I don’t think we can add too much more to all of the glowing, positive comments already posted for the Chanric Inn. So why are we writing? To re-affirm to any skeptics out there that Joel and Jim and their staff really do reproducibly deliver an outstanding experience to all of their guests at their charming Inn!
Room/Bed: Both of our rooms (2 & 5) delivered that rare combination of comfort and style. The Carrera marble shower is gorgeous, yes, but more importantly, it functions impeccably. Our supple bed and fresh, soft linens were most inviting after a full day of touring and gourmet dining! We really did not feel at all disturbed by any appreciable noise level from the traffic on Foothill Blvd.. Tips: talk with Joel or Jim for the best rooms if you have any particular preferences or needs. We did for my mother, and they were most kind and sympathetic.
Breakfast: This was a serious three-course affair, and we learned very quickly to look forward to it every morning! I don’t think we can do justice with plain words; one has to experience breakfast at the Chanric Inn to believe it. We had ours al fresco all of our 3 days there, surrounded by the fragrant and beautiful herb garden. In that setting, to be served fresh fruits in grappa, Pineau de Charentes, or other similarly heady and aromatic liqueur, eggs en cocotte with ratatouille or fresh salmon flown in from Seattle’s Pike Market, etc., in addition to the freshly prepared juices/smoothies, warm croissants, and brioche bread, was simply heavenly. After dinner at l’Etoile Chandon, my companion said she would rather stay at the Chanric Inn if only Joel and Jim would offer dinner!
Service: Everyone at the Inn was unfailingly polite and warm. We neglected to contact Joel and Jim earlier for help with booking restaurants & winery tours until 2 weeks before the super-busy Labor Day holiday weekend (Tips: do not make this mistake like we did!). Even with our own particular preferences, they actually managed to snare a dinner reservation for us at a highly sought-after Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a guided tour at a smaller and rapidly rising small winery. Every one of our emails was answered promptly and thoughtfully, with very kind and helpful suggestions. Despite their full house with many guests coming and going, Joel and Jim always found the time to talk with guests, to find out how we were enjoying ourselves and if we needed any further sightseeing or restaurant recommendations.
Extras: And there were many!!! Piping hot coffee & tea outside one’s room before breakfast (we took full advantage of this and sipped on our tea & coffee while catching up on our work or going over our day’s activities in our room prior to breakfast); complimentary minibar, Nespresso offerings, & chocolates in the living room throughout the day; wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres in the evening; and vintage Charlie Chaplin projected in the living room in the evening! In fact, relaxing in the luminous living room, in the front porch, or in the fragrant garden with the gently lighted waterfall sculpture was every bit as luxuriating! Joel and Jim truly have created a B&B experience that pampers, nourishes (in more ways than one!), rejuvenates, and re-energizes.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Chanric Hotel Calistoga