So what is the best Temecula hotel to stay in for a weekend of wine tasting? Temecula is becoming the Las Vegas of wine tasting, which means you just can’t fit in all the fun in one day. The over 40 Temecula wineries are enough to turn your boozy day drinking adventure into a weekend of fun. Stay awhile and treat yourself to some good old-fashioned wine country hospitality.
New hotels, bed & breakfasts, motels, and winery/inns are popping up in Temecula to provide guests with a cozy place to snuggle up with a bottle of wine and sleep off your wine hangover.
Here are the 10 best Temecula hotels
Photo Courtesy: Ponte Vineyard Inn
The Ponte Vineyard Inn is the top choice on our list of the best Temecula hotels. This 60-room boutique hotel is a stunning Spanish-style property that offers a luxury experience in the heart of Temecula wine country. Their recent expansion includes a new pool with a pool bar and an additional 30-room wing. AAA has named it one of the Top 10 hotels in America.
There is much to do without even leaving Ponte Vineyard like enjoying live music in the Cellar Lounge, dining at one of their award-winning restaurants, relaxing in the gazebo aside the one-acre landscaped pond, and taking advantage of the spa services available in-room. The property is also within walking distance to three wineries including Ponte Vineyards.
The Ponte Vineyard Inn is a truly immersive experience. You are surrounded by vines and the winemaking facilities are close by. This is a great place to get a feel for what it's like to make wine from the ground up.
You receive a free tasting ticket when you check-in. The Ponte tasting room is beautiful and it features some of the best wine in the Temecula Valley.
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Photo Courtesy: South Coast ResortExperience the wine country at this deluxe resort on 38 lush acres of rolling vineyards. The resort (like Ponte Inn mentioned above) is one of the few hotels that is also a working winery that allows guests to get access to behind-the-scenes wine tours and special events like The Blessing of the Grapes.
Private villas feature patios that overlook the sprawling vineyard for an up-close experience. Other guest favorites include a happy hour in the vineyard, the Golden Bear tour which highlights the winery’s California Winery of the Year Award, and wine-inspired treatments at the Grapeseed Spa. To save on reservations book through this link.
Photo Courtesy: Carter Estate
This boutique winery and hotel is one of the best Temecula hotels if you’re looking for a romantic night’s stay. The 42 luxury Mediterranean-inspired boutique villas are the perfect getaway from the daily grind. The villas are beautifully designed and quickly make you feel at home at the resort.
Three of the most popular amenities include dining at the Vineyard Grill, an outdoor heated pool and poolside cabanas, and the vineyard trails for hiking or jogging.
For champagne lovers, the property features a working sparkling wine production facility on-premises. So plenty of bubbly flowing! If you’ve had enough winery hopping for the day, enjoy the resort’s very own wine tasting room with a guided wine and food pairing options.
If you are lucky, you can watch the Methode Traditional through the large glass windows of the Carter Estate tasting room. This is where the sparkling wine is finished and the yeast plugs are removed from the bottle. This beautiful hotel is situated close to many of the best Temecula wineries.
Photo Courtesy: Europa Village
This intimate retreat sits on a hilltop offering panoramic views of the valley and vineyards where guests can stay in rooms named after wine varietals like The Cabernet Sauvignon with heart-shaped jacuzzi tub and The Tempranillo with a large balcony overlooking the vineyards.
The Inn at Europa Village is big on hosting events like live music, comedy & magic nights, wine education classes, and grape stomping competitions. Guests remark that hospitality is on point from the second you get to the grounds, offering a guided tour of the property and a nice, cold glass of homemade sangria while you make your way to your room. People rave about Chef Dean’s gourmet breakfast each morning which is inspired by farm-to-table California cuisine. I mean who wouldn’t want a caramelized banana, plum soaked in cognac, and pulled pork frittata made fresh for you before you start your day? For reservations book online or call (877) 676-7047
Photo Courtesy: The Hotel Temecula
You might need to pinch yourself to make sure you haven’t been transported to Westworld, but The Hotel Temecula is still giving off the Wild West vibes with its historic rooms and museum-quality artifacts that highlight its history.
Hotel Temecula was the very first hotel in Temecula, the original dating back to 1883. The hotel was rebuilt in 1891 after a fire destroyed it. Even the wisteria plant that covers the entire spacious back patio was planted in 1891. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time as you relax at the Guest Parlor with a steaming cup of joe, and step onto the front porch and enjoy views of Main Street. The iconic Emigrant Office is a great backdrop for a photo. The local eateries summon the Old West as well with The Gambling Cowboy, Old Town Sweet Shop, and Swing Inn Cafe. The rooms are decorated in vintage-inspired interiors and antique furnishings (beds are brand new!).
