Napa Valley, United States

Rancho Caymus Inn

Price per night from$344.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD344.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Sweet valley hacienda

Setting

The long and wining road

Rancho Caymus Inn lies just steps from lauded Napa Valley wine producers including Beaulieu Vineyard and the Round Pond Estate. But that’s far from all this revamped hacienda has going for it. There’s a pool in the courtyard, where terracotta tiles, blooming flower baskets, shaded spots beneath trailing vines and a colourful Grape Harvest wall mosaic provide the movie-set backdrop for a refreshing dip, or ice-cold glass of crisp chardonnay. Rooms come with dramatic carved bedsteads, stovepipe fireplaces for cooler evenings and patios or balconies overlooking the courtyard. Then, of course, there’s the wine: rich Rutherford reds borne from the very soil beneath your feet, sipped by poolside fire pits with friends as the sun goes down.

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A free bottle of wine on arrival.

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

26, including three suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £338.92 ($428), including tax at 24.416 per cent.

More details

Rates include an extensive breakfast selection, including English muffins, eggs, bacon, sausage, homemade granola, yoghurt, fresh fruits and berries and a selection of juices, teas and coffees.

At the hotel

Hot tub, free WiFi. In rooms: 55-inch flatscreen TV, stovepipe-style gas fireplace, tea- and coffee-making kit, free bottled water, air-conditioning, Tarocco toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Room 109, a premium suite with a huge wraparound balcony, is our pick of the bunch. Like other rooms at Rancho Caymus Inn, it features oak-beamed ceilings, a stovepipe-style gas fireplace and stucco walls adorned with decorative plates and Ecuadorian textiles retained from the inn’s original decor. What really sets this one apart though, is the original stained-glass bathroom window by Napa Valley artist Gaye Frisk. Suites are dual-level, so mind you don’t miss the step up to your hand-carved oak bed after one too many ‘last’ nightcaps in the courtyard, or you may wind up with an even sorer head in the morning.

Poolside

The courtyard pool is heated, so good for a dip year-round. It’s open daily 7am–11pm, as is the jetted hot tub right next to it.

Packing tips

You’re not expected to dress to the nines for wine tastings here. No, not even at the most prestigious vineyards. Wine country casual is king in Napa Valley, meaning jeans are fine and comfortable shoes are actively encouraged (so leave the kitten heels at home, boys). Pack a broad-brimmed straw hat for sun protection and, natch, to achieve that perfect sipping-wine-by-a-vine-in-a-hat selfie. And don’t forget the all-important Alka-Seltzer to stave off any unfortunate wine-swigging side effects the next morning.

Also

Your room key unlocks the hotel’s small honesty shop, where a selection of snacks, drinks, supplies and, yes, wines can be purchased.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome but there are no specific facilities for kids beyond pack-and-play travel cribs that are available on request for a nightly fee of $25.

Food and Drink

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Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at the inn, but snacks including olives and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to order between 12 noon and 6.30pm. Breakfast is served from 7.30am–10.30am.

Hotel bar

No bar, but there’s plenty of wine and beer available to buy by the glass or bottle, to sip in the courtyard or in your room.

Room service

You can have breakfast served to your room for a small fee, as well as snacks and drinks throughout the day.

Location

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Address
Rancho Caymus Inn
1140 Rutherford Road
Rutherford
94573
United States

Slap bang in the middle of wine country, Rancho Caymus Inn sits a little under 20 minutes from Napa’s gently rolling hills in the south of the valley and Calistoga at the mountainous northern tip.

Planes

The 75-mile drive from San Francisco International Airport takes around an 90 minutes, or longer if you pause en route to ogle Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Automobiles

There are dozens of car-rental agencies at the airport and almost no public transport in Napa Valley. So, in short, getting your own set of wheels is a no-brainer. The drive across the Oakland Bay Bridge and into California’s wine heartlands is worth the entry price alone even if, once you get to Rancho Caymus Inn, you’ll find there are several wineries within easy walking distance. Parking at the hotel is free.

Worth getting out of bed for

At the risk of stating the obvious, we heard through the grapevine that there may be a few decent wineries in the vicinity if you look hard enough. In fact with Rancho Caymus Inn smack dab in the centre of Napa Valley, there are hundreds within stumbling distance. The phrase ‘spoiled for choice’ has never felt so apt. Fortunately, the hotel makes it a little easier by playing favourite with a smattering of ultra-local producers…

They’ve been making award-winning wine at Beaulieu Vineyard for more than a century, so you can be sure the cabernets you’ll taste here have quite the pedigree. You’ll also discover the magical wine-making properties of ‘Rutherford dust’, a phrase clearly coined long before marketing departments came along. Best of all, this one’s just round the corner across (we kid you not) Grape Lane, so you can safely leave the spittoon back at the ranch.

