The Napa Valley loves its charming inns and luxury wine-focused resorts, but it was only a matter of time before a hip, young boutique hotel opened with a trendier style (and price tag) to attract all those San Francisco start-up types. The first Northern California outpost of Hyatt’s cool boutique brand, the Andaz Napa fills a much-needed gap, with its urban design sensibility and lively cocktail bar—because Napa isn’t just about wine. Live music and art exhibitions pop up regularly in the bar, the (nonalcoholic) minibars are free, rooms have two-person soaking tubs right next to the bed, and the attractive young staff are friendly and knowledgeable, happy to offer personalized suggestions or insider tips. Sure, there’s no pool, but the rooftop has a secret lounge area; there might not be a spa, but the hot springs up the road in Calistoga would be better, anyway. And, being in the heart of the city of Napa means that you can explore the streets (lined with farm-to-table restaurants and wine-focused bars) on foot before heading out to visit the wineries around the Valley.
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Located right in the center of the city of Napa, the Andaz Napa puts guests within walking distance of many urban cultural attractions, in addition to a short drive from the outdoor pursuits and wineries for which the valley is known. The town houses art galleries including Grand Hand Gallery, and it hosts cultural festivals like the Napa Valley Film Festival and the BottleRock music festival. There’s plenty of shopping to be done—pop into Betty’s Girl Boutique for reimagined vintage clothes or Oxbow Public Market for gourmet snacks—and, of course, top-notch restaurants like the Oenotri are on nearly every block. When it’s time to head out to the wineries, the Napa Valley Wine Train starts right here in town.
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Rooms: 141 rooms, four suites. From $249. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: A farm-to-table breakfast is served daily in the sunny Andaz Farmers Table dining room, and coffee and pastries are available throughout the day. Mercantile Social, the trendy lobby bar and lounge, offers craft cocktails, an extensive local wine list, and locally sourced light bites all afternoon and well into the night; live music serenades well-dressed crowds twice a week. Free winetastings are also held regularly for guests. Spa and gym details: While the hotel does not have a spa or fitness center, guests have free access to the full-service gym next door, which has modern equipment and a wide range of fitness classes.
Who it’s best for: Budget-conscious travelers with an eye for design. Our favorite rooms: The urban-inspired Andaz Large Lofts are the most romantic rooms in the house, with an oversize soaking tub in the bedroom and a two-sided fireplace separating the living room from the bedroom. Good to know: The concierge has a handful of curated insider itineraries to help guests explore Napa, with tips for everything from the best picnic spots to the wineries offering free tastings.