Nicole Phillips
Nicole Phillips
Native New Yorker Nicole Phillips is a lawyer by day and writer by night. When she's not working, you can find her at the nearest wine bar. Learn more about Nicole at @loesquire or on

Best of the Best – Your Home Away from Home in Napa Valley

Napa Valley Hotels

We’ve previously shared our favorite Napa Valley wineries, from the best cave tours to the most relaxing and best outdoor scenery here, but if you haven’t booked your trip yet, now is the best time to do so.

If you needed a little more convincing, check out our two favorite hotels in Napa to make your trip feel like you’re at home (if your home includes the best food, decor, and hospitality, that is).

The Poetry Inn

The Poetry Inn

Rather unassuming from below and probably intended this way, Poetry Inn is an exclusive, home-away-from-home (if you’re a celebrity) that you cannot afford to miss when visiting Napa Valley. Designed by the famed Howard Bachen and opened by Cliff Lede in 2005, the Poetry Inn is nestled on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Napa Valley. Consisting of 5 rooms appropriately named after famous poets, just like their writing, no two rooms are the same. With each, however, guests will enjoy their own veranda with sweeping views, fireplaces, king sized beds, and impeccable hospitality.

Each room contains an indoor and outdoor shower, sprinkled with L’Occitane essentials for those beauty and skincare lovers. The Inn has its own spa room so guests can destresports without having to leave the premises.

Great food is synonymous with feeling at home and the Poetry Inn spares no expense in that category, either. Guests can opt for a breakfast-in-bed, or join other guests outside the common veranda. The in-house chef prepares your meal, which started with fresh pastries from Bouchon Bakery – Thomas Keller’s famed home to all things sweet.

No detail is left unturned, including heated bathroom floors, decadent chocolates and sweet welcome notes left in your room while away, and incredible hospitality and conversation from the innkeepers. And if by the end of the day you are wined out, a night cap is waiting for you in the cozy lobby that feels more like a summer house living room, so pour yourself a drink and reminisce about the day.

No detail is left unturned at The Poetry Inn

The Meritage Resort and Spa

The Meritage Resort

The Meritage Resort and Spa is my other go-to Napa hotel, because it really has everything you need in one place. From plush and cozy rooms with beautiful balconies offering views of rolling Napa hillside to the on-site Trinitas Estate Cave, where guests can go for wine tastings or spa services, this resort is unique for its location. The lobby is as welcoming as the staff and despite the amazing wineries you will be surrounded by, you’ll feel you have everything you need right there.

The grounds host an award-winning restaurant, Siena, and across the street is The Village, housing nine tasting rooms and a fresh market. The Meritage has two heated swimming pools as well as three outdoor whirlpools to wind down after a long day in the Napa sun, or if there’s a chill in the air, cozy up next to the outdoor fire pits. If you still have some energy left, there’s even a bowling alley in The Meritage’s Crush Lounge.

The grounds host an award-winning restaurant, Siena

Each room in the Meritage is different, but they all offer large beds, ample space, rustic yet innovative bathrooms, and views (private balcony, anyone?). Even the standard guestroom is luxurious compared to your typical hotel. If you want just a little extra space, opt for one of the luxury suites with living room space, kitchens, and much more.

I’m a sucker for details and they never go unnoticed. Guests are welcomed with a bottle of Trinitas wine and each room is stocked with Fresh beauty products, including shampoo, condition, soy face cleanser, and lotion. A hotel that cares not only about your experience but your beauty routine has my vote!

Not to mention, The Meritage is pet-friendly … need I say more? If you’ve yet to make your way to Napa Valley, this is the perfect time to visit and unwind, but remember, the wine only tastes as good as the sleep you got the night before, and both of these options have got you covered.


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