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Napa River Inn 3.5

Napa, Napa Valley, Napa County

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  • Location, location, location -- within the historic Napa Mill, in the heart of downtown Napa
  • Full-service day spa with personalized treatments
  • Numerous outstanding dining options on-site and within walking distance, plus a renowned jazz club
  • Most rooms come with iPod docks and flat-screen TVs
  • Spacious rooms, some with electric-gas fireplaces
  • Freebies such as Wi-Fi, shuttle to downtown Napa, evening tastings of regional wines, and loaner bikes
  • Comprehensive pet program (for a fee)


  • Some rooms have average views
  • No pool
  • Some old tube TVs
  • Only one suite in the whole property

Bottom Line

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).

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Within walking distance to everything but for the wineries

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There’s little you can’t reach on foot from the Napa River Inn. The property, located within the Historic Napa Mill, a warehouse established in the heart of downtown Napa in 1884, is surrounded by world-class restaurants like Zuzu and Uva, stores, wine tasting rooms and entertainment venues, like the Napa Valley Opera House and the renowned Silos Jazz Club. The Napa River is right behind the Inn (some rooms have river views), and Highway 29, which connects all the towns in the Valley, is just a 5-minute drive from the hotel.

Napa is one of the world's best wine-growing regions, with hundreds of wineries sprawling over rolling hills. The Valley, unlike its neighbor Sonoma Valley, can occasionally feel a little touristy (it's not uncommon to see a tour bus parked at a winery), and it also feels geared toward visitors with cash to spend -- so those with lighter wallets might feel a little out of place. The beauty of the valley is striking at any time of the year, but especially during the harvest season (September and October) and spring. It can get very busy during the summer months, so expect crowds.

  • 1-hour drive to Oakland Airport
  • 75-minute drive to San Francisco International Airport
  • 75-minute drive to Sacramento International Airport
  • Within a 5-minute walk to several world-renowned restaurants
  • 6-minute walk to the Napa Valley Opera House
  • 7-minute walk to the Uptown Theatre Napa
  • 7-minute drive to Napa Premium Outlets
  • 9-minute walk to Oxbow Public Market, a shopping center of local boutiques
  • 13-minute walk to the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • 9-minute drive to Westwood Hills Park
  • 12-minute drive to the art galleries of the Di Rosa Preserve
  • 12-minute drive to Napa Valley Country Club

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500 Main Street, Napa, Napa Valley 94559, United States

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Room
  • Historic Deluxe
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Room

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