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Ambrose Bierce House

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

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

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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.

Excellent location

4.0 on June 04, 2011

Our stay at the Ambrose Bierce house was perfect. It is located in St. Helena walking distance to many restaurants and a few wineries. The northern part of Napa is definitely the place to stay and the views are beautiful in this area. The house is priced very reasonably and the breakfast was terrific. Mimosas every morning too!

Lovely stay...

4.2 on April 01, 2011

What a sweet spot. Clean, friendly with a lovely historic air to it. The staff couldn't have been nicer or the facilities more inviting. Highly recommended...

Ambrose Bierce House in March

4.4 on March 30, 2011

The house is extremely nice, well maintained, and felt private even with 6 guest staying over the weekend. We enjoyed the breakfast and the host was very helpful in providing guidance for wine tasting, restuarants, and other attractions. We would definitely stay again.

CIA 3-11

3.4 on March 24, 2011

Didn't get to meet the innkeeper or have breakfast because of my schedule, but everything worked out well.

Great stay!

4.0 on February 19, 2011

We enjoyed our stay for our family reunion during the lunar new year's holidays. The service was great, wine was awesome, breakfast a feast, and John guided us to wonderful wineries!

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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

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

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

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.



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

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