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“Retro Relaxation at a Decent Price”

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Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort
Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2012

I wish I could have given this place a GOOD rating but I had to choose between Average and Very Good...and well you just can't refer to Dr. Wilkinson's as average! We've enjoyed staying at Dr Wilkinson's on two separate occasions. Its a great little location for a weekend getaway as long as you don't conflict with a prime weekend...which can really ratchet up all the Calistoga prices.

The hotel is clean and the beds are comfortable, but the overall impression is of a hotel from the early 60s. That's cool with us, we dig that vibe. The rooms tend to face inward to a courtyard and there is no real lobby to speak of.

We come for the location and the soaking. The hotel is in the heart of Calistoga with easy access to fantastic vineyards. There are three mineral pools (one indoor and two outdoor). The are all kept at varying temperatures and are impeccably clean. Nothing beats an evening of soaking...alternating between the hottest and coolest pool. So energizing!

On our visits the staff was polite and helpful, the other guests were quiet and well mannered. There was also a refreshing absence of children. It may not be like this all the time, but we've been fortunate on our visits.

We haven't used the spa...so I can't provide any feedback. But the bed was comfortable, internet worked well, and the water pressure was sufficient. The Shower in our King room was pretty small though. Dr. Wilkinson's is almost always priced very competitively. That doesn't mean its every really cheap...its just cheaper. But we'll be back again....to soak in those wonderful pools and tour those beautiful wineries.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mark W, Owner at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2012

Thank you so much for the great review! I am happy to hear that you enjoy your visits here and hope you continue to visit us. Our rates vary throughout the year so always keep an eye on our website for package rates (including treatments) or other specials.

Thanks again, the pools are here and waiting for you!

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Reviewed 13 July 2012

This hotel was a great choice for family bonding and relaxation. The place has a fifties motel vibe, but a bit classier. My twelve year old son loved the two pools and I had a chance to sneak off for a mud bath and a massage. We stayed in a patio room that was very clean, quiet and comfortable. The hotel is right on the main street in Calistoga. We enjoyed walking around town and there are several excellent restaurants nearby. There were tables on the patio that were great for drinking a glass of wine or eating an impromptu meal from the deli next door. All in all it was just what we needed to chill out after a long, hot drive from Colorado.

Room Tip: Avoid the corner rooms.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

Been here several times over the years. Well maintained family run resort. Location is where everything you want is within walking distance. 4th of July is a good old fashioned holiday in this town. Resort gives you a run down of local activities for celebration. Parade, fairground activities, and a fireworks show. Great family tradition, or enjoyed solo. It's patriotic, and a fun day from start to finish.
The rooms get better and better with each visit. Always clean, bed's are comfy, towels are nice.
The massage from megan was the best. The pools are the best in town. Not too big, not too small. Patio has several tables to enjoy a great meal, and wine from the market across the street.
Until next time...........

Room Tip: Upper rooms are quiet. Lower rooms have easier access to patios.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 9 July 2012

Dear CurlyQ

Thanks for the review! It's always great hearing from returnees who notice the subtle changes we make on a regular basis.

Your kind comments have been passed along to the staff and we all hope to see you next year over the 4th, if not sooner!

Best wishes,
Mark Wilkinson

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Reviewed 1 July 2012

This motel was fine. There were no major issues and nothing that would make me want to write a bad review. With that being said, it also wasn't great. The beds were moderately comfortable, the rooms were decently cleaned, and the staff was somewhat friendly. It just seemed priced a little high to be an average place to stay. My husband found our room to be a little creepy. We only stayed one night (we found a much cheaper, much nicer place in Healdsburg and decided to go back there instead) so we didn't get to use the pool much nor did we get any spa services.. There were three different pools. One had a several kids splashing around in it so we tried another one which was very refreshing but felt like a normal pool to us. The motel did provide wine glasses and a wine opener in the room which I thought was a nice touch. The T.V. was old and small without the capability of watching a movie. I know, you aren't supposed to watch T.V. on vacation but after 4 days of wine tasting we were wanting some relaxation time. Overall, the place is decent, fine, and average. Depends on what you are looking for. If their price was a lottle lower I would have been okay with average.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

The "Corner Queen" room had very unexpected features that were not described at the time the room was booked. The motel neglected to indicate that a corner room at Dr. Wilkinson's is situated at the corner of two buildings resulting in a room that is walled on 4 sides, except for the opening for the door. There was minimal natural light and little to no natural ventilation based on the "corner" location. The bed was reported to be a queen-sized bed, but slept more like a double. For the displeasure of two sleepless nights, we paid an outrageous price of $185 per night. Other local hotels have an outdoor mineral pool that was THOROUGHLY more enjoyable than the indoor pool at Dr. Wilkinson's. Any other selection would be better than the motel.

