There are several world-class luxury resorts and boutique hotels in Napa Valley — The Auberge Du Soleil, Meadowood, and the Vintage Inn, just to name a few — but the high price points of those hotels place them out of many of our budgets. The Hilton Garden Inn Napa is a terrific alternative for travelers seeking comfortable lodging with that California Wine Country flair, with vacation dollars left over to experience the amazing dining, winery tours and wine tastings, and other experiences that the region has to offer.
Hilton Garden Inns are franchises; because they each have individual owners, they don’t all necessarily look like members of some old cock-a-block generic hotel chain. There is a small fitness center and outdoor pool (no lifeguard on duty), as well as a 24-hour business center and 24-hour “Pavilion Pantry” for snack bars, sundry items and the like. You know; the usual. However, the Hilton Garden Inn Napa goes beyond the basics and reflects its location at every turn, with comfortable, wide open California interior designs, plenty of vineyard and winery decor, and complimentary wine pours in the weekend evenings. With one almost comically crabby exception, I found the staff to be beyond friendly and very accommodating. I appreciate that the 3-star hotel was able to impart such a sense of place as this; it isn’t often seen in chain hotels at this level.
Here’s what I also loved about the Hilton Garden Inn Napa: Free speedy wifi (yay!) and complimentary fresh fruit around-the-clock at the reception desk. Grabbing a couple of oranges, apples and bananas before heading upstairs to our room meant my husband and I had healthy snacks at the ready. Also, the big comforters on the beds aren’t those standard disgusting heavy bed covers at 3-star hotels, that you know are never washed. They are, instead, part of a crisp white bedding ensemble that are fresh and clean. Seriously: we’ve all been at those hotels where we don’t even want to touch the bed covers to the extent that it takes to pull them off the bed each nigh. These were so much better — and the beds are comfortable as well. The beds have self-adjusting “Garden Sleep Systems,” which allow each side of the bed to be set at whatever level of firmness the guests prefer.
Another giant plus? The Great American Grill. Lots of Hilton Garden Inn hotels have a Great American Grill set up; instead of only having the same-old same-old continental breakfast and small breakfast buffet offerings that most other 3-star hotel chains have, the Hilton Garden Inn Napa kicks it up a notch. The Great American Grill has a variety of breakfast menu items, cooked to order, such as crepes and omelettes. I had a cheese and mushroom omelette with hash browns and it was a a great start to a great day.
But the point of a trip to Napa Valley isn’t holing up in a hotel room for the duration of your stay. Couples come to this arguably most romantic vacation destination in the US to enjoy wineries and fantastic dining. Luxury travel is more easily attainable during regular couples’ daytime activities, if they don’t blow most of their vacation budget on a 5-star hotel for their nights. How about putting those travel dollars into a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley instead? The Hilton Garden Inn Napa represents a smart choice for travelers wanting to afford the high-end restaurants and upscale wine tours, but don’t need butlers and all that during their downtime.
The Hilton Garden Inn Napa is recommended for budget-friendly travel in that most luxurious vacation destination, Napa Valley.
Thank you to the Hilton Garden Inn Napa for hosting my couples’ getaway weekend.