The Westin Verasa Napa is seriously committed to all things heavenly; there is the hotel’s signature Heavenly Bed (lots of comfy pillows and nice sheets), the Heavenly Bath (complete with robes, slippers, and potpourri), the Heavenly Crib for babies, and even the Heavenly Dog Bed. That’s right, not only can you bring your dog, the hotel can even provide a dog bed, dog treats, and a kind of dog related concierge service—the website includes a list of places to walk and exercise your dogs, plus dog-friendly restaurants and wineries. Not that the hotel is particularly focused on dogs; the hotel is focused on guests, and some of the guests have dogs. Whether cats, ferrets, or other companion animals are welcome too is not clear, though it’s fun to imagine what sort of Heavenly amenities might be available for them if they are (does Polly want a Heavenly cracker?).
But, we digress. The point is that the four stars show. Amenities include wireless high speed Internet access, a 24 hour gym, the option to rent shoes and other workout gear for a small fee, and a heated outdoor pool, plus a kitchenette in most rooms and a balcony or patio in the majority of rooms. There are various in-room services you can order as well, from bouquets of white or red roses to sports packages complete with beer and chips made in-house. The hotel also boasts of its La Toque Restaurant and its chef, Ken Frank. La Toque has a Michelin star, and wins The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year. Chef Ken Frank’s other contribution to the Westin Verasa Napa is the Bank Café and Bar in the lobby, where you can get drinks and delicious food in a casual setting even late into the night. Or, if you’re a home-body (and frankly, we all are, sometimes) you can order in and get all the advantages of the hotel’s award-winning restaurant right in your own room.
A nice touch is the “green choice” option; by declining maid service (a choice which saves water and electricity, and minimizes the use of cleaning chemicals) you can earn vouchers for participating restaurants. You get more vouchers every day that you make the green choice, except, of course, for check-out day. More extensive “green” programs would be even better, but this option represents a good start.
Customer reviews are consistently excellent, and praise the large, clean rooms, friendly staff, and yes, the beds really are that nice. Some reviews commented that the hotel seems pricy; given that rooms start at just $118 per night, one can assume that once various perks and premiums are added, actual prices depart from this starting price pretty quickly. But, no matter; this is the hotel that will even pamper your dog! And, you are in the beautiful Napa Valley, on the banks of the Napa River. A quick walk takes you to the Oxbow Market, where you can buy fresh, local produce to prepare in your kitchenette, just in case you ever get tired of that Michelin star at La Toque. Take in an opera at the Napa Opera House, or check out the Napa Symphony. Or, if you’d rather, you can leave the elegant, civilized world behind for a day and go hiking, cycling, flatwater paddling or whitewater kayaking. Don’t worry; the elegance will be here when you get back.