In our earlier post about Napa’s family-owned grocery chain, Vallergas, closing another store, we speculated as to what might happen with some of the vacated space. Now come reports that the Ritz-Carlton is planning a 350-room hotel and conference center on some 11 acres–some of which may include the old Vallergas site.
The hotel is being planned for First Street and Silverado Trail on the site of JV Wine & Spirits–close to COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts. If things go as planned, the Ritz will be in the same general vicinity as the Westin Verasa, which is a 160-unit “four-star condo-hotel” project that’s already under construction and due to open in late 2008.
We can’t help but wonder–does Napa really need all these hotels?