Ambrose Bierce House

1515 Main Street , Saint Helena, CA 94574 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Welcome to our Napa Valley bed and breakfast! We invite you to experience the romantic charm and "warm and enthusiastic hospitality" of our 1872 Victorian bed and breakfast inn. Ambrose Bierce House is in a perfect location... right in the center of the finest wineries of Napa Valley in downtown St. Helena. You can walk to fine and casual dining, historic Beringer Vineyards... and unique shopping in beautiful and quaint downtown St. Helena. We are the perfect choice if you are trying to decide between a St. Helena bed and breakfast and a St Helena Hotel because we offer the amenities of both. Of all the bed and breakfast’s in Napa, Ambrose Bierce House is one of the few to offer first class amenities like in room Jacuzzi tubs, romantic fireplaces, satellite television and a full champagne breakfast. Not all Napa Valley accommodations are created equal. Our goal at the Ambrose Bierce House is to offer you the finest combination of luxury, hospitality and history garnished with our famous mouth-watering full champagne breakfasts and the premium Napa wines and cheeses that we serve each evening.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Fun and Relaxing Experience at the Ambrose Bierce B&B

5 on October 14, 2015

A friend who had stayed here a couple of times during his vacation highly recommended that we stay at the Ambrose Bierce B&B. We stayed five nights and were extremely satisfied! The location was perfect as we were able to walk to a different restaurant for dinner every night. The room was nice and clean, and the bed was very comfortable. Christhian was the host during our stay, and he was amazing! We awoke every morning to a delicious home-cooked breakfast spread with fresh fruit in the dining room, and came back in the afternoons from our daily ventures to find wine and hors d’oeuvres awaiting us upstairs in the lounge. Christhian was fun and we enjoyed visiting with him. He made some great suggestions on wineries and restaurants, provided maps to get us where we wanted to go, and he made our stay with Ambrose Bierce very enjoyable! We’re planning to go there again to celebrate our 30th anniversary after the first of the year! Can’t wait to go back!

Perfect Sisters' Weekend

4.6 on September 21, 2015

My sisters and I stayed at this quaint spot for a girls weekend reunion. We stayed in the new loft apartment and couldn't have asked for a better experience. The staff were both friendly and accommodating and the location was perfect! They were nice enough to let us take our complimentary breakfast up to our room so we could enjoy an intimate breakfast on the balcony. We felt at home and honestly couldn't have asked for a better wine tasting get-away! We will definitely be back!!

Home away from home

4.2 on August 30, 2015

From when we first spoke to Tamara to confirm our check-in, we knew we had picked a great spot for our stay in Napa! The Inn was adorable, clean and quaint. We haven't stopped talking about how comfortable our beds were. We say "beds" because our AMAZING assistant inn-keeper, Christian, invited us to stay in a large king size suite on our second night because this room had no reservation. We had previously booked a small room which was comfortable but tight quarters. Little did he know that we had gotten engaged that day and this was the perfect addition to an unforgettable day. Christian went above and beyond to treat us not like guests, but like family. The gourmet breakfast was piping hot and delicious every morning. Each evening we were greeted with wine and appetizers. I accidentally left behind a piece of jewelry. Christian promptly contacted us about it and immediately mailed it . All in all this was a perfect piece of an unforgettable trip. We aren't sure when we will be able to return but we know when we do, we will be at Ambrose again!

First B&B Experience Was A Good One

4.2 on August 19, 2015

Stayed nights of 8/14 & 8/15 for a getaway weekend (and proposal) for my girlfriend. Location is right on Main St. close to lots of shops and food. Cristhian was a great host and cook I'll be back.

Beautiful B&B, awesome innkeepers

4.8 on August 15, 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed one night at this beautiful B&B. The location is great - brief waking distance to the shops and restaurants of downtown St. Helena. The house is cozy and nicely decorated. The innkeeper Cristhian gave us a warm and enthusiastic welcome and took very good care of us! We were the only ones booked at the inn for the night, so the amazing Cristhian gave us a free upgrade to the Ambrose Bierce suite. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was nice and big, with a jacuzzi tub. They provided robes and extra towels so we could enjoy the outdoor hot tub, too! Cristhian made hors d'oeuvres and even though we weren't able to make it to cocktail hour, he left food and carafes of wine for us to enjoy later in the evening. In the morning, the other amazing innkeeper, Tamara, made oatmeal creme brulee - yum!! Overall, it was an amazing experience! We highly recommend Ambrose Bierce House and we'd love to go back again soon!

