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Andaz, our hotel in Napa, is located on First Street in Napa. It is a boutique hotel that is a branch of Hyatt. When I first started looking for a place to stay in Napa, I looked at Bed & Breakfast’s. None of the ones I wanted had availability for our entire stay or were sold out entirely. A friend recommended I call the places directly (I was checking online), and I planned to do that. In the end I just decided to go with Andaz. I am glad I did because it was a fabulous hotel. And my friend Erika tells me I am not the B&B type.
We drive up in front of Andaz and a woman comes out to get our luggage. She is Marcella and she tells us to sit down and she will get us glasses of wine, what would we like? We get comfortable in upholstered chairs and she brings us each a glass of a decent Cabernet Sauvignon.
She sits across from us and completes the check-in process and gives us the run down on the hotel. Wine tastings at 5:30, there’s a bar that serves coffee and drinks and there’s a restaurant. We are being upgraded to a Large Loft. We go up to the room and it has a living room separated from the bedroom with a double-faced fireplace.
There were flatscreen TV’s on both sides.
There is a king sized bed.
There is a large soaking tub next to the bed and the bathroom has two sinks and a shower that is large enough for a family of four. and has a rain shower head and a hand-held head.
There is a mini bar and snacks and all non-alcoholic drinks (water, both plain and sparkling, soda and juice) are included. There are wine glasses and a cork screw for anything you might bring back from your day of wine tasting.
Internet and local calls are included. How refreshing.
There are plush terry robes and Zung puts one on because that is his “I’m on vacation” moment. I’m not sure what he’d been on the last few days.
It is a really lovely, comfortable room and I am glad I stuck with our reservations here.
We unpack and rest briefly before we have to get ready for dinner. We are eating at Bottega in Yountville tonight.
I am wearing Jimmy Choos.
It is busy, crowded and noisy at Bottega. We order a bottle of a Turley Zinfandel. I hadn’t had a Zinfandel before June of this year, and it was quickly becoming one of my favorite types of wine.
Zung had calimari.
He had a seafood stew.
I had short ribs.
We ordered smashed potatoes and spinach for sides.
The food was good. Very good. Not amazing. Except for dessert. Dessert was amazing. It was a bowl of berries with some cream and a piece of bread that was extraordinary. I would return to this restaurant just for this dessert.
Our waitress was pretty, efficient and sad. I don’t know what was wrong with her, but she had the expression of someone whose husband told her he was leaving her or her mother had been diagnosed with cancer, and this was right before she had to come to work. She just looked sad. She was a really attractive woman and I knew something wasn’t right in her world that day. Yet, she was professional and did a great job serving us, so we left her a really good tip. She thanked us. I hope whatever was making her so sad got better. I hate to see people sad like that.
We took the rest of the wine and went back to the hotel and I enjoyed the amazing soaking tub. It was the best tub I have ever been in.
It had been a roller coaster of a birthday, but overall, I had a great day. The good was way better than the frustrating chaos of the morning.
We were looking forward to more wine tasting and great restaurants tomorrow.