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Hotel Love – The Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley

I just returned from an incredible 3 day stay in Napa Valley with my mom.  We hung our hats at the gorgeous and luxurious Auberge du Soleil Hotel in the middle of Napa Valley.  The hotel is located in Rutherford just off of the Silverado Trail and is up on a hill so it has a wonderful view of the entire valley.  We had a double queen deluxe room with a valley view. We walked into the room and our mouths immediately dropped open.

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What can I say?  We walked into our huge room and saw a wall of windows looking onto a spacious patio that overlooked the valley and its vineyards.  The hotel also provided us with a bottle of house wine and a cheese plate of local cows milk cheese with nuts and dried fruits.

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We oohed and aahed over the vaulted ceiling and rough hewn wooden beams and the gas fireplace topped with a huge flat screen TV.

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Our bathroom was massive and had double sinks, a walk in shower, sunken tub (with flat screen TV over it) and small room for the toilet.

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What I loved about this hotel was the attention to detail.  I forgot my toothpaste and the hotel had a drawer in the bathroom filled with all kinds of things you may forget – a dental kit, sewing kit, shaving gear, tampons, bandaids and even an “intimacy kit” whatever that means.  The hotel staff apparently looked at our shoes and provided us with fitted slippers and the minibar was 100% complimentary, which I love. We also had a Nespresso coffee maker that made a smooth and robust cup of coffee each morning. The property is also filled with artwork and sculptures everywhere you look.

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Our stay included a full made-to-order breakfast each morning in the hotel restaurant which sits even higher up on the hill and commands an even better view of Napa.  We enjoyed smoked salmon, eggs Benedict and fresh made pastries each morning. Every morning I would have my coffee and watch the hot air balloons rise up over the valley and the fog.

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Probably my favorite area of this hotel was the spa.  It’s actually a small spa with only 12 treatment rooms and no salon but the amenities were spot-on.  It had a lovely relaxation room with a large fireplace and comfy couches.  Outside were 2 steam rooms and a series of 3 pools that they recommended you use in a sequence.  They recommended you start in the steam room and work up a sweat, then jump into the cold plunge pool, then move to the warm mineral spring pool which was at body temperature and then move to the hot jetted whirlpool to really relax.  Of course, all 3 of these pools are oriented to take in that breathtaking view.

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We also had an amazing dinner in the Michelin starred restaurant our first night, which was pricey but worth it in terms of quality and execution.  Finally, the service here was perfect – helpful, kind but not overbearing in any way.  Because of its hillside location, you may have to climb a lot of steps but a quick call to the front desk and you would have a valet in less than 5 minutes to pick you up in a golf cart. They always checked our minibar and replenished our favorite waters and sodas and the concierge went above and beyond in making restaurant reservations and winery reservations for us.

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Overall, this hotel goes down as one of my all-time favorites.  It is pricey (expect to spend at least $800 per night) but you will be treated like royalty and pampered during your entire stay.

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