Room Tip: Due to the minimal sound-proofing, motel style that lacks views of the beauty valley, I cannot imagi...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 24 June 2012

We are always sad when we have an unhappy guest. This guest booked a "corner queen" room which is indeed in a corner of one of the main buildings. When booking, we advise that these rooms are smaller than our regular rooms and are located in a corner with no view. This newly remodeled room has a queen bed (we know what a queen bed is) and a window that opens as well as the usual air-conditioning, fan and of course heat!

This guest called no fewer than ten times to complain that the bed was not a queen bed. She claims to have measured the bed.....? She also accused us of discriminating against her because "she was from Indiana"....patently ridiculous. We returned her first call but did not return the other (at least) nine calls.

We have three mineral water pools, (one indoor and two outdoor) so I don't know why she would make claims about the size of the indoor pool/hot tub. It is the largest, 16'X24' indoor pool in Calistoga and most guests find it really great!

A weekend rate of $185.00 nightly on a peak weekend in Napa Valley is more than reasonable in an area where there are many, many far more expensive options. We keep our rates very reasonable in comparison to similar properties in Calstoga. It should be noted that we were booked three months prior for this particular weekend, many of our guests here for a motion picture (major) release event, all of whom were more than happy with their stay!

Again, we are sad that this guest was not happy. She had the option of checking out after her first night which she chose not to do. We truly appreciate and need feedback...this one just seems "off the wall".

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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We have been comming to Dr. Wilkinson's place for the last 20+ years. Over these years, we have found Dr. Wilkinson's place to

be consistently: clean; comfortable; well kept; well appointed; with good house keeping; with good ammeneties; and reasonably

priced. In addition the property is centrally located and the staff is very courteous, friendly and they try to please their guests to

the extent possible. The staff is very helpful in making resevations to the dining establisments locally as well as in other towns

near Calistoga. We have always found our stay to be very pleasant and we cannot say enough nice things about the

accomodations at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Spring Resort. We are sure you will find your stay enjoyable as well!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rose G
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Management response:Responded 23 June 2012

Dear Rose G.,

Thank you so much for your kind review. Indeed, we pride ourselves on providing quality lodging, pools and treatments. We especially enjoy hearing quality feedback from return guests with hopes of creating new ones as well!

We are celebrating our 60th anniversary this year and are continuosly upgrading to "keep up with the times"!

Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Very clean rooms and quiet place to stay in Calistoga. The mineral pool is enclosed and not too hot so you can stay and relax. The pool area was small but nice, nothing special. This is an old-fashioned motor-in motel. Perfectly fine for sleeping at and enjoying what the area has to afford. We liked it. However, I am still looking for a really great restaurant in Calistoga. Haven't found it yet.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 23 June 2012

Thank you for leaving the review! I am happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you on a return visit. I'm not sure whether or not you noticed that there are THREE pools on property, one hot, one warm and one cool for a refreshing swim! Hopefully next time you will be able to enjoy a massage or mud bath while here.

We will try to steer you to a great restaurant here in Calistoga on your next visit. We have several that are pretty terrific!

Thanks again! We hope to see you again soon!

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Additional Information about Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Address: 1507 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515-1331
Region: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Calistoga
#5 Family Hotel in Calistoga
#9 Romantic Hotel in Calistoga
#9 Spa Hotel in Calistoga
Price Range: £202 - £281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Calistoga landmark offering contemporary lodging and wonderful treatments and pools! Contemporary rooms with easy access to three sparkling mineral water pools. Located in the heart of historic downtown Calistoga within steps of numerous restaurants, shops and tasting rooms. Dr. Wilkinson's is a mid-century modern icon in the Napa Valley. ... more   less 
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