You want a little bit of everything? Try the Hilton Garden Inn Napa. Amenities start out with the basics, like an iron and ironing board, and laundry services, and go on from there. Rooms include a 37 inch flat panel television with pay-per-view movies, and a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. There’s complimentary wired and wireless internet service, you can print to the Business Center from your room, and a newspaper is delivered right to your door every weekday morning. So far so good, but other than the nice beds, which the Hilton Garden Inn is very proud of, this sounds like a good place to stay on a business trip, but not much more, right?
You can book a special romantic package that features sparkling wine waiting for you when you arrive, free breakfast for two or a discounted dinner, and a late check-out time. There’s even a whirlpool in some of the rooms. And you can go next door to the spa and take advantage of all of their luxurious goodies. There’s a 24 hour fitness center, and the coffee in the morning is free.
Is this starting to sound good yet?
The Hilton Garden Inn makes a point of saying that it has rooms available for the mobility and hearing impaired– something that all hotels should have, but it’s still good to know. There’s a heated pool, and a business center, and the Inn’s restaurant, the Napa Valley Bistro, offers both breakfast, dinner, plus evening room service. If you happen to get a bit peckish in between times and want to buy a snack or a drink, the Pavilion Pantry is on hand. There is a wine bar serving local wines by the glass, and complimentary wine tasting Fridays and Saturdays. You can even get married here; they help you plan.
No, this is not a four star resort. It’s not the most posh hotel in the valley, but it’s not a shabby place to stay, either. In fact, the Hilton Garden Inn is a good place to pamper yourself, and, yes, it’s good place to stay on a business trip, too. Customer reviews particularly rave about the excellent service. This is what we mean by a little of everything. You get the great service, the comfy room, and the spa access of a major resort, but in a little, affordable package. It’s a good place to make your home base as you go out to explore wine country.
And you did come to the Napa Valley to explore, didn’t you? There are the wineries, of course—hundreds of them! You can taste your way across the valley on your own, or take your pick of tours. You can have your pick, too, of fine restaurants, and the Culinary Institute of America is nearby and offers cooking demonstrations almost daily. If you like a bit of high culture, there’s the Napa Opera House, the Lincoln Theater, or the Napa Symphony. Or, if you want to escape from culture, this region boasts miles of hiking trails, both flatwater and whitewater paddling, and quiet, rolling roads for perfect for cycling. Remember to look up; another option is to book a ride in a hot-air balloon and explore the region from the sky. If you’re not in a balloon yourself, you’ll want to wave, and maybe make a mental note to take the balloon tour text time. There are also multiple golf courses to choose from. This region has just about everything from hot springs and a petrified forest in the town of Calistoga, to art and history museums, there’s even a nearby amusement park!