10 Picturesque Hotels in Napa and Sonoma

Guestroom with private balcony

“While California offers pastoral wine-producing regions up and down the state, one of the most famous wine regions in the world is in Northern California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma areas.

Napa and Sonoma are located under 15 miles from each other amid a sprawling landscape of bucolic vineyards, world-class culinary concepts, and plenty of opportunities for taking in culture, shopping — and of course, tasting wine.

Visiting Napa Valley and Sonoma can also be very pricey, especially when it comes to hotels. A broad rule of thumb is that Napa is generally more expensive (and developed) compared with Sonoma.

As a California-based travel writer, I’m acutely aware of the Napa Valley hotel scene, which ranges from new and indulgently luxe to basic and comfortable. These are the best hotels in Napa and Sonoma, based on guest experience, value, location, amenities, and more.

MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

The newly renovated MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa is a well-appointed boutique hotel with 64 guest rooms. The lush property sprawls over six acres and has a full-service spa with seasonal treatments, a chef’s garden, a midcentury-inspired pool area, and a substantial collection of art from independent emerging artists.

Three excellent culinary outlets include a Mediterranean-meets-California restaurant, a bar, and a coffee shop.

Each of the 64 rooms has heated travertine floors, sleek bathrooms, and 65-inch TVs with DirecTV, Netflix, and Hulu. Some have fireplaces, outdoor showers, and/or bathtubs, while all entry-level accommodation have patios or balconies with access to a semi-private garden just outside the Victorian residence with lush foliage, fire pits, and hidden little nooks for tranquility.” – Alesandra Dubin. September 2021

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