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
TLDR: The adult pools are lovely and the grounds are generally calming. The spa pool at the bathhouse is like a giant bathtub in itself so I probably would have made it work if I could have any guarantee of some decent sleep, but the door sounds are just too loud and we checked out early due to the experience. I cannot recommend $500/night no matter how nice the pool.
I’m a huge fan of the Auberge family, but Solage fails miserably in marketing and service. I spent weeks planning a last hurrah babymoon for my husband and I and made sure I was booking a room with a tub because when you’re 8 months pregnant, those baths are life! Their website offers two main levels of rooms: suites and studios. In the studios there are four room designations: Calistoga King w/fireplace and bath, Calistoga King, double queen w/fireplace and bath, and double queen. The only room that doesn’t include “unwind in a deep tub after a day of biking an drinking” is the double queen. So I booked a Calistoga King as the description clearly states unwinding in a tub and has picture of said tub in the room’s image gallery. (You see where this is going...) Needless to say we were “upgraded” to a room (46) without a tub and when I asked about switching there were no other rooms available. However the website said there was indeed availability for a room with a tub and I would have happily paid the difference too if they had offered me something... anything.
Don’t you worry, it gets worse. In room there’s a hotel information iPad that says you can rent a cabana for $75 per day. Not bad! So I’ll make the most of the pool in absence of the tub ... go to reserve the cabana and I’m told “we rent in four hour increments and it’s $25/hr so it’s $100 for 4 hours”. Ok... that’s not what your literature says in the room, so you might want to fix that. I don’t know if they would have charged me $100 or honored the $75 as they never got back to me about it. They did have the courtesy to bring us some complimentary shots of carrot juice and granola bars though... you know how much us pregnant ladies love shots of carrot juice. It’s like catnip! (A shot of carrot juice?? Really?! I’m hoping if I wasn’t pregnant they may have had the courage to offer a bottle of wine.)
Perhaps the best part is that I’m up most of the night with GI issues after eating at their restaurant and when I’m finally able to fall back asleep around 6:30am, our neighbors are waking up for the day. There is absolutely no sound privacy between the room and the shared entry/vestibule so every time someone enters or exits a room it literally sounds like the door to your room is going to fly open from the change in air pressure and the general annoying sounds of opening and closing two sets of doors. This is true of all the studios so beware that you will not have much, if any, sound privacy. The neighbors weren’t being annoying or loud, it was just incredibly jarring as they came and went every 20min or so while I’m trying to get some much needed rest. When things finally die down and I’m starting to fall asleep again around 8:30am, housekeeping starts knocking and the whole process starts all over again.
The moral being, the rooms are horribly insulated from the vestibule and I couldn’t get any sleep. After crying from lack of sleep and not feeling at all comfortable or like staff have much concern, I’m done. Spend your money elsewhere.
Solage is about relaxtion, rejuvenation and understated elegance. The customer service is impecible, the dining at Solbar is not to be missed (lemon ricotta pancakes!). The onsite spa and pool is our favorite place relax with a glass of wine. We have never been disappoint with any of the many spa services that we have enjoyed. Each room has two fun cruiser bikes for riding around the property or even into town. There are several really great hikes nearby including the Oak Mine Trail that will take you to some stunning vistas. On our way home we always begin to plan a time when we can return. Solage is our happy place.
I travel to Calistoga area at least 1 time a year and can not think of a better spot to stay. Close to downtown and in the heart of wine tasting. Accommodations were perfect and the staff was on point.
Booked last minute via Hotel Tonight. It’s in a great location, just a couple minutes from Calistoga. Our room was a little villa with a fenced in, private back yard. The room was very nice and the backyard was awesome. Each room has two bikes, so you can easily bike into town. The pool is enormous and lovely. The service was slow but who cares... you’re sitting by a nice pool. We went to the hotel restaurant for brunch, and it was phenomenal. They also let you make a little bouquet of flowers while you check in, which is a nice touch. Overall, great stay. Can’t wait to go back
We went to Auberge Resort to celebrate our 30th anniversary and were so happy with the entire experience. First rate resort with extraordinary customer service and amenities. Especially enjoyed the complimentary Mercedes that were available to check out, we enjoyed the convertible on a glorious afternoon of wine tasting! Bikes were also a fun way to get around Calistoga.