Loved Our Weekend Getaway!

5 on January 28, 2015

We recently stayed at this well kept and charming bed and breakfast with two other couples. Innkeeper Meldalina was a warm, delightful hostess who whipped up delicious dishes for breakfast as well as special treats that would tempt any palate! Her personal touches and attention to detail ensured that everything was "just right." Our group especially liked the quaint common area that provided a relaxed atmosphere to gather throughout our stay. We will definitely return!

Honeymooners enjoyed

4.6 on January 17, 2015

Erin and Meldalina were very accommodating hosts. Both were very helpful, and gave numerous suggestions on restaurants and wineries. Breakfast was very tasty, and the snacks/wine in the afternoon hit the spot. Location was very convenient to shopping, restaurants, and wineries-walking distance for some. Our room was downstairs in the back very close to parking. Bathroom had a tub/shower for two. The gas fireplace was also a nice touch. Will return if in the area again.

Perfect St. Helena location

4.4 on October 30, 2011

The Ambrose Bierce house was wonderful. The breakfasts were delicious and the tips they gave about dining and attractions were spot on. The afternoon reception was lovely, and a great opportunity to visit with our hosts and other guests. The only downside was that our room was warm, and didn't seem to cool off well. Not a big surprise in an older house. The location was great and we could walk to many excellent restaurants.

Very nice

3.2 on August 17, 2011

The Innkeeper Chris was very nice and helpful with recommendations for meals and wineries. Breakfasts were very good. Overall, the inn was nice; rooms are a bit tight; maid service was acceptable but not exceptional; beds are firm; bathrooms and tubs are nice; outside hot tub is great and can be used 24/7; wine and cheese at 5 pm. Location is excellent, close enough to restaurants and shops, but in a quieter part of the town.

An amazing family stay for our wedding!

4.8 on July 27, 2011

My now-husband, our son and my immediate family stayed in this beautiful property for the night before/of/after our wedding in July, 2011. Everything was just perfect. The rooms were beautiful, the setting and location amazing and the hospitality perfect! The included breakfasts were UNBELIEVABLE and gourmet!! We loved our stay and would happily stay again.

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Rooms & Rates

Edweard Muybridge

Tucked snuggly in a quiet corner of the Inn sits a stunning iron/brass queen bed outlined with half canopy. The bathroom has an oversized and extra deep soaking tub with large shower and glass surround. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and Check out time is 11:00 a.m.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $189 - $259

Lillie Langtree

A half canopy frames the beautiful hand carved oak queen bed that sits up high (we supply the stool)! The sun shines through lace covered windows. Your bath is private with a Jacuzzi tub for two with large ceramic tile shower and glass surround. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and Check out time is 11:00 a.m.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $189 - $259

Ambrose Bierce Suite

This generous suite is full of sunshine and tranquility; elegantly fulfilling each of your senses. Your enchanting four poster ivory and brass queen canopy bed layered with fine linens abundant with pillows…sits up high, an antique stool assists you in like royalty. Two spacious antique oak armoires and a dresser make a comfortable home for your special things while you are out to play. Draw your bath in an….oh so private six foot Jacuzzi tub for two… together with an oversize ceramic tile shower with glass surround. Attached …your private sitting room offers a television for that can't be missed romantic movie or football playoff. A fireplace for extra cuddle-ability invites you to linger….

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $239 - $329

Molly Day

This brand new room has it's own private entrance through a secluded patio. King size bed, Fireplace, referigerator and in-room referigerator. Tha bathroom is large with double sinks and a two person Jacuzzi tub and shower. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and Check out time is 11:00 a.m.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $239 - $329

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Wine country


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 55 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wired internet , Walk to town, concierge service, gourmet restaurants (dining) in walking distance

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Bicycling, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking is allowed outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nites on weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full amount due the date the reservation is made
  • Cancellations: 21 days prior to the stay to recieve a refund less a $25.00 cancellation fee. If you need to cancel less than 21 days your deposit would be refunded if we can re-rent your room.




Languages spoken

Mandarin, English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Traveling; Hiking; Swimming & Wine Tasting

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Gourmet champagne

  • Time Served: 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive

Signature Dish

Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles
We serve "the best breakfast in the Napa Valley" Eggs Benedict or Belgian Waffles,home baked breads and croissants,frsh fruit,our own blend of coffee, teas, juice and champagne every morning.