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“Wonderful, historical home for the literary minded.”
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Inn St Helena
Ranked #2 of 13 St. Helena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful, historical home for the literary minded.”
Reviewed 9 November 2011

Great historical home of the famous writer. Read Bierce before you go; not sure why he would have ever fled from St. Helena to Mexico. John was a great host and Lisa was delightful over the phone. Both provided careful insight into our travel agenda. Lovely guests! Would return. ONE PROBLEM: We went there long enough. OH YEAH! John brews a great red.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room downstairs...KING BED, Jacuzzi in the room and outside entrance. Very nice a...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Montrose, California, United States
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

My wife and I just stayed at the Ambrose Bierce House, and absolutely loved our stay and will be coming back soon!! The house location is just a mere block from downtown St. Helena, and walking distance to great restaurants and stores.

We met John on our first morning, greeted with an Amazing Breakfast, meeting the other couples staying and had a great conversation over breakfast, everyone sharing there plans for the day and dining. John was so accommodating, helping those find wineries, shops, and helping with reservations.

The next two mornings we had two more gourmet style breakfasts, served by Chris, John & Lisa's right handman. Chris was great, breakfast was amazing and again he was so helpful in helping fill in the day and reservations for the evening.

The house was such a charming older home, with all that one would expect from a vintage home, feeling like had entered into a brand new home at the turn of the century. The rooms were impecably clean and everything was spotless. Each morning at 9am breakfast is ready, and each night there was wine and cheese. And after a day of wine tasting and great dinning, if you still need a night cap, they even had a bottle with Port and glasses for a late nighter.....

It was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast, and after our stay with John and Lisa, we will be staying again with them soon. We highly recommend !!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2011

I had stayed with John and Lisa before at their other property - Shady Oaks on Zinfandel Lane - and they are just as helpful and gregarious as I remembered. We stayed in the Ambrose Bierce Suite, which was very comfortable and roomy, with a nice sitting room, spa bath/shower and very comfortable bed. There's also a nice hot tub downstairs that we used twice. Downtown St. Helena (and great shopping and dining), as well as several wineries, including the iconic Berringer, are all within easy walking distance, and its only a short drive to literally dozens of household name wineries and dining. John and Lisa serve up a great breakfast daily, put out a nice wine and cheese spread each afternoon, and they are an endless source of information. Frankly, I can't imagine a visit to Napa Valley without involving them!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Carlos, California
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

For pure rest and relaxation - this is the place! Meeting the other guests over morning coffee and a DELICIOUS breakfast is the perfect way to start your day, and ending it with wine, cheese and crackers can't be beat! John, the owner, and Chris, the manager, answered any questions and/or gave suggestions on what was available to do and see in the area. Being within walking distance of shopping and great restaurants is a plus, so you don't have to count the glasses of wine that you are enjoying!! We stayed in the 'Ambrose Bierce Suite' and it was great - having that extra room was nice to sit and chat in before retiring to a VERY comfortable bed.

The only problem that we had was that our stay was too short - next time I will make it a point to stay longer!!

Room Tip: The rooms are beautifully decorated - very clean - just perfection!!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

We booked a stay at Ambrose Bierce for a weekend in Mid-June. We were traveling with another couple and booked the suite. There was one bed and pull out sleeper in an adjoining room. The owners had just put in a new mattress on the sofa sleeper and it was very comfortbale! The champagne brunch was fantastic, we had wonderful crossants and eggs benedict! The location of the house could not be any more perfect either! We were walking distance to all of downtown St. Helena with fantastic restaurants and shops! I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family looking for a great place to stay in Napa! It was a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Inn St Helena

Property: Inn St Helena
Address: 1515 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-1851 (Formerly Ambrose Bierce House)
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Region: United States > California > Napa Valley > St. Helena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in St. Helena
Price range (per night): ₹ 17,959 - ₹ 28,066
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn St Helena 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our Napa Valley bed and breakfast! We invite you to experience the romantic charm and "warm and enthusiastic hospitality" of our 1872 Victorian bed and breakfast inn. This California bed and breakfast is in a perfect location... right in the center of the finest wineries of Napa Valley. You can walk to fine and casual dining, historic Beringer Vineyards... and unique shopping in beautiful and quaint downtown St. Helena. ... more   less 
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