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Review of Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

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Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place for romance & stress free weekend getaway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed 3 mineral pools, with 3 different temps! Our skin felt so soft & exfoliated after & we loved it! Relaxed in our nice comfy robes, & the room came w/a mini fridge so we were able to chill our wine we'd bought wine tasting & enjoyed it at dinner. Hotel staff was very friendly, our room was super clean. I also liked how it's on the main street, so we checked in at 3, & were able to walk everywhere. We will definitely be back to stay at this cute little quant place. We also hear they offer private bungalow cottages & 2 more pools! Maybe we'll stay in one of those next time & check out the Mud Baths & Spa treatments everyone was raving about?! :)

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JayNLace
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

When my husband and I were planning our Napa Valley destination wedding we knew that we wanted to find a hotel location where friends and family could stay together and take advantage of the best that Napa Valley has to offer without the burden of the standard Napa Valley price tag. Dr Wilkinson's strikes that perfect balance. We had already been coming to Dr. Wilkinson's for years and had fallen in love with the charm of the hotel and Calistoga, so it seemed like a perfect spot for our 65-person party of friends and family to gather together for a long wedding weekend. The hotel courtyard and amazing mineral pools provided a perfect gathering spot and the hotel's central location in Calistoga meant that guests could easily venture off to wineries, shopping and restaurants without having to rent a car. Carolynne and Mark were extremely gracious hosts every step of the way and completely exceeded our expectations. They made the group reservation process extremely easy, received our packages in advance of the wedding, treated us to a couples massage (which was fantastic!), and generously offered us the use of the hotel conference room for the weekend for gathering together and storing and assembling decor--they even hung a mirror in the room for us to use as the wedding party was getting ready on the big day. Our guests were completely won over by the friendly and attentive service of everyone from the front desk to housekeeping, the amazing spa services, the great location, and the relaxing mineral pools. Several said they felt like THEY were the VIPs and they have continued to rave about their experience and told us they plan to return to Dr. Wilkinson's for future trips. We already loved this spot for a romantic couple's getaway or fun weekend with friends, but they proved through this experience that no matter what you throw at them, they will make the experience wonderful. They made or wedding weekend incredibly memorable and made us loyal customers for life!

Room Tip: Rooms in the Victorian House are quietest.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rebekah O
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Mark W, Owner at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort, responded to this review, 11 September 2014
Dear Rebekah,

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us on tripadvisor! It was both a pleasure and honor to have you spend your very special occasion with us! Carolynne and I both enjoyed meeting you and your family. Indeed, you two were the first to experience a couples massage here at Dr. W's! Times change but gratitude and hospitality will always be our goal!

Again, so many thanks!
Mark Wilkinson
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Orange county
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Nice clean hotel room along with attentive staff. It has 3 really good pools (hot, warm, cool) which are available to all guest, not just spa guest. Although, it is a "dated" decor, it seems to work. And for the area the price is reasonable that is why I gave it the highest marks

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mark W, Owner at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort, responded to this review, 11 September 2014
Thanks so much for the review! I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon! Hopefully you will notice all the new umbrellas and splotches of color recently added! Family owned and operated for 62 years, every good review makes us feel good about what we do!

Warm best,
Mark Wilkinson
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Reno, Nevada
1 review
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We stayed at this property over the Fourth of July weekend. Overall, we were very pleased and found the rooms spacious, clean and quiet. We were however disappointed with the lack of management presence on a holiday weekend with respect to the pool area. As is often the case over a holiday weekend there were some partiers present and unfortunately they really put a damper on the mineral pool experience for us. In the rooms there is information about the pool and it clearly states there is no alcohol on the pool deck. The partiers came every morning, placed their towels on six or so lounge chairs before leaving to go to breakfast, saving their lounge chairs for when they returned. It was like they owned the resort. No one could use their lounge chairs while they were absent for hours. When they did return, they had their solo cups full up with vodka and whatever and proceeded to take over the pool with games of marco polo, chicken, back flips off the side and so forth. When the giant inflatable alligator came out we had to throw in the towel. Sure, we could have complained and something would have been done but that crowd would have have the rest of the weekend miserable for us. Management should have been checking on the area and inquiring about all of the solo cups littering the pool deck. We did venture down the street to check out the sister property (hideaway cottages) and decided that was more up our alley for our next visit. Very clean properties, and aside from the lack of management presence we were very happy with our stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RenoTwig
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Mark W, Owner at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear RenoTwig,

