What We Love
- Serene mountain vibe, just 10 minutes from downtown Calistoga
- 157 acres of land with scenic hiking and biking trails
- Spa features soaking pools, mineral baths and garden showers
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- This romantic getaway is suited for couples
- Some lodges are more private than others
- Driving isn’t allowed on the grounds, but free golf cart shuttles take guests around the property
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Though just near downtown Calistoga, this collection of cottages feels like a woodsy escape, its cedar-shingled buildings blending into its forested canyon setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor-outdoor showers and spacious decks keep the focus on nature. The look inside is more minimalist with a muted palette, clean-lined furniture and a focus on natural textures—rough hewn woods, woven seagrass, stone.
Bed and Bath
There’s a tucked away romance to the 50 private cottages, which range from 600 to a massive 2,400 square feet. All accommodations have outdoor living areas with fireplaces, the perfect spot to curl up with a glass of red as the sun sets. Oversized bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor copper showers, double vanities and botanical bath products.
The property’s main draw? The 157 rambling acres of land. An on-site trailhead connects to miles of hiking and biking paths flanked by 60-foot tall trees. The property also has a small on-site vineyard and an architecturally stunning wine cave (imagine dozens of candles, curving walls and deep red carpets) where guests can learn about winemaking. Less dramatic but equally intimate, the world-class Bathhouse Spa has soaking pools, mineral baths and garden showers; many of the treatments use local mineral water. At night dine on locavore fare at the romantic restaurant overlooking Lake Lommel.
In the Area
Avid hikers can take the hotel’s private trails to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, where the famed author spent his honeymoon back in the late 19th century. In the nearby Diamond Mountain District, Schramsberg — one of Napa’s oldest and most revered wineries — produces sparkling wine that’s regularly served at White House events. (Tours are by appointment only.) Arrange to visit Calistoga’s Chateau Montelena, which produced one of the wines that won at the 1976 Judgment of Paris (a blind tasting) and helped put Napa on the map. Ask the concierge (well in advance) to help you make reservations at one of several Michelin-starred restaurants in Yountville: French Laundry, Bouchon or Redd.
How to Get There
Great hotel although very pricy but in our view worth it. Stayed in the valley before and must say the we loved the room we were in because it was so spacious but loved the food experience better in the sister hotels Solage and Auberge du soleil.
We absolutely loved our stay at our Bay Forest Lodge at Calistoga Ranch. The atmosphere is serene and the vegetation super lush but what really made the stay was the service. Jacob helped us around the property and always addressed us by our names. Everyone else was amazing too. Ari at the front was super friendly and Janina and Elyse with the event team are THE BEST. They helped us coordinate the most memorable wedding ever. We would definitely love to return as it truly feels like a home away from home and the perk of driving amazing Mercedes Benz cars including an S63 is not too shabby.
This place is by far one of the best in the Calistoga area, we love this place and will be there this December. We have been here before but this time we will spend more time this vacation for a special occasion. The spa is one of the best ever and if you have not been here, you gotta come enjoy the experience, the staff are very friendly and accomodating and really take care of you. Come see this place if you have not, you won't be disappointed.
We recently returned from a 3 night stay at Calistoga Ranch. We generally enjoyed our stay, though we found the ranch to be considerably overhyped, overpriced and a tad dated. I don't fully understand the reviews that describe this place as magical or tranquil or amazing or the best place ever. I've been far happier at other resorts (including Bardessono in Yountville). This place just did not WOW me like I was expecting based on the price tag, in part as I felt the staff lacked the high level training and service-oriented attitude you typically see at other five-star resorts like Four Seasons, Ritz, etc.
Highlights for us were the indoor/outdoor gym - the Peloton bikes are a nice touch - as well as the pool area. The pool itself is gorgeous and very relaxing, and the pool staff were unquestionably the best-trained and most service-oriented staff members we encountered during our stay. I can't speak highly enough about them, they were friendly and professional, prompt taking food and drink orders and refilling water cups throughout the day. My only complaint about the pool was that food/drinks were VERY expensive ($18 for a tiny margarita, $25 for a caesar salad). The spa was also a great place to relax -- while the locker rooms are tiny and a bit cramped, the co-ed amenity areas are very nice, treatments are top-notch (though again, very expensive), and the spa boutique has lots of cute merchandise.
