At last! A hotel that offers wedding planning where customer reviews include reviews of the wedding! And yes, the marrying couples gave good reviews. You have a variety of venue options, both indoors and out, and they will cater for you whether you’ve got a group of 50 or of 500. They don’t just stop at weddings and business meetings, either; they do everything from baby showers to memorials, with Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, charity auctions, or whatever else you might need thrown in.
The other really unusual thing is that this hotel is also a country club. The Silverado boasts two golf courses, and a number of tennis courts and no less than ten pools, plus a gated condominium community on site. You can rent condos for extended vacations, if you want. Many of the rooms have a view of the courses, or are actually dispersed throughout the lush grounds. Bellhops on golf-carts can help ferry you around. Accommodations come in several sizes, all the way up to luxurious suites with fireplaces, full kitchens, and even multiple bathrooms. Spa treatments and massages are also available.
Curiously, customer reviews are deeply divided. Many report questionable service, and some found the rooms too small and worn. Others raved about the service, the accommodations, everything. The difference appears to lie in which room you get (obviously, a three bedroom suite is not “small”), and whether you came for the resort or to simply stay in a hotel. If you want easy access to golf and tennis, this is certainly the place to be.
Special packages are available for golfers that include both a stay in the hotel and 18 holes of golf per person. The country club offers lessons, equipment rental, and practice facilities. Membership is limited to Silverado property owners (remember the gated community?) but hey, you’d been thinking about buying property in Napa for a while now, anyway, right?
The spa also has its temptations. Treatments range from a variety of relaxing massage modalities to salon beauty treatments, like facials and bikini waxing. The spa also includes a heated lap pool, separate men’s and women’s lounges and steam rooms (the steam is eucalyptus-scented, so we hear). You can drink wine in the spa, but you cannot tweet about doing so; the spa is an electronic-gadget-free, as well as a smoke-free zone. Even if you’re not interested in booking a treatment, you can use many of the spa’s facilities for a small day-use fee, which you may be charged with whether you use the facilities or not. Be aware that a 20% gratuity will be added, for your convenience, for any spa treatments you book.
For food, you have a choice among three on-site restaurants: the Grill at Silverado, the Royal Oak at Silverado, and the Mansion Lounge. The Grill is open all day, all year, and serves a variety of local and international fare. The Royal Oak is open seasonally, and the Lounge is open in the evening so you can relax with friends over snacks and a cocktail. The restaurants at Silverado pride themselves on their sustainable food. Although it’s always worth asking exactly what sustainability practices a restaurant uses (this word, like “natural,” can be used to mean many different things), the Silverado is to be commended for entering this particular growing market.
The Silverado does some things very well, and if they don’t do everything well, well, who does? And they do have their signature strengths. They may be the only hotel plus country club in the area, for example. Even better, staying here means you’re in the Napa Valley, and you have access to everything the valley has to offer. And unquestionably, their grounds are green and beautiful.