There's no shortage of hotels in wine country. In fact, it can easily feel overwhelming when trying to book a place to stay. But we'd done the research for you. Vista Collina, which is part of The Meritage Collection (a hotel group with properties in California and Hawaii), ticks all the boxes.
Here, you'll find brand-new guest rooms, a serene swimming pool, and plenty of places to sip local wine. Opened just one year ago, the resort is fresh and expansive with loads of stuff to do and see, but still feels intimate. It's the kind of place that you could stay put for an entire visit and be totally content.
Budget Level: Upscale (rates from $240 per night, depending on the season)
Lodging Type: Resort (145 rooms and 39 suites)
What You Need to Know
The resort was built with a rustic Tuscan style in mind. The aesthetic carries into the sizable guest rooms and suites, which are fitted with a natural palette and bold accents; many have a balcony or patio (perfect for enjoying the included bottle of wine). The spa is housed in a 22,000-square-foot cave with natural stone and copper water walls, and there's also a new and well-equipped fitness center. Most guests are here for the wine tastings, but a day spent in a luxury cabana by the pool should be folded into the agenda, too.
Upscale and chic, but not-at-all stuffy. Since most guests are in town for wine tasting, you'll see couples sharing a glass in Adirondack chairs on the lawn or groups of girlfriends — often clad in flow-y floral dresses — heading to and from the town. A massive lawn surrounded nine individual and unique tasting rooms makes it feel almost like a village. Here, you'll mix and mingle with other guests and share tips and tasting notes.
Who Will Love It
Couples and friend groups seem to dominate the crowd. It's also a fantastic property to host a conference or event, since the indoor and outdoor spaces accommodate large groups. Additionally, anyone seeking a high-end, personalized experience will appreciate the thoughtful touches (chocolates at turn down, sparkling wine upon arrival, wine in each room) and attentive staff.
Who Might Not
Those looking to stay in the downtown Napa, may find the location a bit remote. That said, it's an easy drive (or included shuttle service) to downtown and local wineries.
The Village, which is 16,000-square-foot event lawn peppered with comfy chairs and shade. It's here that you can request the resort's lawn butler service: a personal picnic delivered with a blanket, lawn games, and wine service. Surrounding the lawn are nine boutique Napa Valley tasting rooms, each unique in decor and offerings. There's also an on-site brewery and the Fivetown Grocery, an upscale indoor farmer's market where guests can grab a coffee, veggies, a bottle of wine, a breakfast sandwich, or daily-made pastries. Next to this is the Food & Wine Center, where guests can partake in cooking classes (like tacos and tequila or brunch and bubbles) designed by chef Vincent Lesage.
Spa Terra is a close second. Built into a 22,000-square-foot Napa Estate Cave, the stone and copper water walls house 12 treatment rooms where guests can choose from locally inspired services like grape seed facials and lavender body scrubs. Between treatments, there's a relaxation lounge, whirlpools, and steam rooms.
What’s Included/Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
A $25 daily resort fee includes daily bottled waters, a bottle of signature wine, high-speed wifi, daily shuttle service to and from downtown Napa, fitness studio access, in-room coffee and tea, fax and local calls, and daily electronic newspaper access via PressReader.
How to Get a Deal
The best way to get a deal is by checking the resort's website under the specials tab. Current offerings include a fall savings deal, a bed and breakfast package, and included spa packages.
In the Neighborhood
Set among 400 wineries in the region, this property offers easy access for tasting. It's directly across the street from sister property, The Meritage, so there are even more extensive dining options to choose from, including Crush Lounge, where you can sip boozy milkshakes and go bowling.
Just a few miles down the road, you'll find Oxbow Public Market, a modern food hall with everything from fresh oysters to ice cream to local cheeses to burgers.
Napa County Airport is about 3 miles from Vista Collina. Alternatively, the property is an hour's drive from the more-accessible Sacramento and San Francisco airports.
Nearest Public Transit
Napa doesn't offer a whole lot in the way of public transportation. The best option to book a tour, rent a car, or use a ride share (though the latter option is often expensive and requires longer wait time).
The Bottom Line
This upscale property feels like a destination of its own — and especially valuable for those who love wine.