The luxurious Archer Hotel in Napa, the newest hotel in the heart of downtown Napa, is quite simply fabulous! My husband and I had the pleasure of spending two nights in one of their Archer King Suites with a balcony and fireplace recently. In today’s post, I am going to share my favorite highlights from our unforgettable stay at the luxurious Archer Hotel Napa.
Archer Napa is a boutique, luxury hotel that offers guest a unique blend of urban sophistication and relaxed wine country style.
This five-story property has 183 guest rooms, 39 of which are balcony suites, and is located on Napa’s First Street. First Street is a bustling street lined with shops, tasting rooms, restaurants and art galleries. Old stone and Victorian buildings mix with brand new store fronts, making downtown Napa full of character and personality.
Entrance and Front Desk
Bill and I pulled up to the entrance of Archer Napa and a friendly valet quickly came to greet us. He was followed by a bellhop who took our luggage inside while we checked in.
From the main entrance, you can tell Archer Napa isn’t your usual wine country property. It looks much more like a posh big city hotel, the likes you would find in San Francisco or New York.
Entering the lobby of Archer Napa, you can immediately tell it’s a unique property with its sky-high ceilings and bold beams. There is plenty of natural lighting thanks to a large skylight high above the lobby.
I love the natural elements of the décor. From the stone and wood covered walls to the indoor trees, Archer Napa brings nature inside in a beautiful and impressive way. The lobby and front desk area have a masculine, modern style with cozy elements, make it inviting as well as striking.
We were welcomed at the front desk and given our room key along with all the necessary information we needed to enjoy our stay. Once that was taken care of, we were offered glasses of sparkling wine from Napa Valley. What a wonderful and delicious way to make guests feel special!
Lobby at Archer Hotel Napa
The lobby at Archer Napa is enormous! There are so many places to sit and relax, read a book, have a bite to eat and a glass of wine or cocktail, and chat with your companion.
Linger by the fireplace or lounge in one of many comfy couches and chairs available throughout the lobby. If you’re hungry, be sure to order a bite to eat from Charlie Palmer Steak. Bill and I enjoyed some small dishes during their happy hour. We loved the meatballs in marinara sauce and lobster corn dogs. So tasty and great service too.
There is also plenty of seating at the bar area. It’s a place visitors and locals alike enjoy and it’s always a lively atmosphere. You can tell it’s downtown Napa’s hotspot!
Our King Suite with balcony and fireplace was over-the-top fabulous!
Let’s start with the bedroom.
Our king four-poster bed was draped with sheer fabric – so romantic! And on the wall behind the bed was a large frosted glass art piece that had a black and white Napa vineyard photograph, taken by photographer Robert Buelteman. The glass artwork was also extended to a wall in our bathroom.
Our bedding was dreamy! The sheets and duvet cover were made with 100% cotton and the mattress had a Eurotop mattress. Our duvet was down as were our pillows, of which we had a few to choose from. Needless to say, we slept divinely!
Next to our bed was a corner sofa in a beautiful ochre color. Our room also had a spacious work desk with a mid-century style desk chair and table light. I love how sophisticated and comfortable our room was and the attention to detail showed through.
Other notable features include a 65” flatscreen tv, wood plank porcelain tile floor, wine refrigerator under the desk, Nespresso machine, fully stocked mini bar, and complimentary Wi-fi.
Each evening an Archer staff member stops by to turndown your bed. They leave treats for you by your bedside. The first night we were surprised with two chocolate dipped fortune cookies. I ate them both.
Now for the bathroom of my dreams. It was huge! I quickly fell in love with the giant soaking tub that came with two grape-themed rubber duckies.
We also had a walk-in shower with pebble stone flooring and the sink area had a stylish pendant light. The circle tile on the sink’s backsplash was gorgeous and so artistic.
I love the large countertop in the bathroom and the Malin+Goetz bath products smelled wonderful!
I made sure to take full advantage of the soaking tub as well as the luxurious Frette bathrobes for two and cute slippers, also for two.
For me, the private furnished balcony was the star of our room. I could not get enough of this space. I love being outdoors, even in cold weather, so I spent a lot of time in the lounge seat for two in front of the outdoor fireplace. Our balcony was big enough to throw a small party. In fact, you can order a variety of drinks and snacks to have sent to your room if you want to have your own little celebration. You can also request balcony blankets if the weather is chilly, which is exactly what I did.
World-renown chef Charlie Palmer created an American-style menu for Charlie Palmer Steak, which was inspired by Napa Valley’s wine regions. Choose from artisanal American beef dishes with wine country flavors, lots of salads and delicious starters and decadent desserts.
I had the cheeseburger at Charlie Palmer Steak and it was everything a quality burger should be: flavorful, juicy and cooked to perfection.
We also had breakfast at Charlie Palmer Steak in the dining room next to the lobby. My quiche was perfectly fluffy and Bill loved his pastrami hash.
There are so many fun and tasty things to do in downtown Napa, I couldn’t begin to cover it all in this blog post. I admit I was reluctant to leave our fabulous suite at Archer, but we did venture out because the food options in Napa are not to be missed.
We walked around the Riverfront area, then over one of the bridges to Oxbow Public Market. Oxbow reminds me of a smaller, less chaotic version of Pike Place Market in Seattle. Bill had never been to Oxbow and I was excited to show him around, having been there several times myself.
Oxbow is a foodie’s paradise! With so many dining options, we had a hard time deciding where to eat. We finally agreed upon Hog Island Oyster Company. We ordered a dozen oysters with six different varieties. They could not have been any more fresh if we’d plucked them from the Pacific ourselves.
Once we polished those off, we walked a few steps to Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant. I can’t pass up a cheese merchant!
Our server asked about our fromage preferences then one of their cheese experts put together a cheese and charcuterie plate that resulted in lots of oohs and ahhs and mmms from both us. I loved their selections so much, I couldn’t resist bringing wedges of all of them home with us.
I highly recommend visiting both merchants if you visit Oxbow. There are still so many places I want to try in this food heaven. You could go back again and again and still find new things to eat there.
Aside from phenomenal eating opportunities, there are also darling boutiques, art galleries, wine shops and over 20 tasting rooms in downtown Napa and all walkable from Archer Napa.
And while up in the valley can be a bit snooze-y after dark, downtown Napa has an active nightlife. Blue Note Jazz Club, Uptown Theatre and plenty of fun bars the stay open past 9:00 pm offer visitors and locals a great reason to stay up way past their bedtime.
For more ideas, visit “Archer’s Favorite Things to do in Downtown Napa” page.
This April, the much-anticipated Archer Hotel Napa’s Rooftop, offering panoramic views of Napa and the valley, will be opening. The impressive alfresco space is home to Chef Charlie Palmer’s second outpost on property, Sky & Vine Rooftop BarSM, a full-service restaurant and bar that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as late night bites and cocktails.
Guests will have plenty of options to enjoy this outdoor haven with fire pits surrounded by modern rocking chairs, a shallow ledge pool, cabanas with stone fireplaces, indoor/outdoor fitness studio and Archer’s Rooftop Spa by locally acclaimed Francis & Alexander. Of the property’s 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 7,000 square feet is on the rooftop, with options to host functions in the Chef’s Show Kitchen or under a canopy of olive trees in the rooftop lounge.
Archer Hotel Napa is located at 1230 First Street in downtown Napa. For more information or to book your stay visit the Archer Napa website or call (707) 690-9800 0r toll free (855) 437-9100.
Have you had a chance to visit Archer Hotel Napa yet?
Disclosure: Our two-night stay at Archer Hotel Napa was complimentary in exchange for my review. We paid for all meals and beverages. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, as always.