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Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs

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#3 of 3 resorts in Calistoga
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.8
Value
4.4
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Since 1952, Dr. Wilkinson’s has been providing wellness, relaxation, and good times. Home to healing mineral waters, and the original therapeutic Calistoga mud baths, rejuvenating massages and treatments are just the beginning. Take a long soak in our 3 geothermal mineral pools , stand under the cold plunge bucket, get an outdoor massage in our spa garden, slumber in one of our hammocks, take one of the bikes for a spin or glide in the air on one of our tree swings. We have paid attention to every detail to make sure we provide a place of happiness, wellness and fun! Our new restaurant and bar, House of Better, is like a spa treatment for your taste buds. An amalgam of Trevor Logan’s rustic, Southwest-inspired Green Chile Kitchen and his pop up, Booster Foods Nutrition Kitchen. Elevated counter service with indoor and outdoor seating and a playful, backyard experience are anchored by a wood-fired oven and New Mexican Chile roaster. Have some fun in our backyard before collapsing into one of our mid-century modern inspired guest rooms. 50 renovated guest rooms reflect the look, feel, and nostalgia of Calistoga’s original wellness resort. Turn on your essential oil diffuser, lay low in a spa cottage and soak in a claw foot tub, take in a pool or patio view, or gather in the Victorian House. Whether you are looking to get a little muddy, relax and re-energize or just let your hair down, Dr. Wilkinson's is the spot in Calistoga Where Wellness Meets Happiness!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Breakfast available
Bicycles available
Hiking
Conference facilities
Electric vehicle charging station
Street parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Sauna
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Banquet room
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hot spring bath
Light therapy
Massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
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Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Bath / shower
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Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Green
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
4.5
116 reviews
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Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs is often celebrated for its pristine, zen-like ambiance and playful, eclectic atmosphere that mixes retro with modern touches. Nestled in downtown Calistoga, the hotel's location is a hit among guests for its easy access to local attractions. While the modern, well-appointed rooms and relaxing amenities like heated pools and spas are highlights, some guests have noted noise concerns and unexpected charges that detract from the overall value. Service is generally well-regarded, with many praising the welcoming staff.
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Modern
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Expensive
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Yvette C wrote a review Jan 2024
Berkeley, California7 contributions4 helpful votes
Our stay was ok...we went to Dr. W's for a much needed couples trip (we never get out by ourselves!). We choose to stay in the Spa Cottage, which promised a quieter and more secluded stay, which it was not. The room we stayed in was noisy due to being right across the street from a grocery store. Delivery truck noise happened all day long and the worst part is, it started at 4:00am! Our room was directly located on a busy side street with a ton of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, so no real privacy at all unless we closed every black out window shade in the room. The hotel itself is old and it looks like they have attempted to fix it up and give it a mid-century modern ascetic (a little like putting lipstick on a pig). The hot springs are probably the best part of this resort
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 1 week ago
I'm sorry to hear that your recent stay with us did not meet your expectations. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and we genuinely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the noise and lack of privacy during your stay in the Spa Cottage. It's disappointing to hear that the room did not provide the quiet and seclusion you were hoping for, especially for a much-needed couples trip. We appreciate your recognition of our friendly and dedicated staff, as well as your enjoyment of our hot springs. However, it's disheartening to hear that you felt the price did not align with the overall experience. Please know that we take your feedback seriously, and we will use it to make improvements where necessary to ensure a more satisfying experience for our guests in the future. We understand your decision to explore other accommodations for your next visit to Calistoga, but we sincerely hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back and provide a much-improved experience. If you would like to discuss your stay further or have any additional feedback to share, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
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scruffysmith wrote a review Jan 2024
Berkeley3 contributions
This stay was for a relaxing getaway from my life aka a 'solo retreat'. The staff, the environment, and the amenities were perfect. I wanted the food to be better at House of Better. The fish tacos were good with avocado. I went for happy hour $3 tacos and tap beer and wine but the only taco choices were meat and the only tap wine was a rose. Not a happy hour for me.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Response from Jose Ortega, General Manager at Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for choosing our resort for your solo retreat, and we're delighted to hear that you found the staff, environment, and amenities to be perfect for your getaway. We appreciate your feedback regarding your dining experience at House of Better. It's great to know that you enjoyed the fish tacos with avocado, but we apologize for the limited options available during happy hour, which didn't fully meet your expectations. Your feedback about the lack of variety in taco choices and tap wine options is valuable to us, and we'll be sure to review and improve our offerings to better accommodate our guests' preferences. We want every aspect of your stay to be enjoyable, including dining, and we regret that we fell short of providing a satisfactory experience in this regard. We hope that despite this, your overall stay was relaxing and rejuvenating. We truly appreciate your feedback, and it will be instrumental in helping us enhance our services for future guests. If there's anything else we can do to improve your experience or if you have any further feedback to share, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly. Thank you for choosing to stay with us, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another rejuvenating retreat in the future.
