September 16, 2014

The Planning Commission has unanimously approved the construction of the Archer Napa Hotel. This is good news for area homeowners because the project is expected to be the catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Napa, raising property value with all the lux amenities planned.

The Archer Napa hotel will be built around the former Merrill’s Building on First Street. Buzz about the unique, luxury, boutique property is already attracting new business to the area. The five-story property will anchor the new Napa Canter with its distinctive mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment in the heart of downtown. Developer LodgeWorks also plans to include much needed meeting space, a 7,000-square-foot rooftop bar that will be open to hotel guests and local residents alike, a pool, a separate outdoor patio and 218 parking spaces. The development totals 164,438 square feet and will cost about $70 million.

Some of the exciting, luxury design details include 8-foot recessed balconies off the guest rooms and outdoor fireplaces to cater to an upscale clientele. The Archer Napa is expected to open in first half of 2016.“But it’s not just for visitors,” said project architect Roger Brown. “We want this to become a public place. We want people to go to the rooftop bar and see the show kitchen and the view of the city and the valley. We are going to place cabanas on the roof with outdoor beds and televisions – anything we can to make it a special experience.”

Built in 1929, the Merrill’s structure originally housed a Safeway, and later went through several retailers before Merrill’s Drug Store occupied the space in the 1960s. Since Merrill’s closed its doors back in 1994, the building has remained largely unoccupied. It is listed as a landmark on the city’s Historical Resource Inventory and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, though it is not yet on the national list.

If you are looking for the perfect home in Napa Valley, now is the time to get moving as construction of the Archer Napa Hotel gets underway. Please contact me at 415.516.3939 or email me at Be sure to take a look at my website and make sure to check out my Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news for both homebuyers and sellers.



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