Near the Napa Valley Wine Train depot and the Oxbow Public Market, this mostly suites resort is sophisticated and soothing. A good value given amenities that include a destination restaurant, a heated saline pool, and kitchenettes in most rooms, the hotel earns repeat business for its attentive service.
The guest rooms' pristine white bedding plays well off the warm earth tones of the other contemporary furnishings. Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites range from 657 to 1,212 square feet, with even the smallest accommodations coming in at a commodious 446 square feet. All the rooms and suites have safes and flat-screen TVs, and all the suites have balconies. One-bedroom suites have well-equipped kitchenettes; the two-bedroom suites have full kitchens.
East-facing upper-floor rooms have views of a scenic stretch of the Napa River and the Vaca Mountains beyond.
Bathrooms, all with tile floors and slate and tile showers, have vanities with black granite counter tops. The smallest rooms have tub-shower combos, but all the suites have separate baths and showers, some of the latter with rain shower heads.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Although it's hardly a deal-breaker, only one of the bedrooms in the two-bedroom suites has a bathroom.
The Westin's broad two-story lobby bustles with arriving and departing guests, vacationers embarking on or returning from winery forays, and business folk going about their business, but the space never seems too frenetic. Fieldstone walls and pillars, a fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling tile hearth and chimney, and Wine Country grace notes like champagne riddling racks add rustic flair to the contemporary decor. Plush leather chairs and sofas provide ample seating, and well-crafted floral arrangements dazzle the eye. In good weather, plate-glass doors open up to the outdoor terrace.
In the back of the property near the Napa River, the heated saline pool is good for swimming short laps or just cooling off. Cabanas with cushioned lounge chairs flank the pool, and the hot tub, just steps away, is large. Towels and fresh iced water are always available, and you can order cocktails from the Bank bar.
There's no on-property spa, but many guests stroll five minutes to the GC Day Spa for a massage, facial, mani, or pedi. The spa's capable therapists specialize in Swedish and deep tissue, but to melt all tension away (and then some), book a Hot Stone Therapy massage. Many couples enjoy the Indulgence for Two side-by-side massage combo.
Equipped with four treadmills, along with ellipticals, a recumbent bike, a multipurpose station, and free weights, the workout studio is on the ground floor near the lobby. Filtered water and towels are also supplied. In good weather, tall glass doors can be opened to let in fresh air from the back terrace.
Chef Ken Frank's acclaimed La Toque, open for dinner only, ranks as one of Napa's best restaurants. Frank also leads the culinary team at the more casual Bank Café and Bar, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the last of which includes weekly changing prix-fixe menus based on regional French cuisine. Among the all-day menu's stars: the aptly named Hedonist Duck Burger (stuffed with foie gras), and highly addictive buttered lobster popcorn.
The Westin lies along the Napa River ½ mile southwest of Main Street. A car is helpful, though you can visit many tasting rooms via foot or a reasonably priced ride hail.
A culinary cornucopia awaits at the Oxbow Public Market (4-minute walk), whose many stalls and eateries include Kitchen Door for international comfort food; Gott's Roadside for gourmet burgers, tacos, and the like; Fatted Calf for charcuterie and sandwiches; Live Fire Pizza for California-style pies; and C Casa for tacos and small plates (this is a good stop for breakfast, too). The nearby Restaurant at CIA Copia (5-minute walk) serves eclectic meals in a smart-looking dining room or outside on a patio amid olive trees.
Local craft beers are the specialty of Napa Palisades Saloon (7-minute walk), with Fieldworks Brewing Company (4-minute walk), at the Oxbow Public Market, another good brewski option. Check out Carpe Diem Wine Bar (12-minute walk) or Cadet Wine + Beer Bar (15 -minute walk) for wine. For dive full-bar action head over to Henry's Cocktail Lounge (12-minute walk). Blue Note Napa (11-minute walk) and Silo's (15-minute walk) both have full bars and present live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Only three stories high, the Westin Verasa Napa combines the best elements of an in-town hotel and a full-service resort. It's convenient to downtown restaurants and shops, but its location a hair off the beaten path lends the place a getaway feel. Suave service and dining options way above the norm add to a stay's pleasure, and those kitchens and kitchenettes come in handy for families or guests staying more than a few days.