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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Vie b&b
- Chateau De Vie Hotel Calistoga