It wasn’t really our plan to stay in the Napa Valley after a Saturday video shoot at Clos Pegase Winery. Our budget is tight and Napa Marriott, always helpful that way, was full up and couldn’t take us. As we headed down Silverado Trail from Clos Pegase for a late lunch in Yountville we stopped in at Paoletti and Casa Nuestra for tastings. Again, not planned but their open signs were too tempting.
It was 5:30 PM when we left Casa Nuestra and a big storm was approaching. Katya called around to several hotels but they were full. Our destination was the warm and inviting Piero restaurant in the upscale boutique Hotel Luca. We knew we couldn’t afford this hotel but Katya pleaded that we are wine travel media which everyone knows doesn’t have a budget for such places.
The Hotel Luca folks pitied us and took us in from the gathering darkness at a rate we still couldn’t afford but at least much less than normal anyway. Only one night is really not enough there but that was the best we could do. What a beautiful, warm, inviting, and cozy little Tuscan style hotel! We are in LOVE with the place.
The restaurant Piero is becoming a favorite not due only to the good menu and food but we really like the staff and sitting at the counter observing the kitchen activity. We feel a bit like gulls waiting for treats to be thrown at us but it’s fun to watch everyone’s meals being prepared and chatting with the kitchen staff.
The room we had at the hotel was on the small side, especially with the king bed upgrade they gave us, but the bath was huge. The bath travertine tile floor is heated which was good because the storm was rather cold and very wet. There are two sinks, a large tub, and a separate shower, all better than usual. The courtyard that all the rooms share is architecturally interesting with a Tuscan village ambiance. I dipped in the hot tub on Sunday morning for a while before their included breakfast at the Piero. There is a pool available and a spa.
While not within our travel budget means this little hotel will stay in our dreams.