Andaz Napa


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Hotel

Instead of me giving you a brief history of the hotel, I’ll just leave you with their own version.

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They offer house E-Bikes, which are motorized bikes to travel around Napa Valley. You’ll need to contact the concierge about securing them. Rates are $15 an hour, $35 for half days (3 hour max), and full days run $75.

Also, the Concierge is really good about setting up several Napa activities like hot air ballooning, golf, and wine tasting, among other things.

Location

The hotel is located at 1450 First Street, Napa. There are several good restaurants within walking distance and there’s a theater close by. Our first night we had dinner at Celadon’s. On the way back we passed the theater and Lyle Lovett was playing. We should have stopped but, regretfully, we didn’t. On our last night, we got reservations at Ninebark, thanks to Ned at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Their steak tartare was the best I’ve ever had. It’s layered with steak, tuna, lobster, and egg and topped with flowers. Absolutely incredible. We actually ordered another after the first one. (As of the date of this review Ninebark is temporarily closed.)

Valet parking is $24 per night, which isn’t bad, or you could self-park for free in the Clay Street garage behind the hotel.

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Booking

This was a straight forward booking. We didn’t use any points and I tried to use a suite upgrade but they didn’t have any available. One of the best benefits of being a Hyatt Diamond member is you get 4 suite upgrades per year on paid stays or points+cash stays.

The hotel is pricey. We paid a AAA-discounted rate of $296+tax per night for an Andaz king room. I’ve looked at prices at this property several times throughout the year and $296 seems to be on the low end of what prices usually are.

I paid with my Hyatt credit card and earned 3791 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

Check-in

At Andaz, or at least the ones I’ve been to, there’s no desk you go to to get checked in. The associates walk around with iPads and can basically check you in anywhere. It was the same here. The receptionist was friendly and was able to get us checked in in just a few minutes. He went over all the benefits of being a Diamond member and pointed us to where breakfast was served. He upgraded us from a standard Andaz king to a deluxe Andaz king large loft room. It’s nice to have good status and get upgraded on a regular basis because, in this case, the loft room was so much better than just a regular king.

Lobby

When we first walked in they had a wine tasting set up from a local winery. We took full advantage and had several different wines and she even let us take a couple glasses with us.

The Mercantile Social bar is just to the right in the lobby.

I loved the wooden partition behind the couches in the middle of the lobby blocking the elevators from view.

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You have to love a hotel that’s pet friendly. They had many doggy treats out on the table when you arrived.

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They offer live music sessions in the lobby or in the bar during their Salon Series on Wednesday and Saturdays nights.

Room

Our Room, 324, was a short walk from the elevators just to the left.

Coming in at 522 sq ft, the room felt bigger than that. Upon entering, the mini bar was to the right and the living room just in front of you. The whole room had hickory hardwood floors which went nicely with the Nantucket Gray center wall, as Marianna called it. I thought she was joking but that’s actually a real color.

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There’s a partial wall that separates the living room from the bedroom, with a fireplace that could be seen from both sides.

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There was a switch on the wall that turned the fireplace on and off, which was very convenient

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There was nothing special about the mini-bar. The mini refrigerator was stocked with just a few sodas and two waters. There were also a few alcoholic beverages. The nice thing about Andaz is all drinks and snacks are free except alcohol and they replace them everyday. It’s one of the things that makes Andaz stand out.

On top of the cabinet was a Keurig machine with several coffees and teas.

The prices for the alcohol were decent. liquor prices were not bad but $8 for a beer is high.

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The bedroom was where all the magic happened. I mean, how could it not when you have a soaking tub right next to the bed?

The bed was on the soft side and very comfortable. I prefer a soft bed over a firm one.

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Both sides had nightstands with outlets. The one closest to the windows was also used as a desk.

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The closet was just beside the bathroom, across from the soaking tub.

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The view from the room wasn’t anything special. Being that close to the street you’d think noise might be a problem but we never heard anything at night. Maybe the dozen or so glasses of wine helped with this.

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Bathroom

The bathroom was beautiful with Eastern white marble throughout. The double sink was located in between the toilet and the walk-in shower.

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The toilet was partially blocked, left of the sink.

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The walk-in shower was great. I love rainfall shower heads and this was no exception. It was spacious and came with a wooden seat.

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The toiletries were by 29 Cosmetics. It’s a cosmetics company by Lydia Mondavi. In all their products they utilize grape seeds. Supposedly, grape seeds are a powerful anti-oxidant, go figure. I especially liked the shampoo and bar soaps. The shampoo had a thick lather that smelled of fresh flowers mixed with a cool ocean breeze.

Andaz Farmers Table

Being a Hyatt Diamond member you receive free breakfast each morning. They serve breakfast in the Andaz Farmers Table, which is located on the first floor behind the reception area. You could also order room service from there.

The breakfast menu was simple but had a little something for everyone.

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We had breakfast twice in the restaurant and thank God they have a drink called “Wine Away Juice.” It’s coconut water, melon, ginger, apple, carrot and pineapple. After a heavy day of wine drinking, it helped with the hangover the next morning.

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The one really standout dish was the shrimp Benedict. The shrimp with the buttered croissant was fantastic. I ordered it without onions but can you believe it, it came with onions. Happens to me so often I just think its normal now. It wasn’t that bad picking them out, so, whatever.

Mercantile Terrace

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We visited the Mercantile our first night after dinner. It’s located a few levels up on a huge terrace.

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Lined down one side are approximately 8 heated cabanas with the bar in the middle.  Happy hour is 25% off all drinks everyday between 6pm-8pm.

There are tons of tables and chairs throughout the area with a few fire pits and seating around them.

It wasn’t crowded at all the night we were there but I bet this place can get rocking.

Fitness Center

Andaz doesn’t have an in-house gym but they partner with neighboring Exertec Health and Fitness Center, which Andaz guests can utilize for free. I was not in the working out mood, more of the wine drinking mood (imagine that), so I did not hit the gym but I did peek in just for a second.

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They had a wide array of cardio and weight machines as well as a lap pool. I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures of the place as there were several people working out so you all get no pictures. Just imagine an open space with lots of treadmills and weight machines.

To get to the gym, we exited through the Andaz Farmers Table back doors. It just to the left when you walk out.

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Napa Wineries We Visited 

Here’s just a quick run down of the wineries we visited because what’s a trip to Napa if you’re not drinking wine all day? We visited Robert Mondavi, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Silver Oak, Heitz Wine Cellars, Domaine Chandon, Grgich Hills, and Caymus. That’s a tall order to fill in a day and a half but we powered through.

Service

Service was satisfactory. The receptionist was friendly, the bartender at the Mercantile Lounge was quick with drinks, valet guy was a little slow but I should have called down before I left to pick it up, and the service for breakfast was fine. In all, I’d give them a 8/10.

Overall

This is one of the best hotels in Napa, without a doubt. I’m glad I was finally able to stay here, as it did not disappoint. The location couldn’t have been better for us, the room was perfect and the Mercantile Terrace was a great spot to hang out at night. The only thing I wish is that they had a nice outdoor pool, but you can’t get everything.

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3 comments

  1. Great write up! We live in Napa so don’t have much occasion to stay at local hotels, but just for the hell of it we stayed at the Andaz just to check it out. 3 mile from home – almost a staycation? You visited the best wineries, too. Nice taste! Feel free to check out our wine country blog at http://www.topochinesvino.com and follow us if you like what you see.

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  2. Love it – take me back now! Xx

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