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Hotel Luca Brings Charm to Napa Valley

March 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Napa Valley Wineries

Quaint yet luxurious, this is a rare combination when it comes to finding that ideal getaway. Yet the staff at Napa Valley’s newest gem, Hotel Luca, have struck that balance of old-world charm and comfortable modern amenities. While no hotel is without idiosyncrasies, it’s apparent that the Monterey-based Mirabel Hotel and Restaurant Group attempted to painstakingly pour through every detail before breaking ground on this unique, Italian inspired resort in 2009. For the most part, they succeeded brilliantly.
Hotel Luca Napa Valley

Just over an hour north of San Francisco, this establishment is quickly gaining a well-deserved reputation as the premier place to enjoy a relaxing escape in picturesque Yountville, California. While the rooms may not be quite as spacious as some local competitors like Bardessono or Vintage Inn, Luca’s rates are slightly lower. Countless satisfied guests have gushed about the wonderful treatment, delicious cuisine and ideal wine country setting.

The rustic architecture, towering stone facade and lush landscaping immediately transport the wary traveller into a paradise that rivals a holiday in the Italian countryside. While boasting about importing 200-year-old European tiles may come off as a novelty for the brochures, one walk through the elegantly designed courtyard should convince even jaded skeptics that such details are a sincere attempt to bring authentic Italia to the traveler (a far more affordable alternative than the vice versa).
Hotel Luca Napa Valley
Once escorted to one of twenty unique rooms, guests are delighted by contemporary comforts like heated tile floors, flat screen televisions and state of the art sound systems to dial in that perfect ambiance. At the same time, the rustic charm that many seek in a Napa getaway is also provided in abundance. Balconies or patios offer outdoor enjoyment while several rooms include a fireplace for a more intimate place to sample the region’s wine. Spacious bathrooms with his and hers sinks, soothing tubs and separate showers offer the perfect place to unwind after a full day of wine tasting and shopping in the warm California sun.

The grounds include a swimming pool, heated indoor saltwater soaking pool and a full-service spa to pamper visitors with a menu of revitalizing massage options. Speaking of menus, Luca also houses the magnificent Cantinetta Piero. Focusing more on fun and flavor than elegance, this lively, vaulted-ceiling eatery offers everything from pizzas fresh out of the wood-burning oven to an array of Tuscany flavored seasonal pasta dishes. This restaurant has become a popular destination in its own right.

Not every patron will favor the built-in gratuity, but most feel it’s a simpler, more comfortable and fair alternative than carrying around a wad of bills and figuring out what to tip every staffer that offers their service (and there are plenty). With such an impressive assortment of amenities, Hotel Luca rivals the higher-priced, “stuffy” facilities. In a town with so many inns vying for the patronage of the discerning Napa Valley vacationer, Luca has etched out a winning niche by providing comfort and luxury within a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

Hotel Luca is worth checking out on your next trip or day-trip to Napa Valley wineries.

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