Mount View Hotel & Spa

1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, California 94515, USA

Daniel Mangin

Although it's in a 1919 building that's been designated a National Historic Landmark and some room furnishings recall periods past, the Mount View feels completely modern. The hotel's location on Calistoga's main drag and the two restaurants off the lobby mean you won't need to go far if your treatment at the day spa leaves you too indolent to drive.

room

Rooms with high-quality mattresses, feather duvets, Illy espresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docking stations come in three types: standard ones, more spacious Winery Suites, and three Winery Artist Cottages. Perks at the individually decorated suites and cottages, some quite colorful and each named for a northern Napa Valley winery, include a bottle of its wine. All the cottages have private decks, whirlpool tubs, wet bars, and small refrigerators. Two suites have balconies, wet bars, and small refrigerators, but they're on the street so get some noise.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some of the standard guest rooms are small and have two twin beds.

bathroom

Pedestal sinks, small-tile floors, and tiled shower-tub combos in many bathrooms evoke the era of the hotel’s construction. The bathrooms are clean and well lit, though some could use more space for toiletries.

lobby

Ruby-red walls, polished hardwood floors, plush contemporary furniture, and a stone fireplace immediately catch the eye upon entering the inviting street-front lobby. Often abustle with hotel, spa, and restaurant patrons, it's a chill space to relax and people-watch.

pool

The hexagonal pool, behind the hotel and well maintained, has plenty of lounge chairs surrounding it on the concrete patio. Off to one side is a mineral-water hot tub, and there are tables and cabanas.

spa

Calistoga is known for thick and gooey mud baths, but the ones at the spa here have a thinner consistency and for each patron are refreshed with new mud. If you wish, you can have mud scented with lavender oil or lime and mint oil. Sea-salt and oxygen-infused baths are also available. One of the signature massages involves heated Himalayan salt stones to aid in detoxification and balance the nervous system.

dining

Johnny's Restaurant & Bar for casual breakfast (for which hotel guests receive a daily voucher), lunch, and dinner, and Veraison, a fine-dining restaurant open for dinner nightly, sit across the lobby from each other and share the same executive chef. Casual Johnny's serves comfort meals a cut well above typical tavern fare, including fried-chicken sliders with buttermilk slaw. Brunch is served daily (until 4 on weekends). The chef describes the food at Veraison as "good, tasty, contemporary but not too complicated French food." Braised short rib with horseradish crème fraîche and veal sweetbreads with a wild-mushroom glaze are among the dishes frequently on the menu.

drinking

The bar at Johnny's has several televisions usually tuned to sports. It carries several sports packages so multiple games can play at once.

During happy hour (Mon.–Thurs., 3–6) sliders, tacos, and a few other bar bites go on special, along with selected beers, wines, and cocktails.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The Mount View is in downtown Calistoga within walking distance of restaurants, spas, tasting rooms, and shops. Wineries and even more restaurants and spas are within a short drive. VINE Bus 10 and Bus 29 serve the area, and with short notice, the free on-demand Calistoga Shuttle (the schedule varies depending on the day and time of year) will take you anywhere in town and a few spots beyond.

Restaurants

Evangeline (2-minute walk) serves California cuisine with a New Orleans twist. Head to Sam's Social Club (5-minute walk) at the Indian Springs resort for casual breakfast, lunch, bar snacks, or dinner, or Lovina (3-minute drive), until early 2018 known as Calistoga Kitchen, for homey farm-to-table dishes like spicy beef Bolognese and chicken and dumplings. Zip over to Solbar (2-minute drive), the restaurant at the Solage resort, for sophisticated Modern American.

Bars

The lures of dive-ish Susie's Bar (2-minute walk) include sports on TV, an iTunes jukebox, pool tables, chatty customers, and reasonable prices for top-shelf drinks. Evangeline (3-minute walk) and Sam's Social Club (5-minute walk) serve clever cocktails, and the Calistoga Inn (4-minute walk) makes the town's best microbrews.

WHY WE LIKE IT

A cross between a boutique hotel and a European pension, the Mount View has a lot to recommend it: state-of-the-art pampering at the spa, a convenient location, and a polite staff that goes the extra mile to make sure guests are comfortable. The place shows its age in spots, but the rooms have style and the pool and lobby are relaxing hangouts.

QUICK FACTS

Historical
31 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes
Gym, Pool
Yes
Free Parking,Parking Lot
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 800-816–6877; 707-942–6877

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