The Napa River-fronting Westin Verasa has certainly got some sass. It wins all the points for its glinting saltwater pool, Michelin-starred dining and wine list almost as long as the mileage from Napa to NYC.

Next door to the smaller River Terrace, The Westin’s 180 bedrooms make things a little bit bigger than boutique but still small enough to wax poetic with other guests about any swirling and sipping of the day. The serene scenery, slick interiors and resort-style vibes make you feel like a long-lost friend rather than a passing traveller. Hit the deck for the stylish outdoor pool complete with private cabanas and get your hands on candy coloured bocce balls at the hotel’s backyard play courts. Nab one of the region’s hottest tables at La Torque for an award winning dining experience. Chef Ken Frank’s Michelin-starred Gallic-inspired tasting menu and that rare library of wines are stars of the show. Coffees, casual fare and decadent cocktails are served up at Bank Café and Bar whilst slinking off to the fireside terrace is very much encouraged for alfresco nightcaps. Downtown’s Oxbow Public Market and urban tasting rooms are a short stroll away, it’s just a four minute walk to the superb Gott’s Diner, and the wine caves, chilled cellars and vineyards of the Valley begin barely 10 minutes drive away.

Locally Paid Fees & Taxes: Expect to pay approximately $25 per room per night for hotel resort fees and local taxes.

4 stars