12 Best Budget Hotels in Napa and Sonoma

Daniel Mangin | February 02, 2018

With the fanciest accommodations pricing out at $6,000 per night or more in season and many rooms in the high three or low four figures, finding a bargain in Northern California's Wine Country can be a challenge. These 12 hotels cost way less than more fashionable competitors, but each in its way has a touch of style and one or more rooms at budget prices. These are some cheap options for hotels in California Wine Country.


Hampton Inn and Suites Napa

Why it made the list

The "rustic modern" aesthetic, comfortable beds, ample hot breakfasts, and reasonable rates even in season make the Hampton worth considering despite its location away from the downtown Napa action.

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El Pueblo Inn

Why it made the list

This motel's guests enjoy lower rates than at comparable lodgings near Sonoma Plaza, several blocks to the east. The lush garden and a large pool area add to the appeal.

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AutoCamp Russian River

Why it made the list

Year-round, guests camp a mile west of downtown Guerneville in cleverly modified Airstream trailers, but during summer and parts of spring and fall, fancy tents are set up under the redwoods. Considering what nearby rooms go for in season, the tents are a bargain, and the trailer rates aren't bad, either.

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Swiss Hotel

Why it made the list

Across from Sonoma Plaza and a slice of history itself, the five-room Swiss Hotel isn't fancy or modern, but the price is right, the location is convenient, and the frozen-in-time bar is a fun hangout.

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Napa Valley Railway Inn

Why it made the list

Eight of the inn's nine rooms are in railcars more than a hundred years old. For downtown Yountville, where rooms can be pricey, these historic lodgings are a bargain.

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UpValley Inn & Hot Springs

Why it made the list

A snazzy redesign transformed this Calistoga chain motel into a classy budget perch. On-site geothermal waters feed the pool and hot tub.

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Camellia Inn

Why it made the list

The "budget room" inside the Camellia's main 1869 Victorian is one of Healdsburg's best values for lodging within walking distance of the town's plaza. Book way ahead, though.

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Sonoma Creek Inn

Why it made the list

Cyclists in the know book rooms at this bike-friendly inn 2¾ miles from Sonoma Plaza, but it's a sound budget choice even if you're not pedaling your way through the Wine Country.

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Cottages on River Road

Why it made the list

Five of the 19 cottages at this lodging 1¼ miles east of downtown Guerneville have two bedrooms, making them especially good bargains for families and groups. The smallest units are a deal for solo travelers and couples.

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Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

Why it made the list

New owners have infused this delightful property a few blocks north of downtown Calistoga with pep and retro style.

A 1947 roadside motel renovated in midcentury-modern style, Read More


Maison Fleurie

Why it made the list

The five smallest rooms at this country-French inn across the street from the luxury Bardessono hotel represent downtown Yountville's best lodging bargains, especially when you factor in Maison Fleurie's buffet-breakfast spread.

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The Astro Motel

Why it made the list

A labor of love for its owners and staff, this retro motel in downtown Santa Rosa bristles with authentic midcentury-modern style. Twenty miles away in Healdsburg you'd pay twice as much for a room, and there's a blossoming arts district just steps away.

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