The Meritage Resort and Spa
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We arrived Monday evening the Meritage in Napa car loaded. No matter how few days we are away we manage to fill the car with shoes, clothes and a heavily laded cooler. The room has a little kitchen, so I was prepared to cook most of our meals. We got organized and headed for the hot tub. It was a good way to come down after an active Monday. We …
... really great white wine. Their vineyards are less hot so they can produce some really interesting juice!
Last stop of the day was to revisit Merryvale we absolutely love their wines. We had another tasting which included their Premier 2010 stunning and some other Cab blends wonderful wine.
We will walk into town tonight to enjoy a local wine bar this first visit to Napa has been a wonderful experience.
... American Breakfast we headed up north to wine heaven aka Napa Valley. And what a day it was! Thank you dear friends for the tip! The fog has all cleared up and temperature rose to as much as 39 degrees. We drove through the valley with winyards on both sides, had cold Pino Grigio accompanied by a life band at one of the wineries, bathed in lake Berryessa and in the end chose one of the small towns as our place for the night. Also ...
Woke up early, couldn't sleep so thought I'd start reading the Steve Jobs book I found last night, it's in bloody German!!! So annoying, ha. Read arseblog and a few other things and managed to get some patchy sleep. Got up about 10, had a few coffee's and walked to the cable car museum. Not quite as interesting as I was hoping but something to do. Feeling a bit rough today but nothing major, having a night off the booze tonight though and might watch a ...
... and was set in a nice woodsy area. There was this awesome Native California Garden, with a doe & her baby bambies nearby. In the evening, we walked around Downtown Napa (me in my hiking garb, I felt quite out of place in an up-scale, hoity-toity town.) Most of the shops were closed but it was fun to check out what the area was like. The City of Napa is in the process of building a 9/11 memorial, with beams from the Towers; ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Meritage Resort and Spa Napa
Overall, a disappointment. The location is in a warehouse district and not appealing whatsoever. The beds are nice and the room was clean, but not what you would expect from a 5-star hotel. The staff was nice, as was the concierge--but the rooms were no bigger than a typical 3-star hotel and the view of construction still going on was ridiculous.
Horrible experience + false advertising
I thought "new" would be a good thing. Didn't figure on a corporate park w no view + inattentive staff + a long drive to the wineries. This is not anyone's imagination of a wine country hotel. My big mistake. Decent rate, good bed, but that's all. Might be a good hotel for the many businesses nearby, but not really a wine country experience. There are many other better choices.
Would never stay at this hotel again
Here is a breakdown of my recent stay at the Meritage:
Location: One of the worst located hotels I have ever stayed at in the Napa region. Looking for an idyllic little oasis in the wine country? Forget it. This hotel is in a corporate park next to the freeway. Driving up to this hotel is a total disappointment.
Rooms: Totally overpriced for what you get! Similar to a Best Western with upgraded linens. (The bedding is very nice and the beds are comfortable) The views are not good, as the hotel is located essentially in the middle of a parking lot. These rooms are far from luxurious.
Service: Actually, I found the overall service to be good and the concierge service to be the one bright spot in this otherwise subpar establishment.
Extremely comfortable beds and wonderful fluffy towels! Very important to my family, We were there for a soccer tournament and found the resort an oasis from our schedule. The food at Siena was excellent. Room service missed one thing on our order, but they were prompt and the food was good. I found all the staff friendly and trying their best. They rushed us excellent food in the restaurant when we only had 1/2 hour - and they did it with a smile. I don't know where the bad service was from that others are commenting. The pool and jacuzzi are big and the lounge chairs were very comfortable. The bar is small but cool. We had three kids with us and felt very comfortable. A lot of events were going on on our weekend, but it didn't seem to affect us. I would highly recommend the hotel if you don't mind staying so far out of town, We found the accesibility to silverado trail and the sonoma area nice. And, they provided a chilled bottle of wine and water in the fridge - a very nice surprise!
I do NOT recommend you wasting your money here. The service is terrible, though they boasted that they hired help from the nearby Villagio Resort (which is excellent, by the way).
No merit in the Meritage
We just returned from weekend at the Meritage....and would not return. Overall, the decor and furnishings come off like a glorified, and overpriced, motel. The furnishings are spare, and not luxurious. Case in point, the bathtub is fiberglass.
It certainly does not help that the hotel is located in a corporate park, and the entire frontage of the hotel is the parking lot. The "view" from our room consisted of a pile of dirt on the hillside. The wineries are a good 20 minute drive.
The staff is young and their inexperience shows...Our room service orders were completely off on two occasions and check out was bumpy.
The best part of the hotel was the concierge staff, all of whom were pleasant and helpful.
Resort is great - and Siena (restaurant within the hotel) is exceptional
Loved the resort. Found the staff very helpful and the decor very nice. Was traveling with a client and we had the opportunity to stop in Napa. Was able to get a last-minute room. Had dinner and breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Exceptional dinner menu. I had the scallops which were beautifully presented and tasty. Sample the heavenly tiramisu for dessert.
Not sure how it got in the Napa Valley Guide Book, but nothing was true as advertise. It in a corporate park and really not in Napa Valley. The A/C is very loud and construction started at 6:30 a.m., so the first night I didn't get any sleep, so we complain and move us to another room, not even a upgrade. Again the A/C very loud and construction begain this time at 7:30a.m. I came because I wanted to use the Spa and Hot Springs as advertise in the Napa Valley Guide Book, it stated it had Mud Bath or Wrap and Mineral Bath/Pool (Pool is next to the contrstuction site) Hot Steam Bath, Herbal/Hot Blanket Wrap,Massage ( in room only) Facials, etc., none was there. I needed to have my hair done, so they sent me a salon in town, after I was done she didn't take credit cards or out of state checks. We brought this to the manager and our bill was 450.00. It should of been free, but he did take 100.00 off the bill.
The place is still under construction. The staff is relatively new, and still learning, but extremely helpful and more than willing to do whatever is needed to correct any problems. I had a problem with my room and they quickly corrected the issue. The place still does have some kinks to work out, but once worked out, I believe it will be a top notch place to stay.
this resort is on the outskirts of Napa (barely in napa city limits) in a corporate park so the location is not ideal. As such, it's not close to many wineries - the carneros region is closest and it's within 5-10 miles of downtown napa but napa closes at 6pm so it is limited. The hotel is not complete - the spa will not open until 2007 and the restaurant just opened on the 18th. This information should be clearly outlined on their website.