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dshoe808 wrote a review Jan 2024
Honolulu, Hawaii43 contributions33 helpful votes
Came with the wife for wine and R&R. Such a cool place. The rooms are big, recently renovated and decorated with a retro 50s feel. The pools are warmed with mineral water from a well on the property. The guy who tends to the pools is an artist! Try the mudbath! It will take years off your body.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your wine and relaxation getaway at our resort. It's wonderful to know that you appreciated the spacious, recently renovated rooms with their retro 50s feel. We take pride in providing comfortable and stylish accommodations for our guests. We're also glad to hear that you enjoyed our mineral pools. Our dedicated staff, including the artist who tends to the pools, strives to create a memorable experience for every guest. And we're delighted that you found the mudbath to be invigorating – it's always great to hear about the rejuvenating effects our amenities can have. Thank you for choosing to stay with us, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you and your wife back for another relaxing getaway in the future. If there's anything else we can do to enhance your experience next time, please don't hesitate to let us know!
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Anupama N wrote a review Dec 2023
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We had a very relaxing stay and love the geothermal mineral pools. The amenities were great and the staff was wonderful. The hotel was located in the heart of downtown with plenty of places to go within walking distance. The hotel restaurant and bar was excellent as well with fresh good and tasty drinks. Jose was particularly helpful and friendly. I will definitely come back!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from Jose Ortega, General Manager at Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs
Responded Dec 28, 2023
Dear Andy, Thank you for the great review of our resort, our delicious food, and for recognizing our dedicated team! We are truly located in the perfect location for anyone visiting Calistoga. I am so glad you were able to enjoy all the amenities we have to offer! Thank you for your recent visit, and we hope to see you again very soon
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Flyer46738931215 wrote a review Dec 2023
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Went with family and had a great time. The massage with Leah was absolutely excellent. Do be aware that the changing area is mixed European style with private changing room on request, and the tubs don’t have antislip bottoms for seniors.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Dec 28, 2023
Dear Flyer, Thank you for the great review of our resort, and for recognizing our dedicated team! We truly have the greatest massage therapy team. I am so glad you were able to enjoy all the amenities we have to offer! For future reference we do have anti slip mats available upon request. Thank you for your recent visit, and we hope to see you again very soon.
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Lisa B wrote a review Dec 2023
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The staff is friendly. Food is fantastic. Rooms are cool. The hot tub and pools are at the perfect temperature. The location is so convenient to all the shops and other eating places. Also, a close walk to all the shops.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from Jose Ortega, General Manager at Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs
Responded Dec 21, 2023
Dear Carolyn, Thank you for the great review of our resort, and for recognizing our friendly team! Truly glad you were able to enjoy all the amenities we have to offer! Thank you for your recent visit, and we hope to see you again very soon
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Carolyn Power P wrote a review Nov 2023
San Francisco, California12 contributions
Dr. Wilkinson's is the most relaxed, friendly, warm and well run environment. We love the food at House of Better, the staff is excellent, the rooms are comfortable and the pool area is relaxing. It's fun to swing in an old fashioned swing from a tree, rest in a hammock, play corn hole or outdoor chess with huge chess pieces, sit by the fire or sit and talk at one of many picnic tables. And there are three pools from hot tub to warm pool (my fav) or an unheated lap pool. They have done everything possible to make this a friendly and welcoming environment. Bravo to one and all on the staff. Oh, and they love dogs! I can't praise Dr. Wilkinson's enough and I can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Jose Ortega, General Manager at Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs
Responded Dec 21, 2023
Dear Carolyn, Thank you for the great review of our resort, and for recognizing our dedicated team! Truly glad you were able to enjoy all the amenities we have to offer, and that you had a fun time! Thank you for your recent visit, and we hope to see you again very soon
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John P wrote a review Oct 2023
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Great spot, relaxed, fun amenities, friendly staff. Enjoyed the zany approach, comfy rooms, and the town of Calistoga is laid back and welcoming. Hikes within walking distance. Good quieter alternative to St Helena or other busier spots.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Dec 21, 2023
Dear John, Thank you for the great review of our resort! Truly glad you were able to enjoy all the amenities we have to offer, and you had a relaxing time! Thank you for your recent visit, and we hope to see you again very soon
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Yunwen Z wrote a review Oct 2023
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Pros: Nice hot springs Cons: This place is not really a resort, its more like a BnB. Its located on road side, has hotel rooms in multiple single family houses. On site restaurant but in room dining service. I pretty much can hear every thing in the aisle like at home.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded Dec 21, 2023
Dear Yunwen, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay! Thank you for your recent visit, and we hope to see you again very soon
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Stan M wrote a review Oct 2023
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We enjoyed our short stay at the resort. Easy walking to the main eateries and shops in town. The backyard layout was very relaxing with a bonus free wine tasting on Friday evening. The pools were open later for late night swim or hot tub.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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PRICE RANGE
$305 - $501 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
dr. wilkinson`s hot springs hotel calistoga, dr wilkinsons hot springs resort, dr wilkinsons hot springs hotel
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaNapa ValleyCalistoga
NUMBER OF ROOMS
50
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