Calistoga Hotel Joins the Ascend Hotel Collection, Plus Enter Day 8 of the 12 Days of Giveaways

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Napa and Calistoga are in the heart of wine country in California, a very popular destination for travelers worldwide looking for good food, wellness retreats, and of course, wine.

Hotels in the region tend to be on the pricey side, so options for points redemptions are always welcome. The more the merrier! A few of my favorites so far are the Hilton Garden Inn, and the Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel. Keri with Heels First Travel recently checked out the brand new Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country (not to be confused with the older Holiday Inn Express Windsor) when nearby properties had scarce availability and even higher rates.

Just recently, the UpValley Inn & Hot Springs hotel in Calistoga joined the Ascend Hotel Collection after extensive guest room renovations. For those not familiar with Ascend, it is Choice Hotels’ upscale brand featuring boutique and independent properties.

The six-building UpValley Inn & Hot Springs is the second Ascend Collection hotel in the area (the Napa Winery Inn is the first).

The UpValley Inn & Hot Springs hotel is situated on the Silverado Trail, where several wineries are located. The hotel offers free parking, and on-demand shuttle service that takes guests to the nearby wineries, restaurants, and spas.

UpValley Inn & Hot Springs hotel has a geothermal hot springs pool and hot tub, and a steam room. Guest rooms have marble-encased bathrooms and private balconies.

Although the Choice Privileges webpage for the property showing room type selection is a bit..lacking in description just yet when showing differences between the room types (just calling them all Queen or King rooms with different amenities), the UpValley Inn & Hot Springs hotel’s website separates rooms into four categories – Standard, Deluxe, Premium, and Suite. I’m not sure if that will change now that the guest room renovations have been completed, however.

One thing is for sure – the crème de la crème of rooms at the property is the King Fireplace Suite.

Unfortunately, there are no official photos of the fireplace and sitting area on either website just yet.

Rates at the UpValley Inn & Hot Springs property look like they start around $130 a night for a standard room.

If redeeming Choice Privileges Rewards points for any dates Sunday-Thursday prior to January 31, 2018 a free night requires 25,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points. Friday and Saturday nights require 30,000 points.

Starting February 1, 2018, the points requirement for redemption goes up to 30,000 per night on Sunday-Thursday, and Friday/Saturday nights will continue to require 30,000 points.

Of course, as Ric with Loyalty Traveler mentions, sometimes even the best rooms are available for redemption at standard levels.

Even if I don’t end up staying at this property, I always like to see when new hotels are added for free night redemption options. I hope some readers will find the property update helpful, and this looks like a very good hotel option in the desirable Calistoga and Napa area.

Today is Day 8 of Magic of Miles 12 Days of Giveaways.

To enter today’s contest for a chance at a 25 use GoGo Internet pass, airline pajamas, or travel swag galore, let me know in the comments below if you have redeemed points for hotel stays at Choice Hotels (or any of their brands) or if you tend to stick to Starwood/Marriott/Hilton, etc. properties, or simply that you’d like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize.

If you’re just joining now at Day 8 of the Magic of Miles 12 Days of Giveaways, you can enter up to 3x daily so click here to read full contest details.

Today’s Magic of Miles contest ends at 9pm PST tonight. Good luck!

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  1. Dotti cahill

    Ritz and Marriott redemptions

  2. Dan

    I’d love to win today’s prize!

  3. Dan

    In the past, I used my Choice Privileges Rewards points on gift cards since most of the locations where I would redeem for hotel nights did not have Choice hotels in the area or there were more convenient Starwood/Marriott hotels in the area.

  4. Dan

    I mostly redeem for Starwood/Marriott for hotel nights.

  5. Robin W.

    I usually use IHG.

  6. Robin W.

    I am a Choice Rewards member, but I haven’t really taken advantage of it.

  7. Gigi

    Starwood is the best for me. I don’t do Choice Hotels.

  8. Denise L

    I have never redeemed points for a stay at Choice hotels.

  9. Denise L

    I usually stick to the Hilton and IHG programs since they offer the best choices at my destinations.

  10. Denise L

    And I’d love to win!

