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Hotel Review: Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa Valley

Hotel Review: The Luxurious Carneros Resort & Spa located in Napa Valley

Surrounded by rolling vineyards in a picturesque countryside setting, Carneros Resort and Spa offers a private retreat that delivers a relaxed and luxurious quintessential Napa experience.

Resort Overview

Carneros Resort and Spa is surrounded by 28 acres of grapevines, fruit trees and picturesque farmland and located a few miles southwest of Napa, California at what I like to refer to as the gateway to both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley Wine Country.  From here you can explore the valleys’ superb vineyards, eateries, and wine tasting rooms.  In terms of location, the resort is a five minute drive to downtown Napa and a short 15 minute drive to downtown Sonoma Plaza.

Interested in receiving extra benefits for your stay at the Carneros Resort & Spa, including potential room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, spa credit, and more?  

Send me an email at [email protected] for more details!

Carneros Resort just completed a recent renovation to its cottages and suites and as part of the resort's makeover, was rebranded from Carneros Inn to Carneros Resort and Spa.  The new name, Carneros Resort and Spa, was inspired by the word “carneros”, Spanish for rams, and is said to refer back to the earlier use of the area as grazing land for sheep.  This historical connotation is featured by incorporating a ram’s head in the updated logo.

The lobby was also updated and is stunning with a luxury farmhouse chic vibe to it and is a perfect way to greet arriving guests.


The unique luxury resort isn't setup like your typical hotel and instead is spread out among 94 charming cottages and suites and six luxurious private homes clustered throughout the property footprint.  The decor of the entire property is inspired by Napa’s working countryside with a luxurious farm-style architecture and an indoor-outdoor feel.

The rooms here are individual cottages set up in small neighborhoods and feature amenities including fireplaces, indoor-outdoor showers, individual hot tubs and expansive French doors leading to landscaped gardens and personal fire pits.

Accommodations here are more than traditional guestrooms - they are individual free-standing cottages that result in a true residential feel.  Each cottage features a private front porch and a .  Bedding options include one king or two double beds and the Harvest upgrade features an outdoor soaking tub.

All Cottages include:
  • Heated slate floors in the bathroom 
  • Nespresso coffee and espresso machine
  • Large flat screen TV
  • Oversize backlit vanity mirror
  • Large walk-in shower with attached al fresco shower 
  • Soaring vaulted ceilings and ceiling fan 
  • Elegant decor with soothing neutral tones and French doors
  • Private front porch and deck with rocking chair 
  • Private backyard garden with a sundeck, table and chairs, garden, fire pit, and chaise lounge

Carneros Residence accommodations provide all the comforts of home including a full kitchen, living room, expansive patio deck, multiple bedrooms and an outdoor patio with fireplace.

Residence accommodations are ideal for entertaining and dining experiences, select residences also feature an outdoor barbecue and in-ground hot tub.  

Luxury Homes
Experience the ultimate in Wine Country living in a private vacation home.  Nestled in a gated community, guests have a choice of two and three bedroom homes well-appointed with high-end amenities and decor that feature 2,400 square feet of indoor space, 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space and five unique home layouts to choose from.


Carneros Resort is home to three restaurants including FARM, Boon Fly Cafe and Hilltop Dining Room.
  • FARM is fine dining at its best, and the restaurant features produce from the Resort’s culinary garden and orchards. 

  • Boon Fly Cafe is more of a casual experience and a a popular roadside eatery featuring modern rustic cuisine.
  • Hilltop Dining Room is a guest exclusive only restaurant featuring farm to table dining at its finest featuring local ingredients, regional wines and handcrafted cocktails.

Resort Amenities Include:

  • Spa at Carneros
    • A full-service spa offering a variety of rejuvenating treatment in an idyllic setting

  • Two pools and hot tubs
    • Hilltop Pool - Adult Only Pool where you can relax with sweepings view of the Napa countryside. 

    • Otto's pool is family friendly offering plenty of relaxation areas on the spacious pool deck and a kids swimming area as well.  

  • Fitness Center & Classes
    • 3,000 square foot fitness center featuring cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as weekend fitness classes and yoga. The fitness center overlooks the lap pool.

  • Complimentary bicycles and use of in-house Cadillac car
  • On-site boutique featuring luxury resort wear and accessories for men and women
  • Town Square including bocce ball courts, an alfresco lounge, and a gourmet Market where you can find a bounty of gourmet food and beverages.

Note that there is also a $32 per day resort fee which includes:
  • Newspaper delivered daily
  • In-cottage beverage bar
  • Wi-Fi property-wide
  • Custom designed bathroom amenities
  • 800 and local toll phone calls
  • Parking
  • Access to fitness center and complimentary Fitness Classes
  • Wine welcome at Reception
  • Bicycles on property available on a first come first served basis
  • Electrical Vehicle charging stations
  • Weekly events such as wine tasting, live music and outdoor movies
  • Car service within a 5-mile radius of the Resort based on availability
Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities:
The resort is a part of the Virtuoso Hotel Collection and Virtuoso amenities for 2019 and 2020 include the following when booking your stay here through The Family Travel Guy:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (Upgrade not available with all room types)
  • Full American breakfast daily for two per bedroom at Hilltop Dining Room (credit of $60 per bedroom)
  • A $100 Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay 
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wifi

Virtuoso Promotions:
There are some great promotions currently available that are combinable with the above mentioned Virtuoso amenities and include the following:
  • Third Night Free on all Accommodation Types
    • Booking Window: Now – March 28, 2024
    • Travel Window: Now – March 31, 2024

Interested in receiving extra benefits for your stay at the Carneros Resort & Spa for the same price that you can book it for yourself?

Value added benefits when booking through The Family Travel Guy include potential room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, spa credit, and more at this great resort in Napa!  

Send me an email at [email protected] for a quote and more details!