Napa and Sonoma Lodging News

Four new and two renovated hotels in wine country

BY JEN MURPHY — Fall 2018


Archer Hotel, Napa

With its location on First Street, the 183-room Archer has become the social hub of downtown Napa, particularly its rooftop bar, Sky & Vine. A Charlie Palmer steakhouse and a spa offering everything from mud footbaths to massages also help make this Napa’s buzziest new stay. From $239. 855-437-9100;

The Francis House, Calistoga

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this French Second Empire-style stone home once belonged to a prosperous Napa merchant and rancher. A three-year renovation, slated to be completed on Sept. 7 at press time, has reimagined the property as a five-room inn with a pool, infrared sauna, and salt room. From $495. 707-341-3536;

The Ink House, St. Helena

In February, the Castellucci wine family debuted its first inn within one of Napa’s most historic buildings. With just four rooms, the Ink House feels like your own private Napa estate, complete with a bocce court and house Bentley. An on-site dedicated host prepares breakfast and can arrange on-property catered picnics or dinner at Meadowood’s Michelin-rated restaurant. From $950. 707-968-9686;


Gaige House + Ryokan, Glen Ellen

Traditional Japanese inns inspired this 23-room property, where amenities include classic yukata garments, zori slippers, and green tea and matcha cookies upon check in. Eight Ryokan Zen Suites feature authentic touches, such as private karesansui rock gardens and deep granite soaking tubs. From $279. 707-935-0237;

Harmon Guest House, Healdsburg

At press time scheduled to open in late August, this 39-room sister property of Hotel Healdsburg and H2 Hotel boasts the only publicly accessible rooftop bar in town. Rooms feature bar carts stocked with local spirits, such as Young & Yonder vodka. Check the calendar for talks on art, design, and social change. From $249. 707-922-5262;

Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood

After five months of closure due to the Sonoma County wildfires, this romantic 29-room retreat reopened in March. Rooms feature fireplaces and Italian furnishings, and many come with balconies. New additions include pool cabanas, a wine bar, and a new spa. From $399. 800-353-6966;

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