Fodor's Expert Review UpValley Inn & Hot Springs

1865 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, California 94515, USA See on Map

A 2017 remodel transformed the nondescript former Comfort Inn Calistoga into a spiffy member of parent brand Choice Hotels' Ascend Hotel Collection. Although the UpValley still feels and operates like a motel, for the most part the inn achieves its budget-boutique aspirations. Bonus amenities include the pool and hot tub fed by geothermal waters drawn from an on-site well.

The same owners operate the historic and more upscale Brannan Cottage Inn a few blocks south.


Rooms with laminated wood floors, crown molding, and rustic touches like rough-hewn headboards are furnished with Ikea-like furniture and very comfortable beds. Uncluttered and contemporary with cheery wallpaper above white wainscoting on one wall, the rooms have refrigerators, free Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs with satellite channels and free HBO, and Keurig coffee makers with Starbucks coffee. Most rooms have a patio or balcony.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel sits right on Lincoln Avenue, so noise can be an issue, though less so if you ask for a room away from the street.


Brightly lit with tile floors and walk-in showers with rainwater heads, the bathrooms are clean and have new fixtures. Colorful 1-inch-square wall tiles add panache that's undercut by the thin-ply toilet paper and slender soap bars, a bleed-through, perhaps, from the motel days. Overall, though, the bathrooms rate as a plus.


Chairs and a sofa positioned around a fireplace lend the lobby the feel of a living room, though this isn't a place to linger. Coffee and tea are available nearby.


An irregular polygon, the small pool here is noteworthy as well for its water source, a private well that's fed by a geothermal hot spring under the property. The same well feeds the adjacent hot tub.


Front-desk staffers provide guidance about area spas, but there isn't one on-site.


There's no on-site dining.


There is no bar here.


Getting Around

The inn sits on Lincoln Avenue (aka Highway 29) ½ mile north of downtown Calistoga and ¼ mile south of the Silverado Trail. VINE Bus 10, which terminates a 3-minute walk south of the inn, serves Calistoga and other Napa Valley towns. With short notice, the free on-demand Calistoga Shuttle (schedule varies depending on the day and time of year) will take you anywhere in town and a few spots beyond.


Sam's Social Club (5-minute walk) and the Calistoga Roastery (10-minute walk) are good stops for breakfast—Sam's also for meals and bar bites throughout the day and the Roastery for lunchtime sandwiches. Splurge on spa cuisine at Solbar (2-minute drive) or enjoy ribs and cornbread at Buster's Original Southern BBQ (3-minute drive).


Susie's Bar (10-minute walk) is the friendly local dive bar in town. Head to Sam's Social Club (5-minute walk) or the bar at Solbar (2-minute drive) for a fancy cocktail.


The inn's owners deserve credit for upgrading this property with an eye toward adding style that didn't require a huge boost in room rates. The sensibility may be more Ikea than Restoration Hardware, but the color palette is pleasing and the staffers are uniformly polite and helpful.


55 rooms
Breakfast No
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No
Free Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 707-942-9400

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