Napa, CA Hotels
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Nearly three million visitors flocked to California’s Napa Valley in 2012 to enjoy world-class wines, award-winning food, and stunning views, with many guests vowing to return soon.  Just an hour north of San Francisco, the town of Napa is a great base for exploring the valley. Though the region is known for being expensive, there are still plenty of cheap yet charming hotels that cater to the budget traveler.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Napa, CA

Vino Bello Resort
Vino Bello Resort
|
8.4
Excellent
865 Bordeaux Way, Napa
from $169
Napa Discovery Inn
Napa Discovery Inn
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6.6
Good
500 Silverado Trail, Napa
from $92
SpringHill Suites Napa Valley
SpringHill Suites Napa Valley
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8.7
Excellent
101 Gateway Road E, Napa
from $151
Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
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9.2
Excellent
1815 Silverado Trail, Napa
from $379
River Terrace Inn - A Noble House Hotel
River Terrace Inn - A Noble House Hotel
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7.9
Good
1600 Soscol Ave, Napa
from $174
Carneros Resort and Spa
Carneros Resort and Spa
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8.8
Excellent
4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
from $545
The Westin Verasa Napa
The Westin Verasa Napa
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9.1
Excellent
1314 McKinstry Street, Napa
from $246
Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa
Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa
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8.4
Excellent
3425 Solano Ave, Napa
from $239
Wine Valley Lodge
Wine Valley Lodge
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8.1
Excellent
200 S Coombs St, Napa
from $99
Andaz Napa - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Napa - a concept by Hyatt
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8.9
Excellent
1450 First Street, Napa
from $251
More About Napa, CA Hotels...

Cheapest Time to Visit

Napa enjoys a comfortable year-round Mediterranean climate with temperatures averaging a high of 83 degrees in July and a low of 57 in December and January. The high season lasts from June until October, with the biggest crowds gathering for the fall harvest. Weekends are especially busy as both overnight visitors and day-trippers crowd the restaurants and wineries. Budget travelers may want to consider visiting during the low season from December to March when rates go down. November also offers cheaper rates along with amazing fall foliage.

Flying Into the Area

Visitors to Napa Valley have several nearby airports from which to choose. San Francisco International, Oakland International, and Sacramento International airports are all about an hour’s drive from Napa while the San José airport is an hour and a half. From the airport, your best bet is to rent a car and make the scenic drive up Highway 101.

Low-Cost Napa Hotels

Napa offers a range of lodgings, but stay away from pricey Yountville and head to downtown Napa. The Best Western Plus Elm House Inn offers guests the feel of a bed and breakfast with the amenities and services provided by a larger hotel. With its Italian marble fireplace, chandeliers, and gardens, the Inn is the perfect place for a romantic weekend away. It is also ranked as the best business hotel in Napa, thanks to its top-notch customer service and location blocks from downtown. Budget travelers will enjoy the comfort and convenience of the Wine Valley Lodge close to downtown Napa near Highway 29.

Getting Around Napa

Though most visitors to Napa rent a car, there are several other options for getting around the area. The VINE is the region’s fixed bus-route system and offers visitors both local and regional schedules. A one-way cash fare is $1.50, and a day pass is $5. Napa is also home to the famous Napa Valley Wine Train, which offers a 3-hour, 36-mile round-trip journey to St. Helena and back. Another option is the Napa Valley Wine Trolley, which takes visitors to various wineries in a replica of a 1890s San Francisco trolley car.

Affordable Eating and Drinking

One can’t visit Napa without sampling the wine; and with close to 400 wineries in the valley, there are plenty to choose from. Some wineries offer free tastings while others charge between $5-$10 for several samples. Many also offer tours, barrel-tastings, and wine-related activities such as grape stomping. Along with world-class wine, Napa is also home to some of the country’s best restaurants. However, if fine dining isn’t in your budget, consider picnicking in scenic Westwood Hills Park or one of the many wineries open to picnickers.

Things to Do in Napa

Aside from food and wine, Napa also has a bustling arts scene, and downtown is home to many art galleries. Hear live music at the Uptown Theater or get some culture at the Napa Valley Opera House. If you’re up for something more adventurous, try a hot-air balloon ride for incredible views of the valley. For something closer to ground, check out the Napa Valley Horse Company, which offers guided vineyard tours on horseback. 

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