If you're looking for a place to stay in the town of St. Helena in Napa Valley, the Alila Napa Valley makes a very sound choice. A wonderfully elegant hotel with spacious rooms, contemporary decor, and astonishing views over the surrounding vineyards, it promises a deeply relaxing stay in an incredibly scenic setting. The caveat? At around $1000 per night per room, it's by no means the cheapest hotel in the area. But if you're prepared to raid your savings account, you won't be disappointed. Here are 10 good reasons to start planning your stay at the Alila Napa Valley today.
1. The best of Napa is on the doorstep
If you want to experience the best of Napa Valley, the Alila Napa Valley is the place to do it. Tucked away in the heart of Napa next to Beringer Estate Winery, it's within easy reach of all the wine region's best attractions. A short walk will take you to St. Helena’s colorful downtown Main Street, where you can enjoy a day browsing the quaint stores, galleries, cafes, and bakeries. If you're a foodie, there are dozens of local farmers markets to visit - you could even try taking a cooking class at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. The wine tasting opportunities are unparalleled, with more than 400 wineries and tasting rooms on the doorstep. To get the most out of the experience, you could join a bicycle tour through the region, venture on a voyage of discovery with the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train, or even take a sunrise hot air balloon ride.
2. It's an idyllic place to say "I Do"
If you're struggling to come up with the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony, the Alila Napa Valley could be the answer. Not only is the surrounding area heavenly, but the hotel itself has everything you need to make your big day even more special. The 4,000-square-foot Acacia Lawn with its backdrop of mountains and vineyards is perfect for the ceremony, while the rustic Acacia Barn will ensure your first dance is one to remember. Factor in the wine tastings, delicious food, and attentive service, and you can be sure that your first steps as a married couple will be extraordinary.
3. It's perfect for business meetings
As well as being a great place for a wedding, the Alila Napa Valley also makes a fine venue for a business meeting. Its adults-only setting will let you get down to business without distractions, while the superb array of amenities and facilities on offer will turn even the most tedious business event into a pleasure. With over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event spaces to use, including an elegant boardroom, the sophisticated Acacia Barn, and the beautiful Acacia Lawn and Terrace, even the biggest event can be easily accommodated.
4. You'll leave feeling restored
If you're feeling tired, worn down, and in need of some serious R&R, the Alila Napa Valley could be just what the doctor ordered. The Spa Alila is a haven of indulgence, with a holistic approach to wellbeing that's guaranteed to put the spring back in your step. According to the hotel's official website, the spa blends centuries-old healing techniques with modern expressions, culminating in a restorative experience. Expect a full range of massages, treatments, and facials, all of which use only the very best products available.
5. The decor is fabulous
The Alila Napa Valley isn't exactly cheap, so you wouldn't expect it to look like a budget-friendly motel. It doesn't. With a calming, neutral palette, floor-to-ceiling glass, and an air of understated luxury, it's the very definition of chic. There's no ostentation or glitz, but the fresh, contemporary air of elegance is just as glorious as the views from its huge windows.
6. The food is extraordinary
You'd expect a hotel in a region as food-centric as Napa to deliver some tasty eats, and the Alila Napa Valley certainly doesn't disappoint. Its restaurant, the Acacia House, is led by “Top Chef Masters” winner Chris Cosentino. Its seasonal menu uses local, organic, and sustainable ingredients to create innovative, bold dishes that even the most discerning gourmet would struggle to find fault with. The extensive wine list is just as impressive, while the views from the patio and wraparound veranda need to be seen to be believed.
7. The rooms are enchanting
No matter how great the amenities and how lovely the views are, if a hotel can't offer guests a comfortable, relaxing room to spend the night in, it's got no business charging upwards of $1000 to stay there. Fortunately, you won't feel short-changed at the Alila Napa Valley. The rooms are incredibly spacious, very well-designed, and full of enough luxurious touches to make you feel you're getting your money's worth. Expect bespoke Italian furnishings, luxurious linens, and spa-like bathrooms complete with huge soaking tubs, separate showers, and very swanky complimentary toiletries. According to morethanabed.com, the best thing about the rooms is the outside space and vista, which come with comfortable seating, tables, and, in some cases, even an outdoor tub.
8. It's fabulous for wine buffs
If you're visiting Napa Valley, it'd be remiss not to enjoy the attractions of its wineries. Staying at the Alila Napa Valley puts you in the ideal position to do just that. As The Points Guy says, the hotel is just steps away from Beringer Vineyards — you can see its vines from the rooms and suites with a vineyard view. The hotel even has a bridge that will lead you directly to Beringer where you can enjoy a wine tasting session for as little as $35 per person.
9. The service is superb
According to morethanabed.com, the Alila Napa Valley boasts a "friendly, happy team" that go out of their way to give you a warm welcome. The excellent service starts from the moment you're handed a welcome glass of local wine at check-in and doesn't end until the moment you leave. Everything about the hotel is geared to ensure your satisfaction, from the check-in/check-out that can be amended to suit your schedule to the turndown service and the valet service.
10. The amenities are excellent
The Alila Napa Valley isn't huge, but even guests who are used to huge resorts will struggle to find fault with the excellent range of amenities on offer. The fitness center is incredibly well equipped, with a great range of cardio equipment and free weights, and even several Peloton bikes. The pool is small but lovely, with plenty of poolside chairs for lounging. If you want to tour the valley by bike, the hotel offers several Trek bikes that can be borrowed free of charge.
Written by Dana Hanson
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