More about The McClelland-Priest Bed & Breakfast Inn Napa
Needs A Little TLC
We have stayed in B&B's all over the country, so we know what to generally expect and don't regard ourselves as picky. But we cannot recommend our first room, Puccini, because the tall Victorian windows overlooking a church parking lot next door were not covered except for lace curtains -- no shades or drapes that could be closed for privacy -- and the bed is in the bay window. At night the room was flooded with vapor lights from the parking lot and we didn't sleep. Maybe the light is needed because you must go down two steps to the bathroom and might fall down them if it was pitch dark, another hazard. There is a window over the sink so you must shave and apply make-up in the mirror over the toilet. No place to hang wet bath towels except on the door knobs. The black shower curtain, when closed for bathing, made the shower dark as there was no light over the tub. No reading lamps near beds or chairs. We spent the last night in Verdi, which would have made all the difference had we stayed there first. A little TLC would make this inn a lot better, like soft bath towels -- the ones we had were faded and scratchy -- a television in the common area that could be tuned in for weather, breaking news, etc. -- we couldn't find a newspaper anywhere. On the plus side, the breakfasts were great and the guests interesting. Just ask some questions before you committ -- so there will no surprises.
Nice inn with a great hostess!
My wife and I have yet to stay at this nice inn but both our parents have in the pastand they loved it for its charm and wonderful host, Celeste. On a recent return trip from Japan back to our home in Vermont, we made a brief stop over in the Napa region and though we had to stay at a chain hotel since the inn was full, we contacted Celeste in advance and she welcomed not only my wife and I but our two children over to join the guests and her for the evening wine and cheese reception. The wines were stupendous and the socializing fun. My wife and I look forward to a romantic getaway when we can actually have the chance to stay here and write a follow-up review! Thank you, Celeste!
Beautiful House with A Fantastic Hostess!
I did extensive research to find a nice B&B for my husband and I to celebrate our anniversary in mid-October. I finally decided on McClelland-Priest from all the positive reviews I saw...and even then, the B&B and its hostess, Celeste, greatly exceeded our expectations!!! The house, built in 1879, couldn't have looked more beautiful. Celeste did a wonderful job restoring this gorgeous house. And though most of the decorative finishes are original, the modern conveniences such as jet tubs and gas fireplaces (We stayed in the intimate and charming Puccini suite) allow us to enjoy luxuries found in fancy hotels and resorts. As beautiful as the room was, we were totally blown away by Celeste's warmth and hospitality. She was always geninely concerned about our needs and was a fountain of knowledge, especially on which restaurants are best, what type of wines and wineries to try, and how best to spend our limited time there. Her evening wine and cheese receptions are much more than that because of her---where at other inns, the host(ess) or staff just sets out wine and food, at Celeste's receptions, she stays and engages in conversations with all her guests and helps everyone to enjoy not only the refreshments, but each other. We all (all the guests, not only us) looked forward to these receptions every evening. My husband and I had a fantastic weekend and look forward to the next time we'll spend at this charming B&B and the company of its wonderful hostess!!!
Restful and elegant
My husband and I just spent 4 nights in the Verdi Suite. At first we were a little disappointed there was no t.v., since our first night was November 2nd and we were curious about the election returns. But we heard what we needed to know on the radio and found that the lack of t.v. was actually very restful and relaxing. We felt like we were back in the 1800s. Our suite was elegant and comfortable. The breakfasts were extraordinary - Celeste is a terrific cook and a charming hostess. Also, the inn is in a great location for walking to downtown Napa's wonderful restaurants. We will definitely go back.
My husband and I recently "revisited" the McClelland-Priest B&B for our 10 year anniversary. (We were married on the front lawn 10 years ago and loved it as much then as we do now.)
Celeste is a gracious hostess and makes the most wonderful breakfasts. Her banana souffle is particularly awesome!
I think it's great that she was able to make arrangements with some of the Napa Valley wineries to waive their tasting fee if you show the passes that she provides you while staying at the B&B.
Also, don't miss the complimentary "happy hour". Appetizers and local wines are provided and this gives you a good opportunity to talk with the other people staying at the B&B. We met two wonderful couples, one from England on their honeymoon and one from Florida who were celebrating their 10 year anniversary. Celeste also gave us great dining recommendations during this time.
The rooms were comfortable, clean and spacious.
We had a great time so we don't want to wait for another special anniversary to visit - we hope to go again next year.
