The Vibe: Americana.
The Area: On Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga’s main street, and the northern end of the Silverado Trail. The Calistoga Motor Lodge is about a half-mile walk from the downtown area, known for its shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants. Dozens of Napa Valley wineries are located within a 15-minute drive.
The DNA: A redo of the circa-1940s former Sunburst Roadside motel revives the nostalgia through the lens of an enchanting West Coast adventure from the 1960s or ’70s, conjured by New York-based AvroKO. During bygone journeys, the vending machine frequently symbolized salvation for hungry, restless kids keen to spend their pocket change. That’s why the lounge with its rich green velvet sofas and vintage cooler feels as akin to a general store as it does a living room. Splashing around in the pool was another highlight for little ones liberated from the shackles of a car, and it’s no different here with a pooldeck amplified by blue and white umbrellas. A Jacuzzi, firepit, bocce court, cabana beds, and hammocks provide further alfresco relaxation. The MoonAcre Spa, which calls to mind a contemporary yet quirky apothecary with mint green clawfoot bathtubs and jolts of pink against a soothing white backdrop in the cozy waiting area, creates another element of unfussy pampering.
Suite-Me-Up: Consider the 50 mid-century modern guestrooms, filled with natural light and a palette of mustard yellow, dusty pink, and shades of blue and green. This casual sophistication is accentuated by comforting, sentimental touches like bean bag chairs, hula hoops, and bench-style seating surrounding a dining table reminiscent of the iconic camper van that converts into a double bed. Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa recently expanded its offerings with 34 all-new Deluxe King and Deluxe Queen guestrooms each featuring a private terrace or balcony and elevated California comfort with thoughtful design, locally sourced furnishings and inspired views of the Mayacamas. The hotel is expected to add five new villa accommodations with expansive outdoor terraces and fire pits and bring the total key count to 102 rooms in 2024.
Seen: Hospitality Design
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 97 rooms & suites (23-42m2) (250-450 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2017 • interior design: AvroKO • bathroom amenities: custom ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible