Napa’s Westin Verasa plans expansion, with more rooms, a spa and a ‘tasting menu’ restaurant | Local News

Representatives for the Westin Verasa hotel of Napa have submitted an application with the city to expand the downtown resort.

Owner VY Riverfront wants to add a new building with 32 guest rooms to the McKinstry street hotel. The expansion would also include a full-service spa, a roof-top restaurant operated by celebrity chef Ken Frank and 28 more parking spaces in the underground parking garage.

The expansion would be located on a grassy area immediately south of the resort, overlooking Oxbow Commons and the Napa River.

The project could cost between $15 and $20 million, said Troy Crosby, managing director of VY Riverfront.

“I think we’re really creating something special on that side of the river,” said Crosby.

Adding a spa and more rooms was always an intended component of the resort, said general manager Don Shindle. “We’re excited to complete a project that has been a major contributor to downtown.”

Flood control construction and the earthquake delayed the resort’s expansion plans, Crosby said. “We’re executing what we originally envisioned.”

Occupancy and demand at the hotel has been strong, said Shindle. “We felt that it would be appropriate to add an additional number of rooms that will help us,” especially with conference and group business, he said.

Spas are important especially for group and conference visitors, said the GM.

“When you have spousal programs or leisure programs and people are there for holidays, they want to enjoy that extra day or half day to relax and enjoy the spa. Not having a full service spa onsite creates limitations.”

Construction should begin as soon as the city approval process is completed.

“There’s no critical timeline for our standpoint,” said Shindle. “We want to make sure at the end of the day it’s all done properly and it’s everything we want it to be.”

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