ARCHER Hotel Napa, a luxury boutique, new-build hotel in the center of downtown Napa, will officially welcome guests on Nov. 27, 2017. The 183-room, five-story property offers 360-degree views of Napa Valley from its expansive rooftop, 39 balcony-clad suites, many with fireplaces, a rooftop spa and Charlie Palmer Steak Napa as its restaurant and culinary partner serving its 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The property, which serves as the anchor for the First Street Napa development and is at the heart of the revitalization effort downtown, was conceived with a strong consideration of place. Napa-centric design, decor, themes and programming can be found throughout the hotel. ARCHER Napa and the growing ARCHER collection, is brought to life by LodgeWorks Partners, L.P., the owner and developer of this hotel.
“A wine country retreat with a distinctly urban beat” is said to describe the vision of LK Architecture Inc., the hotel’s architect and designer. According to the designer, the hotel incorporates materials, colors and textures reflective of Napa, in juxtaposition with modern lines, simple forms and contemporary materials.
“ARCHER Napa is built around an architectural vocabulary, which is derived out of the vineyards themselves,” explains Roger Brown, senior VP and director of design. “The building reflects the geometric pattern of rows and columns from the vineyards with a wonderful cadence and purposeful rhythm produced in the design."
As the site of the former Merrill’s building, considerable time and attention-to-detail was given to restoring the historic tile facade to its original grandeur. The architecture in the public spaces of the hotel is artful, integrating form and material with a purposeful nod to the location that the hotel calls home.
The passage from the hotel entry doors to the lobby is like walking through a backlit grape arbor.
The lobby and front desk reside within a large sky-framed atrium near the hotel’s center. This two-story space features woods, stone, a topographic map of Napa Valley and a crystal grapevine chandelier.
Palmer debuts the first California location of his modern American steakhouse, Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on the hotel’s ground floor. In collaboration with Palmer, Russell has created a modern American steakhouse menu, featuring dishes and ingredients sourced from Napa Valley’s surrounding agricultural and viticultural regions. The 120-seat, 4000-square-foot restaurant extends into the lobby, outside to an al fresco dining patio and over to private and semi-private event spaces spread throughout the property.
Archer Napa’s destination rooftop, which will debut in early 2018, is anticipated to become a favorite gathering spot in downtown Napa. Chef Charlie Palmer and team will unveil a signature rooftop bar and restaurant, serving seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner at the bar or alongside fire pits.
The rooftop is also home to a chef’s show kitchen, indoor/outdoor fitness studio and a spa.
ARCHER Napa offers more than 17,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor meeting and event space. The Grand Salon, totaling over 2,540 square feet, is a two-story space with high clerestory lighting, reclaimed wine barrel wood paneling and an adjacent pre-function foyer providing an additional 850 square feet of event space. The ceiling features floating wood panels with an undulating layout that is reflective of the rolling hills of Napa.
For slightly smaller events, there is a secondary event room (over 1,700 square feet), as well as two breakout rooms that are both nearly 600 square feet. The expansive rooftop—an open-air, alfresco destination in and of itself—offers nearly 9,000 square feet of additional space. The venue also offers varied seating options.