Sunday, November 22, 2009

Napa Valley Marriott: Comfort & Convenience

Last weekend, I returned to where I now call my second home, Napa Valley. I was fortunate enough to stay in the Napa Valley Marriott. I am including them in the Downtown Napa Series, because they are about a mile or two from downtown, and if your stay in Napa includes activities which commence either downtown or along Highway 29, the Napa Valley Marriott is a great place to lodge.

The Napa Valley Marriott is convenient to most of the wineries along Highway 29 such as V. Sattui, and Whitehall Lane (both technically in St. Helena), two of my favorites that I visited on Saturday.

Some of the amenities at the Napa Valley Marriott include a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, a fully equipped fitness center, room service, complimentary daily wine tasting, 20,000 square feet of event space, full business center, self-service laundry facilities, valet laundry service, safe deposit box at front desk, gift shop/newsstand, complimentary hotel parking, and their spa and salon, Amadeus.

Here's a shot of their lobby, which is complete with lots of reading material, a cozy fireplace, a helpful and friendly concierge, and plenty of brochures on where to go and what to do.

I took this picture from the patio of my room, which led out to a lovely courtyard.

During 5:30-7:30pm, the Napa Valley Marriott offers wine tasting and appetizers in their concierge lounge.

Above are some of the appetizers that were out the evening I stayed. A big veggie tray (bonus points for having jicama!) and some egg rolls. They were pouring wines from BV (a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon) (another one of my favorite wineries to visit). The Concierge Lounge also provides a continental breakfast from 6:30–10am, and desserts from 7:30-10pm.

This train model of the Napa Valley Wine Train sits on top of the mantle in the lobby at the Napa Valley Marriott. I loved it so much I snapped a picture of it, and it reminds me to let you know about a special package deal going between the Wine Train and the Marriott! It's the Rails and Relaxation Package.

“Rails & Relaxation” Package
If you read any of my post on The Napa Valley Wine Train, you know that I believe it to be a must-see, must do. It's a gourmet meal on a restored vintage train as you cruise past amazing Napa Valley scenery and sip fabulous local wines... And now that it's scheduled to make an appearance on this week's Top Chef, what are you waiting for?

The Napa Valley Marriott has a special Rails & Relaxation Package that allows you to enjoy a luxury resort experience in tandem with a relaxing Napa Valley Wine Train Tour. The Napa Valley Marriott Rails & Relaxation Package includes...
• Overnight accommodations
• Upgrade to Concierge-level guestroom
• 50-minute couples Swedish massage at the famed Amadeus Spa
• Gourmet dinner for two on the Napa Valley Wine Train

Special Offer: November-April
$489 Package Price + tax (Normal price: $679 retail, a $190 savings)
Each additional room night for only $149 + tax
This package has the booking code: RXL

For details on other packages the Napa Valley Marriott offers, click here.

In addition to spacious/comfortable rooms and dining on premises at Harvest Cafe and Characters Bar & Grill, the Napa Valley Marriott also boasts the Amadeus Spa and Salon. The Amadeus offers a variety of spa treatments, including facials, body treatments, and massages. Eucalyptus steam, shower, and Jacuzzi, is complimentary with any spa service if you arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time. The Amadeus Spa and Salon is also equipped with a Fitness center, complete with a pool, state-of-the-art training equipment, and an array of dumbbells and free weights; cardiovascular equipment includes computerized exercise bikes, free climbers, treadmills, and elliptical climbers. Other amenities at the Amadeus:
• Wet rooms (by appointment only), with a vichy shower (six multi-adjusting shower heads, creating the feel of lying under a warm tropical rain).
• Hydrotherapy Specialty Baths (by appointment only).
• a Rest Area.
• Napa Fitness Lunch option (prepared by Brian Whitmer, the award-winning chef of the Napa Valley Marriott).

If you'll be spending Thanksgiving at the Napa Marriott, they are offering a menu for the holiday for $40 per person, $30 seniors, and $15 for children. See what they'll be serving for dinner by clicking here.

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