Luxury and high-end travelers in California’s wine country can choose from a select number of hotels, according to the international travel and automotive organization AAA.
Every year the AAA conducts on-site inspections of thousands of hotels and restaurants around the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, assessing their quality through its diamond rating system. Its top rating is five diamonds, which represents “the ultimate in luxury and sophistication,” according to the AAA website.
Less than 20 hotels in California received five diamonds in 2014, none from wine country. Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties fared much better, however, with four-diamond ratings. Four diamonds are nearly as exclusive as five diamonds; only five percent of the 29,000 AAA-approved hotels earned four diamonds.
A four-diamond hotel or inn, says the AA, is “refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes that reflect enhanced quality throughout.” There are many amenities and high levels of service, hospitality and attention to detail. Ten hotels from Napa, eight from Sonoma, and three from Mendocino earned the four diamond luxury designation. They are:
Andaz Napa, 1450 First Street, Napa. 707-687-1234.
Harvest Inn, 1 Main Street, St. Helena. 707-963-9463.
Meadowood Napa Valley, 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena. 707-963-3646,
Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bourdeaux Way, Napa. 707-251-1900.
Napa Valley Lodge, 2230 Madison Street, Yountville. 707-944-2468.
Silverado Resort and Spa, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. 707-257-0200.
Solage Calistoga, 755 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga. 707-266-7534.
Villagio Inn and Spa, 6481 Washington Street, Yountville. 707-944-8877.
Vintage Inn, 6541 Washington Street, Yountville. 707-944-1112.
Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa. 707-257-1800.
Bodega Bay Lodge, 103 California 1, Bodega Bay. 888-875-2250.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, 100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma. 707-938-9000.
Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, 781 River Road, Forestville. 707-887-3300.
Honor Mansion, A Wine Country Resort, 891 Grove Street, Healdsburg. 707-433-4277.
Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa, 170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa. 707-284-1234.
MacArthur Place, 29 E MacArthur Street, Sonoma. 707-938-2929.
The Lodge at Sonoma, Renaissance Resort and Spa, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. 707-935-6600.
Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707-575-7350.
Brewery Gulch Inn, 9401 N. Highway 1, Mendocino. 707-937-4752.
Stanford Inn by the Sea, 10051 S. Big River Road, Mendocino. 707-937-5615.
Stevenswood Spa Resort, 8211 N. Highway 1, Little River. 800-421-2810.