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Cheap lodging (relatively) in Yountville

Melanie Wong | Apr 25, 2001 10:18 PM

In case one of you is the lucky winner of the French Laundry phone roulette and will be breaking the bank to pay for dinner, there's a place within walking distance for only $75 per weekday night and no two-night minimum. Ever noticed those rail cars just off the tennis courts of Villagio? They've been fitted with skylights and bay windows and furnished as suites. Queen size bed, loveseat, winged back chair, TV and full-bath in each. Plenty of square footage, just narrow.

I spent a night at the Napa Valley Railway Inn (in a caboose car) earlier this month. The fittings are nicer than a motel and many B&Bs. There are no phones in the rooms and it's not staffed after 5pm. However, the inn down the street has master keys and there's a number to call for emergencies. The room smelled like cleaning fluid when I checked in. Leaving the fan running for a few hours while I dined took care of the problem. My only real complaint is that the suite's not that well-insulated and cooled off quickly (frost that night) when I turned off the heater because the fan was keeping me awake. An extra blanket did the trick.

Napa Valley Railway Inn
6503 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
707-944-2000

Btw, my friends stayed at Villagio, catching the $149/night special for April. I've also stayed in Maison Fleurie across the street for $120, in a much smaller room than the caboose.

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