Our bay lodge was very large, comfortable and clean, though the design isn't very functional for a couple as the bedroom and living areas are entirely separate rooms. I think this setup makes more sense for a family or group. Also, the fireplace only served the living room and patio, so it didn't keep us warm during the chilly nighttime, which was disappointing. The bathroom was large, outdoor shower was great and by far the best feature of our lodge. There was an in-room mini bar stocked with wine and other beverages, but it wasn't restocked at all during our 3 day stay, with the exception of a few mini bottles of water that were restocked on days 2 and 3. Coffee also was not restocked (and there was no complimentary coffee service in the gym or elsewhere that we were made aware of, short of walking to the restaurant). No bottled water was left during turndown service-- just tap water in an in-room ceramic carafe, which was sort of annoying. I generally second many of the reviews that characterize the rooms as needing a refresh. Some of the exteriors look worn (e.g., there were nails starting to protrude from the framing near our outdoor shower), there was a dated Bose speaker system in the bedroom, a really small bedroom TV, an awful Mr. Coffee machine (no Nespresso, really????), among other things. Little details like that would be fine if not for the hefty price tag, which simply left us wanting more. I don't doubt that some of the minor issues above could and would have been addressed had we voiced concerns during our stay, but frankly I don't think the onus should be on the guest to make reasonable requests, like providing more coffee or water on a daily basis, or stocking more than 1 bottle of soap or shampoo when you are paying for a large room with 2 showers and a separate bathtub.
A few other less than desirable aspects of our stay:
1) Housekeeping staff often interfered with our morning/night routines, it definitely seemed that their schedule took priority vs. guest schedules, as little effort was made to minimize disturbance (and generally the lack of nice touches at turndown, like chocolate, or anything really, was noticeable). Also, they took some laundry we'd placed in a laundry bag and laundered it (without us asking them to) and of course charged us for it. I found that very odd and annoying. Didn't make a fuss because we'd had other laundry done and it just wasn't worth it.
2) There is a constant noise generated by golf carts zipping around the property. Every time I walked around the resort or sat on our patio, I was disturbed by them. I had expected a very serene and tranquil setting and the only time I really experienced that was at the spa or sitting by the pool. I found it odd they don't make more of an effort to hide the inner workings of housekeeping,etc. from the guests-- everything was very out in the open. I guess this might impact each lodge differently and we were clearly in a very busy area.
3) Room service was also very expensive, and consistently did not honor delivery timing. Breakfast was delivered EARLY both days (when my husband was still at the gym or in the shower) by at least 20 minutes. I had commented about it the first day and they were apologetic, except it happened again the very next day (with the exact same delivery guy). Again, this made us feel that guest needs were not prioritized as they should have been. Why is this an issue at a place like Calistoga Ranch? Why give guests the option to select a time if you aren't willing to honor it?
4) No property tour was offered to us, even though we saw other front desk staff giving short tours to other guests during our stay. Also, no one from the resort ever reached out to us before or during our stay or asked what we were celebrating (our anniversary). While this is not something I necessarily expect, I think it would demonstrate an interest in your guests and a desire to make their stay special and memorable. Needless to stay, nothing about our stay made us feel special!
Overall, while we enjoyed our stay, we were disappointed and did not feel that the Calistoga Ranch lived up to our expectations or that our experience even remotely justified the expense. If our room rate had been less than $1600/night, our review might be very different. However, the room value was poor, ranch staff just didn't deliver the top-notch service we are accustomed to, and enjoying this resort to its fullest required expending even more money on overpriced food, drinks and spa treatments, when that shouldn't always be necessary at this price point.
Really enjoyed our stay at Calistoga Ranch. The lodges were so luxurious and the ranch is beautiful. Having dinner looking over the lake was very romantic and the food and wine was delicious. I had a body scrub, body wrap and massage too which was amazing.