Most rooms look out onto private patios with vineyard views, while others overlook opposing guest rooms. Larger room categories include the added perks of outdoor bathtubs and more generous entertaining areas, ideal for summer get-togethers under the Napa sun.
Bathroom and Details
Bathrooms are a little sparse for anyone used to veiny slabs of marble or Waterworks-style luxury. A simple sanctuary of raw floors and occasional double vanity, the bathroom's best amenities are the details like pebbled-floor shower, soaking tubs in larger studios and rainforest-style showerheads with low-flow caps for water preservation.
Bathrooms are stocked with full-size toiletries that don't require daily replenishment and won't end-up floating in the San Francisco Bay; but at the same time, they won't end up in your guest bath back at home.
The Green Details
The most successful part of Solage Calistoga is an element you won't even notice -- the fact that it's one of America's most eco-friendly luxury resorts, built upon a green initiative that extends from the bamboo and reclaimed cedarwood floors to furnishings painted with nontoxic vanishings.
The hotel is a member of the Green Hotel Association, an online directory of "green"-focused hotels and resorts.
Other eco-friendly touches include the use of environmentally safe cleaning products, solar panels and extensive recycling throughout the hotel and restaurant.
Hit The Pool
Don't think the sleek and chic resort area got left out of the "green" action
The 130-foot swimming pool utilizes an ozone-based filtration system that minimizes chlorine use and won't leave post-spa skin feeling chemically chaffed.
Surrounded by oversize rattan loungers and shaded cabanas, spa-loving guests barely know the difference as they sip on cucumbery water and juice-infused cocktails from the nearby bar while taking in the views of glistening bodies and vine-strewn hills.
Restaurant and Bar
As the sun sets into the Pacific, guests turn out in heels and fresh-pressed shirts making their way through the waterfall-lined courtyard and crackling fireplace outside the hotel eatery.
Known as Solbar, the hip, see-and-be-seen restaurant headed by former Danko chef Brandon Sharp serves up Napa Valley cuisine in a granola-chic dining room and terrace with fire pit and vineyard views that's currently one of the hottest restaurants in the valley.
The menu utilizes sustainable, locally grown produce from regional organic farms for many signature dishes. Later in the evening, the lively wine lounge is alit with Napa Valley singles till 1 a.m.
Those coming for the pampering will discover Spa Solage, a massive "green theme" spa of treatment rooms, mineral baths and plunge pools assembled with an environmentally friendly selection of massages, facials and body treatments that aim to halt global warming one mud bath at a time.
A separate fitness area is equipped with endless cardio choices -- or, if you prefer, a Yoga & Movement Studio offers morning Vinyasa Flow yoga, Pilates and spinning classes conducted on reclaimed bamboo floors.
What's the Real Deal?
The average room price was $450 to $525 for studios and $775 for suites for early June.
The price is on average 20% cheaper than nearby Calistoga Ranch and Auberge du Soleil, offering a younger clientele of fitness- and wine-lovers an ideal two-night getaway and spa retreat. Just don't forget to bring your Prius (TM).
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