No smoking of regular or electronic cigarettes anywhere on the property (a pro for some)
Coffeemakers only available upon request
Swank yet eco-friendly, this 62-room resort opened in 2009 with a mission of sustainability and luxury. Proud of its LEED Platinum certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for leadership in environmental design, the hotel is solar-powered, sources its water from geothermal wells, and uses organic cleaning products. The modern rooms are plush and the bathrooms are spa-like, complete with a pullout massage table in each one. After a day of biking and vineyard visits, guests can lounge in covered sun beds by the rooftop pool, visit the spa, or enjoy a farm-to-table meal at Lucy Restaurant and Bar. The professional staff can arrange everything from hot air-balloon rides to pedicures on the guest room balconies.
Statement architecture and a high level of pampering
Low-slung roof lines and an interesting mix of brick, steel, reclaimed wood, and stone contribute to the industrial chic feel of the two-story hotel. Its edginess is softened somewhat by organic touches that include driftwood sculptures, tall grasses, and native trees. The lobby is furnished with high-end contemporary furniture in tones of cream, white, and taupe. The pampering begins with a free glass of wine at check-in; guests can continue to indulge during their stay with activities that include gourmet dining and spa treatments. Children are welcome here, but the atmosphere is more suited to grown-ups.
Within walking distance of vineyards and gourmet restaurants
Yountville is considered the culinary capital of the Napa Valley. Some of the best dining in Northern California is located in this small village. Make reservations well ahead of time for The French Laundry (3 Michelin stars), Bouchon, Étoile, and Redd. There are 10 wineries within walking distance but should you desire a ride, four hotel cars stand at the ready. Oakland, San Francisco International, and Sonoma County Airport are each within a one-to-two-hour drive of the hotel, depending on traffic.
Eco-chic, with private terraces and spa-like bathrooms
Rooms are filled with generous amounts of natural light and have many high-end extras: fireplaces; large, flat-screen TVs; Egyptian cotton Fili D'oro Linens; and private, furnished balconies or patios. Wired and wireless Internet access is free and iPod docking stations are provided. Coffeemakers are only available upon request, however. Each bathroom is outfitted with a separate, deep soaking tub placed in front of a large picture window. Upgrading to a Steam Spa-Suite gets you both an indoor dual shower-steam room and an outdoor shower. Accessible rooms have roll-in showers, wheelchair accessible doors, grab bars, shower benches, and portable hearing assistance devices.
At Bardessono, the amenities add to the property's chic, indulgent ambience with a focus on sustainability. Lucy Restaurant and Bar offers field-to-fork cuisine, while the Spa Therapy Center features a full range of face and body treatments (from vinotherapy to Thai massage). The rooftop pool deck offers pretty mountain views, shaded sun beds, and a hot tub -- though the pool itself is a tiny lap pool. Free activities include yoga (limited amount of classes), cycling (with loaner bikes available for guests), and hiking. Adding to the "responsible luxury" theme, the Bardessono partners with Lexus to offer a three hour-test drive in a hybrid Lexus. Free local rides are also offered.