Fodor's Expert Review Hampton Inn and Suites Napa
945 Hartle Ct., Napa, California 94559, USA See on Map
The well-known chain went "rustic modern" for its Wine Country entrant, dolling it up with fieldstone exterior flourishes. The lobby continues the theme with a striking fieldstone gas fireplace flanked by tall stacks of logs cut for a wood-burning one. Incongruous, but pretty. Opened in 2016, the hotel looks fresh, has pleasant staffers, and is generally well maintained. Of course, there's a catch: the hotel sits along the Napa River, but it's 1½ miles south of downtown (i.e., away from the action) near an Anywhere, USA, grouping of brand-name stores, light-industrial structures, and a cineplex.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Napa River views also include the freeway, though on the plus side you'll also see part of a local hiking-biking trail.
Accents of pastel and powder blue add a nip of style to rooms done in beige and shades of brown from pale to deep-forest. No points for decor, but then again the Hampton's draws are its reasonable rates, the chain's famously ample hot breakfast, comfortable beds so "clean and fresh" they've been trademark-registered as such. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators, and the free Wi-Fi is spot on.
The suites are spacious, perfect if you're a group of more than two or in for a long stay; some suites and rooms have balconies and patios facing the river.
The hotel stocks its strictly functional bathrooms with Neutrogena products. Even in the smallest rooms there's sufficient space to lay out your toiletries. Some bathrooms have showers but no tubs.
The fieldstone front-desk and reception area complements the aforementioned fireplace, and the entire lobby impresses, particularly the high ceilings and wood accents. The breakfast space off the lobby buzzes in the mornings. On weekdays the nearby business center also does.
The nicely laid out area surrounding the heated outdoor pool has a large Jacuzzi and a patio with a fireplace and fire pits. One downside is that it faces the freeway, elevated at this point, and picks up some noise.
The small fitness room, sensibly arranged, has Precor equipment.
Except for breakfast, there's no dining here.
The Hampton has no bar.
The Hampton sits just off Highway 121 south of the town of Napa. Head east and then north on Highway 121 for Silverado Trail wineries, and west on Highway 121 and north on Highway 29 for the latter roadway's wineries. The town of Napa is 1½ miles north on Soscol Avenue, accessed off the hotel's Hartle Court. VINE Buses 3 and 4 will get you to downtown Napa.
Zip up to Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ (7-minute drive) for barbecue and excellent wines, the Cheers-like Norman Rose (10-minute drive) for salads, burgers, chili, and sandwiches a cut above what you might expect from a tavern, and nearby Oenotri (11-mile drive) for designer pizzas.
A Napa variation on the pintxo small-plate bars of northern Spain, La Taberna (7-minute drive) serves beer, white and red wines, and Port and other fortified wines along with the bar bites. Silo's and Blue Note Napa both have full bars and present live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A more-than-safe bet, this Hampton has prices in the $200–$300 range midweek even in high season when boutique-hotel rooms a few miles away cost double that and sometimes more. (Weekend prices can climb $100 higher during this period.) In the off-season, you'll save a bundle. The hotel makes a fine base for visits to Napa, Yountville, and the wineries of the Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Oak Knoll, Stags Leap, and other southern Napa Valley appellations.
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