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“Wonderful, relaxing and perfect in every way”
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The Chanric Inn
Ranked #11 of 27 Calistoga B&B and Inns
Burlingame, California, United States
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3 reviews
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“Wonderful, relaxing and perfect in every way”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We stayed at the Chanric Inn Jul 21 and 22 and were delighted. Jim and Joel are gracious and warm hosts who quietly take care of one's every need. They serve champagne and wine in the evening with small and delightful appetizers. Breakfast is a four course affair with freshly squeezed juice (pear, apple, mint and white grape), a fruit dish (cherries in cabernet), home made and hot croissants as rich and flaxy as those in Paris, a hot dish (halibut brandande) and a refreshing fruit dessert (blueberries in a coconut cream). Joel, one of the hosts, shared that they used to own a restaurant and their expertise in cooking is obvious.

The rooms are extraordinary. Elegant but comfortable with polished wood floors and fine linens and fresh, plumb pillows. The bed is super comfortable and the room was full of beautiful pictures, antiques and fresh flowers. I'd also report that the entire home is spotless; it is the cleanest most well cared for B&B I have ever visited.

Finally, our hosts Jim and Joel have perfected the art of comfort. They are thoughtful hosts who are always inquiring as to your needs. Joel secured an evening dinner reservation for us at a local exclusive restaurant which we had been unable to get through opentable. They are constantly and quietly available and thoughtfully anticipate one's needs with an offer of water, coffee, wine in the evening, an extra towel at the pool, etc.

I give this B&B the highest recommendation. Go, enjoy, relax!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Katharine, thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review about us. It was truly our pleasure to host you and your husband and make your time in Calistoga special. "The entire home is spotless; it is the cleanest most well cared for B&B I have ever visited." -- What a wonderful compliment. I have transmitted it to our staff ...We are pleased that you enjoyed all the finer details from the linens to the wine and appetizers. This details are very important for us, we consider that this make the difference for comfort and luxury. We certainly look forward to your next visit with us. Thanks again!


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Reviewed July 15, 2013

The Chanric Inn is an oasis of comfort, modern luxury and taste without a trace of standard B&B dowdiness (not a Laura Ashley pattern in sight). Messieurs Joel and Jim are wonderfuly gracious hosts who offer you gourmandises, tasty bites and champagne at every turn (8:50 am or 8:50 pm).

The Inn underwent a major makeover in the past year, and what a difference! The main room is now open and airy with a chic staircase, the back patio is a delight (no gravel that gets stuck in your summer sandals) with a relaxing patio couch next to a soothing wall of water, and the new bathrooms make me want to remodel my bathrooms at home.

While the Inn is located on a major road, this is a Napa road, ie, not the 405 freeway (nor the Silverado trail that has more traffic going at much faster speeds). My husband and I brought up our bikes and felt very comfortable riding from & to the innn, into downtown Calistoga and to other highlights in the area.

The breakfasts were superb. PERIOD.

Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: by "fitness Center" I mean massage treatment room & pool/hot-tub.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
"An oasis of comfort, modern luxury and taste" — Wow! What a wonderful description! We couldn't have said it better ourselves, so thank you very, very much for the kind comments. Jim and I truly appreciate the good words. We are happy you both have had a relaxing stay and loved the "ambiance" we've created— it means we're on a good way to make people happy! We hope you will be able to escape again soon! A bientot!

Joel, Owner
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Monterey, California
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed at The Chanric Inn June 29 - July 2 for a relaxing birthday get-away with my sister and her husband in Calistoga. I was so pleasantly surprised by the refined, modern ambiance, gracious hospitality, to-die-for brunch, and value of our Hot Air Balloon Package for Couples. Proprietors Joel and Jim catered to our every whim. Joel brought a delicious appetizer tray resembling art up to the pool with wine (all with lines, glasses, and plates) when we were relaxing there in the heat of the afternoon. He also was kind enough to bring us a bucket of various chilled waters to the pool as well earlier in the day. Besides the outstanding attention to every detail, the accommodations were superb - comfy king size beds, soft fluffy towels and robes, plenty of storage space for our clothes in the closet and dressers, newly remodeled bath and fixtures, delicious assortment of fine chocolates every evening at turn down, and hot coffee/tea service at 7:30 AM outside our room to hold us over until the 8:30 - 10:30 brunch period. The brunch was unbelievable! Freshly diced sweet pineapple marinated in Gran Marnier, salmon bites on a bed of broccoli mouse, sliced cherries with home-made verbena ice cream, and so much more. Many of the dishes incorporated herbs straight from the beautiful, tranquil garden. We enjoyed brunch on the patio each morning and delighted in watching hummingbirds and blue jays bathing in the water fountain. On the day of our arrival we were greeted with a champagne tour of the facilities, which are far nicer than the website photos reveal. In our room a hand-written card awaited, wishing me a happy birthday weekend and listed the itinerary for our 60-minute couples massage, dinner, and hot air balloon ride. The massages were heavenly - done just to our liking for our bodies. The amazing hot air balloon ride included transportation to and from the Inn and a delicious lunch at the Michelin-rated SolBar Restaurant - no box lunch here! Joel even arranged to have a surprise birthday cake for me when we returned from dinner, fully lit when we arrived "home" on a Wedgwood plate with glasses of champagne at the ready. We couldn't help but dance. We enjoyed Jim and Joel's company during our celebration. When we sadly had to leave, Joel assisted us with luggage, offered us some water for the road and made sure waved us good-bye as he would any good friend. We can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Rooms on the bottom floor are cooler on hot days.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Dear Karen, we truly appreciate the kind words from you and your family! and it would be a real pleasure to have the opportunity to pamper you back! New Recipes, New Herbs, New Flowers, More Bubbles, New Chocolates! We are expecting also two beautiful loveseats to lounge near the outside fountain under the Stars ... we are anxious to see you back!
Joel
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My husband and I just spent two nights at this B&B. We love staying in unique places when we travel and this fit the bill. It is a beautiful old home but is updated in a chic modern way. I love the decor because, I have to say, I get a little overwhelmed by floral wallpaper, and bedding, and rugs, etc, that you might find in your usual B&B. The bed is comfortable, bathroom clean and room has all you need. As for breakfast, here's an example - We started with cappuccino followed by fresh melon in cognac sauce, next we had salmon on broccoli mousse with a maple/soy glaze and ended with blueberries and blackberries in coconut cream. The small servings were perfect -one amazing bite after another. A great start to a day of wine tasting. Finally, we purchased a package that included a couples massage with Sue and PJ and they were fantastic. Easy going experts! Enjoy the Chanric Inn.

