In an area known for its intimate inns and small bed and breakfasts, Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort and Spa offers a different lodging experience in wine country. It’s something you notice immediately upon arrival as you turn into the palm-tree-lined drive that leads to the resort’s large white antebellum-style main building, where a valet greets you, checks you in with an iPad, and directs you to your room, one of 390 rooms scattered across 1,200 acres. There’s nothing small or understated about this resort.
Silverado is a resort in the truest sense of the word. Were it not located in Napa Valley and surrounded by hundreds of wineries and restaurants, you might be tempted not to leave – and if you’re a golfer, you probably won’t.
On the resort grounds, you can golf on one of two courses, swim in one of ten pools, dine at one of three restaurants, play tennis (on one of 13 courts) or bocce ball (at one of three courts), visit the spa, or explore jogging trails that crisscross the property. Tennis lessons and racket and ball machine rental are available, and bikes are available for rent on an hourly or daily basis. For kids, there’s Camp Silverado (6-10 years) or GST Camp, short for Golf Tennis Swim Camp (for kids 11-16).
Each of the resort’s condo suites is different and features unique furnishings and decor; while all are held to a standard of quality, this does unfortunately mean that you don’t know exactly what you’re going to get in terms of style. I stayed in a one-bedroom suite that was spotlessly clean and very comfortable, with furnishings that – while clearly high-quality – felt a bit dated in style.
My one-bedroom condo was on the second floor of a four-unit building, towards the back of the resort’s property. It had a bedroom with plenty of closet space and an iPod dock alarm clock; a spacious living room with TV, balcony overlooking the golf course, and a wood-burning fireplace; a dining area with a table for six; large bathroom with marble tile; and a fully-equipped kitchen with a full-size oven, fridge, dishwasher, toaster and microwave, as well as an honor bar and plenty of dishes and cooking supplies.
One-bedroom suites range from 590-650 square feet. Other room types available include 250 square-foot Resort guest rooms, Junior fireplace suites, one- , two-, and three-bedroom fireplace suites, and two- and three-bedroom vacation rental condos in a gated community on Silverado’s south golf course.
While rooms at Silverado may appeal to those traveling as a family or people who plan to stay several days (and want the convenience of their own kitchen), the draw for most guests is the resort’s many amenities, particularly the golf courses, tennis courts, and spa.
The resort’s north course was voted one of the Top 50 Best Resort Courses by Golf Week and the resort was listed as one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts by Tennis Magazine. The Spa offers 16 private treatment rooms, a full-service salon, outdoor garden treatment cabanas, steam and sauna rooms, outdoor whirlpools and a a 25-meter lap pool. Guests who don’t opt for a spa treatment can use the facilities for $25 per day. The spa’s fitness studio offers a large range of complimentary classes.
Room rates typically start at $200 per night for resort guest rooms and $320-$400 per night for one-bedroom suites, with minimum stay requirements in effect on many weekends and holidays.
Silverado Resort and Spa wouldn’t be my first choice for a weekend getaway in Napa, nor would I recommend it to those who want the quintessential wine country experience in a small and charming inn among the vineyards. But for those looking for a resort with plenty of amenities, visitors planning to stay more than four or five days, or anyone with a passion for golf or tennis, the Silverado Resort and Spa delivers top-notch resort amenities in Napa.
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