Auberge Du Soleil Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This 50-room luxury inn is one of the most exclusive (and expensive) destinations in California wine country. Despite its intimate size, it has all the amenities of a larger resort: a 7,000-square-foot luxury spa, a lovely pool, and a Michelin-star restaurant. Views of the surrounding countryside are phenomenal, the grounds are lush and peaceful, and the homey rooms all come with huge terraces (and, in most, fireplaces and soaking tubs). It's a truly special, romantic retreat, and it's location in Rutherford is convenient for exploring Napa Valley.
Milliken Creek Inn and Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Located right on the banks of the Napa River, the Milliken Creek Inn is one of the swankier hotel options in Napa. The luxury inn does have limited amenities (no restaurant, for example), but all 12 rooms are supreme, from the four-poster canopy beds, to the working fireplaces, to the 42-inch plasma TVs, to the stunning views. This is a great pick for a couple looking for romance -- you'll return to your room in the evening to lit tea candles and soft music, and you can opt to have free breakfast served every morning in bed, on your patio, or anywhere on the grounds. There is no fitness center, but guests receive free passes to a high-end wellness center two miles down the road. There is an amazing full-service spa on-site that makes this tranquil, secluded retreat even more relaxing.
Solage Calistoga Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Located in the picturesque area of Northern Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga is an ultra-chic, modern property featuring 89 separate bungalow homes with semi-private patios. The upscale, contemporary atmosphere exists throughout the hotel: Studios and suites all have high-vaulted ceilings and polished cement floors, and some -- such as the Capella Suite -- even have gas fireplaces, which add a warm touch to what some might consider cold decor. Bathrooms are clean, with sleek finishes, large soaking tubs, and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. The on-site restaurant, Solbar, is Michelin-starred, and features outdoor lounge seating shaded by trees and centered around a long water feature with a fire pit. There are two pools, as well as private cabanas and a poolside foosball table. Other perks include use of a loaner Mercedes-Benz SUV, or the modern, well-sized fitness center that has outdoor equipment. The hotel can experience noise from on-site events, but Solage Calistoga is ultimately an understated, peaceful getaway.
Harvest Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Harvest Inn is a great choice if you're daydreaming of a luxury stay in the heart of wine country -- complete with impressive views, Old World rustic charm, and luxe amenities. It may be a bit pricey (and has no full restaurant), but it certainly doesn't skimp on the pampering, offering fireplaces, private terraces, designer furnishings, two pools, a spa, and more. Numerous freebies -- including a bottle of wine for new guests, water and juice in the mini-fridges, Wi-Fi, and self-parking -- ensure that guests feel cared for rather than nickel-and-dimed, and the location one mile from St. Helena is superb. But the biggest draw just might be the spectacular views, especially from the Vineyard View Rooms with terraces.
North Block Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Housed in a tiny Mediterranean-style complex, Hotel Luca is well suited for a romantic getaway, with 20 cozy, elegant rooms with wonderful beds, espresso machines, and luxurious bathrooms with a separate six-foot bathtub and walk-in shower; an intimate and upscale spa with personalized treatments; and a pleasant swimming pool with lounge chairs and a Jacuzzi. Some rooms are small for the price, but the location, within walking distance to acclaimed restaurants in Yountville such as The French Laundry, and a short drive to wineries, golfing, and boutiques, is excellent.
Mount View Hotel & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The remodeled rooms, suites, and cottages at the Mount View Hotel & Spa have a boutique feel, with hip, trendy accents mixed with dark sleek furniture. But beware: The rooms (and baths) are a little on the small side for an upper-middle-range hotel. The connected restaurant and wine bar are always lively, and the hotel's location in the heart of charming Calistoga puts guests within walking distance of plenty of action -- or, if you prefer, you can relax at the hotel's full-service spa. Just don't expect breathtaking views -- you won't be in the middle of a scenic vineyard. You're more likely to be looking at a parking lot.
Rancho Caymus Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 26-room, two-story inn has the charm of a Spanish hacienda, with stucco walls and pretty hand-painted details. It's an all-suite property, and the suites are spacious and rustic, with dark wood-beamed ceilings and carved wooden furniture. The suites are also bi-level, with the living area on the lower level, and bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs and a DVD player, but the alarm clock/CD player combos are outdated. Outside, a lovely courtyard features beautiful overgrown trees and shrubs, and stone and wrought-iron details are pretty. But the property lacks the features of a larger hotel: There's no pool, spa, or fitness center.
Napa River Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Located within the Historic Napa Mill, in the heart of downtown, the Napa River Inn is one of the most convenient properties for those who want to be within walking distance to great shopping, excellent dining and entertainment, and wine tasting rooms. There are a bunch of renowned restaurants, as well as a few shops, an acclaimed jazz club and a day spa within the complex. But room quality varies, depending mostly on the building the room is in, and not all have the same high-tech amenities-- while the rooms in the Hatt Building feel high-end and romantic, those in Embarcadero and Plaza buildings feel more mid-range (but are still cozy and have wonderful beds).