Thank you so much for leaving your review. I am always pleased to hear feedback! Indeed, the 4th of July holiday is a major family event with many return guests and children. We do not allow large "floaties" and the guests were indeed asked to remove them. Unfortunately, we can not go and directly ask guests what is in their cups! Week-ends like the Memorial Day, the 4th, and Labor Day are generally when our pools are quite frankly not as calm, due to many children, as others! I will speak with our management team about making an even greater effort to patrol the pool areas. Trust me when I say that we regularly checked the pools as much as we could!

I thank you for your feedback and kind comments about the room and cleanliness! Indeed, if you are looking for a kid free guarantee, our Hideaway Cottages are where you want to be!

My apologies to you ! We hope to see you here another time soon!

Warm best wishes,
Mark Wilkinson
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Bolinas, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

I love going to Dr. Wilkinson's with my wife and kids! The pools and large hot tub are wonderful. The hotel rooms are spacious and quiet. The location in town is perfect to walk to all stores and food spots. My only complaint this time is that they have a sign on the gate before you enter the pool that reads something like: "If you have an active case of diarrhea please do not use the pool." I do not want to be thinking about diarrhea when I am getting into the pool. I think it would be wiser to have this as part of signing into the hotel rather than having to see the sign every time you get into the pool.

Room Tip: Bottom floor next to spa.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nate M
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Mark W, Owner at Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Dear Nate ,

Thank you so very much for your kind review!. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your visit here and hope to see you again soon! As to "the sign", it is a new regulation mandated by the State of California and Napa County Department of Health. Trust me......we don't like to have to post this sign but this rather ridiculous new law states that it must be posted at the entrance to any pool.

Again, not our idea, AT ALL!!!!!!!

Hope to see you again!
Mark Wilkinson
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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

Have been visiting Doc Wilkinson's for over 30 years, and it is my go to place for rest and relaxation. The rooms are lovely and restful. No 'froo froo' here, but very clean, comfy beds, in-room robes, TV, fridge, coffee maker and all the basics you need. The main draw for me is the kind, hospitable service and the magnificent mud baths included in what they call 'the works'.
It is the best spa experience I have ever had, even though I still find the mineral mud 'stinky', there is nothing more soothing than soaking in that, releasing toxins and relaxing everything, followed up by a shower, bubbling mineral bath, however long you want to spend in the sauna before you go to a private area to lie down, swaddled in light weight wrap to cool off and rest before they come to you for your message. AAh! By the time you are done with your treatment you either want to return to your room for a long nap, or you are so energized you just want to hit the town to shop the lovely boutiques, rent bikes, go wine-tasting in Napa Valley or enjoy a fantastic meal at one of the great restaurants within walking distance.
Mark Wilkinson is a wonderful host, and I love that after all these years, so many of the staff in the spa and on the grounds have been there as long as I've been going there. Other family members are back aboard since the doc and his wife passed away. They are continuing the tradition of providing all the comfort and hospitality I always look forward to here. I live in Sacramento but have brought friends from all over the world, and they all love it here. The grounds are great too, patios, tables, and 3 pools in the main areas, including a pool-size, in-door heated mineral pool with soothing jets which we enjoy before bedtime.
Enjoy this place with anyone-couples, family, friends or all by yourself. When I need to feel like I need to get away this is my favorite place to go!

Room Tip: Inside rooms are the best. Also recommend remodeled rooms. They also have a variety suites and cotta...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

This was our fourth or fifth stay at Dr Wlikinson's. Located at one end of Calistoga's main road you can't get more convenient for strolling into town for a meal or for picking up provisions at Calmart. The hotel and pools have not changed a bit since we first stayed here. Beds are huge and comfortable, rooms clean and staff most friendly and helpful. Some of the bathroom fittings (eg shower cubicles) are perhaps a little tired and the the TVs could do with upgrading but the whole place exudes a timeless charm. You can't beat having a glass of wine in the courtyard once the kids are settled down. We will be back.

Room Tip: Has adjoining rooms for families
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Clifford D
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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