Hotel Winters opens in Yolo County, Calif.

Hotel Winters opened as the first full-service luxury boutique hotel in Yolo County, Calif., with a design that blends the town’s classic architecture with contemporary details. Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted with high ceilings, chandeliers and a color palette of whites, neutrals and blues. The interiors feature new furniture, modern lighting and a gallery of artworks from local artists throughout the hotel. 

Architecture credit goes to Michael O’Brien at Pressey & Associates. Meanwhile, the guestrooms and public spaces were designed by Karla Avila of Avila Winters Design & Co.

Rather than offering the traditional large check-in counter, the lobby has smaller reception desks for more personalized arrival and departure experiences. The lobby additionally has several intimate sitting areas.


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The hotel has three floors of 78 guestrooms, including six suites that range from 320 square feet to 800 square feet. Keeping the same color palette as the lobby, the rooms have 10-foot ceilings, plantation shutters, bathrooms with walk-in showers and makeup mirrors. The six suites’ bathrooms have clawfoot bathtubs. 

Standout suites include the 800-square-foot Bridal Suite and Winters Signature Suite, also designed by Avila. These suites have living rooms, separate guestrooms and a veranda.

The fitness room has cardio machines, weight machines and free weights, complete with two large flat screen TVs and views of the Railroad Courtyard.

The hotel has 5,000 square feet of space for events for up to 300 guests. The 3,400-square-foot Orchard Ballroom is ideal for large-scale events with grand picture windows, a six-foot fireplace and Bose speaker system. The 740-square-foot Vineyard Room has custom cabinetry, a fireplace and sliding glass doors that open onto a private patio. Meanwhile, the 700-square-foot Grove Room has chandeliers, large picture windows and AV facilities. 

The hotel’s three restaurants may also function as private event spaces. 

Hotel Winters has three dining options, including fine-dining restaurant Carboni’s Ristorante, Bar and Market; Abbey’s Rooftop & Lounge; Railroad Courtyard; and the Water Lounge, which has a nine-foot waterfall, in-water lounge chairs, oversized umbrellas, dining tables and market lights. 

The property has a spa, ZenTerra, on the ground floor. The color palette throughout the spa includes neutrals and charcoal gray. ZenTerra has several treatment rooms, including a couples room and special Zen Room that has several zero gravity chairs and foot soaking stations. 

The property similarly has a high-end retail space, Avila Winters, the second storefront location for the local designer.

Guysell Geter is the general manager of Hotel Winters.

The city of Winters is in Northern California, about 30 minutes east of Napa and 30 minutes northwest of Sacramento. It is positioned on the eastern end of Highway 128, which is often called “the gateway to Napa Valley”. 

Photo credit: Hotel Winters

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