Some spa treatments are alright if you want to look beautiful. You can get the rough parts smoothed, the wrinkled parts plumped, the jagged edges evened. If this is your thing, you get to feel pampered and treasured, and you have a good time. But what if you are already beautiful? What if you like your wrinkles? You earned them, and they make you look elegant. Or what if you are, like some of us, completely uninterested in what other people think you look like? How do you get yourself pampered, then?
Well, you could come to the River Terrace Inn, for starters. They offer in-room spa treatments, and by spa treatments they mostly mean massages. Oh, there are manicures and pedicures, too, and something called Salt Glow for your feet, but massage figures heavily here. You can get treated alone, or alongside your sweetie, and some treatments involve lavender aromatherapy, too. Have you smelled lavender lately? It’s impossible not to be happy around that stuff. After an hour (or two! Or two and a half!) of this kind of treatment, you will probably be so relaxed and stress-free that you’ll actually be fantastically beautiful. You’ll turn heads everywhere you go—and you won’t care. Because you just got a massage and everything smells like lavender.
Don’t get us wrong; the River Terrace Inn is a hotel, not a resort, and the massages are a great perk, but based on customer reviews, few people come here for the spa treatments. Most folks simply want a nice place to stay while they explore the area and drink wine. Other perks include a heated pool with a view of the river, complimentary wireless Internet, and complimentary bicycle rental. A number of special packages are available, most of which include some combination of wine tours and restaurant meals for two. The honeymoon package and the romantic encounter package (which are identical) also feature chocolates, a dozen roses, and sparkling wine waiting for you when you arrive. Not all rooms look out on the river, but those that do get a great, leafy view of the Oxbow Park Preserve. Some rooms have whirlpools and balconies, and the hotel features outdoor fire pits where you can relax and drink wine with friends.
According to customer reviews, service is variable at the hotel. “Variable” is not a delicate way of saying “bad,” but is a precisely accurate summary of the reviews. Some people report friendly, helpful staff, others report rude, non-knowledgeable staff. One reviewer reported both in the course of a single stay, depending on who was on duty. What customers do agree on is that the beds are comfortable, the rooms and bathrooms are nice, the food is excellent, and the location (right in the middle of downtown Napa) is convenient.
Food is provided by either of two restaurants the hotel has a relationship with, or you can order food brought to you in your room. The celebrated Wine Train is nearby, as are plenty of opportunities to take in live music and art, not to mention wine and more food.
If you have an event here they will take care of you. Not surprisingly, they do weddings. You have the choice of several different venues, depending on whether you want indoors or out, and whether you prefer a small, intimate event, or a gala bash with everybody you’ve ever known plus their cousins in attendance. They’ll be happy to suggest everything from the baker to the minister, though of course you can go with your own ideas. They do business events, too, and even have an event concierge who can help plan outings for business retreats, and the like. They’ve got all the audiovisual equipment you’d need for presentations, too.
Perhaps few customers mentioned the in-room massages with the lavender scent because they were too busy with everything else?