The 5 Best Hotels in St. Helena

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  • by ABBY E. WILSON
  • on DECEMBER 21, 2023
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Lodging

The 5 Best Hotels in St. Helena

By Abby E. Wilson December 21, 2023

Just 60 miles north of San Francisco sits the gorgeous town of St. Helena—one of Napa Valley Wine Country’s most sophisticated stopping points. Given its central location in the Napa Valley and many options for luxury resorts, historic hotels, and cozy inns, St. Helena is a perfect home base after a long day of wining and dining at the surrounding vineyards.

With stellar amenities like award-winning spas, yoga studios, restaurants, and more, here’s our roundup of some of our favorite places to stay when in or around St. Helena. Get to packing!

Meadowood
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Meadowood Napa Valley

900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-1200

Luxury and seclusion make Meadowood Napa Valley a romantic lodging option for your next Wine Country escape. Located a few minutes off the Silverado Trail, Meadowood offers a true getaway for visitors, where stunning grounds, woods, and lush vineyards are all within eyeshot. Resort amenities—such as tennis courts, a fitness center, three pools, and a spa—will help you while away the hours, while their on-site restaurant will have you dining on delicious fare any time of day.

Why you’ll love it:
  • Luxury suites & cottages
  • Forbes Five-Star award-winning spa
  • Car service & EV charging stations

Insider Tip: The hotel’s property offers several hiking opportunities nearby; in fact, a three-mile trail with stunning views of the valley begins at Meadowood. Bring the hiking boots, though, as the path can get mossy.

Wydown Hotel
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Wydown Hotel

1424 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-5100

Wydown Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in downtown St. Helena and boasts a chic, modern vibe. The hotel’s 12 rooms have a fresh, sophisticated look, yet remain comfortable and inviting. The “Living Room” lobby also encourages relaxation with its leather couches, TV, board games, and books, where guests like to lounge while sharing the stories from their days. Make new friends, and then walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner or a nightcap.

Why you’ll love it:
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Freshly baked cookies in the afternoon
  • Yoga studio & eucalyptus steam room

Insider Tip: The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum at the St. Helena Public Library Center. For a nice change of pace, wander over to learn about the life of the famed writer of Treasure Island.

Alila Hotel
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Alila Napa Valley

1915 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-7000

Part historic Georgian farmhouse and part sprawling Wine Country resort, Alila is one of the newest luxury accommodations in St. Helena. A dozen different room and suite options are available and are outfitted with streamlined Italian furnishings, in-room soaking tubs, and private outdoor areas with fire pits. Wake up and call it a day next to the picturesque, neighboring Beringer Vineyards, take a dip in the shimmering pool, and be sure to enjoy a meal at their beautiful on-site restaurant, Acacia House, lead by famed chef, Chris Cosentino.

Why you’ll love it:
  • Adults-only retreat
  • Complimentary valet & electric bike rentals
  • Astrology readings & vineyard view painting

Insider Tip: Don’t drop your personal wellness goals during your stay. The hotel offers not only fitness classes, but also a world-class spa to soothe and combat stress. Spa Alila has a robust massage menu that includes Eastern and Western options, along with aroma blending, facials, and even full weekend retreats.

Wine Country Inn & Cottages Napa Valley
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Wine Country Inn & Cottages Napa Valley

1152 Lodi Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-7077

St. Helena’s Wine Country Inn & Cottages may be nestled into a working vineyard and a world away from the everyday, but it’s just moments from the bustling town’s action and the neighboring city of Calistoga. Romantic and relaxing, the Inn offers beautiful rooms and cottages with a laundry list of fantastic complimentary amenities, like half bottle of wine, on-site parking, and Wine Country Breakfast that includes artisanal bread, fresh fruit, and quiche. Partner these perks with cozy bedding, modern design, and their full-size heated swimming pool and hot tub, and you’ve got yourself quite the memorable Napa Valley escape.

Why you’ll love it:
  • Unobstructed vineyard views
  • Hot breakfast buffet daily
  • Every cottage has a fireplace

Insider Tip: No need to leave Fido at home—Wine Country Inn is pet-friendly and offers a fantastic getaway for your furry friends.

Harvest Inn
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Harvest Inn

1 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-9463

With its fantastical natural setting under towering Redwood trees and among gorgeous grapevines, it’s easy to see why St. Helena’s Harvest Inn earned a top spot in the Travel + Leisure Readers’ 15 Favorite Resorts in California, 2023. While there’s no on-site spa, Harvest Inn has teamed up with Health Spa Napa Valley, located just one mile north of the resort, to offer massages, treatments, and more. Got a gear head on your hands? Guests can even pick a Porsche or other luxury vehicle from the lot to cruise through Wine Country in style.

Why you’ll love it:
  • Complimentary bottle of wine
  • Pet-friendly hotel
  • Seasonally-inspired on-site restaurant

Insider Tip: For the cigar enthusiast, the Harvest Inn hosts a monthly Cigar Dinner Series on Thursdays, complete with live music, wine and cigar tasting, and farm-to-table cuisine.