What We Love
- The award-winning restaurant sets this property as Calistoga's go-to stay for gourmands
- Free cruiser bicycles at your disposal
- Eco-friendly design, local organic bath products and an electric car charging station
- Standout spa featuring Calistoga mud and mineral baths
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- If you’re not eating at Solbar, you’re limited to a small poolside menu
- Dogs are welcome (but there’s a $100 cleaning fee)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Buzzy young wine country enclave with a hip spa, Michelin-starred cuisine, and serious eco-cred
Solage Calistoga is situated on 22 lush acres in northern Napa Valley. The eco-friendly buildings’ exteriors riff on farmhouse architecture. Inside, it’s loft-like minimalism with vaulted ceilings, clean-lined furniture and an airy neutral color scheme of taupe, slate and chocolate. The 89 guest rooms and suites invite relaxation with buttery leather chairs, shady patios, and pillowy beds dressed in high-thread-count linens, and the chill vibe extends into the spa-like bathrooms with their pebblestone showers and organic, local bath products. After a long day of wine tasting, relax by one of two pools—a 130-footer for adults or a separate one for families—or book a treatment at the spa. The centerpiece is its famous Mud Bar & Bathhouse, a series of spring-fed, co-ed pools (or male-/female-only clothing-optional hydrotherapy circuits) complemented by mineral-rich mud body masks. There’s a state-of-the-art gym with free yoga, movement and fitness classes, two bocce courts, and a series of nearby running trails—and you can always take out one of the free retro-style cruiser bikes. That way, you won’t feel guilty about packing the calories back on Solbar, which serves Northern Cali fare paired with biodynamic wines.
In the Area
Ask the concierge (well in advance) to help you make reservations at one of several Michelin-starred restaurants in Yountville: the French Laundry, Bouchon or Redd. Just a little over two miles from the resort is Chateau Montelena, a historic Napa winery that inspired the movie Bottle Shock. Take a 90-minute tour of the 107-room Castello di Amorosa and enjoy sampling fine Italian wines.
How to Get There
First time in the Napa Valley and we were part of a birthday group who all stayed at here. Upon arrival we were nicely greeted and given a travel bag and a nice glass of white wine.
We were also advised of the house cars .. several Mercedes Benz that were allowed to take for 4 hours, nice touch by Mercedes in letting you test drive there cars in hopes you buy one.
Now the room ... the rooms are huge .. and the small little gardens attached are a nice touch to unwind after a day out in the valley.
Price wise .. apparently we were there during an annual collectibles convention so we paid a very very high price ... $500 a night plus tax plus resort fees. so almost $600 a night. Now i've paid that in many, many city hotels, but never outside a city center, so i'm still debating if the price was worth it.
The location of the hotel isn't very as good as advertised ... way north in Calistoga ... a minimal 15-20 minute drive to the wineries in Rutherford, Oakville, and Napa proper.
I only had one hiccup during my stay ... our group ended up at the pool one day and after specifically telling the pool attendant to separate all the orders by room numbers, she didn't do that causing a huge mess at the end ... it took over 20 minutes to get all the stuff cleared up ... Now we couldn't have been the first group EVER to have gone to the pool at once and ordered drinks and food.
The service overal was great and professional. I was told the Four Seasons is the building being built across the street .. if that is the case .. the Solage will be in some trouble as the Four Seasons is perfection within their resorts.
Would return, hopefully on a cheaper rate.
Stayed at the Solage based on the many good reviews. However, the troubles started almost immediately after checking in. Arrived in our studio and found another family's bags. I'm not sure where they had put our bags but I assume it was in the other family's studio. After calling the front desk they removed the bags and ours finally arrived.
We then headed to the family pool which was very messy with some of the deck chairs extremely dirty. There were no attendants to provide towels or take drink orders as they all appeared to be helping only the guests at the adult pool. We had to walk to the other pool and get the towels ourselves and call the front desk to get some service in the family pool area.
On the second day, the AC broke down in the early afternoon and it had reached 90 degrees. We told management and they sent an engineer to fix it. We came back in the late afternoon and the AC was still not fixed. They then sent the engineer again and I asked them to make sure it would be fixed and to check that it had been fixed. After coming back from dinner, we realised the AC was not fixed and after complaining many times, they managed to get the AC fixed at 10pm. This well past our kids bed times and they were extremely uncomfortable.
In the morning, the staff were apologetic and agreed to compensate us for the second night and for the pool drinks. These charges were taken off the invoice and I thought it was fair compensation at the time. However, after arriving home I checked my credit card statement and saw that they had put the charges back onto my credit card 1 month after my stay. I wrote back to the manager many times to remove the charges and have not received a response. This is extremely disappointing that they would add on charges after they had agreed to take them off.
Overall, the management of the Solage is appalling. Staff appear incompetent and seem incapable of resolving issues in a prompt professional way.
There are many other better options in Napa.
This was once a great property, but is no longer worth the price compared to other options and what is coming across the street. The reception staff and maids are great, but the concierge staff is horrible, the pool staff is okay, and the valet is too busy talking to each other.
Beautiful property in a great location, but its glory days are well behind it.
Upon check out at 12 pm, my husband and I noticed that our bags were left outside in the front courtyard by the staff. He specifically asked reception for the bags to be placed inside due to the contents.
On our return to the front of the hotel at 2:40 pm, I noticed our bags were still outside and unattended. I was able to open my bag and take a change of clothes out. Nobody asked who I was.
My husband found three staff members at the front of the property and asked for our bags to be put inside. He went back to reception to make sure our bags were taken inside since we had to rush to our wine tasting. We were promised they would be placed securely inside and assured they were taking care of us.
Upon our return to the hotel at 5:40 pm, the first thing I see is our bags still sitting outside on the patio area unattended.
I walked into reception to ask to speak to the manager and calmly explained the situation. He responded in the most insincere tone, saying to me "Well, what do you want me to do?".
The contempt towards my husband and I caused me to have a severe panic attack at the hotel. Solange did not care about the consequences, I was refused a place to sit or water while I was shaking and having trouble breathing. That 4k stay, many spa treatments and precious time were all thrown down the drain.
I realized that once Solage Auberge has your money, the friendly facade drops. The hotel does not provide the standard, duty of care that is expected with a luxury resort.
Excellent staff that made us feel at home and relaxed. We were greeted by name upon arrival and were always at ease with everyone on property. The setting itself is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for making this a wonderful get away.