El Bonita Motel

El Bonita Motel

too many chairs, but I nice clean room
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#1 of 1 motel in St. Helena
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
motel in Napa Valley,within walking distance to several wineries.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Sauna
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Centre with Internet Access
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Vending machine
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Seating area
Telephone
Iron
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

195 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-2197
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 52 out of 100
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Sacramento Intl Airport
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Sonoma County Airport
30.9 km
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Lynda M wrote a review Jun 2021
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This well-maintained, mid-century motel is in the heart of Napa Valley and lovingly maintains the gardens, kidney-shaped pool and rooms. Staff is welcoming and there are many lovely outdoor places to relax. A great bargain in Napa Valley.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Guest Services Manager, Marketing at El Bonita Motel
Responded Jun 30, 2021
Thank you so much for the great review!
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Debbedoo wrote a review Feb 2020
Ukiah, California54 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was grateful to find this motel while my husband was having surgery at St. Helena Hospital and not to have to pay $200 plus a night. It was clean, had everything I needed and for the most part quiet. I would highly recommend if you have family at the hospital. Simple breakfast in the a.m., but it was fine. Refrigerator, microwave and a Keurig coffeemaker in the room. Pets (dogs) are allowed for an extra fee $30 a night.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from OptiRev Development, Marketing at El Bonita Motel
Responded Feb 19, 2020
Hi Debbedoo, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We hope that your husband's surgery went well.
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Kat0623 wrote a review May 2024
Michigan73 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were visiting to go wine tasting at several local wineries and decided to spend less on lodging and more on our wine and dining experiences. This place was perfect for that. Older 'motel-style' with the doors on the outside, but the room was spacious and clean with a balcony. Parking was right outside the doors. The lighting was a little dim in the room and the carpet could be replaced, but those are the only complaints. Bed was comfy. Free breakfast in the lobby each morning with standard hotel fare, and a cute little firepit to enjoy a glass of wine each evening. Wine glasses were available in the room, which was a nice touch. The pool was not open during our stay. Within walking distance to downtown St. Helena by sidewalk, and we enjoyed walking to dinner one of the nights we were there.

We did need to do laundry while there (midpoint of a two-week trip), and there was a coin laundry about 2 min down the street.

I would definitely stay here again if in the area.
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Date of stay: April 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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windicitimv wrote a review Dec 2023
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After looking for economical lodgings we stayed at El Bonita for five nights in September and were happy with our choice. The location is excellent and easy. Our room, little patio, housekeeping, shower, were all good. The breakfast was fine, donuts were good too. The one downside was wi-fi was faulty, Front Desk was very nice. El Bonita is minutes from downtown St. Helena, and less than a half hour from Yountville or Napa, all easy on Highway 29.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Maggie Warren, Guest Services / Front Office at El Bonita Motel
Responded Dec 20, 2023
Thank you so much for staying at the El Bonita Motel! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the patio, room, staff, and more. We are sorry about the WiFi trouble, as we are looking to improve that. The El Bonita Motel hopes to welcome you back next time you're in the Napa area!
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Steve Urban wrote a review Jul 2021
Salem, Oregon23 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at this hotel several times when visiting Napa Valley. It is one of the last remaining reasonably priced hotels and located perfectly for visiting all the wineries on the main highway. You can even walk to a couple nice restaurants from the hotel. Nice clean rooms, continental breakfast, swimming pool and a cool vintage vibe. Also pet friendly. I almost regret posting this because I don't want it to be more discovered than it already is!
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Guest Services Manager, Marketing at El Bonita Motel
Responded Aug 9, 2021
Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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johnmodesto wrote a review Jun 2021
Modesto, California747 contributions299 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
El Bonita is located on the main highway, less than a mile from the center of St. Helena. It's a 1950's era motel that has been modernized. The gardens and greenery are peaceful and charming. There is a swimming pool and a lovely expanse of lawn with tables, chairs, and a fire pit. Roadside noise can be a problem, presumably more so for the units nearest the road (we had one of those). Rooms are well equipped and appointed and clean. This is one of the most economical choices in the area but still is expensive. The breakfast is low quality but included in the room rate. Its possible to walk along the main highway to the center of town and there are peaceful walks through the neighborhood behind the hotel, in less than 10 minutes you can be admiring vineyards and the surrounding mountains.
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Date of stay: May 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms in the newer wing are farther from the road and may be quieter.
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Response from Guest Services Manager, Marketing at El Bonita Motel
Responded Jun 15, 2021
Thank you johnmodesto! We appreciate your review and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay.
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Brenda K wrote a review May 2023
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii1,231 contribution425 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely older motel that is well maintained. We stayed her one night with another couple. Rooms were immaculate. Nice towels. Bed was too soft. Very hot water so be careful in the shower. The queen rooms facing the pool were smaller than the king and the latter had a balcony/patio. Breakfast was minimal. Friendly staff. This is the third time my husband has stayed here. Good value for Napa Valley.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Rooms in the back have a balcony or patio.
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Meg492 wrote a review Mar 2022
San Francisco, California54 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a find! Stayed here because every place else in Napa was crazy expensive and we recently had a very poor stay at the “luxury” Napa River Inn. El Bonita was amazing!!! Walking distance to multiple wineries (loved V Sattui). Walking distance to our dinner (at Press). Enjoyed the Pool, hot tub, and sauna. Room was large with a great backyard space for our dog. Found our new go to hotel in the Napa area!

