Visiting boutique wineries, charming cafes and Michelin-starred restaurants is all well and fine, but they can be even better experiences when shared with loved ones. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, milestone birthday, bachelorette party or work off-site, we’ve done the homework for you with this list of some of our favorite hotels in Napa Valley for group getaways, heading from the southern gateway of Napa to the classic hot-springs destination of Calistoga.
Featured Photo: The Meritage Resort & Spa
Embassy Suites Napa Valley
It may be in downtown Napa and sport a chain hotel brand, but this hotel feels like it’s in a more bucolic district, thanks to a mill pond with swans, copious roses and a chef’s garden. The suites’ layout with sleeper sofas in the living/dining area and wet bar (as well as mini fridge and microwave) is group friendly, as are the the standard Embassy Suites perks of a free cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception with drinks and appetizers.
Highlights: A bottle of wine will await in your room at check-in, while the in-town location means you can walk to the Napa Valley Wine Train and 15 tasting rooms. Rent a bike from the hotel to explore farther afield, or relax on site with your choice of indoor or outdoor pool and pleasant courtyard.
In the heart of St. Helena, choose from 81 rooms and suites spread across five “neighborhoods” on eight acres. Some offer views of Whitehall Lane’s Leonardini Family Vineyards and the Mayacamas Mountains, while others overlook tranquil gardens, fountains and courtyards — many have fireplaces and some have private hot tubs on their patio. The lush grounds with 320 California redwood trees also include two secluded heated pools and hot tubs.
Highlights: Dine al fresco at Harvest Table, which serves farm-fresh California cuisine for breakfast, weekend brunch and dinner. Guests receive a bottle of wine at check-in and complimentary tastings at several neighboring wineries, as well as a day pass to nearby Health Spa Napa Valley.
Indian Springs Calistoga
Four thermal geysers attracted entrepreneur Sam Brannan to create a mineral baths resort on this hilly 17-acre retreat in 1861. Now adults can stay in the 24 thoroughly renovated and tastefully updated rooms of the historic lodge, while another 75 “view rooms,” cottages, bungalows and houses accommodate all ages. Many come just for the Olympic-sized mineral water pool, others for spa treatments using the resort’s mud of volcanic ash. Walking trails wind through rose and lavender gardens and groves of palm and olive trees.
Highlights: Onsite diversions include croquet, bocce ball, shuffleboard and giant checkers, while complimentary bikes make it easy to cruise to downtown Calistoga, a few blocks away. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Sam’s Social Club is a popular gathering place with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Meritage Resort & Spa
The 322 rooms and suites of this resort on the rural outskirts of Napa overlook 9 acres of hillside vineyards with hiking trails, shared with sister resort Vista Collina next door. Premier guest rooms include sofa beds as well as king beds and outdoor dining furniture. Onsite dining options include Crush Lounge, a lively sports bar with a six-lane bowling alley — a Wine Country rarity — as well as Olive & Hay, an Italian-inspired, locally sourced restaurant with indoor-outdoor dining for all three meals.
Highlights: Unique in its wine cave setting, serene Spa Terra holds 12 treatment rooms, including four couples’ suites.The Meritage’s adults-only pool and hot tub benefit from seasonal poolside bar service; parents can take the kids to Vista Collina for “family pool” access. Adults are also welcome to sample the tasting rooms at Vista Collina’s the Village compound.
The owners of Napa Valley’s Hall Wines in St. Helena and Rutherford took over this former bed-and-breakfast just south of Yountville in 2006, gradually transforming it into one of the most sophisticated boutique hotels in Napa. Today its 43 rooms are spread over five buildings on two acres, featuring gas fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, Nespresso coffee makers and other luxurious amenities. Book the Senza Loft and adjacent Senza suite for a two-bedroom, three-bath spread with a sofa bed in the living room and a professional-grade kitchen.
Highlights: The complimentary breakfast includes pastries from renowned Bouchon Bakery; there’s also a nightly wine and charcuterie reception. Cabanas and daybeds make lounging by the pool and hot tub tempting, with a spa treatment room for even more relaxation.
This is one of two hotels on the Estate Yountville, a 22-acre landscaped compound that includes boutiques and restaurants in V Marketplace, chic Hotel Villagio and the luxurious, 6,600-square-foot, five-bedroom Villa at Estate Yountville vacation rental. The residential-style rooms and suites all have spacious seating areas and patios or balconies; loft suites (550 square feet) offer even more room to sit or spread out. Yountville’s renowned restaurants are within walking distance, but you can also hop on a complimentary bike for your excursions.
Highlights: The complimentary Italian-inspired continental breakfast from Michael Chiarello’s Ottimo restaurant can be expanded to include delectable hot dishes. Take advantage of the heated pool and the Spa at the Estate, which boasts lounges with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and 12 treatment rooms, including five suites with private steam showers.
Vista Collina Resort
Across the street from the Meritage, its younger sibling Vista Collina adds another 145 guest rooms and suites and the Village — a central culinary compound with nine tasting rooms, upscale grocer and exhibition kitchen/restaurant. Rooms are large, starting at 425 square feet, with a balcony or patio to enjoy your welcome bottle of wine, but groups will appreciate the one-bedroom suites, whose 850 square feet includes a full kitchen and living room, and the ability to add a second bedroom with king or double queen beds.
Highlights: Vista Collina hosts a “family fun” pool, with grownups invited to lounge at Meritage’s adults-only pool. The Meritage’s Spa Terra will deliver a DIY kit to your room if you don’t want to visit the underground spa across the road.