North Block Hotel in Yountville unites great wine, food and relaxation in the heart of Napa Valley. Surrounded by cult-favourite vineyards, Yountville is perfectly placed for you to taste the valley’s best wines, by car or a pedal on the hotel bicycles, while travellers come from around the world to dine at Yountville’s restaurants. At the end of the day, retreat to Mediterranean-style rooms facing lush courtyards and far-off mountains from private terraces or balconies for the ideal spot to uncork a bottle of California red…
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11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from £421.30 ($518), including tax at 15.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $42.02 per room per night on check-in.
Rates don't include breakfast.
Take off for a Napa cycling tour on the hotel’s GenZe bikes, which are free for guests’ use.
At the hotel
Gardens, on-site parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, free bottled water, coffee machine, signature bath products. Many rooms have a fireplace.
Our favourite rooms
Opt for an upstairs Deluxe or Superior room with a balcony for the ideal spot to take in the quiet misty mornings. On chillier nights, the fireplace in the Superior and Premium rooms is the ideal backdrop for a great Napa cabernet.
The heated lap pool is surrounded by a lounge area and sun chairs, with a nearby hot tub.
Due to Covid-19, the tranquil Francis & Alexander Spa is closed until the end of 2020. When open, it offers massages, facials, scrubs and couples’ treatments sourced in and inspired by the surrounding Napa Valley. The Un-Corked, for example, is an exfoliation and massage that uses ground grape seeds and wine corks.
Bring an appetite: Yountville is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, so you’ll eat well within an easy stroll of the hotel.
The public areas are wheelchair accessible, and the pool has a motorised lift. There’s no elevator access for the second-floor rooms, but there is one ADA ground-floor guest room with a roll-in shower.
Take a table in the courtyard, for starlit dinners.
Opt for a jumpsuit or maxi dress with light layers for chillier Napa nights.
Chef Chef Nick Tamburo from New York's Momofuku has leaned into Cali-style cooking, implementing a daring menu with bold, often Asian-inspired, smoky flavours; wood-fired, naturally-leavened pizzas; and vegetarian dishes to get excited about. Kampachi with Meyer lemon and chrysanthemum; wood-fired cabbage with Kokuho rose rice, enoki mushroom and chilli; and duck liver with matcha show a masterful talent for fusion, and dishes get freshened up each season.
Enjoy a free glass of champagne, wine or spirits from the lobby bar cart. Unsurprisingly, the restaurant's wine list stays largely local, and has a small edit of classic cocktails – although, the lime-pickle martini pairs well with Tamburo's complex flavour profiles.
Breakfast is from 8am to 10am, lunch from 11am to 2.30pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm (till 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays). And on Sundays brunch runs from 9am to 2.30pm.
North Block Hotel is situated in beautiful Yountville, in the heart of Napa Valley.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the nearest major airport, a 68-mile drive from the hotel. Direct flights are available from throughout the world, including Heathrow (British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United), New York (Delta, United, American Airlines) and other major national and international hubs. Contact Smith24 for assistance with transfers.
There is no major train travel to Napa — the nearest Amtrak station is in Martinez.
Hiring a car is advisable for anyone eager to explore the valley or nearby Sonoma and the California coast. The hotel’s a block off Route 29, with abundant free parking.
Worth getting out of bed for
Blame wine hangovers or the valley’s restorative fresh air, but Napa is notorious for its slightly later start to the day. If coffee on the balcony and pastries from world-famous Bouchon Bakery – available as part of the breakfast buffet – don’t fully restore you, book a massage in the wine-inspired spa or nab sunloungers by the pool. When in Wine Country, designate a driver (or hire one for the day) and hit the nearby tasting rooms. Yountville is home to Jessup Cellars, Hope & Grace Wines, Priest Ranch Winery, Domaine Chandon… Please drink responsibly – and if you can't do that, hop on the wine train through Napa Valley.
Yountville is renowned for its fantastic food, thanks to Thomas Keller’s trio of destinations. Tables at The French Laundry are nearly impossible to come by, and require reservations the day tables become available, but those lucky enough to land a table can enjoy inventive seasonal fare often using produce plucked from the massive garden across the street. Bouchon Bakery is great for pastries and casual lunches. Keller’s Ad Hoc was not meant to be a permanent restaurant, but the prix-fixe family-style dinners became so popular that it’s become a firm fixture on the Napa Valley scene, especially on Mondays for fried chicken. Redd, by Richard Reddington, may have gone, but sister property Redd Wood is still going strong, wood-firing up on-point pizzas and serving a judicious edit of pastas.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in California and unpacked their cabernets and chardonnays, a full account of their wine country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside North Block Hotel in Napa Valley…
Napa Valley is all about good wine, good food and utter relaxation… and North Block Hotel is available to help with all three. Set in the heart of Yountville, Napa’s gourmet headquarters, the hotel is well positioned to access the best of the valley’s famed wineries. And when it comes to food, Yountville is world famous for its restaurants, including Thomas Keller’s the French Laundry and Richard Reddington's Redd. Reddington’s more casual second restaurant, Redd Wood, is part of the hotel, serving wood-fired pizzas and seasonal dishes that are ideal to pair with local wines. Breakfast pastries come from Keller’s Bouchon Bakery each morning. And as for relaxation, North Block has created a tranquil escape of lush gardens, a cooling pool and a top-tier spa that sources wine-inspired ingredients for rejuvenating scrubs and massages. At night, retreat to crisp, simply furnished rooms that are designed to turn attention to the beautiful views of the Mayacamas Mountains and vineyard-dotted valley from their private balconies and large windows.