Monday, March 4, 2013

Wine Country: Yountville, Hotel Yountville

Hotel Yountville  6462 Washington St./California Dr., (707) 967-7900.  80 rooms.  All gas fireplaces.  Pool; hot tub; fitness club pass; full-service spa.  Restaurant; room service.  No pets.  Set on 6 acres of heritage oaks and vintage olive groves at the south end of town, this contemporary-style hotel has a large lobby lounge furnished in sleek grey, silver, and black and featuring a rustic whitewashed beam ceiling.  The guest-room buildings have exterior walls covered in Napa river rocks and hug Hopper Creek.  Foot bridges and paved walking paths invite strolling.  Guest room decor is similar throughout.  Some rooms have vaulted wood-beam ceilings, and all but two have either a patio or balcony or some outdoor space.  Some rooms have a rectangular Jacuzzi tub, and some have a Roman-style tub in the living room.  Beds are made beautifully with fine Italian Bellora linens.  A pull-out-the-stops Presidential Suite is also available.  Though basically a couples retreat, families are welcome.  The spa is guest exclusive, and complimentary access to a nearby full-service health club is provided.  Yountville’s Veterans Memorial Park is just across the street, with sand volley ball and bocce ball courts; balls can be borrowed free from the hotel.  A complimentary house car is available to take guests around town and into Napa, including in the evening, and bike rentals are available. 
    Hopper Creek Kitchen, the property’s restaurant, is not open to the public.  Known for its gourmet farm-fresh breakfasts, the restaurant also serves lunch and a pool-side menu is available.  It is closed for dinner.  The unenclosed Y Bar operates in a corner of the lobby daily from 4 p.m. to midnight; it opens to a large outdoor patio with fireplace and large fountain, where private wine pourings are sometimes held.  Fire pits and a full bar are adjacent to the posh pool area.

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