Here on The Cork Board we’ve reviewed local restaurants like Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Alexis Baking Company, as well as the winetasting experience at various local wineries such as Pine Ridge Winery and Chimney Rock Winery.
One major area we’ve not yet been able to figure out how to properly review are the local hotels, B&Bs and resorts. You see, we do our reviews by personally visiting each place, soaking in the atmosphere and trying to view the experience through the eyes of the average visitor. For some reason, we just can’t seem to justify spending a couple hundred (or more) dollars per night to stay in any of these establishments when we already live here.
Luckily for us, the San Francisco Chronicle is helping pick-up the slack (sort of). Just this week they published a review of Napa’s Silverado Resort. While the Chronicle reviewer fails to summarize what she thought of the overall experience and doesn’t use any type of rating system, she does a decent job at capturing the essence of what the resort has to offer. Here’s a short excerpt:
The Royal Oak restaurant, which features steaks and seafood, was remodeled earlier this year, while the Grill at Silverado offers affordable fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner…
The toilet and shower stall were cramped, but the expansive sink and mirror vanity, in the adjoining alcove, helped make up for the claustrophobic space. The rosemary-mint Aveda shampoo, conditioner and soap were a luxurious touch, as were the fluffy towels and robes.
Having personally visited the resort for a couple recent conferences and the occasional weekend breakfast at the Grill, we’ve seen some of the renovations happening first hand (and can’t argue that they weren’t needed). With new competition popping up all over the valley (such as Solage Calistoga and Napa’s Meritage Resort), Silverado will continue to be challenged to win the hearts and minds of travelers.
Have you stayed at Silverado Resort lately? If so, we’d love to hear your review of the experience.