Best Value Hotels in Napa Valley

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Napa Valley's rolling hills are dotted with over-the-top luxury properties -- but travelers looking for a wallet-friendlier places to stay have plenty of options, too. Here, we've outlined the best bargains in Napa Valley, one of the best wine-growing regions in the world.

  1. Most guests think of the 22-room Best Western as more of a cozy bed-and-breakfast than a chain hotel. That may be 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 jetted tubs, and the furniture and decor is quaint, if not high-quality. The place does lack some facilities found at other mid-range hotels. For example, there is no pool (just a hot tub), fitness center, or restaurant. 

  2. The owners of the Wine Way Inn adapted a 1912 Craftsman house to create a mid-range bed-and-breakfast for visitors to Calistoga, a town located on the North end of Napa Valley. With 50 wineries within a five-mile radius, this property appeals to visiting oenophiles and those just sipping their way through the countryside. The five guest rooms are decorated with arts-and-crafts-style furnishings, but some of the bathrooms are a bit cramped. The generous breakfast gets positive marks. 

  3. Calistoga Spa Hot Springs is a mid-range hotel located on the sight of geothermal mineral pools that feed into a whirlpool, a soaking pool, and large lap pool. Day visitors are allowed, although the hotel puts a limit on how many outside guests can enter. The 57 motel-style rooms were updated in 2015, and all have kitchenettes with two-burner stovetops and coffeemakers. There's no food offered here other than a snack bar, but the restaurants on Calistoga's main street are a walk away. It's worth comparing rates with the nearby Wine Way Inn, which doesn't have pools or a spa, but does offer a free (and highly acclaimed) breakfast with local cuisine and afternoon wine reception.

  4. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, the 80-room Hilton Garden Inn Napa is a mid-sized hotel within driving distance from many of the region’s top attractions, including over 100 vineyards. This chain hotel has an outdoor heated pool with an adjacent hot tub, 24-hour fitness center, and a wine bar with wine tastings on Friday and Saturday nights. Rooms are sophisticated with modern decor and are stocked with coffeemakers, work desks, and flat-screen TVs. A casual bistro serves breakfast and dinner and free water and iced tea is available in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi and self-parking is available to guests. However, this property has none of the California vibes found at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, and none of the charm of Wine Way Inn.

  5. 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). Note that Hilton Garden Inn Napa's rates start a little lower than the ones here.

  6. Best Western Plus Stevenson Manor offers good value in a high-priced area -- it's located a short walk away from Calistoga's main drag, and has beautiful views of the Palisades mountains. The 34 rooms come with solid amenities like mini-fridges, microwaves, free Wi-Fi, and free coffee, and some units have extras like balconies, jetted tubs, or fireplaces. An outdoor pool, communal hot tub, and sauna represent the features; there's no restaurant or fitness center here. All in all, it's a good choice, but don't expect Embassy Suites' free cooked-to-order breakfast and free evening wine reception.

  7. The upper-middle-range River Terrace Inn is rustic-inspired property near the river, an easy walk to downtown Napa. Some of its 106 rooms have balconies, jetted tubs, and fireplaces, and all come with coffeemakers, refrigerators, microwaves, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. The inn's main attractions are the restaurant (specializing in locally sourced comfort foods) and outdoor seating area facing the river. (The fire pit is a nice touch on cooler nights.) There are also fully-equipped meeting facilities, making the River Terrace Inn a good choice for corporate retreats and groups. This hotel has more going for it than Best Western Plus Stevenson Manor, but its rates aren't as budget-friendly.

  8. This motel-style property has an obviously '80s exterior but reasonably updated interiors. Still, the vibe is what you'd expect from a budget chain -- it's not particularly charming by Napa standards, but it's a good value for business travelers and tourists wanting something reasonably priced. The 69 large rooms have vine-patterned carpets, work desks, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Features are limited to a small outdoor pool and hot tub. The hotel's location at a major intersection may dampen the wine-country romance; those wanting prettier surroundings and willing to spend more money (nearly double) will prefer River Terrace Inn.

  9. Housed in a converted single-story motel flanked by palm trees and shrubbery, EuroSpa & Inn is a quaint budget-friendly choice a five-minute walk from downtown Calistoga. Its 13 big rooms are hardly luxurious, but all have microwaves, mini-fridges, wet bars, and gas fireplaces. Solid freebies include breakfast and Wi-Fi, and on-site features include a spa and a small but lovely pool with an adjacent whirlpool. On the whole, EuroSpa is welcoming and unfussy, attracting tourists looking for affordable getaways in the Napa Valley spa town. Travelers could also consider Best Western Plus Inn At the Wines, which has additional features like a business center and exercise room.

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