Part of the Hyatt family, this boutique hotel with an urban-hip vibe has luxuriously appointed rooms with white-marble bathrooms stocked with high-quality bath products. On the ground floor are wine-tasting rooms, a restaurant, and bikes for rent. From spring into fall, the second-floor Mercantile Terrace is a stylishly casual outdoor spot to sip wine or cocktails or just hang out. The well-trained staffers here provide low-key yet polished service.
The splurge here, the 1,000-square-foot Vintner Suite, has two sofas, a dining room that seats up to 15 people, and a private balcony with a retractable glass wall.
Rooms come in several categories, from standard kings with or without views to loft rooms, some of which have a private balcony and face an interior terrace. Even the smallest room seems reasonably spacious. All rooms contain a complimentary minibar well stocked with snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. The dual-sided glass-enclosed fireplace facing both the sitting and sleeping areas is a nice touch in the Large Loft category rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms along 1st Street pick up noise, though the double-pane windows mitigate this.
All the bathrooms are done in white marble, with gleaming chrome fixtures and walk-in showers. A sleek oval soaking tub adjoins the bathroom in many rooms—tubs in the Large Loft category are spacious enough for two. The deluxe 29 Cosmetics bath products are by Lydia Mondavi of the famous wine family.
The vibe in the Andaz Napa's lobby is a cross between living room and lounge. There's a bar to the right, comfortable seating to the left, and no front desk. Instead, hosts appear with iPads and an offer of coffee, wine, or water, with the goal to make you feel immediately in good care. In the evening, the lobby is a fun place to hang out, with the bar serving craft spirits and musicians (usually acoustic) sometimes performing. Local wineries sometimes pour wines in the late afternoon.
In-room massages—Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and aroma candle—are available through the nearby Greenhaus European Day Spa. You can arrange for a couple massage if desired.
Guests have privileges next door to the hotel at the Exertec Health & Fitness Center, which has exercise equipment, an indoor pool, a steam room and a sauna, and a Jacuzzi.
The ground-floor Andaz Farmers Table serves breakfast daily, with a menu that includes pancakes, egg dishes, and espresso drinks. You can also order breakfast to go. The separately run Tarla Mediterranean Bar & Grill, in a ground-floor storefront, is open for lunch and dinner.
Craft spirits from local distillers are the focus at Mercantile Social, the Andaz Napa's lobby bar, which also serves craft beers and wines from local boutique wineries. Mercantile Terrace, on the second floor and open seasonally, has cozy cabanas and fire pits. A cool place for a late-afternoon cocktail, it often bustles on summer weekend evenings.
Downtown Napa is easily walkable, with many shops, restaurants, bars, and tasting rooms within 15 minutes of the Andaz. Uber and Lyft serve the area. You can self park for free at a city-owned garage behind the hotel. Valet parking (fee) is also available. Except on summer and early fall weekend nights, parking is rarely too difficult. The hotel has electric bikes for hourly rental that can be pedaled conventionally or powered up if needed.
Restaurants of note within walking distance include Oenotri (1-minute) for pizza and rustic Italian; Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant and Merchant (1-minute walk) for small and large plates paired with French, California, and other wines chosen by the sommelier co-owners; Charlie Palmer Steak (1-minute walk) for major beef action; casual Grace's Table (2 minutes) for eclectic American cuisine (vegan-friendly); Miminashi (5 minutes) for izakaya Japanese bar-style cuisine (plus excellent soft ice-cream); and Carpe Diem Wine Bar (6 minutes) for small plates (locals love the happy hour food and bevs).
The JaM Cellars and John Anthony wine tasting rooms occupy separate storefronts on either side of the Andaz Napa's entrance. Both are open well into the evening. JaM, known for its everyday wines—Toast (sparkling wine), Butter (Chardonnay), and Jam (Cabernet Sauvignon)—often hosts live music. Connoisseurs head to John Anthony for sparkling wine, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet. Vinyl sides and high-quality wines and beers make Cadet Wine + Beer (1-minute walk) popular with a youngish crowd. Head over to the Blue Note Napa (6-minute walk) for cocktails and live jazz.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Upscale contemporary without being pretentious, the Andaz Napa does casual chic right. The mood is deceptively low-key, but the service is attentive and unfailingly cheery. With their leather headboards, marble bathrooms, and rich color palette the rooms feel elegant yet utterly modern, and the beds are beyond comfortable. The convenient location near tasting rooms, restaurants, and Main Street and 1st Street shopping seals the deal.