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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.
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It’s been a while since we hit the Valley. Napa Valley, that is. But we had a hankering for great wine and fine food last month, so we headed up to NorCal for a little bit of epicurean living, and while there, happened to stay at the newest hotel in the Valley: the Hotel Yountville.
Of course you're invited in to take a look at our exclusive photo gallery and walk-through video of our Premium Suite, but hands off the wine...
No, we’re not suggesting you become a hobo, riding the rails cross-country, stopping in a Podunk town every now and then to take in the view and scrounge for scraps. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find your bliss by sleeping in a converted train car at the Napa Valley Railway Inn in Napa.
This unusual lodging establishment is located within a couple miles of the Stag’s Leap, Oakville, Oak Knoll and Rutherford districts, in the almost oppressively manicured hamlet of Yountville, ground zero for foodies and oenophiles alike.
The hotel itself is a breath of fresh air with converted railway cars for guest rooms that sit along actual railway ties from the now defunct Napa Valley Railway. That means the accommodations are narrow. Very narrow.
It's not quite easy for the folks living in NorCal to hop on a plane and head to the south of France but luckily for them, a Napa Valley hotel is attempting to bring a little "Old World charm" to the area.
At the first read of Stacey Finz's review of Maison Fleurie in Yountville, we thought this place was perfect for grandma.
Appointments include floral or toile duvet covers with matching curtains and wallpaper, with a sprinkling of antique furnishings and throw pillows. There's ample lighting for reading in bed.
The common areas have plenty of room for reading, crosswords, and knitting, plus Grammy would enjoy some of the sherry they offer there.
But we perked up when we read that this 13-room inn is a quick walk to the area's best gourmet restaurants like Thomas Keller's Bouchon and French Laundry restaurants, along with Bistro Jeanty. A few blocks down is the Silverado Trail with views of the area's famous vineyards and there's a Dean & Deluca nearby too.
Even better, this inn is one of the few places in the area that doesn't require a two-night minimum. Rooms start range from $130 to $300. There are three separate lodging houses--the Main House, the Bakery Building and the Carriage House--and a garden and swimming pool. Some rooms have small sitting areas overlooking the grounds and all have private baths. But like Grandma's house, Finz says the rooms are a bit "lived in" and the furniture is worn.
· Europe in Yountville [SF Gate]