Special Profile: Napa River Inn

The historic Hatt/Napa Mill Building is located at the intersection of 5th and Main Street and is part of the old sea and river commerce center of late 1800s and early 1900s Napa City. This historical significance has garnered the complex local landmark status and National Register of Historic Places listing. Within their walls, the Hatt/Napa Mill Buildings have been a warehouse for more than commodities. Now the home of the Napa Valley Film Festival Culinary Stage, Napa Wine Pavilion, and Napa Festival Box Office, this complex stores the histories of the lives and times of the owners, workers and community of Downtown Napa for more than 130 years.

The first signs of Captain Albert Hatt’s plans to build a new warehouse were on January 20, 1882. On that date, the Napa County Reporter documented the sale of one block of property at Main and Fifth streets. Hatt purchased the property from William H. Coombs, Napa founder, for $1.00. Hatt also had a steamship in connection with the business that he named after one of his daughters, “Amelia” which is now the name of the boutique located in the lobby of the Napa River Inn.

An interesting addition to this warehouse is that when finished, the Hatt Building included a second story skating rink with a floor of tongue-and-groove, White Rock maple planking shipped from Chicago. Additional improvements to the rink included another 50 pairs of new nickel-plated clamp skates to the 165 pairs already available at the rink. The Hatt skating rink was the scene of frequent social events enjoyed by local “Napans”.

The Napa River Inn’s lobby is part of the 1884 Napa Mill. Originally built as the warehouse by Captain Hatt, the existing historic building was later converted to a mill for grain. Locals still remember coming here to buy feed for their livestock. The second floor of the historic building that once housed the roller-skating rink, now has 8 historic deluxe hotel rooms. Visitors still come to view the original wood-grooved floor running through the guest rooms and parlor.


The ballroom on the second floor was once a music salon for entertaining dignitaries. Today it is used for meetings, luncheons, and events and is still the focal point for the local community. During past Napa Valley Film Festivals, screenings of some films and film industry panels were held here.

The location of the Napa Mill and the hotel make it an ideal spot for both visitors and locals. Situated along the banks of the Napa River, the Napa River Walk winds through lush gardens and takes you to some of the best eateries in Napa: Angele, Celadon, The Napa General Store, and Sweetie Pies. Live music takes place at Silo’s and local Napa wine is served by the glass. The outdoor Riverbend Plaza area is a great place to sit while enjoying a picnic and sharing a bottle of that local wine.

The Riverbend Plaza hosts the Downtown Napa Wine Pavilion and Riverfront Promenade.
Those timeless charms of yesterday blend with the elegance and sophistication of today at Napa’s highest Michelin-rated, and a Forbes 4-star hotel – the Napa River Inn.

Guests wake up the wine country way with breakfast-in-bed made fresh at Sweetie Pies bakery that morning. Relaxation abounds at the Spa at Napa River Inn, highly rated by both locals and visitors alike. Massages, facials, body treatments, and more.

Adventure tempts at every turn with more than 20 tasting rooms within walking distance and multiple exceptional restaurants. The Mill and Inn are situated right along the river, making it easy to cruise the waterfront, run the Riverwalk, or roll your way around town on bicycles for rent. Everything is within walking distance and close to entertainment, restaurants, and the Oxbow Public Market.

The Napa River Inn is a charming, historic boutique hotel that delivers the quintessential Napa neighborhood experience. A great place to enjoy the ultimate film, food, and wine experience.

By | 2017-06-27T14:45:07+00:00 November 12th, 2016|Festival, Travel|0 Comments

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NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12