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“Slip back in Time” 4 of 5 stars
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Brannan Cottage Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515   |  
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Amman, Jordan
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13 hotel reviews
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“Slip back in Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Conveniently located near downtown, nestled amongst rose bushes and towering trees is Brannan Cottage Inn. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Doug and Pinot (the resident Jack Russel Terrier). Doug provided a map, a quick tour of the sitting room and took us to the Amber Room (# 3). The grounds have lovely seating areas, easy access without disturbing other guests, and very comfortable rooms. This is an old house that has been converted to several rooms, and has kept its time period charm. Breakfast begins with a wonderful coffee blend created by Judy, then a "cold buffet" followed by a "hot entree". Following breakfast we were able to enjoy a soak in the jacuzzi of "Golden Haven Spas" just down the road from Brannan, Doug has made an arrangement for his guests to be able to utilize these facilites...what a treat!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BrannanCottageInn, Owner at Brannan Cottage Inn, responded to this review, July 20, 2012
Thanks for staying with us at Brannan Cottage Inn and for taking the time to write such a "professional" and detailed review. We're glad that you appreciated the property, and the amenities and services we provide. We'd love to have you stay with us again the net time you come to the "top of the Napa Valley wine country."

One minor point/correction: The Main Building at the Inn began as a cottage for the original Calistoga Hot Springs Resort founded by Sam Brannan, an amazing character in California history. He purchased the property (about 1,000 acres) in 1858 and built our cottage in 1860; It was never a "single family residence." The current uses of the "cottage" part of the main building are our office, parlor and dining room. The "one bedroom" guest rooms were added in 1905 (3 rooms) and the 1920s (1 room). Our second building was begun in the 1930s and completed in the 1940s and now houses our two minisuites, as well as storage and a wine cellar in the half basement below. The service wing (kitchen, laundry, staff restroom) was built in 1985 when the property was converted to a bed and breakfast inn. We've been the owners since June, 2004 and have now hosted over 5,000 individual guests (some many times).

We hope you come back soon.

Doug Cook, Owner/Innkeeper
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon and had a great time. We'd debated for ages whether to stay here or in one of the more expensive places in St Helena, wondering if the relatively low cost mean this place wouldn't be great but it was exactly what we were looking for. A very friendly place in a beautiful small town which was far less touristy than other areas of the Napa valley that we saw. Room decor was slightly chintzy for our liking but it fit in well with the style of building and the room was very comfortable so it really didn't matter.

The two best things about this place are firstly the location being easily walkable from the town (very important when you're wine tasting!) but even more so all the little touches which show you how much effort the owners put into making every stay a good one. We arrived to two small bottles of sparkling wine an a congratulations card in our room, we're given a wealth of information about the local area, restaurants etc and even discount vouchers - on to of that there was a hammock and sun loungers in the garden (right outside our room), tea, coffee and homemade cookies always available in the lounge and 2 glasses of wine and a corkscrew in the room to enable you to enjoy and wine purchases at the end of the day.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to visit the Napa valley.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrannanCottageInn, Owner at Brannan Cottage Inn, responded to this review, June 9, 2012
Thanks for staying with us on your honeymoon and for taking the time to write a review of your stay. We're very happy the Brannan Cottage Inn was a "real gem" for your stay in the Napa Valley wine country and that you enjoyed a variety of the amenities that we offer. We were very pleased to join in the celebration of your wedding and wish you both a wonderful future together.

Doug and Judy Cook, Owners/Innkeepers
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Clayton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

Delightful Sunday-to-Tuesday stay. Colorful grounds and well-appointed cottage room that was perfect for the two of us and our two rescued greyhounds. Very accommodating for dogs! Morning breakfast was wonderful, with coffee out at 7am followed by fruit, cereals, and breads then a warm entree... an egg soufle one morning and delicious french toast with chicken artichoke sausage the next! Thank you, Doug!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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BrannanCottageInn, Owner at Brannan Cottage Inn, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Bill--Thanks for your review and for sharing what you liked best about Brannan Cottage Inn. Glad you enjoyed your breakfasts (that's an important B in B&B) and that you were able to take advantage of our pet friendly approach. I should point out that only 3 of our 6 rooms are pet friendly--the Sage, Lavender and Celadon Rooms. Thanks for staying with us! Come back soon.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

I went there with my wife and another couple. We had a great time. Doug was great and made us feel comfortable right away. The location is great (a short walk to great restaurants, wine tastings and downtown Calistoga). The breakfasts offered there were fantastic. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BrannanCottageInn, Owner at Brannan Cottage Inn, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Thanks for coming to Brannan Cottage Inn and bringing your friends along. We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay and thanks also for taking the time to write a review. You've hit on some of the best aspects of the Inn and we're so happy they "worked" for you. We look forward to your return visit!

