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Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley

1075 California Blvd., Napa, California 94559, USA

Daniel Mangin

Set on 7 landscaped acres near Highway 29, the Mediterranean-style Embassy Suites represents a good value for the Napa Valley, all the more so if you are using or earning Hilton reward points. Thanks to zoning restrictions, the accommodations in this three-decade-old property are spread among several three-story buildings, and the public areas, most notably the high-ceilinged lobby and the large outdoor courtyard off it, make for a grander ambience than one might expect from the business-oriented chain.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests balk at the $18 fee for self-parking (there's no valet service), high for this area but not unprecedented.


The accommodations, all two-room suites with sofa seating areas, are being upgraded in phases well into 2018. A new section is also being added. The unrenovated suites are reasonably spacious and sensibly laid out if nondescript. All have work areas, wet bars, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers.

Ask for a room away from the road (California Boulevard or Highway 29); interior rooms facing the courtyard tend to be quieter.


The bathrooms here, all with marble vanities, don't ooze character, but they're kept clean, and they're well lighted.


High ceilings, a large stone fireplace, and light streaming in through well-placed windows make this lobby an agreeable hangout. Sofas and chairs are set around the fireplace, and there's a second seating area nearby.


With indoor and outdoor pools, you can swim year-round while staying here. The heated indoor pool has a prep-school natatorium feel.


There's a fitness room with free weights, several Precor machines (treadmills, stair climbers, a recumbent exercise bicycle), and a few other items. Not a lot, but enough for a light vacation or business-trip workout.


The hotel's elaborate free breakfasts include buffet sections brimming with pastries, fresh fruit, and other items. Chefs cook omelets and other egg dishes to order, and there's a waffle station. For lunch and dinner, Grille 29, which serves standards like fish and chips, French dip sandwiches, steak and fries, and crispy-skin salmon, is a cut above the average hotel restaurant. Grille 29 also provides room-service meals.

The breakfast area gets mighty crowded at peak times. To avoid the mob, heed the advice on the card placed in your room.


Friendly barkeeps helm the full bar. Gotta like the Fawlty Basil (Canton ginger, Meyer lemon juice, and basil syrup) for the name alone. Drinks (beer, wine, cocktails) and snacks are free at the popular manager's reception each evening.


Getting Around

The hotel is located right off Highway 29, about 1½ miles west of downtown. There's not much of interest within easy walking distance, but many wineries are just a short drive away. Bicycle rentals are available on-site. VINE Bus 1 and Bus 2 serve downtown and a nearby outlet mall.


Among the many fine restaurants in downtown Napa are Oenotri (4-minute drive) for pizzas and rustic Italian, Torc (5-minute drive) for sophisticated Modern American, Cole's Chop House (5-minute drive) for high-quality dry-aged steaks, Angèle (8-minute drive) for French cuisine in an 1890s boathouse. Yak & Yeti (6-minute drive), an Indian restaurant north of the hotel (and downtown), is popular with locals.


Cadet Wine + Beer Bar (4-minute) drive is a hip spot for small-lot wines and artisanal beers. For more beer, head to Fieldwork Brewing Company (7-minute drive) in the Oxbow Public Market. The music clubs Blue Note Napa (6-minute drive) and Silo's (7-minute drive) both have full bars.


A chain property that feels a little like a resort, the Embassy Suites Napa Valley is well run and the perks are plentiful. It's a full-service hotel and the location is equally convenient for winery touring or taking care of business.


Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes
Gym, Pool
Free Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 707-253–9540

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