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The Napa River Inn is a hotel in the heart of downtown Napa. The hotel is located in the Napa Mill, a registered historic landmark, which was opened in 1884 and served as a hub for those who worked and lived in the Napa Valley. In the 1990s, the hotel was built inside the old mill building and now is a popular spot for Napa visitors looking for luxury downtown.
The hotel is beautiful and we had walked by it many times on previous visits to Napa, but never stayed there because their in-season rates didn’t always fit with out budget. Going during the off-season, however, allowed us to take advantage of some specials that they were running that made it a great deal to stay there. In this case, it was a dinner package that got us $100 off dinner at Morimoto Napa (a restaurant we love) and breakfast in bed. Since we were planning to eat at Morimoto anyway, that was as good as getting an extra $100 off the room rate and an excuse to order an extra dessert at dinner!
Our room faced out to the river and was on the corner of the old Mill building, so we had windows on two sides. It had a fireplace – which was well-used, since it was chilly and raining the night we arrived – and a huge, comfy bed. The room also had a small balcony with a couple of chairs and a small table, which we would have used to enjoy our complimentary bottle of wine had it not been so damp outside. We drank it in front of the fireplace instead.
As part of our package, we got breakfast in bed from Sweetie Pie’s, a bakery that is in the Mill building next to the hotel. It was a nice spread with a hot breakfast sandwich for Rob and oatmeal for Nic (who tried to balance the pastries with oatmeal – didn’t work), as well as some freshly baked danishes. The morning buns were our favorite and we got them again the next morning.
We spent a lot of time just relaxing in the room here. The combination of wine, free wifi and a fireplace is hard to beat when it comes to a hotel room – especially if it is drizzling outside. We liked being able to walk to so many restaurants and to Oxbow Market, where we plan to spend even more time on our next visit. We might stay somewhere else if our traveling budget is tight, but you can’t beat the location and, especially with some of their off-season specials, there can be some very good value in a luxury hotel stay here.