Calistoga is one of the most popular spa towns near the Bay Area.
Some facilities are too commercial, using heavily chlorinated water, while there are authentic hot springs as well.
The name of the town, Calistoga was given in 1867, with the intent to the spas reminiscent to Saratoga Springs in New York (Saratoga of California).
With the continuous development of the San Francisco Bay Area, Calistoga has been always a popular tourist destination.
Due to its history, some facilities are too commercial or developed, and sometimes discourage natural soakers.
Golden Haven is overall a quaint inn, although being renovated partially.
I found a billiard table and a table tennis table in the backyard.
Next to them there were two bocce ball courts.
The large tanks were the natural cooling system for 151 degrees F water at source.
I tasted the mineral water at this fountain.
It was not so tasty, but proved the rich contained materials.
You can't miss the signature mud bath.
It is by reservation only, so I decided to fill the time at the natural hot springs pool.
Heavily Chlorinated Pool
The pool is exclusive for spa guests and overnight guests.
It consists of three indoor pools.
One of the pools is fed by apparently yellowish water, which means that a greater deal of mineral water is used.
Unfortunately, all pools are heavily chlorinated with bad smell.
Nicely Stinking Mud Bath
It's time for the mud Bath.
The beautiful reception are is both for the spa and hotel.
I changed my clothes to the robe.
Let's get into the mud room!
I got surprised to see the two concrete tubs full of mud.
A mud bath is a local specialty of Calistoga.
It is immersion in hot volcanic ash.
[st-kaiwa1]What do you mean?
The mud was warm and not so hot, except for the water outlet around feet.
The staff did face masks and took pictures as a memory.
It was only a fifteen-minute in the mud, but caused the body to sweat.
I wondered if there were any hygienic concerns, though.
Lastly I soaked in the hot tub.
Unfortunately it was chlorinated again.
Pay More for Room
If you choose Spa Rooms, you can enjoy free-flowing mineral water in the guest room.
It costs around $400; not cheap.
The room layout is interesting.
A hot tub is on the step-like mounting right next to the bed.
145 degrees F water flowed from the faucet.
It was not chlorinated, and had slight smell of oil.
The greenish water was powerful enough for hot springs guys to get satisfied.
Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort, Calistoga, California, U.S.
- StyleLodging / Walk-in
- RulePrivate bathroom / Clothing required / Hot tub in guestroom
- ChlorinationHot tub in guestroom: not detected / Others: yes
- Water TempUp to 151 degrees F