Napa Valley resort wraps two-year renovation

The Meritage Resort and Spa in California’s Napa Valley has completed a $25 million renovation that began in 2022, updating 322 of its 467 guestrooms. The renovation also upgraded the lobby and expanded the bar area; refreshed the ballrooms, pre-function and meeting rooms; updated the bowling lounge and reimagined the café and grab-and-go outlet; and added a steakhouse and a Champagne lounge. The hotel added a new chef’s vegetable and herb garden, dining terrace and a new coop for the resident chickens have also been added in the adjacent vineyard.

The 36-acre resort’s new design is inspired by the Mission-style architecture of a modern vineyard. The property includes multiple on-site tasting rooms, a locally sourced artisanal market and a food-and-wine center housed in an village that frames the Grand Lawn. The campus also includes six dining options, a six-lane chic bowling lounge, two pools and wellness centers and the 22,000-square-foot Spa Terra. The property also has 80,000 combined square feet of event space ranging from an indoor ballroom to a hillside vineyard deck.

Public Spaces

Made possible by the Busch Family and Pacific Hospitality Group’s multimillion-dollar investment, the design of rooms and corridors, ballrooms and meeting rooms was spearheaded by hospitality design firm HBA San Francisco, while Hatch Design re-imagined the look of the lobby and bar and in-house designer Charlotte Einar oversaw the design of the other areas. 

The new lobby is outfitted with a classic grand piano and a double-sided fireplace centerpiece that is anchored to a beamed vaulted ceiling above. The seating is surrounded by windows that provide plenty of natural light.  

Beyond the lobby, the adults-only pool and casual dining area have more lounge chair spaces and revamped private cabanas.


The resort’s flagship guestrooms have been reconceptualized into two distinct new products. Encompassing a full transformation of the original property’s 322 rooms, the hotel now has 157 new Meritage rooms with a modern vineyard farmhouse aesthetic, while 165 new Bordeaux rooms give a nod to the property’s original Mission-style architecture and design.

Combining neutral tones, linen, warm leather accents and plush furnishing, the Meritage rooms evoke comfort and approachable softness. The accommodations are outfitted with new broadloom carpeting with a modern basket weave pattern, Frette Linen bedding, refined drapery and bespoke furnishings that ranges from built-in millwork and wingback chairs to custom decorative lighting and sleek patio furniture. Bathroom vanities have touchscreen lighted mirrors, designer sconces and fixtures as well as stone countertops with a full-height, designer-tiled splash.

The Bordeaux guestrooms evoke the region’s agricultural history with a tonal color scheme and finishes with an organic feel. Similar to their Meritage counterparts, the rooms got new carpeting, linens, stone-topped cabinetry, renovated bathrooms and furnishings, including new artwork, subtle geometric textured wall coverings and dark bronze and brushed brass touches to give depth and softness while maintaining a minimalistic, yet elegant and cozy design.

Food and Beverage 

The redesign added some restaurants and updated others. The Sora Napa has pops of vibrant colors while the Crush Lounge—the Meritage’s onsite lounge and bowling venue—now has a more upscale look with a moss and bronze tone pallet that complement its upholstery in mohair and leather as well as sleek wood accents.

The property’s coffee bar and grab & go shop also received a refresh with pebble and iron tones that contrast warm wood touches to bring some natural elements to the space.