Downside - could hear the people above us a little. Next time will ask for a room in one of the one story buildings.

We paid extra for the deluxe rooms, but our travel companions who didn’t do that also loved their stays.

Also had good wifi for working!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Free parking. No BS resort fee
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jaydub80 wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California35 contributions47 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Quick weekend trip to Napa. Arrived Friday AM (but we were supposed to arrive Thursday night) and stayed through Sunday. This place is a deal. Had no idea what to expect but it’s quaint and comfortable. The room was very large with a king bed, chaise/sofa, two chairs and a table, a new TV and a little kitchenette and bathroom. Definitely has some age on it but was totally clean and comfortable.

The courtyard area has a large fire place that was going every night with seating.

Walking distance to St Helena. We walked to dinner at Farmstead.

Price was right and it included breakfast, which we did not have. Would definitely return if in the area. Better than paying 3x the price to stay next door.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ManagerDM, Guest Relations Manager at El Bonita Motel
Responded Jan 15, 2020
Hi jaydub80, Thank you for choosing El Bonita and for taking the time to write us a review. We love to hear about our guests and whether or not they enjoyed the property. Sounds like you had a great stay! We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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dijon555 wrote a review Jul 2021
4 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was clean and nice and usually (but not always) quiet. The outdoor fire pit was a nice spot to have a glass of wine. The person front desk was definitely not sober. We went to the pool one afternoon and it seemed to be the local hangout for lots of 20-somethings who weren't actually staying at the hotel. Not quite walking distance to downtown St, Helena.
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Date of stay: June 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We were on the end of the building and it was fairly quiet.
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Response from Guest Services Manager, Marketing at El Bonita Motel
Responded Sep 21, 2021
Thank you for your review. We will say, that our front agents certainly are not drunk and our pool is for guest use only. Please contact us directly if you have further concerns. We appreciate that you chose El Bonita.
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rustygirlwmu asked a question Jul 2023
Chicago, Illinois15 contributions2 helpful votes
Which airport is best and how do you get to the hotel?
Answer from TravelJohn092
Phoenix, Arizona314 contributions185 helpful votes
Hello, I would fly into Charles M Shulz airport in Santa Rosa, its less then an hour from El Bonita Motel in St. Helena. After you leave the airport, take Highway 101 south less then 2 miles and take the River Road to Calistoga, CA. In Calistoga, take CA128 south about 30 minute drive to El Bonita motel on the right. They have a big brite sign that you cant miss.
Deborah C asked a question Mar 2017
San Diego, California197 contributions35 helpful votes
Hello, Does Uber and/or Lyft operate in the area of this hotel? Or, is there a reliable taxi service nearby?
Answer from kevincanada
canada127 contributions62 helpful votes
Uber is in the area but I'm not sure about Lyft as I have never used it. There are taxis as well but they are not very reliable and are very expensive
Answer from ElGuru71
Reno, Nevada407 contributions158 helpful votes
There are 3 different buildings. The main building (northeast), the one story garden building (on the southwest side of the property) and the two-story Homestead building (northwest). Both the Garden and Homestead are about the same distance away from the main road. The Garden is the farthest away from any road (the Homestead are closer to El Bonita avenue, which doesn't get much traffic).
marfak wrote a tip Apr 2024
Half Moon Bay, California1,397 contribution411 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for one of the two buildings that are not on the highway"
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Toni L wrote a tip Mar 2024
Oregon161 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Breakfast - go early for best choices!"
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GrandTour25814819043 wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pool allows smoking and if you are allergic or it just disgusts you then find somewhere else. I will never be back."
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Scott w wrote a tip Aug 2023
New York1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room was extremely hot. They didnt ha ve ac on and now its blowing tepid air. Not cool at all "
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TravelJohn092 wrote a tip Jul 2023
Phoenix, Arizona314 contributions185 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"On the CA29/128 Highway, close to resturants and shops and Vineyards."
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PRICE RANGE
C$285 - C$393 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
el bonita hotel st. helena, el bonita st helena
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaNapa ValleySt. Helena
NUMBER OF ROOMS
41
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Bonita Motel
Which popular attractions are close to El Bonita Motel?
Nearby attractions include Clif Family Tasting Room (0.8 km), Napa Valley Olive Oil (1.0 km), and Gary's Wine & Marketplace (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Bonita Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at El Bonita Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at El Bonita Motel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at El Bonita Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Bonita Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gott's Roadside, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, and Press Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Bonita Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Are pets allowed at El Bonita Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Bonita Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to El Bonita Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park (6.8 km).
Is El Bonita Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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