Napa, California is a wine lovers paradise, set in wine country. There are plenty of hotels to choose from in and around the area. Trying to figure out which can be a little difficult, but The Meritage Resort & Spa has plenty to offer, making this the hotel to choose. I was pretty excited for my stay!
The Meritage is located about an hour from the Sacramento Airport and the Oakland Airport. The San Francisco Airport is an hour and 15 minutes away. All depending on the traffic of course! If you get the opportunity to fly into Napa County airport, it is 5 minutes away.
The resort is best accessible by car. It is best to have a car in Napa, but Uber can get you around with no problems either. Downtown Napa is a mere 10 minutes away. Wineries are everywhere, but you don’t even need to leave the property to walk around vineyards or do some wine tasting!
The Meritage Resort & Spa
Upon arrival we inquired about valet. A gentleman quickly came to take the car so that finding parking wouldn’t be an issue. There was a short line to check into the room. The front desk staff moved the line very quickly and were very friendly. Check in was breeze and my room was ready!
Looking around the lobby, it was very pretty. There are tons of sitting areas, a fire-place, and the concierge’s desk towards the back. You could also see one of the pools, sitting areas, and fire pit. There are a bunch of different buildings on the property, but my room was located in the main building.
The staff was really nice and prompt. At one point there was no valets around to get the car. I went in to let one of the ladies at the front desk know and she immediately ran outside. She found the keys and got the car herself. Amazing service! They were also very friendly and filled with a lot of information.
There are several different types of rooms and suites at The Meritage Resort & Spa. Each room has a Tuscan inspired design. I stayed in a premiere room. The room was very spacious and had a huge balcony with a table and chairs. Stepping outside my room, it overlooked the adult only pool, vineyards, and a fire pit.
I started to really take a look at the room after coming back inside. The king size bed was really comfortable and smelled nice and clean. I loved the decor. There was a very comfortable chair and ottoman next to the bed that I later found myself relaxing in.
A long desk was on the other side of the room. There was a nice sized television mounted on the wall. In one of the cabinets there was a safe and a DVD player. A mini fridge, a Keurig with teas and coffee, and a complimentary bottle of red wine were in the room. There was also 2 complimentary bottles of Evian water.
There was a nice sized closest that also had an umbrella inside and a couple of soft robes, extra pillows and blankets. An ottoman sat near the door in front of a full length mirror. I thought this was great for putting shoes on right before stepping out.
The bathroom was a great size. There was no tub, but a nice spacious standing shower, it was a shame it wasn’t one of those fully frameless glass shower enclosures. On the other side was a doorway to the toilet for extra privacy incase someone else is using the sink or in the shower. There were some really nice sized soaps, bath gel, shampoo and conditioners that smelled really good. I had to take the stopper out of the sink for the water to go down. The vanity was the perfect size and the lighting in the bathroom was A1. I also located some cotton balls and q-tips which was a nice added touch.
There are two heated swimming pools. One is an adults only pool the other is a family friendly pool located at the Vino Bello Resort which is adjacent to The Meritage. Both pools are open from 7am – 10pm. Three whirlpools are also on the property. I stumbled upon one that made you feel as if you were in a nice secluded place.
The Meritage has a 1,650 square foot fitness studio. I went looking for it, but didn’t find it. There were a lot of events and conferences going on. A lot of people were around so I stopped looking for it, but it is definitely a great property to hold a conference or an event!
Of course there is an award-winning spa on the property, Spa Terra. I passed by it, but didn’t get the opportunity to try any services. There is an underground Estate Cave with treatment rooms that sound very intriguing. Next time I get to Napa I will have to pay their spa a visit!
A bocce ball court can be found right behind the pool area. I have never played, but it looked very interesting. Bicycles were for rent if a ride was up your alley or you want to get a little exercise in.
9 miles of trails through the vineyards is also on the property. Walking around the vineyards is peaceful. It was extremely hot, so I definitely didn’t do the 9 miles, but I did walk around the trails for an hour or so. The scenery was beautiful. I also found a picnic table under a nice shaded tree, which was very relaxing.
There are a few dining options on site. Siena is one of them, that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I tried to grab some dinner there, but it had just closed for the night. Blend is a place you can order coffee, smoothies, wine, or even some organic ice cream.
Crush is another place to grab some lunch or a snack. My friend and I ordered a few appetizers. I ordered mini shrimp tacos with ceviche and cilantro. There were a little spicy, but really good. My friend ordered ribs, but didn’t really like them so they quickly replaced it with no hesitation for a burger. I was told the wings and the burger were really good.
The atmosphere inside Crush was really nice. There is a full bar, fireplace, several televisions to watch sports, a bowling alley with a few lanes, and a pool table. Prices for the pool table and bowling are by the hour and prices change between weekdays and the weekend. The staff at Crush were really great, especially Kevin, who was friendly, upbeat, and all around really cool person! They must’ve checked out the best bowling balls that they could get their hands on as all of them were really good. A couple of us even got strikes on some occasions and I put that down solely to the balls as I don’t think we would’ve got any otherwise. Apparently they had a look at a guide on a website called Skilled Bowlers (you can find More @ skilledbowlers.com). I think we might have to do this for future bowling games as we had a great time; it was much more competitive.
The Meritage has a lobby bar with an extensive menu. A seasonal Terrace Bar serves cold drinks by the pool. There is also an exclusive tasting room forty feet below in the Estate Caves in the Trinitas Cellars Tasting room. There are tours and tastings, private tastings, as well as an artisan chocolate pairing.
The resort has free wi-fi and it works very well! I had no issues with it whatsoever. Tours, hot air balloon rides, and tee times for golf lovers can be arranged. There are also tons of seating areas around the entire property, some with fountains or fireplaces.
Looking for a place to hold a wedding? While walking around I found a beautiful gazebo perched on a hill with a beautiful view! A deck was already laid out with fold up chairs. The breeze up there was amazing and much-needed. I couldn’t even tell it was as hot as it actually was there. Perfect, picturesque place for a ceremony.
The Meritage Resort and Spa is a beautiful resort with a great staff! I highly enjoyed my stay there. It was so relaxing! My favorite parts were sitting out on the balcony and exploring the vineyards. If you are looking for a place to stay in or around Napa, I highly recommend this resort. I would happily come back as there is so much to do on the property.
Disclaimer: Thank you to The Meritage Resort & Spa for having me. While receiving a complimentary stay/media rate all opinions and views are my own.