Calistoga Comfort at Less-than Napa Prices

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Inexpensive lodging tends to be rare in world-famous destinations, but Calistoga, the hot springs hamlet on the northern edge of Napa Valley, offers more than a few reasonably priced options without sacrificing basic comfort—or even some perks. Here are eight Calistoga hotels that hit a mix of comfort and charm.

A Dose of Minerals

bedroom view
Courtesy of Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa

Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa
1880 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-0991
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 389 reviews

The art-deco style of the Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa distinguishes it from the fussier hotels around town, but there’s more to this hotel than retro appeal. Situated near downtown and the start of the Silverado Trail, a shuttle service makes it even easier to reach surrounding amenities, particularly the diners where you can use complimentary breakfast vouchers provided for guests. Rooms, meanwhile, are stocked with iHome docking stations and mini-fridges full of free snacks.

Insider tip: The onsite mineral pools and hot tubs are fed by the same rejuvenating springs that turned Calistoga into a resort town in the first place, so you can enjoy their health benefits without leaving the grounds.

Mountainside Hot Tub

lounge chairs at the poolside
Courtesy of The Inn on Pine

The Inn on Pine (formally EuroSpa & Inn)
1202 Pine St.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6829
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 391 reviews

Striking Mount St. Helena looms over the 13 boutique rooms of The Inn on Pine, all of which include whirlpool tubs, wood stove fireplaces and warm, rural-tinged decor. Every afternoon, guests enjoy local wines and refreshments in the comfort of the shaded outdoor patio, or take advantage of spa treatments, which include healing massage, body wraps, and facials.

Insider tip: Relax in the heated pool or hot tub with views of the mountains rising just to the southwest of the inn.

The Cottage Life

living room at cottage
Courtesy of Aurora Park Cottages

Aurora Park Cottages
1807 Foothill Blvd
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6733
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 165 reviews

Skip the thin walls of competing lodging options in favor of the secluded hillside retreats at Aurora Park Cottages. Privacy is the main draw here, whether you’re relaxing inside or lounging around your private deck with the pastries, juice and fresh fruit delivered to your door every morning. Don’t forget to inquire with one of the staff members about the local winery discounts they frequently offer.

Insider tip: If you’re worried about keeping a white wine cool for a picnic day, inquire at the front desk to borrow a cooler and some ice packs.

Natural Heat

pool at UpValley Inn
Courtesy of UpValley Inn & Hot Springs

UpValley Inn & Hot Springs
1865 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-9400
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 425 reviews

A few of Calistoga’s finest wineries (and that’s saying something) are within walking distance from this mineral spring-centric UpValley Inn location. The natural springs are perfect after a trip to the onsite fitness room, while the rooms themselves are comfortable without being gaudy. When you’re not in the water, however, their indoor fireside lounge may be the best place to relax.

Insider tip: Follow up a dip in the geothermal-heated pool and jacuzzi with a visit to the UpValley Inn’s steam room and/or sauna.

Old School Spas

pool and mural
Courtesy of Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort
1507 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4102
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 391 reviews

Another retro gem amidst the modern luxury of Napa Valley (complete with kitschy neon sign), this family-owned hot springs resort offers comfortable, if basic, rooms with all the usual amenities, plus a separate Victorian House with added benefits and a gorgeous veranda overlooking the adjacent streets and mountains. Even so, the three separate mineral baths and inclusive spa treatments like “The Works” are what elevates Dr. Wilkinson’s to something truly special.

Insider tip: If you can only afford one spa treatment, don’t miss the ever-relaxing mud bath, where you’ll float in a pool of warm volcanic ash and peat moss.

Around Town

pool and manor in background
Courtesy of Stevenson Manor

Stevenson Manor
1830 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-1112
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 624 reviews

It’s one of the only franchised hotels in the area, but don’t hold that against it: Stevenson Manor offers the sort of luxury common in Calistoga for far less dough than most competitors. The hot breakfasts go beyond continental and the onsite spa services include couples massages and natural spring pools. Most rooms have picturesque views of the nearby mountains, plus balconies and whirlpools available for just a little more.

Insider tip: A free shuttle is available to take guests anywhere in Calistoga, but be sure to ask about any discounts available at local restaurants for guests before you go.

Despite the discounted prices, these Calistoga hotels all offer a distinct batch of amenities for guests to enjoy during their stay, so budget-conscious travelers to Napa Valley can lounge and sleep in comfort while saving most of their cash for the wineries themselves

Inn Food

entrance sign and building
Courtesy of Calistoga Wine Way Inn

Calistoga Wine Way Inn
1019 Foothill Blvd
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-0680
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 405 reviews

Calistoga’s oldest bed and breakfast has updated just enough to keep up with modern luxuries without sacrificing its romantic yesteryear charm. Many of their individually decorated rooms, all named after nearby Wine Country towns, include extra amenities like clawfoot jetted tubs, fireplaces and private patios. But even those staying in the less expensive rooms are free to enjoy the leisurely back terrace and fire pits.

Insider tip: Owner Gillian Kite made an entire book about the food she cooks for the Wine Way Inn, so you know every morning’s complimentary breakfast of frittatas, granola, and french-pressed coffee is bound to be delicious.