Note that you will be staying in a hotel built in 1891 so there is a shared Gentleman’s bathroom and a shared ladies' bathroom. For reservations book online or call (951) 972-8500.
Photo Courtesy: Wilson Creek Manor
There are many things that stand out at Wilson Creek Manor, but guests can not stop raving about Abby, the owner, and her staff. The Manor is set up like a vacation rental where you can rent the entire manor (great for family reunions and wedding parties) and for any leftover rooms, the rooms are rented out individually and treated as a bed and breakfast.
All rooms are considered suites with appropriate names like The Grand Almond Champagne Suite and The Syrah Suite. Wine glasses are kept full at all times so getting your money’s worth is not a problem at Wilson Creek.
The family-owned and operated winery is across from the manor making it an easy skip and jump to tasting their award-winning flavored sparkling wines (coconut bubbly is way better than coconut water!). This winery has a true party atmosphere and large crowds. It's the perfect spot for your bachelorette party or to celebrate a birthday. It's probably not our top choice for serious wine drinkers, but hey, it's a lot of fun!
Check out their packages for special stays like the Bed & Brunch package and the Stay and Play Golf Package. For reservations book online or call (951) 699-9463
It may not be your natural reflex to choose a chain hotel in wine country, but visitors have great things to say about Hampton Inn in Temecula. Owned by Hilton Hotels, this hotel is conveniently located next to Old Town and features modern amenities including jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, free wi-fi, and
It may not be your natural reflex to choose a chain hotel in wine country, but visitors have great things to say about Hampton Inn in Temecula. Owned by Hilton Hotels, this hotel is conveniently located next to Old Town and features modern amenities including jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, free wi-fi, and a fitness center. Your stay also includes a free breakfast which has taken guests by surprise as it is not just muffins and coffee, but an entire breakfast bar of eggs, sausage, cereal, and a waffle station. For reservations book online.
Photo Courtesy: Temecula Creek Inn
Kit and Caboodles unite because this hotel has everything for a perfect weekend stay. The Temecula Creek Inn boasts a championship golf course which includes a driving range and putting green. The award-winning Cork Fire Restaurant features creative menus where you can choose from such delicacies as Shrimp & Bacon donut holes and Deviled Green Eggs & Ham. The hotel boasts 130 hotel rooms and suites which offer wrap-around balconies and patios overlooking the greens. It’s also dog-friendly! The hotel is close to both wineries and the nearby casino.
For reservations book online or call (866) 324-6005.
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Treat yourself to Vegas accommodations in wine country at Pechanga. This adult playground features deluxe accommodations, a heated pool with private cabanas, and floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain, golf course, or valley views. The in-resort dining options are like being on the Vegas strip - The Great Oak Steakhouse, Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar, Bamboo Asian restaurant, and four different upscale bars.
There’s no shortage of entertainment at Pechanga where you can watch stand-up comedy at The Comedy Club, show off your questionable dance moves in the Eagle’s Nest nightclub, and relax with a cocktail, and listen to live music in The Cabaret Lounge. For reservations book online or call (888)-PECHANGA.
The Pala Casino Spa and Resort is another great Temecula hotel option. The property is about 30 minutes south of the Temecula wine country. You will enjoy all the benefits of a modern resort and casino. The rooms are spacious, there are great dining options, and there are beautiful pools.
We know that wine tasting can be rough. The Pala Casino Resort is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the Temecula tasting trail. There are 10 restaurants to meet your dining needs and two bars. One of our favorite features is the poolside bar. The weather can get pretty hot in Temecula and this is a great way to cool off. Need to relax a bit more? There are two spa tubs and a steam room. The steam room is a great place to visit after a glass of wine!
You can book a reservation through this link.
Inn at Churon Winery
Note: We are not currently recommending the Inn at Churon Winery. The property needs updating and we were unhappy with our latest stay there. We will update this note as things change.
This chateau that sits on the highest hills in the valley is a little bit of France in Temecula wine country. The rooms are luxury spaces in themselves featuring fireplaces, oversized marble bathrooms with separate showers, and French doors leading to outside private terraces overlooking the estate vineyards. Each guest is treated to a complimentary breakfast each morning and an exclusive guest-only wine hour which often includes a complimentary tasting of 8 wines. The Inn is treated like a bed and breakfast so personalized service in an intimate setting is rated high at this family-run inn and winery.
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