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“Relaxation, geysers, floating, massage...ahhhh” 4 of 5 stars
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1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, CA 94515   |  
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Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Calistoga
Coto de Caza, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Relaxation, geysers, floating, massage...ahhhh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I were able to reserve Cottage 6, a one bedroom with bathroom, living room, and a kitchen without a stove, but a big fridge, a sink, and a microwave - plus dining table for 4. Recently restored, it felt like a resort from old Hollywood days, only better. Bed - really comfy. FLat screen TV, but we did not turn it on. Fantastic, Olympic sized pool heated and fed with water from a geyser that would shoot 60 feet high all day if they did not cap it off. Refurbished dressing rooms were comfortable and cute with red and white striped curtains on their dressing rooms. Hotel residents can use the pool from dawn until midnight - day spa users get from 10-6. There are several new fireplace pavillions with super, deep and comfy furniture to relax on. There are hammocks all over the grounds - one is right for you! They also have a number of giant games - like chess and checkers, bocci ball, shuffle-board, and more. There was a volleyball net behind our cottage, in addition to a hammock and two chaise lounges. There was also a beautiful bar-b-q area, two bar-b-ques and a large dining table and chairs. We cooked our own dinner out there. Service was first class. Everybody tried their best to help us out and accommodate us when we wanted to stay an additional night in a cottage. There is a new lodge there with 25 or so rooms - we heard it is smallish, but we did not actually look at the rooms so you will have to check other reviews. The spa was fun - I had a mud bath, which felt like heaven, and then the best massage of my life! I wish I could have bottled that! There is a special area called Buddha's Pond with relaxation areas, and even a floor with radiant heating and a large fireplace. PLUS, you can snoop over by the geysers and get some interesting glimpses, but still stay safely away from being burned by the boiling water. I gave this spot 4 stars since they did not have a restaurant, but it was GREAT in every other respect. Lots of interesting restaurants, great food, interesting shops, and beautiful scenery to drive through. You are in the Napa Valley, and visiting the wineries and tastings are a big attraction for some folks. For me it was all about the pool and swimming in that awesome mineral water. Oh yeah, and connecting with my husband. It's a great connecting spot. Romantic, comfy, fun, and that pool!

Room Tip: Cottage 6 has a handicaped accessible shower.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

This resort was my idea of the perfect place to stay. They take very good care of you, and pay attention to detail- but it is unassuming and relatively unpretentious. I also loved having the kind of service and quality but still being walking distance to Main St. in Callistoga- the perfect combination of a retreat and not feeling trapped in a resort. It has a wonderful sense of early 1960s style. (Well maintained! You just sort of expect Rock Hudson to walk around a corner at any moment.) The rooms are charming, and in the lodge each have a (semi) private porch with chairs and a blanket. The hammocks scattered around the property are heavenly. The mineral pool is warm, pleasant, and really refreshing. The spa is extremely well done- not a bit over done, but extremely nice. They rent bikes for free, and provide maps to get to Sterling and other smaller vineyards- definitely do it. (Although the bikes are 1 speed, and there is a rental shop just down the main street with slightly better bikes for an hourly price.) Definitely do the mud bath. I had never done one before, was curious about the fuss, and it was amazing. Absolutely going through Indian Springs withdrawal now that I'm home!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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23 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Nicely appointed rooms, but for $425/night for a cottage, there were some basic amenities that I would have expected. We had a nice trip, but it feels like the price should be lower.
Pros
+ great bed, nice bathroom, several tvs
+ great massages
+ very close to town - an easy walk
+ fun to float in the warm pool. Great place for long conversations and very relaxing.

Considerations
- really weak wi-fi signal. I had to go to the local coffee shop to be able to send most emails
- no in-room phone. Not critical, but you have to go to the front desk or use your cell to call anyone at the hotel
- no gym or fitness classes

Room Tip: Request a cottage away from the main road
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The mineral pool at Indian Springs is my favorite pool - anywhere.
Floating under the moon and stars in the warm spring water makes me feel like a princess.
Add the great accommodations, 1950's resort feel (you can play ping pong, bocce ball and have your own BBQ)! Oh, and then there is the spa. We took out the beach cruiser bikes for a spin,
swung in a hammock, and walked to restaurants in town. A great little get away.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I love this resort ! It;s unassuming yet well appointed with highly professional staff. The mud bath are amazing with pure volcanic ash. Be sure to recline out around the Buddha pond after your service. The best amenity is the adults only only to relax around and enjoy pure calistoga mineral water fresh from the ground.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My husband and I only had the opportunity to stay one day and night but will return. The property is beautiful and the spa services were wonderful (mud bath and massage). As have most other reviewers noted - the buddha pond was lovely for relaxing before and after spa service and the hot mineral springs fed pool was incredible. We were there in the middle of the week prior to Memorial Day weekend so it was relatively quiet. Similar to the nighttime pool visit.. an early morning visit is just as peaceful.

