In the far north end of Napa Valley, on the main street of Calistoga, the Mount View Hotel is a boutique hotel with European flair in wine country. The hotel focuses on “the art of relaxation” and it does a good job at that, offering a calm and welcoming environment off the busy main street. There’s a lovely pool and spa and two connected restaurants, but its best amenity is its location, right in the center of town and within walking distances to shops, restaurants, and downtown tasting rooms.
A variety of room types are available, including guestrooms with King, Queen, or two Twin beds; winery suites with comfortable sitting rooms; and winery cottages with private outdoor Jacuzzis and sitting areas on private patios
The winery suites and cottages are each named after a local winery and include a bottle of wine from that winemaker. Each room is also uniquely decorated in a modern style with European touches – it’s a bit Vesailles-meets-South-Beach, an eclectic mix of old and new. I was in the Hans Fahden room, which was decorated in black and taupe, with a 7 Collection mattress with feather bed and duvet, an Illy in-room esperesso machine, iPod dock, flat screen TV, mini-fridge, sitting room with couch and two chairs, window AC units, large walk-in tiled shower, and a large claw-foot bathtub in a separate room.
Though it was spacious and comfortable, my room had a few minor design flaws; for example using the in-room espresso machine required moving it from its original location to another part of the room in order to plug it in – a small inconvenience but one most people don’t want to tackle before they get their morning coffee.
Continental breakfast is included in the stay and delivered to your room during the 30-minute window of your choosing. Breakfast for my husband and I consisted of coffee, juice, a scone, cinnamon roll, and some fresh fruit.
Onside, there’s a pool with cabanas and sun loungers, a lounge where the hotel often hosts movie screenings and Friday night wine tastings, two connected restaurants – JoLe and Barolo, the latter of which offers room service to the hotel – and a modern spa that offers facials, massages, couples treatments, and romantic whirlpool bath treatments. My husband and I opted for the 25-minute whirlpool “mud bath” ($80), which was more of a relaxing jacuzzi bath than a traditional mud bath, but was a lovely way to finish our stay. Post-treatment, spa guests (even if not staying at the hotel) are welcome to use the pool until 5pm.
The hotel also offers free wifi and limited complimentary parking. Check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is 12pm. Room rates start at around $250 per night.