3425 Solano Avenue Napa, CA
Accommodations in the Napa Valley range from cute and practical to posh and luxurious. At $197 per night and up, the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa is not exactly cheap, but with an impressive four star rating, you get what you pay for. This luxury hotel offers itself as a reason for a vacation all by itself. Plus, its location in the town of Napa offers convenient access to the region’s many attractions. The Marriott Napa Valley also serves as a location for business meetings, conferences, and other events. Customer reviews are generally positive, but some complain that internet access is expensive–expensive or not, internet access is not free. Some visitors recommend the hotel as a good, but perhaps not excellent place to stay while in town. Nevertheless, the Marriott offers an impressive list of perks for guests, from bathrobes and free newspapers to grab bars in the bathrooms for safety. Other highlights include: a twenty-four hour exercise gym; laundry facilities for guests, plus iron, and ironing board; a sauna; an outdoor pool and whirlpool; complimentary daily wine tasting; a barber and beauty shop; available cribs; safe deposit boxes; full business center; and wedding services. So much for the hotel part of Marriott Napa Valley; the spa takes it to a whole other level, and deserves its own review. Treatments include several different kinds of massage, from relaxatiohniques to therapeutic sports massage. There are romantic couples massages, and even a treatment designed specifically for pregnant women called “The Seedling.” There are also facials and body wraps, manicures and pedicures, exfoliation, moisturization, and a Vichy shower (a device which allows you to shower while lying on a massage table.) Throughout, wine is a recurring theme. In addition to “The Seedling,” which evokes young vines as well as growing human infants, there is a treatment called “Wine Therapy.” Wine Therapy involves external application of the storied grape, first as a grape seed scrub, then as a wine mud body wrap. A hydrotherapy treatment allows guests to relax in what amounts to a vat of fruit-scented Champaign. Treatments that don’t involve actual grape products often have wine-themed names, such as the Vintage and the Cabernet Massages. Although women may be the majority of spa customers—the pictures on the hotel’s website show female spa-goers almost exclusively—men are also welcome. There is even a facial specifically designed for male skin. The hotel’s website frankly dares men to admit that they, too, like to be pampered. The spa treatments are not complimentary. Treatments can last anywhere from twenty-five minutes to almost an hour and a half, and will cost anywhere from seventy to a hundred and forty dollars. There are also add-ons, like aromatherapy scalp massage, that will run you fifteen to twenty-five dollars. Curiously, customer reviews of the spa itself do not seem to be readily available; reviews of the hotel that mention spa treatments are brief, general, and entirely appreciative. But what a hotel or spa offers on its own grounds does not give the whole picture of what it is like to stay there. Location is a famously critical factor, and any hotel in Napa can take pride in its surroundings. The Marriott Napa Valley Hotel is no exception. There are the wineries and restaurants of the region, of course, but nearby are also the Napa Opera House, the Oxbow Public Market, the Carolyn Parr Nature Museum, the Lincoln Theater, and the Napa Symphony. Area attractions include balloon rides, the Napa Valley Wine Train, the hot springs and a petrified forest in the town of Calistoga, and even an amusement park. There are three golf courses and half a dozen parks within thirty miles, of the hotel. A hotel that is a destination can also be a great place to stay while you visit the surrounding region.
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