Updated: May 21, 2015

Review: Avia Hotel Napa, CA:

best victoria hotels - magnolia If you are considering a trip to Napa California there are many options in terms of where you could stay. The town of Napa has grown considerably over the last decade and there are some new hotels like Avia Hotel located right on First Street. My wife and I had been planning our trip for a few months as we had finally secured a reservation at the famous French Laundry restaurant just up the road in Yountville. Yountville hotels are expensive with Hotel Luca and Bardessono Hotel priced at well above $300/night. We focused our lodging choices to Napa and looked into the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa but it was too far from the downtown area. The Embassy Suites is off the beaten path as well and just off Hwy 29. The Westin Verasa Napa gets excellent reviews and is priced competitively, but ultimately we went with the Avia Napa. We booked our reservation online at their website about 30 days before our arrival date and there was no problem with getting the room and rate we wanted. They have package deals that also include spa visits or wine tastings, but we had other plans while in town so we just stuck with the basic room reservation.





The Avia Napa, CA is modern and couldn't be located much better. It's within walking distance to almost all the stores and shops in Napa. The new development has really given Napa a facelift although many of the store fronts we saw in February 2011 were vacant or for lease. It appears that Napa may have grown too quickly and now they have open storefronts that can't make it financially. The hotel appeared to be doing just fine and we hope it survives the current recessionary conditions. We have supplied lots of photos (see below) of the entrance, rooms, terrace, and wine bar. There is no parking in front of the hotel, although you can stop your car and unload your bags and even do their valet parking option if you want. We chose to do the self-park and drive around the block and use the parking structure right behind the hotel. It was easy and there is no charge to park on the 3rd floor (use the designated spots for Avia Hotel). The entrance is not overly grand, but the wine bar is off to your right with the concierge desk and reception counter off to the left. Check-in was simple because I had already prepaid the room so up to the 4th floor we went to see the room. Our luxury suite with 1 king bed and a walk in shower was just perfect. It overlooked the front of the hotel which faces First Street. There was a nice 42 inch TV as well as a smaller flat panel television off in the sitting area with the couch. The room includes a small minibar with coffee, water, candy, and Dean & Deluca snacks. There are waffle terry robes waiting for you in the closet - great for after a shower. I will say we were a bit surprised to find that the room was heated up to 82 degrees when we arrived which made it quite stifling until we lowered it to a more comfortable 70 degrees. The bathroom was amazing with white marble, good size vanity, and the walk in shower and a waterfall shower head. The king bed was very comfortable to sleep on and the blackout blinds/curtains kept the room nice and dark for a good nights sleep. Other room type options include a luxury king room with a soaking tub and a little more floor space and the Harvest and Vintner Suites which look beautiful. A huge bonus was the outdoor terrace just off the 2nd floor. It features hardwood decking, loungers, porch swings, and a cozy fire pit for late night star gazing. We spent an hour on the terrace on the night we stayed at the Avia. Another couple joined us while we chatted and sipped our wine while staying plenty warm next to the firepit. There is a seasonal drink service counter that was closed during our stay. Back downstairs in the lobby area is the wine bar which was practically empty by 9:30 PM the night we were in town, but the bartender was knowledgeable of wines and told us to head up to the terrace and enjoy the fire. The staff was very helpful and the concierge even helped us book a reservation for wine tasting at the Cakebread Cellars. We only stayed 1 night, but it was memorable and certainly a hotel we would recommend to friends and family. The actual address is 1450 First Street, Napa, California 94559-2843. Phone #'s are 707.224.3900 or 866.644.2842. Their official website can be found online at http://www.aviahotels.com/hotels/napa/.

Best Places to Stay in Napa Valley California:

Napa is best known for the wine country that surrounds this beautiful region of Northern California. Start in Napa and head north on Hwy 29 or the Silverado Trail and visit dozens of wineries like Robert Mondavi, Cakebread Cellars, Chandon, Francisco, and more. Other towns that have lodging include Yountville, Calistoga, and St. Helena. There are a great mix of new boutique hotels and charming older bed and breakfasts scattered throughout the valley. Napa Valley Hotel Reviews - Websites like Tripadvistor.com or Yelp do a nice job of offering up consumer reviews on all the hotel accommodations in Napa. Find out what others have to say about a perspective hotel or inn you want to stay at. We found that almost all the places on Tripadvisor get good reviews - there are some people who want to complain about the smallest things. I guess you are entitled to do that when you are paying $350/night. Our experience at Avia Hotel was just fine - we paid less than $175/night and the room was really nice. Keep in mind that even if you stay in Napa and to drive up to Calistoga for lunch it's really only about a 40 minute drive. Things are close by each other so driving is convenient and there are wineries every mile or so to stop into. If driving isn't what you want to do, consider the famous Napa Valley Wine Train to take you.

Avia Hotel Napa Deals:

There are promotion code rates available on their website and you can check those out. We did the prepaid deal which gave us a slight discount over the regular nightly rate. You take the chance of having to forfeit your payment in case you can't make the reservation, but we took the chance and it paid off. Sometimes you can get other deals through travel websites like Travelocity or Expedia. When all else fails, call the hotel and see if they are offering any "deals". Given that the town seemed fairly empty when we were in town, they may be able to work with you on a discounted rate.

Here's the king bed with headboard and couch to the right.

Here's the bathroom - walk in shower with white marble.

Sitting area with couch and view over the front street area..

Wine bar just off the lobby area..

magnolia hotel lobby
Firepit on the 2nd floor terrace..

Tables and chairs on the terrace. Great place to relax..