What’s Hot and What’s Not in B&Bs
The mom and pop bed and breakfast is likely as not to appear on any magazine’s
What’s Hot and What’s Not list. Unfortunately for the genre’, it is probably in
the latter category.
Why? Guest shave tired of homespun décor to the point of gamily picturess of
strangers in their rooms…thin walls, overly familiar innkeepers, lacy doilies,
dolls, teddy bears and the traditional B&B hodgepodge of what should be ‘garage
Under ‘Hot’ comes the new inns with younger more contemporary owners who have
paid fortunes for these old grand dames whose only appealing features are their
location, architecture and grounds. Beyond that, the bonfires begin and these
new breed types start over.
In the case of 1801 First, now a uniquely elegant and refreshing inn with a
blend of classic architecture and stylish upbeat and classically modern décor.
Not your typical B&B, 1801 First looks like several pages of those home
furnishings catalogues we all peruse with envy.
Built in 1903 by prominent architect William Corlett, the inn boasts Queen Anne
detailing, multi-gabled roof and rounded bay windows. After attentive
renovation, the house has been transformed into an intimate urban retreat. Each
suite and cottage is spacious and fully appointed with many detail guests rave
about. Egyptian cotton Matelasse’ coverlets, sateen linens and down comforters
folded to a peak at the end of the bed linen catalogue style. How do they get
the beds to look so perfectly photogenic every day? Fireplaces and generous
chairs for reading and cozy-ing invite staying in. Add to that baths featuring
oversized soaking tubs or Jacuzzi whirlpools. TV/VCR’s and CD players, in-room
phones, spa amenities and robes and the inn is starting to sound and feel like a
mini spa resort. (And it is…read on for Inn as Spa release.)
Guests are treated to a plethora of breakfast options all prepared by the
in-house chef. Select from an expanded continental breakfast or in-room dining
to guest’s choice of ‘spa’ selection or the chef’s daily ‘indulgent’ breakfast.
Location? The new genre’ are for the most part not situated down dusty dirt
lanes, but rather in town, close to the action for the evening. Napa and
particularly downtown is enjoying a renaissance with crisp, interesting new
restaurants popping up literally monthly, a newly renovated and re-opened Opera
House and Copia the center for Food, Wine and The Arts.
Rates include breakfast each morning, evening wine and hors d’ oeuvres, often
featuring a local winery for a private ‘tasting,’ as well a 24 hour courtesy
“minibar”—beverages, fruit, cookies and other snacks available in the dining
room at any time, as well as full concierge services.
Rates range from $250.00 - $395.00 per night plus tax, double occupancy
For further information, contact Darcy Tunt at 1801 First, Napa, CA, 94559
(707) 224-3739 Email:
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