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Cheap lodging (relatively) in Yountville

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  • Melanie Wong Apr 25, 2001 10:18 PM
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In case one of you is the lucky winner of the French Laundry phone roulette and will be breaking the bank to pay for dinner, there's a place within walking distance for only $75 per weekday night and no two-night minimum. Ever noticed those rail cars just off the tennis courts of Villagio? They've been fitted with skylights and bay windows and furnished as suites. Queen size bed, loveseat, winged back chair, TV and full-bath in each. Plenty of square footage, just narrow.

I spent a night at the Napa Valley Railway Inn (in a caboose car) earlier this month. The fittings are nicer than a motel and many B&Bs. There are no phones in the rooms and it's not staffed after 5pm. However, the inn down the street has master keys and there's a number to call for emergencies. The room smelled like cleaning fluid when I checked in. Leaving the fan running for a few hours while I dined took care of the problem. My only real complaint is that the suite's not that well-insulated and cooled off quickly (frost that night) when I turned off the heater because the fan was keeping me awake. An extra blanket did the trick.

Napa Valley Railway Inn
6503 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
707-944-2000

Btw, my friends stayed at Villagio, catching the $149/night special for April. I've also stayed in Maison Fleurie across the street for $120, in a much smaller room than the caboose.

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  1. Here is a "cheap" Favorite of mine in Calistoga.

    Nances spa Hotel Very reasonable weekday rates .And unlimited use of the hot springs.Kinda funky old world charm rooms with kitchenettes and 1block to main street Calistoga and their great restaurants?

    Call 707 942-9286

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    1. re: Hank

      Thanks for the tip, Hank. Do you remember the price range? There are still a few of the old-timey places left in Calistoga.

      I needed a crash pad and got a room at Chablis Inn in Napa two weeks ago. The website lists a rack rate of $95 for this time of the year. I called the same day for a room and was quoted $80 for a single, then asked for an AAA discount and got it for $75. This is just off of Redwood/Trancas and the highway. My room away from the highway didn't pick up any traffic noise. this place doesn't look like much from the outside but the rooms are spacious and have been recently remodeled. I was suprised to find a marble wet bar, attractive upholstered chairs, marble bathroom and new carpets. A tiny pool and spa to cool off on hot days and complimentary coffee and muffins in the morning are the other features.

      This place is two blocks from the Napa Marriott (which is being remodeled and needs it badly) and I preferred it to my recent stay there.