Travel Blogs from Calistoga
April and I are motivated to change our bodies and used this trip as our kick-off. The first day we arrived we weighed, measured and took before pictures. That was a shocking realization. I had tried a few things to get started. I added a day of weight training and also checked out the diet in The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. I was really liking …
Got up early and had a protein shake that tastes like chai and a cup of green tea for breakfast. Its already 8:30am and it was time to be at the spa. We are both having the Mud slide experience. We got there in enough time to soak in the hot mineral pools and put in our order for veggie juice to be delivered in the pool area after our treatment. We …
My sister April works for the Encantado Resort, which is an Auberge property. Each year she gets some free rooms and half off services and food at any of their properties. This year she and I went to Solage in Calistoga. It may be the less exclusive of their three California properties but it is still fantastic. They have five pools ranging in …
... hour and a half to Calistoga, where our hotel is located. The countryside seems very familiar, and looks just like the Swan Valley; lots of little wineries and fields of grapevines.
We arrived without incident, and I managed with the driving quite well, and got more confident as we went on. It's quite disorientating, sitting on the wrong side of the vehicle, and trying to remember which side of the road ...
... from Phil's workplace. We had a look around the gift shop then Phil took us into the caves – tunnels that had been carved out to store the wine, and included rooms off to the side that were now used as dining/tasting rooms for special tours.
After looking through the tunnels we headed down to the Rhine House and found a spot on the balcony to sit while we tested the premium wines. Normally it is $25 ...
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The property was beautiful. The service superb. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. They catered to our every need. The chef prepared special meals for us that were fantastic. The spa is immaculate and the treatments were heavenly. They had great bikes to roam the grounds that were really fun and easy. I couldn't have hoped for a better experience and the weather was spring like in January and seem to cater to us as well. I would stay there again and again.
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This hotel opened long before it should have. There was dirt everywhere (in fact our walk wasn't swept the entire time we were there) and construction equipmen and workers were in the way constantly. Housekeeping staff were inadequately trained (the same ice bucket with water in it sat in our room for 4 days!) and the "concierge" didn't even return phone messages and certainly didn't honor the requests we made. The rooms are also VERY small. On the bright side - yes there is one - we enjoyed the continental breakfast daily and the fitness center was well equipped. Solage is absolutely not worth the price and they should do a lot more training and finish building before anyone should book a stay there. Even then, for $450 per night, guests shoudl be pampered and they are not. Sorry!
My husband and I just returned from traveling to San Francisco and Napa with our best friends. We have been to Napa before and did the B & B thing and realized... we're not B & B people. Thus, for our next venture out West we decided to go the luxury route or at least what we thought would be the luxury route. We had looked into booking at places like the Milliken Creek Inn, The Carneros Inn, and Poetry. However, they were not available for the dates that we planned to visit Napa. A helpful clerk at Poetry suggested the Solage. She did say that it was new and would be opening in July. We found the hotel website and booked our room online. As another TripAdvisor member stated alarms should have gone off in my head when we couldn't find any pictures of the resort other that the ones listed on the hotel website and those were of the rooms only! We booked the Vega at $425 per night. This is not necessarily cheap, but when rooms at other resorts that bill themselves as luxury are upwards of $700 a night we considered this a steal. Again I should have listened to the alarms in my head.
AMAZING stay at Solage!!!!
Napa is by far my husband and my favorite getaway spot, and we were looking for a new lodging option (we usually stay at Meadowood, but got sick of paying such high rates for such a dated and tired room product!), so decided to give Solage a whirl... Talk about impressive!!! The staff across the board was the friendliest I've encountered in wine country - not one snob in the bunch! The restaurant is incredible and that pool... next time we will definitely rent a suite, so we get one of their cool poolside cabanas! The rooms were stylish and sleek and we took full advantage of the bikes that came with our room to explore Calistoga. This place will only get better and it's already a GEM in my opinion.
I check out of Solage today and I am already looking forward to coming back next year. Everyone here is so friendly. The grounds may not be finished but I don't think the grounds make this place as great as the views . Beside the views, Sol Bar has great food with an unusual atmosphere that made me feel welcome. I have been relaxing all weekend. I even recieved a cabana massage by the pool. It was kind of odd that the spa wasn't up and running, seeing how everone was talking up the spa before we got here, with that said my massage therapist knew how to relax a stressed out businessman. Needless to say my "spa" experience was great. Today is my last day at solage and I can't wait to come back when the spa is ready. They are rough around the edges but I have a feeling Solage will be the place to visit in the Napa Valley.
