A house guest in Napa
Posted Sep 7, 2013
My wife and I spent 3 days at Hillview Country Inn in late August. You can easily drive right past if you are not looking for it, as it just looks like an ordinary house. In fact, it is the residence of Al and Susie, who run this bed and breakfast. Al and Susie are wonderful hosts, only too eager to help out with accommodations, directions, recommendations or even rides around the area. Susie prepared large and delicious breakfasts each morning, well worth waking up in time to be downstairs by 8:30. There were also cookies, wine and more available throughout the day.
That said, the upstairs where the rooms were was a bit worn. Notably, the bedroom carpeting in the Harvest Room was aged and discolored in a few places, and I disturbingly found a Band-Aid on the floor when I arrived. Otherwise, the bathroom and bedroom were reasonably clean and roomy, although the bed was a little smaller than we would have preferred (it said queen but felt more like a full). There was also a bit of a musty odor, and as we left the last day, we discovered that a prior guest had left a plastic bag under the bed with a diaper inside - we didn't check if it was a clean or dirty diaper, but either way we were somewhat disturbed that the housekeeper had not cleaned under the bed.
Overall, while Al and Susie's friendliness and the relatively low cost of the room compensated somewhat for the mediocre accommodations, we would be inclined to look elsewhere the next time we return to the Napa area.