The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley
There are two refreshed luxury resorts in Napa Valley. Hotel Villagio’s updates were just finished in summer 2018, while The Vintage House was modernized into a sophisticated wine country style hotel last October 2017. Both reside on Washington Street and are part of The Estate Yountville. The resorts are located between V-Marketplace and four of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s eateries: Bottega Napa Valley for fine dining Italian cuisine; Ottimo Italian eatery and market for breakfast, lunch, picnic fare and wine; Platform 8, an upscale burger cafe and Platform 8 Ice Cream Lab. Across the street are Michelin-starred restaurants, wine-tasting rooms and boutiques.
These two luxury hotels are similar in design, yet completely different in decor and spirit. While touring both properties with Kelly Kisabeth of the The Yountville Estate, I learned that Hotel Villagio was slightly more glamorous and sensual in decor with furs, leather and dark wood, while the sister property Vintage House is more sophisticated, offering light and bright rooms with a touch of eggplant, lavender or crisp black colors. “Both properties offer a complimentary, elaborate wine-style country breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” said Kisabeth. “On Friday and Saturday evenings, they offer a complimentary wine tasting in their lobby lounge begin between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.” Also both properties have thick padded lounge chairs around a large heated pool and whirlpool.
Touring a spacious guest room at Hotel Villagio, I noticed the marble bathroom had the ‘Maserati’ of all bathtubs and a large separate shower. Kisabeth opened the small refrigerator inside a cabinet that was stocked with beverages and items for cocktail hour. “Notice how there is still enough room for guests to place their Bottega leftovers or a favorite bottle of wine purchased while wine tasting,” said Kisabeth.
Hotel Villagio also renovated their spa, which now has multiple treatment rooms, a separate men and women’s lounge, and (upstairs) an Executive Spa suite with an outdoor his-and-her Jacuzzi spa soaking tubs and a fireplace.
Back at Vintage House, I checked into the upstairs guest room number 709. Stepping out onto my balcony, I admired the views of vineyards ablaze in colors of yellow, orange and red. There was a hanging wicker basket swing, where I could and savor a glass of wine.
Inside were two queen-size comfortable beds fitted with high-thread-count, crisp white sheets. In the fireplace was a fire starting bag to light your own fire; above, was a large 65” HD LCD television. Inside the closet were two luxury robes and slippers and a steamer for de-wrinkling clothing. The marble bathroom had a deep soaking tub with jets, and the “Big Bar” cabinet had complimentary Nespresso coffee and water. Spirits and snacks are available at an additional fee.
The 1.5-mile-long town of Yountville has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other destination in California. In addition to Chef Michael Chiarello, Philippe Jeanty earned his Michelin star at Bistro Jeanty; Richard Reddington earned one at Redd, and Thomas Keller was awarded three Michelin stars at The French Laundry and one star for his beloved Bouchon.
The walkable town also has 15 different wine tasting rooms. The staff at the reception desk at Vintage House will offer you a tasting map. The Estate at Yountville has partnered with some of the best tasting rooms in Napa Valley, offering special discounts for guests staying at the Vintage House or sister property Hotel Villagio. In Yountville alone, there are eight different complimentary wine tasting pairings with the purchase of a tasting. Those partners include Chiarello Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Hill Family Estate, Hope & Grace and JCB Tasting Salon.
Next time you plan a trip to Napa Valley, be sure to visit The Estate at Yountville and stay in the sophisticated Vintage House or sexier Hotel Villagio for a true wine country experience.
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