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Alameda, California, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Wonderful choice! read reviews about our host Doug and he was as wonderful and accomodating as advertised. Doug started being helpful with activity ideas before we got to Calistoga and throughout the stay. There was a special greeting card and champagne that we enjoyed, and Doug was nice enough to insist we take breakfast even though we were shamefully late our 2nd morning. Our room and location were fine, and access to nearby mineral water hot tub/pool certainly felt great! Bed could have been a little softer for our tastes and bathroom door could use a little love, but small quibbles next to the charm and coziness of our room and the inn in general. thanks Doug!

Room Tip: our room was a fine size, but would likely choose a suite next time as we like TV, which our room di...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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BrannanCottageInn, Owner at Brannan Cottage Inn, responded to this review, March 9, 2012
Matt--Thanks for taking the time to write a review about your February stay at Brannan Cottage Inn. Glad you appreciated our approach to innkeeping and the beautiful area in which we are located. We also appreciated your input on the bed "stiffness" and the bathroom door. We've added both to our "to do" list. One of the joys of having a 150+ year old historic building is the reality of ongoing small maintenance items. We'll have it fixed before you return!

Doug and Judy Cook, Owners
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Sacramento, California
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27 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Our kids gave us a two night stay at this very nice B&B located in Calistoga, and we had a wonderful time. Located in this small Napa Valley town, it was ideally situated. The owners/operators were very helpful in terms of recommendations for small wineries and excellent restaurants, and very friendly. The room (#2) was spacious and clean.

Room Tip: The four-poster we had was somewhat noisy getting in and out of. It may be that the wood joints nee...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrannanCottageInn, Owner at Brannan Cottage Inn, responded to this review, January 31, 2012
We are the owners and operators of Brannan Cottage Inn and are very pleased you enjoyed your stay AND took the time to write a review. We'd love to have you return sometime in the future.
See you then!

Doug & Judy Cook
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San Francisco, California
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Brannan Cottage Inn was the first B&B I 'd stayed and I was impressed! As soon as you walk in, you're greeted by the sweetest little Jack Russell Terrier, Brannan's own greeter dog. The location is great! It's within walking distance to downtown Calistoga (restaurants, shops, and spas). Doug's (the host) hospitality made us feel like home. I mentioned briefly over the phone while making a reservation that it was my fiance's birthday, when we checked into our room, they included complimentary champagne to help us celebrate the special occasion.

Their homemade breakfast along with a full continental breakfast bar were amazing, not to mention their "never-ending" chocolate chip cookie jar, fruit plate, and port wine and chocolate.

The B&B is also within 10-minute drive to some great wineries. We will definitely return to Brannan Cottage Inn next time we visit Calistoga!

Room Tip: This is a pet-friendly hotel. Their Sage room and one of the larger suites is ideal if you're b...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrannanCottageInn, Owner at Brannan Cottage Inn, responded to this review, January 25, 2012
Tammy--Thanks for having your iniitial B&B experience with us. Glad that you both liked all that we had to offer. Calistoga's a wonderful little town, surrounded by wineries and scenery "to die for". We're very happy that you got to enjoy the Inn and the town and region. And Pinot Grigio sure enjoyed your vist and the attention you lavished on him. He just asked me "When's she coming back?"

Doug Cook
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Address: 109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515
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Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Calistoga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Brannan Cottage Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Napa Valley's newest, most intimate luxury inn is an artful blend of authentic history and modern amenities. As the last remaining cottage from the original "Hot Springs Resort" built by town founder Sam Brannan, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 154 year old icon has been completely restored and reimagined for a modern twist on Victorian elegance. Six unique King & Queen rooms have been outfitted with the most in-demand conveniences and surrounded by lush gardens offer a relaxing setting from which to explore the delights of Napa Valley. Guests can plan every aspect of their exceptional stay with our exclusive mobile app. ... more   less 
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