River Walks and Water Views at Napa River Inn

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Written by Nancy D. Brown

You may not be able to see the Pacific Ocean from Napa River Inn, but rest assured, the connection to land and sea was strong for builder and former sea captain Albert Hatt.

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One of the historic rooms at Napa River Inn, downtown Napa

Originally built as a mill in 1884, Captain Hatt utilized the Napa River to dredge the bricks used to build the historic Napa Mill. Currently, the river front property is home to the 66 room Napa River Inn.

Captain Hatt may not be well known among Napa Valley locals, but his name graces room #208, a suite in the historic part of the building, adorned with a claw footed bath tub, fireplace and Victorian inspired furniture.

The Napa River Inn is composed of three buildings; one of historic significance, one nautical themed and one of which offers views of the Napa River. While the historic Hatt Building offers 8 hotel rooms with claw footed tubs, guests wanting water views should request the Embarcadero Building, with fireplace rooms and balconies looking out to the Napa River.

Hotel guests are able to stroll to approximately 30 restaurants, 15 wine tasting rooms and walk across the Napa River bridge to my favorite place – The Oxbow Public Market. This indoor marketplace is a food lover’s delight!

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The Victorian-themed lobby at Napa River Inn.

While the Napa River Inn doesn’t have its own restaurant, the historic inn has partnered with Sweetie Pies Bakery, another tenant of the Hatt Building, offering hotel guests breakfast delivered to their room included with the price of their stay. Delicious pastries and AM buns!

New since my visit, the inn has added Napa River Inn Spa. Check the website for package deals. Room rates start at $179 and include complimentary breakfast, wine tasting and wireless internet. Pets are welcome with an additional $25 per night fee. You can also check rates on Priceline.


Review  and photos by Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of  Napa River Inn.

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