Embassy Suites Napa Valley Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Embassy Suites in Napa does not look like your typical chain hotel upon arrival. It strives to emulate the Napa Valley vibe with manicured, sprawling grounds, a palm tree-lined, villa-like facade, and warm decor in the renovated suites. The juxtaposition of patterned rugs and patterned walls in these suites may have missed the mark (they feel a bit busy to some), but the decor is fresh and all suites feature separate living rooms, wetbars, mini-fridges, and microwaves (older suites have tired, out-of-date decor but modern amenities) . Families will enjoy the two nice pools -- the indoor pool is large and the outdoor pool is in a quiet courtyard, surrounded by the hotel (similar chain hotels often feature roadside pools).
Best Western Plus Stevenson Manor Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
While the Best Western Plus Stevenson Manor Inn is more about value than luxury, the 34 rooms are clean and spacious, with modern amenities such as iPod docks and flat-screen TVs, as well as contemporary decor -- mostly in tan, chocolate, gray, and cream hues. The main areas of the hotel, including the simple pool and tiny breakfast area are nothing to write home about. It's the convenient location of this hotel that's the real draw here -- walking to downtown Calistoga or driving to wineries in St. Helena and along the Silverado Trail is a breeze.
EuroSpa & Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This mid-range converted motel is a 5-minute walk from downtown Calistoga, and offers 13 big (if slightly plain) rooms, with microwaves, mini-fridges, wet bars, and gas fireplaces. It's hardly luxurious, but it does have a quaint, B&B feel, solid freebies (free breakfast, free Wi-Fi), a spa, and a small but lovely pool.
Best Western Elm House Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Most guests equate the 22-room Best Western to more of a cozy bed and breakfast than a mid-range chain. Perhaps it's due to the personal touches -- such as the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, milk, and apple cider served in the lobby every afternoon. The hotel capitalizes on its homey feel -- some rooms offer fireplaces, terraces (though overlooking a parking lot or street), or Jacuzzis , and the furniture and decor is quaint, if not high-quality. The place does lack some facilities that other mid-range hotels have -- there is no pool (just a Jacuzzi), fitness center, or restaurant. It's a mile from downtown Napa, within a 20-minute walk of its restaurants and shops, but overall there isn't much to rave about -- the quality of experience is still that of a Best Western.