By Emma Krasov. Photography by Yuri Krasov
New, luxurious, beautifully appointed, and located in downtown Napa, Archer Hotel is pleasing to the eye and extremely comfortable for a leisure stay in time when Californians are gradually coming out of coronavirus-induced isolation.
Starting with the courteous valets, doormen and front desk staff greeting you upon arrival and smiling under those COVID-19-prevention masks; opulent lobby décor, and sparkling clean stylish guestrooms—everything here exudes joy, warmth, and welcoming vibes of true hospitality, almost forgotten in those dry months of sheltering-in-place that we all have endured so far.
Opened less than three years ago, this upscale boutique property has 183 rooms including a rather generous amount of balcony suites (39). Given an availability you should definitely vie for booking one of those to enjoy a spacious outdoor area with a fireplace and comfy long chairs and tables enclosed by clear glass half-walls that allow for unobscured views of downtown Napa with its historic late 19th-early 20th century buildings and tree-lined flower-framed streets.
Sky & Vine, the only rooftop bar in Napa—its red umbrellas and potted plants visible from afar above the fifth floor of the hotel—is a highly coveted outdoor watering hole with the all-around gorgeous views of the sprawling Napa Valley.
Tables and high chairs are placed far enough from each other to let the guests safely take off their facial coverings while eating, drinking, and communicating with their own party. The bar serves hand-crafted cocktails, artisanal beer, California wines and substantial bites from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Try barrel-aged Calle Uno (with Old Forester Bourbon) or a deliciously-citrusy creative twist on pisco sour. Pair it with the popular snack of signature lobster corn dogs or with a classic bistro fare—Steak Frites of 6 oz. flat iron, arugula, and crispy fries.
There are also some delightful deserts on the menu, like the dainty strawberry parfait and classic crème-brulee.
Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar is adjacent to a water deck, where a long sparkling shallow pool allows for lounging and sunbathing upon floating beach chairs or in the half-shaded cabanas along the perimeter of the roof.
The larger restaurant on the premises, a posh Charlie Palmer Steak currently serves only in-room breakfast, with highlights like Eggs Benedict Florentine and lemon-ricotta pancakes.
To familiarize yourself with the world-famous city of Napa, take a stroll through its downtown and along the riverfront promenade dotted with boutique shops, restaurants, and public art sculptures and mosaic murals.
Walk across the bridge over Napa River to the local horn of plenty—Oxbow Public Market, home to some iconic California eateries and unique local producers like Hog Island Oyster Company, Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Gott’s Roadside, Fieldwork Brewing Co, Annette’s Chocolates, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant, The Model Bakery, Kara’s Cupcakes, Napa Valley Distillery, and others.
You can order freshly prepared food to sit down at the market’s riverside deck in the shade and quiet rustle of the old American plane trees or take your boxed dinner to go and enjoy it in your Archer balcony suite while watching pink and purple sunset clouds drifting over Napa’s downtown sparkling with night lights reflected in the river.
To assure the safety of hotel guests, Archer Napa follows the sanitary guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local, state and federal agencies.
“Our team disinfected nearly every surface and touch point throughout the hotel,” states the Archer website. “We continue our enhanced cleaning and sanitation throughout the day—paying extra attention to high touch areas such as entry doors, glass, floors, front desk counters, credit card devices, elevator buttons, door handles, light switches, TV remotes and restrooms. The entire Archer Hotel collection is using UV sanitizing wands that work with invisible light to clean surfaces and eliminate bacteria and viruses without any harmful chemicals. Archer’s hosts have been provided and trained on the proper use of personal protective equipment. Extra coaching, care and the encouragement to stay home is a trifecta that is readily practiced, provided and preached amongst our team.”
To make new guests even more comfortable booking their dream stay in Napa, Archer Hotel offers a variety of discounts, like surprise sales, flexible cancellation policy, and great deals on nightly rates.
Archer Hotel Napa is located at 1230 First Street, Napa, California, USA, 94559
To possibly receive up to 50% off best available rates at Archer Hotel now through April 2021, and to learn more about all available services and discounts, and check availability, visit https://archerhotel.com/napa or call for reservations, 855-200-9052.