace, and a private patio overlooking the vineyards. Perks of the inn include complimentary breakfast and afternoon wine and appetizers, passes to local wineries, and a free evening shuttle. There’s a pool with more vineyard views and a spa with indoor treatment rooms and an outdoor tented cabana among the vines. Rates for the cottages start at around $400.
The hotel: Located at the far south end of Napa, the Carneros Resort and Spa is equally convenient to the southern end of Sonoma, making it a great base for those who want to explore both regions. It’s a resort in the true sense, with three restaurants, a general store, spa, two pools, bocce courts, and massive fitness center onsite. Bikes are available for cruising to local vineyards and there’s complimentary car service in a five-mile radius—though with so many amenities onsite, many guests find it hard to leave the property.
The suite: The 1,200-square-foot Carneros Two-Bedroom Residences feature two master suites with King beds, large living and dining space, fireplaces, bathrooms with heated slate floors, and a full-size, fully stocked kitchen. Designed for indoor-outdoor living, they also have outdoor showers, front decks with rocking chairs, and private patios and gardens—complete with plenty of dining and relaxing space, gas barbecues, and in-ground hot tubs—that are connected to the indoor living area by glass doors.
The cost: Rates start at $855-$975 per night during slow season and increase on weekends, during summer, harvest season, and over the holidays.
A budget-conscious alternative: Also on the southern end of Napa Valley (just a few minutes east of downtown Napa) the Silverado Resort and Spa is another full-service option for those who want a wine country playground to call their own. The sprawling property is home to nearly 400 rooms—many of which feel like individual homes—on 1,200 acres. Amenities abound, including ten pools, three restaurants, two golf courses, 13 tennis courts, three bocce courts, a fitness center and spa, and miles of hiking trails. There are several different types of rooms and condos available with living and dining areas, and balconies or patios. Rates for one-bedroom suites start at around $400.