Boutique Charm at the Bergson Inn in Calistoga, California

Set on the edge of the quaint town of Calistoga on the northern end of Napa Valley, the boutique Bergson Inn may be somewhat familiar to previous visitors to the area. The inn, formerly known as Christopher’s Inn, may retain its location, but the inside was fully renovated and modernized, reopening as the Bergson Inn in October of 2015. The 21-room inn  is spread throughout several two-story buildings, including the main house that includes the welcoming lobby. Each room, while uniquely decorated, has romantic features such as balconies, feather beds, fireplaces, jetted tubs, and plush bathrobes, making it an excellent choice for a romantic weekend in Napa Valley.


The Bergson lobby, decorated for the holidays

Upon check-in, I was welcomed with coffee, water, and delicious powder-sugar-dusted chocolate fudge cookies, before making my way to my room. I didn’t have to go far, as my room was a king suite in the main building. The spacious high-ceilinged room was decorated in tones of light sage and moss, and furnished with a large and comfortable king featherbed and a small sitting area with two chairs and a gas fireplace flanked by two marble statues.


The comfortable king featherbed

The room has adequate storage, with a large closet and a small dresser, plus plenty of natural light thanks to several large windows with wooden shutters. There was a flatscreen TV, minifridge, in-room coffee and plenty of electrical outlets, plus A/C, heat, and a ceiling fan.


Sitting area and fireplace

One very unique feature was the glass wall that separated the bathroom and sitting area. While not idea for friends sharing a room, it meant that you could conceivable enjoy a romantic bath by the light of the fireplace. The marble on the fireplace was echoed in the bathroom, including in a marble statue over the large Jacuzzi tub. Though it’s not a decorative treatment I’d want in my home, it lent the room an Italian Renaissance feel that added to its charm.


Looking into the marble bathroom

Most rooms also have private patios or courtyards, and all guests have access to a daily continental breakfast. The hotel concierge can arrange wine tastings, dinner reservations, and other activities, and discount winery passes are available for guests. Guests can also take advantage of the complimentary Calistoga shuttle around the downtown area, though thanks to the inn’s great location, it’s no more than a 10-15 minute walk to most of the tasting rooms and restaurants of town.  Room rates start at just $125 per night, making this one of the best value options for a stay in Calistoga.

If you go:  Check in is 3pm; check out is 11am. Free breakfast and wifi are included. Book directly through the hotel website or use Expedia or Travelocity.

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