VINTAGE HOUSE-ING for the WEEKEND
Lately, I have been more attracted to staying at boutique hotels than the big, brand name hotel chains. Perhaps I just like the more personal approach and homey feel to these lodging places. Likely because we all have been staying home and sheltering-in-place since March we have become accustomed to cozy settings.
On our August 2020 stay at Yountville in California, I decided to book a room at the Vintage House. It was our first time at The Vintage House and I chose this place because: 1) It is a 2-minute walk to the French Laundry and a hop away from the V Market Place, 2) It has good reviews on Trip Advisor and Expedia, and 3) I liked what I saw on the internet--- beautiful photos of the property. The décor of the place appealed to me, and I could feel its ambiance bouncing off the computer screen, I thought it must be nice to experience it in person.
I booked a Loft Suite for our weekend stay. Our room was located on the second floor. There are no elevators in this property but wooden staircases. We do not travel light so that was sort of an issue. They do have staff who volunteered to carry our belongings to our room. We decided to do so ourselves.
The Loft Suite
The room was big, clean and well-appointed.
A fireplace right across the bed plus a wide, flat-screen TV.
The bed was inviting. Mattress was comfortable. Sheets and pillow cases smelled fresh and clean. We had a good night's sleep but had to wake up early the following morning for our hot air balloon ride.
The door on the left leads to the suite's balcony.
A clean and spotless toilet and bath will make me a returning guest of any hotel. So, I am likely going back here. But, if there is one thing this property can improve is to install bidets in their toilet bowls.
The balcony of the Loft Suite.
Always the designated person to make sure clothes are neatly hanged in the closet and ready whenever needed for dinners or other events. If ironing is needed, I am it, too.
The hotel has a clothes steamer ready for use. But if an iron or ironing board is a must, it is available upon request.
High ceilings and shuttered windows allow for natural light to come through--- perfect for selfies and lots
Breakfast was included in our package, served from 6 AM with last seating at 945 AM at the adjacent Perry Lang's.
Saturday morning after our hot air balloon ride, knowing we would not make it on time for breakfast, I called the Front Desk and requested that our breakfast be served in our room instead. Once back in our room, croissants, eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, fresh yogurt and freshly squeezed orange juice were neatly boxed and packed in a big brown bag.
Photos of pastries not available; son and I devoured them!
Overall, the Vintage House met my expectations. I really liked the size of our room, its cleanliness, and how well-lit it was during the day time (read: natural lighting makes for nice looking selfies). Plus, the entire property itself was well maintained. Of course, the staff truly put in effort to make sure our stay was pleasant and memorable, while maintaining safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.