No trees were cut down to make this eco-friendly hotel in Napa Valley, California. That’s not to say that Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is housed in walls of steel and concrete. Quite the contrary. Salvaged Monterey Cypress has been milled into siding on exterior walls and Walnut trees have been used in the hotel’s flooring. This tree-lined, 62-room property, opened in February 2009, is one of three LEED Platinum-certified hotels in the country. While its design is clean and contemporary, you’ll find Bardessono to be as welcoming to pets, as it is to children.
Bardessono Spa Suites
Centrally-located in the wine country Northern California town of Yountville, Bardessono Hotel is composed of four tree-themed clusters with stone and water displays throughout the five acre property. With solar panels sprinkled on roof tops throughout the hotel and In Fiore bath products in refillable dispensers, I was reminded how easy it is to be green, while still looking stunningly chic.
My room, #309, a 550-square foot King Spa-suite, was located in the Olive Grove wing and rented for $599 during high season. All suites feature gas fireplaces, 40 inch tv’s, jetted bath tubs, separate showers, two vanities and private balconies or patios. There are also Steam Spa-suites, all located on the first floor, complete with steam rooms and outdoor showers. The Tufa Suites are 780-square feet, ideal for families. Check the website for package specials.
All suites are designed for in room spa treatments. A spa butler arrives minutes before the masseuse to set up the hidden massage table, light candles and prep your bath with scented salts if you so desire. I enjoyed the 60 minute Bardessono signature massage, $150, and melted into the spa tub after my treatment.
Bardessono water features
In the agriculturally-oriented Napa Valley and California in general, water is key to the areas survival. Bardessono is keenly aware of this precious resource and utilizes low flow toilets and urinals. The landscape calls for drought tolerant plants throughout the property.
Yet there is plenty of water to be found in the 75-foot rooftop, Olympic size swimming pool. Soak in the hot tub and drink in views of the Stags Leap district and Mayacamas Mountain range.
Dining in Yountville
No doubt guests of Bardessono Hotel have come to the wine country to eat, drink and relax. With as many Michelin starred restaurants in the town as stars in the sky, you’ll need a couple of weeks to eat your way through Yountville. While my husband and I dined at nearby Bistro Jeanty for dinner, we did experience a lovely breakfast at Lucy Restaurant, named after Lucy Bardessono, the matriarch of an Italian family that immigrated to Yountville, California in 1928. With its house-cured ham, fried egg, gruyére cheese and mornay sauce surrounded with mesclun greens (from Lucy’s Garden), the Croque Madame was a hit, as was my husband’s Turkey Omelette.
Tech geeks will be happy to know that Bardessono does not charge for high speed internet access. They will also lend guests bicycles, electric and carbon neutral, for exploring the quaint town of Yountville. On my visit Bardessono had partnered with Lexus, giving guests three hours to test drive a Lexus hybrid. Did I mention that valet parking is included with your stay?
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Bardessono Hotel (877) 932-5333 or (707) 204-6000
6526 Yount Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Bardessono Hotel.