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These are the best points hotels in Napa and Sonoma, California

July 07, 2021
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Napa and Sonoma, California, are known around the world for being the heart of wine country in the United States. Less than two hours from San Francisco -- and its large international airport -- the area is easily accessible for those coming from across the country and further afield.

In addition to some of the biggest names in wine, the region offers visitors a whole host of attractions -- from the arts to some of the finest culinary experiences the country has to offer.

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And, for those with hotel points to burn, it's good news. The region is home to a number of points hotels, from family-friendly lodging in the center of downtown Napa to more sprawling resorts adjacent to vineyards.

Let's have a look at where you should put your points to good use the next time you visit.

Top Marriott hotels in Napa and sonoma

The Westin Verasa Napa

The Westin Verasa Napa. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Located between about 60 and 90 minutes from all three major San Francisco Bay area airports -- San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Oakland (OAK) -- and just over an hour from Sonoma County Airport (STS), The Westin Verasa Napa is an upscale resort in downtown Napa. Its location affords guests great access to the attractions the city of Napa has to offer, including the Oxbow Public Market and the Napa Valley Wine Train.

But, this property has the feel of a larger resort with amenities like an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center and a French-Californian cuisine restaurant called La Toque.

The Westin Verasa is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning free nights will cost you 50,000 on off-peak nights, 60,000 on standard nights and 70,000 on peak nights, and making it eligible (on off-peak nights) for the 50,000-point free-night certificates that come as a perk of certain Marriott cobranded credit cards.

The Lodge at Sonoma Resort, Autograph Collection

The Lodge at Sonoma Resort, Autograph Collection. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

This Autograph Collection property located near the best Sonoma has to offer features recently updated guest rooms, suites and cottages complete with separate sitting areas and private fireplaces. Relish your time away with a trip to the hotel's full-service spa, take a dip in the outdoor pool or enjoy a wine tasting on property -- you are in wine country, after all.

The Lodge at Sonoma Resort is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, so free nights will cost you 50,000 on off-peak nights, 60,000 on standard nights and 70,000 on peak nights, and making it eligible (on off-peak nights) for the 50,000-point free-night certificates that come as a perk of certain Marriott cobranded credit cards.

Top Hyatt hotels in Napa and Sonoma

Andaz Napa

The Andaz Napa. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

The Andaz Napa has long been a favorite for those with points to spend in California's wine country. Its central location in downtown Napa means you'll have easy access to all there is to do in town including the Napa Valley Wine Train -- as well as to the wineries in the surrounding areas. While this hotel doesn't have some of the amenities you'd find at larger resorts, it's a perfect base to explore Napa and features its own tasting room.

This is a Category 6 World of Hyatt property, meaning each free night will cost you 25,000 points. And, since Hyatt is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, it's easy to come up with the points you need to stay, especially since the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Alila Napa Valley

The Alila Napa Valley. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Formerly a Marriott Bonvoy property, Alila Napa Valley is now a part of the World of Hyatt family, but the resort remains as special as it was when it was known as Las Alcobas. Right next door to the famous Beringer Estate Winery in St. Helena, Alila Napa Valley sports a gorgeous pool with views right into the vineyard and the hills behind. Guests can also visit Spa Alila for the ultimate in pampering, and enjoy a meal at the hotel's signature restaurant, Acacia House.

Alila Napa Valley is a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, meaning each free night will cost you 30,000 points. If you don't have enough points, transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards into your Hyatt account instantly at a 1:1 ratio.

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country

The Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

In Santa Rosa, the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country is ideally located to explore both downtown Santa Rosa and the nearby vineyards of Sonoma County. This pet-friendly resort boasts a pool, fitness center, spa and an on-site restaurant. Best of all, though, it's a Category 4 World of Hyatt resort, meaning free nights will only cost you 15,000 points apiece and making it eligible for the Category 1–4 free-night certificate that comes with the World of Hyatt Credit Card.

The World of Hyatt card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 points. First, you’ll get 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.

Then, you can earn up to 30,000 more points, but not in the traditional sense. Hyatt will award you 2 points per $1 on purchases that normally earn just 1 bonus point per $1, on up to $15,000 in purchases for a total of 30,000 additional points. And while that does indeed add up to 30,000 points, it’s really just 15,000 more points above and beyond the 15,000 you’d earn for those purchases at the usual 1x.

Top Hilton hotels in Napa and Sonoma

Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley

(Photo courtesy of Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley/Facebook)

This Embassy Suites isn't the most luxe option around, but this is a great option if you need a place with a little more room to spread out. And, you won't miss out on any of the action, either, as the resort is located about five minutes outside of downtown Napa and within 10 minutes to major wineries in the area. Guests will appreciate the indoor and outdoor pools, bikes available to rent and the complimentary breakfast offered daily.

Rooms can be had from 58,000 Hilton Honors points per night, but Hilton doesn't maintain an award chart so your rates will vary depending on which dates you're traveling. If your Honors balance needs a boost, consider applying for the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, which is currently offering 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.

Top IHG hotels in Napa and Sonoma

Hotel Indigo Napa Valley

(Photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo Napa Valley/Facebook)

Another downtown Napa property, the Hotel Indigo, is good for anyone looking to take advantage of the best the region has to offer but wants a little flair at their hotel, too. The hotel features a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, and a bar with a cozy see-through fireplace, perfect for winding down after a day at the vineyards with ... another glass of wine.

You can find rooms from around 52,000 IHG rewards points, but rates vary based on when you travel. If you're looking to add to your IHG Rewards balance, consider signing up for the IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card, which is currently offering a sign-up bonus of Earn 140,000 bonus points + 1 free night after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

Mr and Mrs Smith Gaige House and Ryokan

(Photo courtesy of Gaige House & Ryokan/Facebook)

In the Sonoma Valley, Mr and Mrs Smith Gaige House and Ryokan offers a truly unique escape in wine country. The hotel derives its inspiration from Japan with a blend of California and Japanese-inspired design elements throughout. The hotel's Ryokan Suite features "cast-iron tea sets, granite soaking tubs with hinoki-wood ladles and yukata robes," while elsewhere guests will find karesansui rock gardens, a tranquil swimming pool, a yoga and meditation room and a mix of bamboo, maple and oak trees all around.

Rooms at Gaige House don't appear to be bookable yet with IHG points, but the company has a relatively new relationship with Mr and Mrs Smith hotels, so members are at least able to earn points and receive elite benefits on stays.

Featured image by The Alila Napa Valley. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
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  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees