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  • Writer's pictureTara Wilson

Hotel Guide: Napa River Inn!

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My boyfriend couldn't have picked a better hotel for our first trip to Downtown Napa than the Napa River Inn! Located at the historic Napa Mill right along the water front, we were within walking distance to a ton of restaurants, tasting rooms, the Wine Train, and also had a great view of the river from our room! Read on to see why we loved our stay at this historic hotel!

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The Plaza, one of three buildings that make up the Napa River Inn

Parking & Checking In

Something you don't see too often in downtown California cities? Free parking!! Getting to the hotel and finding parking couldn't be any easier. Once we crossed the Third Street Bridge, we took the first left and the Napa River Inn was straight ahead. You can pull right into their parking lot out front, and yes, parking (for guests) is free!

Checking in also couldn't be any easier - when we walked into the lobby, we were helped right away and within a few minutes, we had our keys and went to find our room.

The hotel is made up of three different buildings, and our room happened to be in The Plaza, which was right around the corner from the main lobby. I had hoped that we would have a great view of the river from our room...and once we found it and went inside, I was happy to see my wish came true!

The Hotel Room

Not only did we have a view of the river, but we also had a balcony with chairs to take it all in!

We booked a standard room, which was a great size for the two of us and came with plenty of amenities to help make us feel right at home: bath robes, slippers, a mini fridge with two complimentary water bottles and coffee creamer, organic coffee pods for the Keurig, and even umbrellas! The umbrellas definitely came in handy, since it rained a couple times during our stay.

Along with the two plush bathrobes and slippers, I loved that the white-marbled bathroom also had bottles of fun, wine-themed toiletries available for use (bonus points that they were paraben-free!). They were also available to purchase, if you fell in love with any of them and wanted to take some home!

My favorite part of our stay, though, was enjoying coffee in our robes and slippers out on the balcony, taking in our view of the river!

For a quick video tour of the room, click here!


One of the many perks of staying at the Napa River Inn is that they deliver complimentary pastries from Sweetie Pies Bakery straight to your room! If pastries aren't your thing, they also have fresh fruit available for breakfast as well. The bakery is right next to the lobby, so if you're wanting something other than pastries and fruit for breakfast, like quiche or breakfast sandwiches, it's just a short walk from your room.

We were both really bummed to find out that Sweetie Pies would be closed during the week of our stay, so we didn't get to enjoy this perk. Something about having freshly-baked pastries delivered straight to your room in the morning sounded so magical! We were told that since the bakery would be closed, the lobby would still have an assortment of pastries available, but we decided to walk to Model Bakery for breakfast instead and try their world-famous english muffins.

Besides the complimentary pastries, Napa River Inn does not offer room service dining - however, there are a ton of restaurants nearby to check out!

Located at the hotel are the Napa General Store (breakfast & lunch), Celadon (global comfort food), and Angèle (French bistro). Within a five minute walk from the hotel are:

To see where we ate and drank during our trip to Napa, check out this post!


Overall, we loved our time spent at the Napa River Inn. Everything from the free parking, to its location downtown, to the amenities they offered, all helped make our stay a memorable one.

Honestly, the only downside to our stay was that the walls are pretty thin. We were lucky in that we didn't hear our neighbors through the walls, but we did hear doors slamming in the hallway, and it seems to be a consistent factor that's brought up in reviews. However, that wouldn't deter us from going back - we loved the hotel. I'm definitely hoping that next time, we'll be able to enjoy some of those freshly-baked pastries for breakfast in bed!

Quick Hotel Facts

  • Check out:12pm

  • Transportation: They don't offer shuttle service to/from the airport, however, there is a shuttle that operates on a first come/first serve basis that can take you anywhere within the Napa city limits (this does not include the wineries in the valley).

  • Pets: They do allow pets ($25 per pet/per night), and each pet will receive a custom logo-embroidered blanket, placemat, and stainless steel food & water bowls. Pets are not allowed in the rooms unattended, but the hotel can provide info for pet sitters, if you'd like to book one. There are also rooms that have a no-pet policy, if you're allergic and would prefer not to be in a room that has previously had pets.

  • Gym: There is a fitness room, but no pool/hot tub/sauna.

  • Spa: There is a spa on-site, click here to check out what it offers!

  • Shipping Wine: If you'd like to ship wine back home, you can do that through the hotel! They work with a private company that can ship your wine for you - head to the Reception Desk and they can get you set up!

  • Rooms: To see an overview of the different types of rooms they offer, click here!

Ready to book your stay? I've linked the Napa River Inn in the following links so you can quickly compare rates to find the best deal: TripAdviser, Expedia and, or you can simply fill out the form below:

Have you visited Downtown Napa yet? Let me know in the comments where your favorite places to stay are!
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