BottleRock, Napa Valley: A guide to the best places to stay

BottleRock is comprised of three days of live music and some of the best wine from Napa and Sonoma accompanied by Napa’s biggest names in food. Where you stay matters

BottleRock Napa Valley, Jam Cellars Stage. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

NAPA, Calif., May 4, 2016 – BottleRock Napa Valley,  three days of live music on four stages with some of the best wine from Napa and Sonoma accompanied by Napa’s biggest names in food, is only a few weeks away.

Expectations are set high for this four-time festival, with a stunning musical line-up that includes Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machine, The Lumineers, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Franti, Ozomatli and Bay Area local Fantastic Negrito.

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In your excitement about this amazing line-up don’t forget to book accommodations as where you stay can make or break your musical adventure. There are countless places to stay in Napa Valley with varying cost and luxury levels.

Here is your definitive guide on where to stay while you sway and sip to your favorite bands.

Andaz Napa
Andaz Napa

Andaz Napa

This upscale and hip hotel was recently purchased by Hyatt and gone through a few renovations, including one super cool wine bar. This boutique hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Napa Valley Opera House, 11 minutes from the Oxbow Public Market and only about 13 minutes to BottleRock.

Check out the John Anthony wine tasting room next door for some delicious wine. They are open late.

Location: 1450 First Street, Napa. Check their website for availability.

Inn on Randolph, Napa
Inn on Randolph, Napa

Inn on Randolph

This charming inn is not only in one of the most alluring neighborhoods in downtown Napa, but is also located mere blocks away from BottleRock. This is a super-luxe B&B with adjacent rental cottages and is housed in a refurbished 1860s’ Victorian home with an acre of landscaped gardens.

The breakfast is to die for and you won’t find any white doilies at this modern style B&B. You’ll also find breakfast tables for two and four so no need to share a community table unless you want to.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get a special wine tasting with a small, local producer.

Location: 411 Randolph St, Napa. Check their website for availability.

Inn on First, Noble Vineyard Suite.
Inn on First, Noble Vineyard Suite.

Inn on First

This relaxed, but luxury inn is set in a home dating from 1905. Owner/parnters Jim Gunther & Jamie Cherry have created a romantic, gay friendly, dog-friendly getaway with an absolutely superb breakfast. Inquire about Jim’s cookbook!

Guests will experience from over 100 non-typical morning delights including breakfast macaroni and cheese. If you have the means, opt for one of the two “honeymoon suites”: Noble Vineyard or the Vintage Reserve room. They showcase extra large suites with Whirlpool tubs for two and a gas fireplace.

Inn on First is located a little further west, so allow at least 20 minutes if walking to BottleRock.

Location: 1938 First Street, Napa. Check their website for availability.

Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa
Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa

Meritage Resort & Spa

The Meritage Resort has a wow-factor as you approach this oddly located upscale, Mediterranean-inspired resort. Oddly located due to its positioning in a corporate park. Never fear, as soon as you set eyes on this beauty, you will quickly forget the corporate location and be immersed in luxury and beauty.

Located 4 miles from downtown Napa, Mertiage offers a free shuttle to and from BottleRock. Don’t miss Spa Terra, their on-site luxury spa located deep in a wine cave. Right across the cave from the spa find Trinitas Cellars where you can pop in on your way to/from the spa for a delightful wine tasting.

Enjoy a few hours in the pool before dancing for hours as the fest. If BottleRock isn’t enough entertainment for you, Meritage also features bowling alley on site.

Location: 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. Check their website for availability.

Westin Verasa Napa
Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa Napa

This is one of Napa Valley’s premier hotels. Nestled right along the banks of the Napa River in downtown Napa, this upscale hotel is a mere five minutes’ walk from BottleRock. Enjoy a fabulous outdoor pool, hot tub, spa, fitness center, and a bar with a vibrant night scene.

As a bonus, one of the best restaurants in Napa is located at the Westin, La Toque. Book your dinner reservations far in advance for this luscious restaurant. If you are traveling with your sweetie, opt for the Romance Package.

location: 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. Check their website for availability.

White House Inn, Napa
White House Inn, Napa

White House Inn

Don’t let this late 1800’s inn fool you, its contemporary redesign has held onto the turn of the century charm without sacrificing any modern amenities. This is a great spot to stay if you still want the look and feel of an inn and have a large group that is traveling to BottleRock.

White House features 17 rooms, a killer breakfast, a pool and hot tub. They have nightly wine tastings featuring local wineries and offer what Napa locals and guests alike refer to as the best cookies around. This is a great location for BottleRock as you are only about a 8-10 minute walk to the festival.

Location: 443 Brown St, Napa. Check their website for availability.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2015 - Imagine Dragons. Image: Greg Miller
BottleRock Napa Valley 2015 – Imagine Dragons. Image: Greg Miller

Be prepared to pay a premium during the days of the festival. It will be difficult to find a room for less than $300 a night. Not only is it BottleRock, but it is also Memorial Day weekend. If you are looking to spend a little less on accommodations, check out nearby American Canyon.

You will need to drive to the event, but they do offer parking with shuttle busses.

Check the BottleRock Napa Valley website for information on purchasing tickets, the music, wine and food line-up.

The next BottleRock article will feature the best places to eat and drink outside of the festival.

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