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“Exceeded a skeptic's expectations!”
Review of Chateau de Vie

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Chateau de Vie
Ranked #2 of 27 Calistoga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
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“Exceeded a skeptic's expectations!”
Reviewed 22 August 2007

I've spent a lot of time on the road and am not easy to impress. Further, I don't usually write reviews or fill out surveys. Most importantly, however, when I see reviews that are almost all "5s" I become extremely skeptical. Therefore, I breathed a huge sigh of relief upon arriving at Chateau De Vie.

My wife and I stayed at 4 different places on a recent vacation to Northern California and there wasn't a close second. We were told the building was built as a B&B around antique windows, which creates a charming setting without the inconveniences of an antique building - very tastefully done. It is surrounded by the owners' vineyard and has a wonderful deck, on which breakfast was served, about 10 yards away from a vine-covered fence separating the hot tub and lap pool. Walking paths with a fountain, nice gardens and jazz music piped into a few speakers on the grounds added to the relaxing atmosphere.

We checked in before other guests, so we were able to see what a few of the rooms looked like - all well-appointed with antiques, comfortable beds and no tvs or phones. Bedrooms and bathrooms were spotless and updated. Spa robes/slippers in the rooms and big towels for the pool. Lots of books/magazines and local knowledge from the owners.

There was wine greeting us every afternoon (both red and white) and a fridge on the deck stocked with soda and water. Breakfasts were quite impressive - made from scratch and served to guests at individual tables on the deck - they do share recipes. Our first morning it was apricot/walnut scones and the chef's version of "Green Eggs & Ham" (poached eggs with pesto over french bread with prosciutto). The hosts were gracious and accommodating and the rates were reasonable.

If you're like me, you're going to think it sounds "too good to be true," but Chateau De Vie is definitely a gem. We'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2007
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Reviewed 26 July 2007

We live nearby and are always looking for a beautiful, comfortable place to stay. We usually go to the coast but this weekend decided to look inland. We went to Calistoga with a list from Trip Advisor and our handy navigation system. Chateau de Vie was one of the first places we stopped but were too early to see a room so we went to main street and started searching for the perfect location. All I can say is Calistoga hotels and B&B's need a serious overhaul. We encountered several run down, smelly, places with a high price of admission. We ended discouraged and back at Chateau de Vie. The owner, Peter was friendly (another rarity) and had one of the smaller rooms available. The energy is very peaceful and quiet, the grounds are meticulously cared for and the pool was perfection as was the hot tub that stays open till midnight for star gazing. Every aspect of the Chateau was clean and beautiful. Breakfast in the morning was delicious and abundant and Phillip was very accommodating in serving us late. We moved the second night to the cottage suite and can't say enough about the privacy, tasteful decor, comfort and elegance of this gem! Thank you Phillip and Peter for a beautiful place to stay. We will be back.

  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2007

My boyfriend and I found this inn listed in a Frommer's guide book. We booked a room the day before our visit and we were so pleased to have found such an amazing place. The rooms and property were gorgous and immaculate! Peter and Philip were gracious hosts and prepared unforgettable breakfasts of homemade scones, fresh fruit, and egg dishes. We felt right at home and enjoyed the privacy and beauty of this inn. Don't miss it!!

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  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chateau de Vie

Property: Chateau de Vie
Address: 3250 State Highway 128, Calistoga, CA 94515-9711
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Region: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Calistoga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just minutes from downtown Calistoga, surrounded by acres of vineyards, Chateau de Vie welcomes you into a world of understated elegance. As you enter our gates, lush formal gardens of lavender and quiet sophistication greet you. Built with old European charm, the Chateau has been enhanced with rich earth and jewel tones. Influenced by California unique heritage and the Napa Valley’s beauty, the Chateau has been furnished with your comfort in mind. Comfortable queen and king size beds, lush towels, oversized robes and the finest in linens.Quiet personal attention… magnificent views. ... more   less 
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Chateau De Vie Hotel Calistoga

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