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The Chanric Inn
Ranked #11 of 27 Calistoga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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4 reviews
“Very quaint!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

My boyfriend and I visited Napa for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and while planning our trip we spent several weeks trying to figure out where to stay. I kept seeing this place pop up, and it looked so nice and the reviews were great so we booked it. As soon as we drove up to the Chanric Inn, I knew we had made the right choice. It was picture perfect. Beautiful gardens, updated accomodations and our host Joel was wonderful. Breakfast was served each morning, and although we only ate once it was terrific...fresh ingredients, fresh squeezed juice...really nice. There was a nice view from the upstairs porch and it's very close to downtown Calistoga which is equally quaint. I could not have been happier with our choice, and I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the downstairs bedrooms, and I would probably recommend upstairs simply because...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Kelly, thanks for taking the time to write us such a flattering review. I'm thrilled to hear that you decided to check us out and that you loved your stay with us. I'm also glad that you had the opportunity to try one of our signature brunches at the very least after your crazy program of wine tastings around! It's a part of the overall experience that we really enjoy providing for our guests. We appreciate your recommendations and we can't wait to host you again.

Best,
Joel, Owner
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

From the moment you walk through the door of this pristine establishment you know you are in safe hands. Complimentary glass of champagne in hand, we toured the room and amenities and boy, is it lovely!

The pool is warm and solar heated, the hot tub toasty and open till 10pm, making for a perfect end to any evening.

Joel and Jim have set up a lavish, stylish and absolutely immaculate oasis. All the spoils of a top hotel with the comfort, intimacy and privacy of a boutique hide away. Peace, quiet and the most wonderful breakfast. If I could, I'd spend every Sunday night relaxing here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
From the first glass of champagne to the last soak in the hot tub, I'm so happy that you both had a wonderful escape at our place. It's our goal to make every single guest feel comfortable and pampered and so I'm thrilled that you had a fantastic stay.

We'll keep the champagne on hand for your next visit!

Best,
Joel, Owner
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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

I don’t think we can add too much more to all of the glowing, positive comments already posted for the Chanric Inn. So why are we writing? To re-affirm to any skeptics out there that Joel and Jim and their staff really do reproducibly deliver an outstanding experience to all of their guests at their charming Inn!

Room/Bed: Both of our rooms (2 & 5) delivered that rare combination of comfort and style. The Carrera marble shower is gorgeous, yes, but more importantly, it functions impeccably. Our supple bed and fresh, soft linens were most inviting after a full day of touring and gourmet dining! We really did not feel at all disturbed by any appreciable noise level from the traffic on Foothill Blvd.. Tips: talk with Joel or Jim for the best rooms if you have any particular preferences or needs. We did for my mother, and they were most kind and sympathetic.

Breakfast: This was a serious three-course affair, and we learned very quickly to look forward to it every morning! I don’t think we can do justice with plain words; one has to experience breakfast at the Chanric Inn to believe it. We had ours al fresco all of our 3 days there, surrounded by the fragrant and beautiful herb garden. In that setting, to be served fresh fruits in grappa, Pineau de Charentes, or other similarly heady and aromatic liqueur, eggs en cocotte with ratatouille or fresh salmon flown in from Seattle’s Pike Market, etc., in addition to the freshly prepared juices/smoothies, warm croissants, and brioche bread, was simply heavenly. After dinner at l’Etoile Chandon, my companion said she would rather stay at the Chanric Inn if only Joel and Jim would offer dinner!

Service: Everyone at the Inn was unfailingly polite and warm. We neglected to contact Joel and Jim earlier for help with booking restaurants & winery tours until 2 weeks before the super-busy Labor Day holiday weekend (Tips: do not make this mistake like we did!). Even with our own particular preferences, they actually managed to snare a dinner reservation for us at a highly sought-after Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a guided tour at a smaller and rapidly rising small winery. Every one of our emails was answered promptly and thoughtfully, with very kind and helpful suggestions. Despite their full house with many guests coming and going, Joel and Jim always found the time to talk with guests, to find out how we were enjoying ourselves and if we needed any further sightseeing or restaurant recommendations.

Extras: And there were many!!! Piping hot coffee & tea outside one’s room before breakfast (we took full advantage of this and sipped on our tea & coffee while catching up on our work or going over our day’s activities in our room prior to breakfast); complimentary minibar, Nespresso offerings, & chocolates in the living room throughout the day; wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres in the evening; and vintage Charlie Chaplin projected in the living room in the evening! In fact, relaxing in the luminous living room, in the front porch, or in the fragrant garden with the gently lighted waterfall sculpture was every bit as luxuriating! Joel and Jim truly have created a B&B experience that pampers, nourishes (in more ways than one!), rejuvenates, and re-energizes.

Room Tip: Talk with Joel and Jim to identify the best rooms if you have any specific preferences!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
What can we say? We couldn't be happier to hear this. From the piping hot coffee to the Carrara marble shower, we certainly aim to please and I am so happy that you left your stay with us feeling relaxed. Yes we give a lot of importance to the details, they make the differences. It has been a pleasure to meet you and your family and talk about your so interesting travel experiences.

Needless to say. we can't wait to see you back here. Both Jim and myself would be absolutely delighted to host you again.

