I’ve been to San Francisco a couple of times before, but I’d never ventured into the neighboring wine country. The good folks at Gigabyte, Intel and Corsair invited me — along with a few other tech journalists — out to Northern California last week to familiarize us with some of their new gear. That post will follow on Futurelooks soon. In the meantime, here’s a video tour of my hotel room at the Marriott Napa Valley.
Depending on where you look, this hotel and spa is listed two different ways. Some sites show it as the Marriott Napa Valley and other directories list it as the Napa Valley Marriott. Even their own website seems to be confused over the matter. Go figure. Maybe it’s just to hedge their bets for search engine optimization purposes.
The hotel itself is quite expansive, with a separate building for the spa and fitness area, though there are only two floors. The standard room where I stayed was about average in size. I liked how both the work desk and the bedside table had multiple power outlets and a couple of USB charging ports. This made it really easy to charge my phone or use my laptop. The sliding door for the closet and bathroom? Not as nice.
You may have heard in the news how Marriott is merging with Starwood Hotels. The latter is responsible for such properties as Le Westin Montreal and Four Points Sheraton in New York. From what I understand, the brands are going to be kept separate. However, for anyone collecting points under the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program, it’s unclear how the program will be affected. It’ll likely merge with the Marriott Rewards program in some capacity.
Have you visited Napa Valley (or Sonoma Valley) before? It’s quite gorgeous, even if it can take almost three hours to get there from San Francisco. The rush hour traffic was something else!