Indian Springs Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Therapeutic volcanic mud baths and mineral water soaks in the calming spa
- Charming, vintage-style cottages and bungalows for private getaways
- A naturally heated Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool fed by a geyser
What To Know
- Couples looking for romance stay here; so do families with young children
- It’s not for nightlife mavens — after 10 p.m., downtown Calistoga is deserted
- Great base for exploring wine country
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A modern take on a classic California resort, this historic property mixes Mission Revival style with mid-20th-century cottages and newly built bungalows. Spanish colonial red-tiled roofs and whitewashed adobe-esque walls hark back to California in the 1800s, when this hot springs resort was founded. Croquet wickets and bocce and shuffleboard courts on the grassy front lawn add to the yesteryear vacation atmosphere. Crackling fireplace nooks, porches set with Adirondack chairs and orange-curtained cabanas by the pool all invite lounging.
Bed and Bath
With just two dozen spacious rooms, the resort’s two-story main lodge dates from the 1930s. Rooms have been fully renovated in a crisp, contemporary style: sea green linens, tawny cloth window shades and faux animal-skin wingback chairs. Special view rooms are dashed with arty accents, a glass walk-in shower, and a private patio or porch. For a more intimate experience, retreat to one of the historic cottages (some stand-alone, some duplexes) or bungalows scattered around the gardens, where flowering fruit trees grow. Most cottages have front porches for relaxing, while inside the decor is fashionably shabby-chic and outfitted with wicker and rattan.
The resort’s centerpiece is undoubtedly its famous spa. Slip into a plush, terrycloth-lined pinstripe robe and get ready for a volcanic mud bath ritual, complete with a eucalyptus-lavender steam, followed by a stroll around the contemplative Buddha pond. Guests can swim in the natural spring–fed pools — one Olympic-size, the other reserved for adults only — until midnight daily (seasonal hours may vary). The brand new Sam’s Social Club restaurant and lounge is named for the resort’s founder, legendary San Francisco character Sam Brannan. Crafting rustic New American and Mediterranean cuisine, the lovely indoor/outdoor restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
In the Area
Guests can borrow a free bicycle or simply stroll to downtown Calistoga, a rustic Napa Valley outpost with boutique shops, creative restaurants and lively bars lined up along the main street. The town makes a convenient base for unrushed, lazy-day wine country explorations. Drive down Highway 29 to the haute food, wine and shopping villages of St. Helena and Yountville, the latter boasting revered Michelin-starred restaurants. Wind along the scenic Silverado Trail to visit some of Napa’s biggest-name wineries, such as Stags Leap, Mumm and Robert Sinskey. In downtown Napa itself, the indoor Oxbow Public Market is a not-to-be-missed taste of wine country’s revered artisanal food makers.
How to Get There
Love this resort! The giant hot springs pool is to die for and the restaurant is excellent. Excellent location and lots to do (also great for doing nothing but floating). Only complaints - has gotten a little pricey and wish they had room service and slippers in the rooms.
If you stay in the old cabins you may be surprised to learn that there are a rooster and hens out back. The rooster begins to crow at daybreak, and crows occasionally through the day which is not as bad. I counted about fifty crows at daybreak. In the winter that is about 6:50 AM. In the summer it will be about 5:50 AM. zzzzz
All room and buildings are quite nice but grounds, landscape are a bit disappointing. My wife was thrilled about the time she spent in the spa for a mud bath and related treatments. We only spent enough time in the restaurant to pick up some to-go for lunch. That was very good.
WHAT - NO STEAM ROOM !!! Please consider rebuilding the steam room at Indian Springs. I have been loving this resort for the last 20 years. Every year I come during my birthday week with friends and also a handful of times throughout the year.
I can’t begin to tell you what a disappointment it was to be there yesterday when we discovered there was no steam area available in the pool area.
We talked ( ok complained and whined ) to many of the staff and in all instances were told that they hear so many people say the same. The Steam room is a huge part of the experience.
The day was cold and drizzly yesterday, we had our treatments and headed happily to the pools for a day of relaxation. We stayed in the pool for over an hour and then went to get really warm in the steam before wrapping up to sit by the fire and read our books.
NO STEAM!! Yikes. On top of being shocked and dismayed we were freezing. The fireplace is wonderful looking but does not put out any heat and the 1 heat lamp barely keeps the space tolerable.
We so wanted to have the steam room available to mix in with the dipping and lounging. IT is such an integral part of this property. The STEAM - come on !
Perhaps the use is not so high in the summer months but late Fall, Winter and Early Spring - It is a necessity for this wonderful experience of spending the day at Indian Springs with friends.
This place is like glam camp. You feel like you are at camp walking around, but the rooms are much nicer. I think it is unbelievable that they do not have decaffeinated tea anywhere on the property though. They have a coffee station in the morning with 2 types of tea - green and black (both contain caffeine). How hard would it be to get some decaffeinated options?? That honestly bothered me because I drink tea daily. The reason why you stay here is the mineral pool. Honestly, other than that, you are wasting your money and Solage is better for about the same price. No gym here.... and honestly nothing else to do other than the mineral pool. Make sure you make reservations at Sams far in advance too. Oh, and the beds are NOT comfortable. Definitely not the 5 star quality I would have hoped for. The room was very cute though.