All the best,
Joel, Owner
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

We stayed at the Chanric Inn recently for 3 nights and I wish it could have been longer! Joel and Jim exceeded all of our expectations. The entire property is gorgeous. The rooms are beautiful and exceptionally clean. It is such a serene, relaxing and comfortable place to stay.
We follow a paleo diet and Jim and Joel went above and beyond to accommodate us. There was almond milk with our morning coffee, salmon and caviar breakfasts with fresh juice, gluten free chocolates at night - the attention to detail was unbelievable. We loved the wine receptions at night which offered high end wines from the region and especially enjoyed the late evening champagne. The pool is fabulous and we were lucky to spend a few hours there one afternoon. Again, we were brought out waters and refreshing beverages - top notch service! We cannot wait to return to the Chanric!! Thank you for such a wonderful experience!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank chicagoRene
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review. It was truly our pleasure to help make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. We know how difficult it can be at times to adhere to any kinds of dietary restrictions while traveling, and we wanted you to feel at home. As I told you it's really exciting for us to fit our guests dietary restrictions; as you certainly understood food is a passion for us, and so to make you happy. We're thrilled that you had a great visit with us and hope the wedding party was great

Best,
Joel, Owner
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Annapolis,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

This in an incredible place to stay. Joel and JiM are fabulous hosts. Expect attention to detail on everything! They do everything possible to make your stay incredible. The breakfasts are magnificient, we looked forward them every morning! It's a very quiet, tranquil place with wonderful views. The happy hours have superior Reds, Whites and Champagnes. Joel and Jim provided great recommendations on wineries, restaurants and other neat things to do. Overall, an outstanding experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write us such a sweet review! It has been a pleasure to meet you and make your stay as perfect as possible. We are very happy you enjoyed the breakfasts, it was an interesting challenge to surprise you every morning. Thanks again to have shared with us this beautiful house during a week and we look forward to seeing you again at The Chanric INN.

Best,
Joel, Owner
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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

The Chanric Inn in Calistoga is the most amazing place to stay. Joel and Jim made my entire visit such a pleasure! The accommodations are tops!It is such a beautiful Inn and each day I fell in love with it more. I would recommend it to everyone. The fresh coffee by your room each morning,beautiful bedding and linens and of course,the fabulous 3 course breakfast that is made with fresh and local ingredients, starts the day off right! Thank you Joel and Jim for all you did to make it a relaxing, beautiful experience.See you in the spring!

Room Tip: Every room is great!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a nice review about us! It makes us so happy to receive feedback like this. We love having the opportunity to please our guests and it seems like we succeeded in making your stay comforting and relaxing. I'm also glad to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast! This is a particular pleasure for us. We thank you for your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the spring!

Best,
Joel, Owner
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We had a great experience staying at the Chanric Inn. I wish I could give them a "10" rating. Joel and Jean Marc have done an amazing job creating an atmosphere of luxury, pleasure, and relaxation. When we arrived to check in, we were greeted by Joel with a smile and a glass of champagne. They are genuinely interested in making sure your experience in Napa is wonderful. Joel made dinner reservations for each of the evenings during our stay at amazing local restaurants. They had a bottle of champagne waiting in our room for us to enjoy to celebrate our anniversary. Now on to the brunch....all I can say is WOW!!! A five star dining experience that you would not expect in a B&B. The menu was eclectic and unique yet smart... the food combinations, spices, and sauces were absolutely flavorful and delicious. The presentation was artistic and each course was an absolute culinary delight. We could not wait to wake up each morning to have breakfast to experience the amazing menu. Our room was very comfortable and the bed was luxurious. The decor of the house is upscale and chic yet very comfortable. The grounds impeccably maintained and are breathtaking as they are scattered with herbs, roses, grape vines, olive trees and a beautiful vegetable garden. The pool and hot tub were refreshing and a great way to enjoy a glass of wine and wind down from a day at the wineries. Each evening we would come back from a great dinner and settle in front of the outdoor fireplace and enjoy a nightcap of champagne. Joel and Jean Marc's attention to detail is amazing, and they truly focus on making each person's visit personal, enjoyable, and relaxing. Thank you for a great time, we look forward to our next trip to Napa and our next stay at the Chanric Inn.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheChanric, Owner at The Chanric Inn, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
Jason, We're thrilled to know that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. Thanks for the incredibly kind words, I give you a 10! And we simply can't wait for your next visit! I'm sure you are already out of wine at this time!

Cheers,
Joel & JM
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Property: The Chanric Inn
Address: 1805 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga, CA 94515-1624 (Formerly Culver Mansion)
Region: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Calistoga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Chanric Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chanric Inn, recommended by Condé Nast Johansens, offers exquisite service and enticing packages. Focused on the discerning culinary traveler, indulge in a multi-course, chef-prepared brunch and complimentary wet bar, late afternoon hors d'oeuvres with wines, Schramsberg at night . Also, enjoy soul-soothing massage treatments in our tranquil spa, hot Jacuzzi and nice pool with view. Take advantage of special rates with our packages that combine all the best that Napa Valley has to offer. We adhere to an eco-friendly and green philosophy ... more   less 
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