1 Review of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley - American Canyon

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley

- November 2012

My family recently stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley – American Canyon. After a long day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, we appreciated the short 5-minute drive to the hotel from the park. The modern hotel has a dramatic presence off the main thoroughfare in American Canyon. It was easy to pull up right to the front door of the lobby for check-in. I typically leave my wife and kids in the car when I check-in to hotels, so I really value a speedy front desk exchange. At the DoubleTree, not only was I in and out in less than 5 minutes, the front desk manager sent me off with room keys and four warm chocolate chip cookies – nice touch.

Our room was a good size,  2-queen standard with a mini fridge, which is vital for us since our younger son is dairy sensitive and needs to travel with his own milk. The flat panel television was front and center (just as the boys like it) but unfortunately lacked non-pay-per-view children’s programming. The idea of paying to watch PBS Kids wasn’t working for me so the boys used our iPad and the hotels free WiFi to watch shows. Our upgraded ground floor room featured a patio that bordered the hotel’s central lagoon.  Though we did not have a bedroom door to close when our kids went to sleep, at least we could spend some time on the patio before going to bed ourselves. The swans and cranes that live in the lagoon swam right up to our room – probably hoping for room service French fries. Back to the room – the beds were AMAZING.  Our 5-year-old was especially enamored with the Sweet Dreams DoubleTree Sleep Experience. He kept saying the bed was “too comfortable.”

We ordered room service for dinner. The on-site restaurant, Gaia, serves food until 11pm and offers  a good selection of menu choices including some great kid options. Our room lacked a coffee table which usually becomes the de facto dining table, so eating was a little awkward, though yummy.

The full sized bath tub accommodated our two squirmy boys. Our kids have separate bedtimes, so when my wife was putting down our little one, I took our 5-year old out to explore the hotel grounds.  We checked out the swimming pool and spa area. Steam coming off the water in the evening was a good sign that the water would be warm enough for swimming early the next morning. After reading my son a few stories from the comfy couch in the lobby, we walked back to the room. That night, we all slept like logs.

We normally opt for breakfast at the hotel, but since my wife asked to sleep in (alone!) for a while, I loaded the kids in the car to search for espresso and breakfast.  I realized it was too early and not much was open, so we stopped at a fast food drive through. Healthy? Not so much. Easy and delicious? Yes sir.

After watching cartoons and having breakfast in bed, we put on our swimsuits and headed to the pool. The pool was really warm and the hot tub was cool enough for the kids to get in.  We were all very happy and a little bummed that check out time was soon approaching.

TIP: Though the hotel has Napa Valley in its name, it’s closer to Vallejo.

My family received complimentary lodging from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley. The hotel did not ask that I express any particular opinion. My thoughts are my own.