The mud bath was a first experience for both of us. My husband would not do it again but was glad he did for the experience. He was a bit too warm. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do the mud bath again. My skin felt amazing after that and the mineral bath soak. We both enjoyed the massage completely!

We stayed in the lodge (lower level upon advice from other reviews) since the lower level has a private patio area with fountain and also a second exit/entrance out to the communal area where there are lounges, hammocks, bocce court, a fireplace for evening, and the location for morning coffee and tea. We did not experience any noise problem but that may have been because it was middle of the week. While the room was a bit small, the bathroom was very spacious and we were not there to spend time in the room anyway. Provided the weather is nice... one would want to be lounging outside in any of the comfortable locations or enjoying the spa or pool!. The cabins looked very nice too and we might try one of those in future.

This was a very short walk into town which is nice to visit restaurants or wine tastings. Also a lovely little town/neighborhood for a good healthy walk if that is part of your routine.

My only complaint is that coffee & tea is not available until 7:30a.m. and they only provided one fleece blanket in the room for wrapping up in by the fire outside in eve or while sipping morning coffee. We were there as a couple... we really needed two!

Can't wait for my next visit !

Room Tip: If staying in the lodge - suggest lower level because of the private patio with fountain (enter from...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Indian Springs is located in Calistoga- a town which may have once had more 'Old West' flair but is now mainly a tourist town in the middle of wine country. I've been wanting to try Indian Springs for many years and finally made it Memorial Day Weekend.

Indian Springs has been upgrading for several years and now has a "lodge" along with several cabins. My friend and I stayed in the lodge as it was the only room OR cabin available when I called for reservations (which I did 3 months in advance).

First the good stuff- Indian Springs seems to think of everything. When you need a robe- there's your robe. Feeling thirsty? Hey- there's some cold lemon and cucumber water! Everywhere you turn there seems to be bowls of oranges or a giant comfy chair to lay in in the sunshine... There seem to be half a dozen different places to sunbathe while reading a magazine (that they provide) while eating an orange, while staring a mama duck and ducklings, while gazing at a fountain.

The pools themselves are gorgeous and perfect. THe big pool (which allows families) seems to be about body temp or a degree or two above. There's also a smaller, adult pool which is more like 88 degrees and is perfect for the hottest part of the day. There are tons of floaties and rafts so you never have to 'wait' for a floatie and even though it was Memorial Day weekend and the weather was perfect it NEVER seemed crowded. Yes, there were people around... but it wasn't crazy busy feeling. Twice I went to the pools and there was only once or two people in them besides me.

The spa was lovely too and I had a great massage that was all too short. After the massage, you can rest at the Buddha pond (terrible name but whatever) and relax (as if you haven't been doing that already!)

Now for the less than perfect things (which are few luckily!) The lodge rooms are a tad small. Although there is a sweet little balcony to have wine and cheese (which we did twice) the balcony itself is just separated by a curtain from all the other balconies. I honestly didn't mind it as no one else used their outside balcony at the same time as us but I could foresee it could be an issue if several people on the same floor wanted to be outside. The room size could get stifling if you spent any kind of time in there but luckily that's not necessary especially when the weather is nice.

I went with a friend but for couples on romantic getaways you should know there are children and toddlers and babies in the big pool. I did not find it particularly loud or irritating but the pool isn't so much a silent sanctuary as it is a giant, (and very warm) swimming pool with people of all ages chatting and hanging out.

All and all a great experience and I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, CA 94515
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Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Calistoga
#7 Spa Hotel in Calistoga
#10 Family Hotel in Calistoga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Indian Springs Resort and Spa sits on 16 landscaped acres in the town of Calistoga. Our accommodations include lodge rooms, 1 and 2 bedroom cottages , 3 bedroom Merchant House and a two bedroom Hill House overlooking the valley. The highlight of our property is our historic 1914 Olympic sized mineral pool kept toasty year-round from our 4 geysers. Our award winning spa offers classic mudbaths, massage and facial treatments. Come take the Waters! ... more   less 
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