We just returned from a weekend stay at Solage Calistoga. I want to say that I think the harsh ratings of this new establishment are unfair and not warranted. The hotel is set on a large amount of acreage and to expect the landscaping to be mature is unrealistic. If you are going to stay in a new resort of this magnitude you must go with realistic expectations.
Hi, we are finishing our stay here at Solage. We have been here for 4 days. We were contacted by our Sol Guide before we got here to find out what if anything we wnted to do while we were in Calistoga. Jason was great! He helped me figure out transportation and an airport hotel before we got there. On Sunday when my husband and I arrived I was not feeling well. They put us in our room early and when I told my husband that I needed to go to the hospital, he could have driven me in our rental car. Instead the General Manager Richard Hill had one of the Bell hops drive us in the mgrs personal Mercedes and then picked us up when I was ready to come back.
Solage Calistoga was great!
I loved the new property... For just opening, and still working out all the little kinks, I found the staff to be outstanding and helpful and the food at SolBar awesome. Loved the bikes to go cruz around on and the rooms trendy!
A big "WOOHOO" from me!
Boy, talk about a shake-down cruise . . .
This isn't about a stay or even the property itself, which I am sure has many fine points. It's about management's opening jitters. Made reservations, then cancelled them well in advance of the 14-day requirement, and that same day our credit card was charged in excess of $1100 for a stay that isn't going to happen. That, on top of an earlier charge put through on the card for $800. So, for a cancelled stay (that was for three days and, at the prepayment rate of 50% per the property's e-mail confirmation), we were charged almost $2000, or in excess of 100%. (The room we were to have for three nights, by the way, was just over $500/night, so you do the math). I'm sure Solage Calistoga will be fine . . .in a few months or years.
Just came back from staying at the new Solage Calistoga. Thank goodness we were only there for one night because we seriously couldn't wait to get out of there! First of all, minus the phone problems, we second everything from the previous review. It dawned on me when we arrived why there were so few photos on their website, it's because there is nothing else to show instead of the rooms. We were immediately put off. There was absolutely no charm, and the architecture was very unappealing. I took a bunch of photos of the grounds, so please see for yourselves. I don't think Solage is ready for opening and charging guests full price for a knowingly subpar experience is just wrong! A few days before our visit, one of their staff called us and told us that he would be responsible for taking care of our needs during our stay (very impressive, we thought at the time), but after that phone call, we would never hear from him again. When we realize that we were assigned a room in the development zone, we requested to be moved to the section near the pool because it looked more finished. One person at the front desk supposedly transfer our reservation, but while we were waiting for the room to be finished up, some manager came and told us that it was not available after all! The staff was indeed very green and seemed out of sync and confused all the time. The main reason why they give you bicycles is to get you from your room to the pool or restaurant, because they seem so far away! We didn't try any of their spa treatments, but we were told that they are only available in-room, and we also saw guests having massages in a couple of massage chairs by the pool. So I am assuming that the spa is not ready either! Overall, it was the most disappointing and boring "resort" experience and we will NEVER return to Solage Calistoga!
Solage Calistoga more notes after one night: Phone system problems produced a call to every unit at about 4 A.M. a rude awakening. The staff is very green... a request can cause confusion... we wanted a drink in a tumbler rather than a stemmed glass...and were told we are all out of tumblers.etc. The room also smelled of paint once the doors and windows were closed for the night... this is will of course, go away with time... there are design problems with this place... the reception or check in area is very small.. and rather strange.. they take you outside to sit in low but comfortable chairs... it just doesn't have a resort feel or look to it... compared to other places that charge $400 per night or more this isn't in their league... less than one hundred miles South the Lodge at Pebble Beach or the Inn at Spanish Bay charge about the same .. there is no comparison.. Solage Calistoga will improve with time but will . I predict. remain over priced for what it is for this reason we did not eat here or try out the spa.. we enjoyed the beautiful Napa Valley and will return but not to Solage Calistoga ..