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Marriott hotel planned in south Napa

The developer of the Meritage Resort and Spa in south Napa has applied to the city to build this 253-room hotel, which would operate under the Marriott brand, nearby at the Napa Valley Commons.

The developer of south Napa’s Meritage Resort and Spa is looking to add to its hundreds of hotel rooms in the area – and open a new winery as well.

Plans for a Marriott-branded hotel, two-story office building and the Trinitas winery will receive their first look from the city Planning Commission on Thursday. The project by the Pacific Hospitality Group would occupy 11 ½ acres within the Napa Valley Commons, filling the last sizable vacant area within a corporate park that opened in the 1980s.

Planners will review the design of the hotel addition but are not scheduled to vote on the application, which Pacific Hospitality filed last year.

On an L-shaped property at 2650 Napa Valley Corporate Drive near Highway 221, Pacific Hospitality envisions a four-story, 60-foot-high hotel divided into a 153-room AC Hotel by Marriott and a 100-room Marriott Residence Inn. Each section of the building would receive its own design cues, as well as separate entrances, meeting areas and breakfast rooms, although a single pool and events lawn would serve both.

The Marriott hotel will share a shuttle service, laundry and other facilities with the original Meritage Resort as well as the Meritage Commons, a 145-room annex currently under construction. While the Marriott addition will offer breakfast to guests, it will not include any full-service restaurants to avoid competing with downtown Napa eateries, according to Shawna Schaffner, chief executive of CAA Planning Inc. and a representative of the Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality.

The site also would include a 26,214-square-foot building for the winery, along with 29,878 square feet of office space and 441 parking spaces. Pacific Hospitality also would add sidewalks to all the adjacent streets for easier access to the existing Meritage facilities, a step also meant to foster a “Crusher District” envisioned by Commons property owners as a winery row.

Since opening in 2006 with 100 hotel rooms and 100 extended-stay rooms, the Meritage resort has expanded several times and currently includes 322 rooms, plus access to 180 time-shares at the nearby Vino Bello Resort.

Work on the Meritage Commons, the latest edition to the complex, began last year across Bordeaux Way from the main hotel and is expected to wrap up in 2018. In addition to the extra rooms and suites, the annex will feature a wine-tasting “village,” boutique market, demonstration kitchen, swimming pool and an event lawn covered with synthetic turf.

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City of Napa/Town of Yountville Reporter

Howard Yune covers the city of Napa and the town of Yountville. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.