The photos on the website led me to believe we were going to enjoy mud baths at a nice resort.
Instead, we traveled back in time to the 1980's. I was definitely bamboozled by the photos on their website!
-Lap pool water looked a little murky; nothing like the online photos.
-Treat yourself to free grapes out of the cardboard Heineken box
(Really? You couldn't find a nice bowl to display the grapes in?
-This is not MTV Spring Break. Don't expect hot chicks in bikinis & guys standing around flexing. Do expect senior citizens flaunting their Buddha bellies in their barely there bikinis.
-Mineral pools are nice. Unfortunately, my favorite one (with jets) was under shade.
-Dirty napkin thing near pool steps. Over an hour there and no one picked it up.
You're actually only in the mud for about 10 minutes. Then it's off to the mineral bath, steam room and then relaxation "pod."
-Be prepared to show off your naked bits to the attendants. There is no way getting around it.
-The service is stellar, but the decor is outdated.
-Enjoy ice towels on your head and refreshing cucumber water.
MASSAGE - FIVE STARS
My masseuse "Q" massaged away every tense area of my body. She was great. Unfortunately, the room I was in, was not.
-Bright skylight did not allow for me to fully relax
-Room reminded me of a hospital room from 1980. Very sterile; no calming spa decor or feel to the room at all.
Again, welcome to 1980. The decor is outdated.
-The shower I used was dirty.
-Don't expect any fancy shampoo or conditioners here! I should have brought my travel size Pantene with me.
-BYOS - Bring Your Own Slippers. Shower shoes are not provided here. Neither are robes or anything else you'd find in a nice spa. Bring everything you need. Minus the hairdryer. There was one hairdryer attached to a wall.
The staff was really nice and professional. They get 5 stars all day. However, the overall resort spa experience was lacking. I was definitely disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, a geothermal hot springs resort, recently completed an extensive renovation project that has dramatically transformed a property that has been attracting repeat guests for generations. Located in downtown Calistoga, the 56-room hotel and spa was completely redesigned with a contemporary spa inspired look and feel. The eighteen month long renovation has touched all aspects of the property including a redesign of the guestrooms with spa-inspired bedding, honed Italian porcelain tile showers, kitchenettes with microwave ovens and modern conveniences such as full High Definition LED televisions. The focal points of the renovation are the four-geothermal heated mineral pools. The pool deck was fitted with travertine tiles, new designer-inspired pool furniture and the inclusion of grape covered arbors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Hotel Calistoga
- Hot Springs Calistoga
- Calistoga Hot Springs