Time and time again on our first trip to California we found the reviews of hotels and inns in Tripadvisor spot on, except for the McClelland Priest House. It is really hard to square the positive reviews here with our experience. We turned up in the late afternoon with a view to checking in and then exploring the valley in the early evening. Except no one was in and one was answering the phone. We thought we had arranged a cycle trip through the owner, but nothing was arranged, we found her difficult to locate and when we got to the cycle hire shop the shop owner had not heard of us, had run out of bikes and had to lend us his own - this despite us arranging this through the hotel 3 months ahead! The breakfasts comprised two courses of what seemed to be English steamed puddings with no choice. There were eight other guests, there were eight uneaten dishes left that breakfast.
The room was fine, a bit basic with its charm overstated. Overall we were incredibly disappointed. This inn sells itself on the charm of the owner, but we found her completely distracted, difficult to locate and seemingly uninterested. And we are not 'pushy' Americans but relatively undemanding Brits
Charming B & B at a Great Value
After searching the internet and reading numerous Trip Advisor reviews, as to where to spend a couple of cozy nights in Napa, my wife and I took the plunge and made our reservations at McClelland Priest. I spoke with Celeste, the Innkeeper, and her lovely daughter, prior to the booking and explained that we were slightly on the picky side when it came to accommodations, but not too picky. We were mostly looking for charm, a warm fireplace in our room, privacy, and a safe neighborhood to walk around, if we so desired. Celeste explained to us over the phone that she felt we would be happy with the room we selected. Although it was the smallest, it was the only room with a terrace/patio, and if the weather permitted, which it did, it would add to the charm. Well, we took the room and it was perfect! The gas-burning fireplace was warm and cozy as there was a bit of chill in the air outside (November, 58 degrees). In addition, keeping the terrace door open at night with the fireplace burning added the perfect combination of cool air and warmth. It’s somewhat difficult to explain, but you get the gist…snuggle weather. We loved the room. As for the complimentary evening wine and cheese, that was fun too. We had an opportunity to mingle with a few of the other guests, and listen to their winery recommendations. Celeste has a background in nutrition and fitness, and very informally discussed her views on the subject. Although it was not required to join the other guests in the lovely living room, during the hour or so long gathering, we found the time quite relaxing and enjoyable. We also discussed the mix of excellent (formal and informal) restaurants that are within walking distance. Early morning coffee is available at around 7:00 before the 9:15 breakfast and Celeste provides each guest with a list of wineries that waive the tasting charges when a McClelland Priest business card is presented. This saved us nearly $200.00 and added to the value of our stay. Over all, my wife and I truly enjoyed our time at this centrally located B& B. We will certainly be returning to McClelland Priest and visit more of Napa’s and Sonoma’s charming restaurants & wineries. Unless you want to pay a ton more for a room that you will not be spending much time in, look no further! Call Celeste…
McclellandPriest Bed and Breakfast, Magnifico!
Muy Bien, la Casa de McClelland Priest es Magnifico!
My wife and I spent a wonderful 3 night stay in Napa as we were in route from Monterey to San Francisco to the Napa Valley. We travel to the US perhaps 2 times per year, and Europe 3-4 times per year.
In our research we came upon The McClelland-Priest B&B in Napa , Ca. We related to the beautiful architecture, ambiance and potential hospitality that we might experience. As any avid traveler would agree, a welcome hand, a glass of cheer and thoroughly more than an expected educational experience makes for a visit to the U.S. magnifico!
Napa was our great experience. We read the reviews, gave trust in fellow travelers, and truly discovered that value does exist in the U.S.
Very comfortable accomodations, full breakfasts, intimate wine receptions ,restaurants within walking distance, wine tasting tours inclusive of many complimentary tastings , plus the hospitality of Celeste and her staff (2 daughters Erica and Gianna !) made the mark.
McClelland -Priest B&B Inn , our Napa Valley recommendation from Cabo to Europe
a time we would love to share again and again!
Great place with charm
We were in Napa in January, a good season with no crowds. The rooms are very nice and spacious, the breakfast is very good. This was a nice atmosphere and when visting napa again, we will surely stay here. Our sister and brother in-law were with us on this trip and also enjoyed our stay at the b&b.
Great Place to stay in NAPA
We spent two nights in the Firenza suite and found it to be wonderful. This room has a second floor walk out balcony with table and chairs, a great place to sit and read. The door can be left open at night along with a window for a nice cross breeze. We found Celeste to be very pleasenet and helpful with winery information. She pointed us to at least a dozen small wineries that don't distribute outside of California. Exactly what we were looking for. Most of these will waive the tasting fee when you show her card. Of course we didn't make them all. The breakfasts were delicous healthy and the afternoon wine and cheese was great. I would definatley recommend staying here and will return in the future.