Vino Bello Resort
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For today we booked a tour with Platypus to visit some wineries. We figured it would be better to take a bus tour so we don't to drive ourselves. That would not be such a good idea when going out for a day of 'wining'. The Bus picked us up promptly at 10:00, we were the first on the bus. The bus was actually a sort of party limo/bus crossover. On …
Late in the morning we headed out towards Napa valley. We decided to drive further along Highway 99 up north via Fresno, Madera, Merced and Modesto. It was quite a long drive and the 'scenery' was quite boring along the way although people advise this drive over interstate 5. To make good time we had a quick bite at a Denny's around Fresno.
On Thursday we woke up at the crack of dawn and caught the cable car back over the hill to downtown to pick up our rental car. (Also got on the cheap from Priceline.) Cable cars, what a great way to start the day! We zipped across the Bay Bridge thru Oakland and Berkeley and made our way up to the Napa Valley. We made great time and decided to …
... Italian dinner. She also sold Raincrisps from BC. It was too hot to take too many pictures but with quick trips out of the air conditioned car I managed to take a few pictures for my Sunday PowerPoints. Another trip to the lovely pool to cool off and dinner at the room outside on our terrace. The hotel signature torte au chocolate ended my sweet ...
... and hop on the bus that took us over to Sausalito via the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a cool trip, the guy driving/narrating was really informative; he told us about Cow Hollow, an area of the city which was named for being an area of farmland which remained as the city was being industrialised (and where an old school red barn is still visible in between the Victorian houses) and that there are 89 Starbucks in a 47 square mile area of the city! The bus took us over ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vino Bello Resort Napa
Home away from home
I stayed here the 24th of February for 1 night in the 1 bedroom suite. The rooms are very large, around 900 sq ft. They have huge bathrooms, round jacquzzi tubs, 5 head shower, full kitchen, large living room with fireplace. There is also an outdoor
They are working on the underground spa. There is a pool with jacquzzi and a kids area pool also. Barbeque pit near the pool.
It is next to the Meritage resort and the restaraunt Sienna is outstanding. Prices very reasonable.
The hotel provides a bottle of wine at checkin. They also give you 2 sodas and 2 waters daily.
It is just outside Napa and they do provide a shuttle if you don't want to drive to downtown (1-2 miles away).
I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone.
Loved it so much we bought one of their timeshares
We booked through Delta and once we got there we realized it was a timeshare resort. We have been through many timeshare presentations without being tempted but decided to buy here. Yes it is the middle of a business park but you don't notice it once your there. Its location right at the intersection to head into Napa and state route 29 is great.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The shuttle to downtown was a tremendous help. The restaruant was a pricy but the food was good. The actual resort is beautiful. The rooms are large and comfortable.
Having read many of the glowing reviews here, we thought this would be a good spot to spend our ladies' weekend in Napa. We booked a studio suite which was described as having two queen beds and a fold-out couch, sounded comfortable for the three of us. I even called a few days beforehand and spoke with a reservationist to confirm the bedding configuration -- we didn't want to arrive to a room with only a king bed. She said we would have two queen beds and a "fold-out chair," which still sounded doable.
We arrived on a dark and rainy night and the corporate business park was a bit tricky to find because the signs don't correspond with the online directions, but we managed. When we entered our room we found ourselves in a typically sized hotel room with two double beds and no "fold-out chair."
We called the front desk to see if there had been a mistake. When I mentioned that there were two double beds in the room, not queens as had been described, the lady at the front desk said, "we refer to them as queens." What does that mean? They are double beds! We requested a roll-away and she said they don't have them but offered us an aerobed. Then she called back and said they couldn't put an aerobed in the room because it would be a fire hazard. They offered us no other solution, the other "studio suites" were all booked. It was disappointing that they couldn't try to rectify the fact that we had been misled and now found ourselves in a room with too few places to sleep.
The pool and jacuzzi were lovely, even in the rain, and the bathtub and shower were very nice. The complimentary shuttle to downtown in the evening was helpful and convenient. They might manage to make this resort work, but they need to work on customer service and their room descriptions.
My stay at this hotel was my x-mas gift from my husband. I happened to get lucky while searching for a hotel and booked this hotel on a promotion. I brought my two giflriends for a wine tasting trip. We stayed in a King Suite (1200 sq. ft) and it was absolutely gorgeous and immaculate. The bathroom was huge. I loved the five-head shower. The kitchen was equiped with everything you needed to cook and entertain. The bed was like sleeping on a cloud. I hadn't slept that good at a hotel in a long time. The queen sofa bed was not very comfortable at all. I would book two Queens next time. Although it was nice to get away with the girls, I would've loved to have brought my husband as it is the perfect place to have a romantic weekend. I'm looking forward to visiting this hotel in the near future.
Really new, nice, clean and spacious
Brand new hotel. Stayed in a clean, spacious and comfortable 1 bedroom suite with kitchen. I actually booked a studio and the lady at the desk hooked it up! Flat screen tvs in livingroom and bedroom. Whirlpool tub in the bedroom was a nice and the tv can be viewed while soaking in the tub. King bed and bedding was top notch. Even the bathroom was roomy. Suite included complimentary water, soda and 1 bottle of wine. (wine wasn't very good but who can complain when it's not gonna cost extra). Free internet access in room if you have a laptop and also use of business center. Workout room is open 24 hours. A really really really good deal considering the price we paid. My ONLY complaint would be that you can hear footsteps of the people above you.