Room Tip: We stayed in room number 1 upstairs. If we get a chance to return I'd request a room downstairs...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Your review is such a delight to read — we are so pleased to know that your visit was a true pleasure and a relaxing getaway. One amazing bite after another! It's great to know we hit such high marks. Thank you so much for the wonderful recommendation! We hope we will have a chance to host you and prepare new remarkable bites for you again in the future!

Joel, Owner
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Avila Beach, California
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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

This is tough to rate... The place is lovey! Very sophisticated decor, nice amenities . The booking process was alittle questionable ? We were quoted one price in our decision making and 24 hours later the price had increased based on availability ? After arrival we quickly learned there is only one other couple? The location is on the hwy and extremely noisy...we got little sleep due to no air conditioning thru the night and u can't sleep with the windows open. After expressing our concerns to reservations???? Basically too bad? Should have done more research on our stay! Unfortunately when you make a decision based on what you read and are sold over the phone is not always true. They take full payment no refunds? we being the other couple in peak season speaks for itself! It's unsettling to feel deceived !

  • Stayed June 2013
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Jim D, General Manager at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear Mrs. “lolo”
We are stunned reading your review! We are available 24h/24h and we do not understand the reason you did not talked about all these issues at the INN; we would have made our best to find solutions. This is a real surprise! You and your husband were so kind in the evening at the wine & cheese, at night enjoying Schramsberg sparkling, in the morning at brunch it looks like you have appreciated, but even that we are not sure anymore … Even at the last moment when you left the Inn (remember we were chatting about your trip from Montana and you asked us to meet our doggy) you have told us that your stay at the inn had been fantastic! Only half an hour after your departure you called our answering service saying you were upset with many issues! Generally the guests, when they have issues, try to fix these during their stay…
We are very glad you and your husband have enjoyed the complementary room upgrade with courtyard view, the complimentary Schramsberg sparkling and the drinks served at the pool…
Our future guests will separate the chaff from the wheat.....
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Santa Clara, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for one night--just a short getaway to the Napa Valley to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.

We found this Bed and Breakfast to be excellent, quaint, clean, and modern. Joel was a great host. He met us to check in, served us welcoming champagne, and gave us a quick tour of the Inn.

Service was excellent. Breakfast was served gourmet style--3 courses, sweet or savory/salty dishes with juice, water, coffee/tea. And the early evening wine and cheese snacks was also a very nice touch.

Overall, we had a relaxing and fantastic trip. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a higher end, modern, yet still boutique B&B.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
From breakfast to the goodbyes, we want to give each of our guests a truly outstanding, relaxing experience. It's wonderful to hear that we could help make your anniversary a little more special! It sounds like we really lived up to our goal, which is exactly what we want. We'd love to see you again next year!

Joel
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Perris, California
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Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

Well this is our second time in this Beautiful B & B; the 1st time 8 months ago before the remodel of the house(beautiful before all so)but the owner's want to give the house a special and personal touch, well is so Spectacular that you never want to leave, is Elegant, comfortable,and at the same time they make you fill at Home.The owner's J & J are always checking the minimal detail to assure you have the best time ever; the staff that help on the house are Respectful and so Nice,the food Oh!!My Good Exquisite. Something special always happen for us this trip was more than one Bottles of Delicious champagne and new friends that ones that give you the filling that is like family; know tank's to The Chanric I have a sister from a different mom.

  • Stayed June 2013
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear C & J, it was so nice to see you again! As you say I had the feeling to receive family members at home! We are so happy to hear that your visit was so spectacular, Cinthya! And thank you for the terrific review here on TripAdvisor. We truly appreciate your kind words. We're glad to know that we're still living up to our reputation for elegant excellence. See you soon! Joel & JM
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Property: The Chanric Inn
Address: 1805 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga, CA 94515-1624 (Formerly Culver Mansion)
Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Calistoga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Chanric Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chanric Inn, recommended by Condé Nast Johansens, offers exquisite service and enticing packages. Focused on the discerning culinary traveler, indulge in a multi-course, chef-prepared brunch and complimentary wet bar, late afternoon hors d'oeuvres with wines, Schramsberg at night . Also, enjoy soul-soothing massage treatments in our tranquil spa, hot Jacuzzi and nice pool with view. Take advantage of special rates with our packages that combine all the best that Napa Valley has to offer. We adhere to an eco-friendly and green philosophy ... more   less 
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