We spent a mid-week night at the Roman Spa Resort in Calistoga using the Manager's Special, which was a king-size non-smoking room, plus two massages, and two mud baths/mineral baths for $299.00. From the outside the Roman Spa doesn't look like much; my first thought was that it was built in the 1970's, however, that's the look of many of the lodging places in Calistoga as the town still retains a bit of funkiness.
Our room was fantastic. Quite large with a heavenly king-size bed, wonderful pillows, large HD tv with more cable stations than I've ever seen. The room was impeccably clean.
The outside pool and spa were closed for renovation, which we knew about in advance. Despite the process of taking a pool down to it's bare bones being quite dusty, our room was located out of sight of the renovation and we weren't impacted by it in the least. The indoor spa pool and his/her dry saunas were working and very enjoyable. The indoor spa is heated to a perfect 100 degrees and is large enough to do laps in, but that kind of defeats the point of mineral water relaxation, in my opinion.
The included mud bath was a first for both my wife and I. It was incredible. As this was our first, I don't know the typical ingredients in a mud bath, but this one consisted of peat, volcanic ash, and mineral water. Sort of like laying in 103 degree quicksand I suppose but our bodies were suspended and we never sunk to the bottom of the tub. Loved it. During the treatment an assistant came in several times to place cold towels over our foreheads and to provide us with sips of ice cold water. Very nicely done. After 20 mins or so in the mud bath we showered off and then relaxed in a jetted mineral bath, which was also quite nice.
This was followed by a 60 min massage for each of us. My wife is a massage regular and proclaimed this one to be among the best she's received. I'm a noob but I was impressed that the masseur took the time to ask me if I had any muscle or soreness issues he should address. How good was is? Well, he had to wake me when it was done. Pure bliss.
One of the highlights of staying at the Roman Spa is that downtown Calistoga, with all it's shops and restaurants, is located 1/2 a block away. Great downtown to poke around in without having to drive. We ate dinner at Checkers Restaurant (yummy, and good value), and had breakfast at the Cafe Sarafornia (food was just okay and a little pricey for what you get- won't be back).
This trip was an anniversary outing and we liked it so much we've decided to make an annual pilgrimage to the Roman Spa Resort.
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Thank you for your very kind and gracious review. It is always a pleasure to know that not only did we meet but exceeded your expectations on many levels. We truly strive to make each guest and each visit memorable. When you return next year for your anniversary you will be able to enjoy our newly renovated outdoor geothermal pools and surrounding pool area, which will be another added bonus. It's really quite delightful soaking under the stars and having the mist rise up around you.
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Once again, happy anniversary and we look forward to serving you next year!
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