To be honest, THIS is where you should stay in Napa Valley! I have to give Craig all the credit for this find — he chose the Las Alcobas Napa Valley Hotel — and after seeing the website photos, I wasn’t about to disagree with his choice! Las Alcobas, part of the Luxury Collection Hotels, is to date, one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed at — and we have been blessed to stay at some beautiful hotels. Yes, it was expensive, but after our stay, I can truly say that the hotel is worth every cent.
The hotel is still pretty new, having only celebrated their first birthday the day before we arrived. It’s also the first boutique hotel to have been built in Napa Valley for the past 17 years. So, read along to see if this is where you should stay on your next Napa Valley visit!
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The hotel is perfectly located on Main Street in St Helena, my favourite part of the Napa Valley and Wine Country. Although Yountville is the heart of the Valley, packed full of all the Michelin Star Restaurants, the charming St Helena Main Street has some of our favourite spots to eat that you wouldn’t want to miss (which we will dish about in our full Napa Valley Travel Diary coming soon!). It’s also perfectly located a short drive from some of the best wineries to visit such as: Charles Krug Winery, HALL Wines, Corison Winery, Castello di Amorosa, and many more.
Checking into Las Alcobas Napa Valley Hotel was a little different than usual. We arrived to the complimentary valet station and realised that we would be taken straight to our room from our car — no check-in desk, no initial paperwork. The only thing that they requested was credit card verification and that’s it. Although it felt odd to wait for someone to take us to our room, the personal touch of the hotel and room tour set the tone of the type of hospitality we would experience throughout stay.
We settled into our room with a complimentary bottle of champagne while enjoying the view that would greet us every morning for the next couple of days.
We were extremely lucky to have landed a Vineyard Room, because not all 68 rooms at the Las Alcobas Napa Valley Hotel are lucky enough to have this balcony view of one of the Beringer Vineyards, next door.
What makes a hotel for us are the well thought out details. Having had 7 years to plan and build the property, no detail was forgotten — especially in the rooms! Things that stood out for us was of course, the vineyard view, but also the balcony fire-pit, which I’m sure comes in handy, especially in Winter. The gas fire has a timer, so it automatically switches off after a while making it environmentally friendly in the sustainable state.
The oversized bathrooms added to the luxury feel of the hotel, but the thing we both couldn’t stop talking about was the fancy toilet that had a sensor to open as soon as you walked up to it; among other things that I’m now certain we can’t live without. The Complimentary Naturopathic Products in the room — Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Scrub and Body Lotion — were also lovely touch!
The tech savvy features did not stop there: the whole room was one futuristic, convenient space that just seemed to make our life easier. The touch screens for lighting had an option for reading or a night light right beside the bed. The touchpad also included an automatic night screen that covered the glass sliding door and shut out all light — which we had to make use of the night before we left when our bed time was at 8pm, well before darkness fell.
Dinner at Acacia House:
Their onsite restaurant, Acacia House, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Since we arrived later in the day, after our drive from Sacramento Airport, we settled in by the pool with their speciality cocktail, the margarita, before heading to an early dinner reservation in preparation for an early night-in. Dinner is served from 5pm-10pm daily, and the Concierge was able to get us a reservation at 7pm at a table on the patio overlooking more vineyards.
You can view the dinner menu here. Sadly, there weren’t too many gluten-free options for me so we ventured out for food most nights.
Breakfast at Acacia House:
Starting bright and early, breakfast served on the patio in the gorgeous Georgian inspired House was the perfect start to our 5 Days in the Napa Valley. Although it was the only morning we ate at the hotel, I did enjoy my gluten-free ‘bananas & almonds’ breakfast with a Bellini!
The Atrio Spa:
You’ll know from past travels that we always book a spa day to ensure optimum relaxation before heading back to reality. We did it in Mexico, and of course, we had to do it here in Napa at the world-class Atrio Spa. The gorgeous 3500 sq foot spa is made up of treatment rooms; a co-ed steamroom; outdoor showers; an indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and as well as an apothecary retail area. We were reminded of our favourite Spa experience (to date) at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge when we were told to choose our oil preference for our treatments.
The Atrio Spa makes use of the organic and natural products from Naturopathica — the same products you will find in the hotel room — and they are amazing! We ended up choosing the Forest Body Oil, infused with intoxicating Balsam Fir, Pine and Juniper and laced with Sicilian Bergamot to revive the body and mind. Well, after our 90 minute Massage with an additional 30 minute Indian Head Massage, our body and mind were well and truly revived! Post-treatment, we lazed in the relaxation area drinking herbal teas and soaking in the last few minutes of the relaxing space before returning to our room.
Read the Spa Menu here.
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So Tell Us:
Would you stay at the Las Alcobas Napa Valley Hotel?! Comment below if you could imagine yourself on that balcony with a glass of wine soaking in the vineyard view!
Please note that our stay at the Las Alcobas Napa Valley Hotel was not comped. We paid for it ourselves. All the above statements reflect our true opinions of the above property, and we truly believe our readers would enjoy their stay here.
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