The Round Pond Estate is slightly further afield – an epic three-minute drive, to be precise – but very much worth it for what awaits the intrepid wine lover there. We’re talking panoramic views of verdant vineyards and the undulating hills beyond, coupled with Bordeaux-style wines and velvety olive oils made right here on the estate. But not, as far as we can tell, a round pond.

Of course, even the most seasoned wine aficionado needs a day off the sauce now and again and, handily, the valley offers up alternative day-trip options galore. Take a hot-air-balloon ride over the patchwork of vineyards to the mountains (glass of wine optional) or stay closer to terra firma on a horseback ride through wine country (glass of wine optional).

It’s less than 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel to downtown Napa. A day trip here might include a stroll around the Napa Art Trail, admiring avant-garde sculptures and art installations by local artists. Or a lazy riverside bike ride along the Napa Valley Vine Trail to Yountville. Or, you know, you might feel more at home just exploring the trendy urban wine bars here, of which there are, of course, barrel-loads.

Local restaurants

Flanked by two rather enormous palms, the Rutherford Grill is something of a local legend in this tiny Napa Valley village. Down-home vibes and a devoted crowd of wine-loving locals make for a lively joint with – do we even need to say it? – a list of local tipples as long as your arm. Pair a classic cab sauv or zinfandel with prime fillet beef tenderloin or wash down barbecued pork ribs from the oak-fired grill with a buttery chardonnay. Best of all, this one’s just two minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Just down the road from the picturesque Rutherford Hill Winery, Auberge du Soleil is an altogether more refined affair. Three-course dinner menus start in the region of $140, but this is a menu that includes Osetra caviar, chilled Maine lobster and top-grade A5 Japanese wagyu beef, so perhaps the lofty price-tag is merited. The veranda views from this hillside villa are equally decadent, taking in lush oak forests, vineyard valleys and mountains silhouetted against the horizon. An epic wine list that includes Napa Valley’s finest as well as selections from New Zealand, France and elsewhere comes as standard.

Local cafés

We know, we know. You came here for the wine not the coffee, right? But we’d argue that too much of the former necessitates a little of the latte(r), and Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company is more than worth the seven-minute drive. Big windows and woody interiors make this a pleasant setting for a recovery espresso or, if you're in the mood for something infinitely, indescribably sweeter, a cinnamon-y snickerdoodle latte.

Local bars

There aren’t a great many standalone bars in this neck of the woods, but if you’re in the market for some palate-cleansing cocktails ahead of your next wine-tasting appointment, you could do worse than the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. A short drive north in St Helena, its artisanal cocktails are made using homegrown produce and include such originals as Puttin’ on the Spritz, made with late-harvest chardonnay from the ranch blended with poppy flower amaro, grapefruit and a dash of fizz.

Just round the corner, the Goose & Gander serves up a daunting selection of gin, vodka, whiskey, rum and bourbon cocktails as well as some excellent pilsners, saison ales and Belgian brews from Napa Valley producers.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 Spanish-style hacienda in Napa Valley and unpacked (and uncorked) their stash of superlative sauvignons, a full account of their boozy wine country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Rancho Caymus Inn in Rutherford, California…

You could be forgiven for thinking Rancho Caymus Inn has been here forever, so effortlessly does this traditional Spanish-style hacienda – all honeyed stucco walls, terracotta roof tiles and heavy, hand-hewn oak doors – blend into its valley surroundings. In fact it was designed and built as recently as the 1980s by Morton Salt heiress, vintner and sculptor Mary Tilden Morton, whose extraordinary vision lives on into the 21st century even after a recent multi-million dollar revamp. It’s there in the textiles she hand-picked from Ecuador markets, now lovingly preserved in frames inside every room; it’s there in the stained glass windows and murals she commissioned, and it’s there in the repurposed oak beams she rescued from a dilapidated 19th-century barn in Ohio.

The addition of private patios, gleaming white bathrooms, fire pits and smart lounge areas feel like modern enhancements to a timeless classic, simultaneously lifting the whole place without sacrificing Mary’s original vision.

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Price per night from $344.00