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NAPA -- When The Meritage Resort and Spa officially opened a newly built, $40 million expansion that doubled its size in May, it leapt to the top spot of biggest hotels in Napa County and became one of the area's largest employers.

It was also the first large-scale hotel construction project to be completed post recession, with the hope of  boosting tourism spending not just at the hotel but throughout the surrounding area.The hotel also held eight job fairs to hire more than 100 new staff.

The expansion added 165 rooms to the existing 154 rooms, bringing the total to 319. A new three-story wing also brought the total amount of meeting space across the resort to over 50,000 square feet, and includes numerous amenities.

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Among them are: the Crush Ultra Lounge, which features a six-lane bowling alley and a pool table; the Bacchus Suite, a two-level, 1,280 square-foot room with a full bar and four flat-screen TVs; and the Carneros Ballroom, which totals 7,300 square-feet for meeting and event space (divisible by 10 meeting rooms). That’s in addition to the Estate Cave, which opened in 2007 as a 22,000-square-foot space that includes event space for up to 200 people, the Trinitas Cellars and the full-service Spa Terra.

All told, the expansion added 131,300 square feet to the property.