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The NYT Loves Hotel Luca's Service, But Its Restaurant Not so Much

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April 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The New York Times recently reviewed Hotel Luca in Yountville, California, and while it did give the Napa Valley hotel props for its prime location and great staff, the paper didn't exactly give the Tuscan-like spot a ringing endorsement.

On the plus side, the 20-room hotel is off of a road filled with vineyards, offers quick access to the wineries along the Silverado Trail and is a short stroll from restaurants and shops. But even more important, the staff came to the rescue of the reviewer who was hitting some dud wineries. The reporter called the hotel concierge from the road to ask for recommendations, and within a half hour she had made him an appointment at a private winery.

Now for the minuses: The reviewer wrote, "Hotel Luca may not be the most glamorous or elegant lodging, or the best bargain (rooms start at $350)." But the harshest criticism was for the hotel's Tuscan eatery. "The restaurant, Cantinetta Piero, is a convenient, if not particularly tasty, option. Our dry pizza and flavor-starved steak hardly rivaled authentic Italian fare or the five-star cuisine that Yountville offers," he said. Granted, it is hard to compete with such amazing local eateries as French Laundry and Bouchon.

The room itself got mixed reviews. The heated bathroom tiles were a nice addition, but the coverage was spotty, and the sinks weren't working well. Though the reviewer enjoyed the balcony overlooking the courtyard.

Although the reviewer piled praise on the hotel staff, he said that when he couldn't find a room service breakfast menu, he tried calling a server to find out his options. It got too confusing, so he had to run down to the restaurant himself to get a menu. If the hotel staff were really as impeccable as he said, wouldn't someone bring a menu to his room? We're just saying.

[Photo: Hotel Luca]

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