Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, California – Hotel Review

By Dan Collins on 27 December 2012
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If you arrive at Solage Calistoga after dark, as I did, chances are you are in for a shock DSC_0979when you upraise and venture out. The Napa Valley resort consists of 89 studios and suites, all in low cottages with a rustic look, interspersed with areas of tall ornamental grasses, pools, restaurants and spa amenities. Just across the adjacent Silverado Trail stands Diamond Mountain, which, with the addition of daylight, creates a stunning and almost surreal backdrop for the property.


My Vega Studio was located in a corner, beyond the adult and family pools, which proved to be a quiet but not at all inconvenient spot. The sage green cottage was spacious and airy inside, with concrete floors, soothing green walls and a vaulted ceiling. A plush king size bed stood in the middle of the main room against a central wall separating the bathroom area from main part of the room.

Two comfortable chairs were in front of the bed, a writing desk was against the wall opposite the door, and a large LCD TV was next to large, sliding glass doors that provided ample natural light to the room, and opened to my favorite part of the cottage, the patio. The patio had two large comfortable outdoor chairs facing each other with a table between them, and an arbor covered in vines, which provided a grace period during each occasional rain shower that I experienced during my stay.

The bathroom is behind the central wall that is behind the bed, flanked by a wet bar and closetDSC_0417providing privacy for the bathroom, which otherwise has no separation from the rest of the cottage. A well-lit vanity is opposite a bench and light window about eight feet high, with a toilet closet to the left and a walk-in shower to the right. Overall, the bathroom is modern and spacious. I particularly liked the pebble floor in the dark-tiled rain shower, which has a glass door that was placed perfectly so that there would be no view out the expansive glass door should you forget to pull the curtains closed, but you can still see the TV, so you’ll never be out of the loop.

Two generously-sized bedside tables were to each side the bed, and a Bluetooth-capable iPod dock was a thoughtful touch.. Linens on the bed were soft, warm and comfortable, and the heat was on since the weather was abnormally cool for the season. Despite the weather, the concrete floors were not uncomfortable to walk on, although plush robes and slippers were at the ready.

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