Location is at or right outside the Napa border which can be convenient if you also want to swing west to visit Sonoma but can feel a little far if you want to spend all your time in the northern end of Napa valley. The office park isn't a big deal. Highly recommend this place for out of towners given that it's easier to access the freeways so you can take day trips to other areas if you decide to stay multiple days.
Check out Skyline Park which is less than 5 minutes away by car if you are into hiking. Hike up Skyline Trail. ~1.5 miles up the trail is a really nice panoramic view of Napa valley and bay area. If you go in the morning you might get to see the hot air balloons too.
We stayed in a one bedroom suite and it was beautiful! The kitchen is fully equiped, loved the jetted jaccuzi, the bed was very comfortable....everything was very luxurious, great deal for the price. Yes, the resort sits in an industrial park, but it's so beautiful inside, who cares! Can't wait to return when the cave is open. Loved playing bocce ball. HIghly recommend.
The hotel is nice and new, but the location is terrible. Smack in the middle of an office park on the highway. If you are expecting to go off into the wine country, don't stay here.
Amazing Napa Valley Accommodations!
We stayed at the Vino Bello Resort for a week from October 6th to the 13th. We got a great deal through RCI (an Extra Vacation). This was our honeymoon, and our 1 bedroom apartment was unbelievably gorgeous!!!! It was beautifully appointed in a Tuscan theme. There were ceramic tile floors, granite counters in the kitchen and bathroom, jacuzzi tub, multi-nozzle shower, top-of-the-line Whirlpool appliances, LCD TVs in the living area and bedroom, and balcony overlooking the pool area, where you could look into the hills and vineyards. There were complimentary bottled water, cans of pop, and newspaper provided daily. I have stayed at other Shell Vacations Club properties - Carriage Hills Resort at Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and Paniolo Greens on the Big Island in Hawaii - both of excellent quality, and Vino Bello Resort is at least equal to, if not superior, with regards to accommodations.
The resort is located a few minutes south of the city of Napa. It is convenient to Raley's, the grocery store at the south end of the city. We found the resort was ideally situated to access several areas of Wine Country, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Carneros region. The adjoining Meritage Resort has received some poor reviews about the location in an industrial park. But this was not an issue for us; you really don't even notice this, as the resort is surrounded on most sides by vineyards.
We noticed a tray of used room service dishes had been sitting in a stairway for over a day, but otherwise the service was quite good -- we had some problems operating the clothes dryer, and the building engineer was sent to our unit within minutes.
The Siena restaurant is lovely, although we only had time for one breakfast there. The Meritage will be opening a Wine Cave and underground spa (the first-ever in the world), in early 2007. The resort still needs some finishing touches (it was only opened in July, 2006) but will be a fantastic resort once finished.
We had great meals at Zuzu in Napa, and Mustard's Grill, Terra, and Bouchon, all further up the valley. We visited about 12 to 15 wineries in total. One smaller, interesting winery to visit is Van der Heyden, on the Silverado Trail near Napa. The tasting is very informal, in their garage, and they are known for their Late Harvest wines, including the only Late Harvest Cabernet in the world. We also visited COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts a few times - a fun museum where you learn about wine and food.
The area was busy during out stay, as it was harvest. The weather was excellent -- sunny and up to the low 80s almost every day.
All in all, a fantastic visit to Wine Country!!!!
Loved the wine country
We visited the Napa Valley Oct. 4 - 8. As regulars to Napa we normally stay at the Marriott but when we saw the Vino Bello and saw the rates ($119 for a studio thanks to Expedia) we jumped on the chance to stay there considering the Marriott was going to $299 a night. Yes, it is about 8 miles or 10 min. to downtown Napa but we are the type that once we leave the room in the morning we don't return again until later in the day after we've visited the wineries. For the extra 10 min. it was completely worth it! The studio was GORGEOUS - the whole resort is beautiful mind you. Yes, it is in an industrial park but so what??? Once on the resort grounds you don't even pay attention to that. The pools don't face the industrial park and once they are completely finished the resort will be amazing.
Our studio was equipped with a king bed, sleep sofa, table and 2 chairs, huge marble and ceramic bathroom, flat screen TV, fridge, toaster oven, and mircowave and coffeepot. You have a small "kitchen" area but the cabinets are equipped with plates, utensil, etc. We even got a complimentary bottle of wine and water and soda our entire stay.
The restaurant on property had a limited but very good menu. WE ate breakfast one day and the service was very slow but we were waiting out the drizzle so we didn't mind. The bar area was very busy every day and the onion, pesto, gorgonzola pizza was to die for!
Everyone working there was very accomodating and helpful. They even have a shuttle service to downtown Napa which we used when we went there for dinner one evening.
If you like chardonnay and pinot noir, Patz & Hall winery is just around the corner from the resort and it was fantastic! THe tasting is pricey but worth every penny and the fee is waived if you buy their wine.