  11. Jim F.

    I’ve used Choice Privileges points (how I got them is a long and painful story) for a hotel stay in Scandinavia.

  12. cnmaz

    I would love to win today’s prize. Thank you.

  13. cnmaz

    I am not a member of Choice so I have not redeemed points for their hotels.

  14. David

    I have never stayed at a Choice hotel

  15. Giant Sis

    I don’t travel enough to earn enough points to redeem them for anything. Oh well!

  16. David

    Would love to win

  17. Giant Sis

    It’s a lovely property! I wish I had points I could trade in to stay there!

  18. David

    Thanks for the chance to win

  19. cnmaz

    Right now we are working on burning all of our accumulated points in our various hotel programs. After that is done we will most likely focus our stays at IHG properties. We will then research Choice, Best Western and Wyndham programs to see what will best meet our needs going forward. I may use the Choice program in the near future.

  20. Giant Sis

    Count me in!

  21. Karina

    Never stayed at a Choice hotel

  22. Karina

    Would love to win!

  23. Karina

    Usually stay in Hilton hotels

  24. phxbne

    We stick to Hilton/Marriott – or venture to more boutique/independent places

  25. Steve

    I have no brand loyalty — when I rack up enough Choice points, I’ll be happy to redeem them!

  26. James

    Have never stayed at a choice. Tend to stick with Marriott/Spg/Hyatt

  27. Joe-SC1

    I have redeemed for Choice Hotels. They are usually good for “events”, when everybody else jacks up cash and/or points stays.

  28. Joe-SC1

    I have redeemed for Choice Hotels. I spent New Year’s Day 2017 outside Venice, Italy for 10,000 points. Cash price maybe $175. Not a bad redemption at 1.75 cpp when I value them normally at about 0.65 cpp.

  29. Joe-SC1

    I would like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize. Thank you.

  30. iamalighthouse

    I haven’t redeemed for choice hotels yet, but I’m saving up points to do so!

  31. Jean

    We usually go with Starwood redemptions, but I would love to try the choice hotels

  32. Rita A

    I have never used reward points for hotels.

  33. kodoma

    I could use some PJ’s, thanks!

  34. kodoma

    I have redeemed points at a Choice hotel but that was probably 7 years ago. Now hooked on Starwood.

  35. kodoma

    I have worked in some pretty remote areas before where that was the only option so did save some points, but only for one night. Didn’t know they had such nice properties so thanks for the info!

  36. Michael

    I have not redeemed Choice rewards, but my wife has stayed there a few times. I prefer Hilton the most, followed by Marriott.

  37. Gino

    I generally don’t stay at Choice hotels – our firm actually won’t let us stay at them unless there is absolutely nothing else available. I redeem either with Marriott/Starwood or IHG.

  38. Alfred

    #1 starwood
    #2 marriott
    #3 would like to try choice.

  39. S. Bradford

    I have redeemed points for a few nights at Holiday Inns In the past. Have also redeemed for Best Western stays but never for Choice Hotels.

  40. S. Bradford

    I would like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize.

  41. S. Bradford

    I just recently joined the Choice Loyalty program so it may take a while before I can redeem for free nights.

  42. Sidney cook

    I have the most loyalty points/level with Hilton so tend to stay loyal

  43. Sidney cook

    Would love to win

  44. Sidney cook

    Oh and I also like Accor hotels in Europe

  45. Teddy

    I have not redeemed points for hotel stays at Choice Hotels, but just recently bought their points to be transferred to my MileagePlus account.

  46. Teddy

    I do tend to stick to hotel programs in which I have elite statuses, which are Hilton and Accorhotels. I’m about to stay at a Choice this coming December and I’ll see how things go from there.

  47. Teddy

    And yes, I’d like to be the recipient of today’s contest prize (not that I’ve won anything)…

  48. Dwi S

    Redeeming points for a stay at a Choice Hotels property? Can’t say that I have.

  49. Dwi S

    Since my hubby has an elite status at Hilton, BW, and Accor, we tend to stay at those properties (well, unless there’s something in Orbitz that are BRG-able)…

  50. Dwi S

    Of course I would love to be the recipient of today’s contest prize.

  51. Dotti cahill

    Never enough choice points to redeem