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 to taste the valley’s best wines, by car or a pedal on the hotel bicycles. Travellers come from around the world to dine at Yountville’s restaurants, including the hotel’s stylish Redd Wood, from beloved local chef Richard Reddington. 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 £371.08 ($467), including tax at 15.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $40.32 per room per night on check-in.
Rates include a Continental breakfast of Bouchon Bakery pastries, Greek yogurt, seasonal fruit, cheeses, made-in-house charcuterie, quiche and breakfast potatoes.
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.
The tranquil Francis & Alexander Spa 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.
Hip, but casual, just like the food. Opt for a jumpsuit or maxi dress with light layers for chillier Napa nights.
Redd Wood, from renowned local chef Richard Reddington, is a hip casual bistro specialising in wood-fired pizzas, wood-roasted meats and vegetable dishes using local produce. The pizzas, including a version topped with bacon, asparagus and red onion, are especially good with Napa cabernets, and a nice complement to the rich, more formal dining options around town.
There’s a bar within the restaurant, with a fantastic selection of local wines and classic cocktails.
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10am, lunch from 11.30 to 2pm and dinner from 4 to 10pm.
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.