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Napa Valley Hotel News

by Paul Franson | Editor of NapaLife

Calistoga hotel developments

The Weekly Calistogan reports that Colorado-based Bald Mountain Development hope to tear down the Silver Rose Inn on Silverado Trail across from Solage and build a high-end resort, spa and restaurant on the 22-acre site. It would also have 85 rooms, a 9-acre vineyard, a
winery, and 21 homes.

The last heard about the site a few years ago, developers were trying to build the Terrano Resort. They obviously abandoned that effort.

Bald Mountain would hire a high-end hotel management company such as Four Seasons or Starwood, which owns the Westin, W, and St. Regis brands as well as Sheraton, to operate the hotel.

Another developer, Enchanted Resorts development, wants to build a 100-room resort on an 88-acre wooded hillside south of the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. It would contain a restaurant and bar, a spa and a meeting room, plus 20 “residence club” units and 13 freestanding private houses.

In other news from Calistoga, winemaker Brian Arden hopes to build a new winery on a 2-acre parcel at the foot of Mount Washington, the isolated knoll south of Solage resort and across the street from the Silver Rose Inn.

The Silver Rose draft report is available, along with the two other draft reports, at Calistoga City Hall and on the city’s website at ci.calistoga.ca.us

New St. Helena hotels

The St. Helena Star reports the St. Helena Planning Commission approved modifications of Rodney Friedrich’s 60-room hotel in south St. Helena.

The main lobby will now be along Highway 29, and two buildings on the site will be demolished and replaced with new commercial buildings.

The new plan also adds a restaurant to the hotel.

Friedrich hasn’t said when he’ll start construction.

The city also recently approved a similar-size hotel on the old Grandview site south of Beringer Vineyards.

What’s up with Napa hotels

First off, it looks like the hotel that developers The Continental Companies hope to build on the east bank of the Napa River at First and Silverado Trail won’t be a Ritz-Carlton. The developers are still seeking financing, but it looks like the operator will more likely be Loew’s.

I've learned nothing new on financing the St. Regis south of town, though I've heard it is in place, or the long-delayed Montalcino resort at the airport. Construction money is the big hold-up on most of these projects.

However, the Meritage Resort expansion is nearing completing and the Milliken Creek Inn on Silverado Trail hopes to expand.

George Altamura’s planned mid-market hotel next to the Hawthorne Inn on Soscol has moved a little closer to construction with the demolition of La Bamba Bar on the site, but George isn’t saying when he’ll start.

Paul Franson is publisher of Paul Franson's NapaLife - The insider's guide for those who live in Napa Valley - or wish they did.

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