Despite the poor breakfast (not enough protein) and afternoon hors-d'oeuvres (old veggies), there are many wonderful aspects of the Blackbird Inn. The style of architecture (craftsman) is ideally represented in the furnishings and types of wood. There are eight rooms to choose from, each with its unique touch. Of course the upstairs room with balcony is highly sought after and is consequently more expensive. But there are enough on-line specials to help amortize the somewhat high prices, unless the film festival in Napa or the tourist crunch begin. Many guests stay here as a base from which to explore the various wineries, and the staff eagerly provide personal assistance and several brochures and coupons. We decided just to stay in Napa and leave our car parked in the small but charming parking area off of Jefferson (no one mentioned the parking lot!!). It's a delightful 15-minute stroll down First Street to the Oxbow Market, modeled after the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Along the way are countless restaurants from which to choose. Having dined at both Martini House and Campton Place, we were eager to try Todd Humphries' Kitchen Door in the Oxbow Market. It's not really a restaurant in the style most of us recognize, but rather a kind of food emporium. There are tables and one does order at the counter and wait for the food to be delivered. Good wines and eccentric food (i.i. Armenian Fold).
Actually quirkiness sums up our stay at Blackbird Inn, but I mean this in a positive way. The cook trying to heat up breakfast fare managed to set off the fire alarm so that we could all meet the local fire department from a couple blocks away. The inn is locked from 8 PM until 8 AM, and guests are given keys with a set of explanations as to how to use them. But I must save the best for last: Elise. Rarely has either of us ever received such a cheerful welcome. She went out of her way to explain the inn's history, attractions in the area, the room's features. I might expect such service at the Four Seasons. If some find the inn a bit dark, there are plenty of lights to help. And since we are dealing with Craftman-style architecture, it really isn't feasible to brighten woods with a stain or paint. Now if only the manager could work on those food presentations...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in historic downtown Napa, Blackbird Inn offers the intimacy of a vintage hideaway, yet is an easy walk to many shops and restaurants. With its spacious front porch, huge stone fireplace and liberal use of fine woods, Blackbird Inn creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blackbird Inn - a Four Sisters Hotel Napa
- Blackbird Inn - a 4 Sisters Inn
- Blackbird Inn Napa, CA - Napa Valley