My band the Vine Dawgz recently were booked to perform on a Saturday at the Calistoga Mustard, Mud and Music festival in Calistoga, CA (at the north end of the Napa Valley) on short notice. My girlfriend and I decided we wanted to make a weekend out of the gig, so we started looking for a hotel or B&B that would book just Saturday night.
Well .. that wasn't so easy. Most of the Napa area hotels and B&B's require a two night stay.
So I asked my contact at the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce if there were any nearby hotels that would book a one night stay. On the list I received back, I found Dr Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort.
Went to their website, rate was very reasonable, so we booked a room, and hoped for the best. We were a little hesitant about booking a more "budget conscious" room after what we recently experienced in Ft Lauderdale with a budget hotel that was highly rated here on Trip Advisor.
When we checked in, we were pleasantly suprised. The whole vibe of the place is retro-charming 60's / 70's, and that tone is set when you arrive .. by the "old school" neon and metal sign outside.
The downstairs room we had was not luxurious, but it was very clean - nicely decorated - large - and very comfortable. From their website, it appears they have another class of rooms that are more luxuriously decorated, if that is what you're looking for. We were just looking for comfortable accomodations from which we could launch our Napa Valley wine tasting on Sunday, so we were pleased.
It was conveniently located at the east end of the Main Street in Calistoga, and we were able to walk up and down the downtown corridor at night and enjoy the restaurants / bars. Like most small towns, many of the shops close early on a Saturday .. but on Sunday morning, most were open for business.
The only negatives were that there was a lot of noise from upstairs. The space between upstairs and downstairs is a little bit "thin", so you can hear people walking around above .. dropping things .. etc. Pretty typical for a building that was probably built in the 60's or 70's, but might be a problem for light sleepers (I sleep like a rock).
The pools looked clean and well kept (we didn't use them, because I didn't bring my bathing suit). We did not partake in any of the spa services, but others here at Trip Advisor have provided some input on those (so read on!).
All in all this is a great place to stay, very good value. We will not hesitate to stay there again!
The next day we explored the valley, visiting Sterling, Castello di Amorosia, Dariousch and V.Sattui wineries. All in all a great trip!
The attached photo is representative of the quality of room we had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Calistoga landmark offering contemporary lodging and wonderful treatments and pools! Many rooms have been redone in the past two years offering easy access to thre sparkling mineral water pools. Located in the heart of historic downtown Calistoga within steps of numerous restaurants, shops and tasting rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dr. Wilkinson`s Hot Springs Hotel Calistoga
- Dr Wilkinsons Hot Springs Resort
- Dr Wilkinsons Hot Springs Hotel