4.5
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What We Love

  • The Jetsetter rate includes continental breakfast on weekdays and buffet breakfast on weekends
  • Relaxing by the fire in the intimate courtyard
  • The s’mores butler
  • The Pony Club's horseshoe-shaped zinc bar
  • Gigantic soaking tubs
  • A pleasant walk to top wine shops, boutiques and restaurants in town

What To Know

  • There is no full-service restaurant on-site
  • This is a small and intimate property, not good for a party
  • No hotel gift shop, but there’s a display case with a few items for purchase in the lobby
  • The parking structure is tiny and hard to navigate in an SUV
  • No splashy spa
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Overview

The Review

The equestrian-themed Hotel Cheval’s 16 rooms are named after famous racehorses and decorated with selections from the owners’ own antiques collection, acquired on their world travels. They must have spent some significant time across the pond, because there’s more than a whiff of Old England at this classic inn, with a stone country-manor facade and a courtyard surrounded by green ivy climbing the walls.

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My room is a cozy one-bedroom affair with a fireplace and a window seat. The bathtub is huge and the bed soft and comfortable. Warm fabrics are used in the decor, along with mahogany armoires and original modern art by Santa Barbara’s own Richard Tullis.

The owners have decided not to compete with locals by opening a winery, but they do have “Behind the Vines” wine-tasting classes on Wednesdays and happy hour in the bar from 5 to 7 p.m. — with wine for $7. The bar also serves as the venue for the morning buffet breakfast, which offers egg options and even mimosas.

When it’s time to venture out to local eateries in the evening, you are only a romantic stroll past the park to some of the town’s top tables. The most popular choices are Artisan, Thomas Hill Organics and Il Cortile Restaurant. Save room for dessert — back at the hotel, that is. A welcome addition to the laid-back evening festivities at Cheval is a s’mores butler. Choose from a variety of marshmallows (I opted for rose) and chocolate for your graham crackers. You won’t have to break a sweat to melt your treat, as the butler handles everything. And if that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, turndown includes a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies and milk.

How to Get There

Hotel Cheval
1021 Pine Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 United States

Reviews

Superb charming small hotel
Comfort81

A plus accommodations with all the amenities any traveler could hope for. Pleasant staff.Great breakfast is included.Excellent housekeeping.Beautiful bathroom with terrific shower.Centrally located in town close to all restaurants.

Best in Class
Terry B

We saw this hotel when we passed through Paso Robles a few years ago and decided to try it our next visit. We are delighted to report it is one of the best hotels we have ever visited. 5 stars. To be great, a hotel has to excel in 2 basics: the bed and shower and Cheval made the grade. Huge king bed with way too many pillows and a walk in glass shower with perfect temperature control. There were also complimentary things you don't expect like a cloth for cleaning your glasses placed on the nightstand. The included breakfast was exceptional as was the special Cheval blend coffee. Fresh fruit, greek yogurt, home made granola, fresh pastries and so on. The patio bar's food, service and entertainment was exceptional. They also shut the music down at 9 pm so as not to disturb the hotel's guests. The indoor open air patio area with wood burning fireplaces was the perfect way to end the evening. There was also outdoor couches on the second level adjacent to our room for reading or iPad time. Wifi was complimentary. My wife attended the sommelier course and had nothing but praise for Ian from Somms Kitchen. She who must be obeyed now wants to make a visit to the Cheval an annual event.

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wmg18

a lovely, smaller hotel with a lot of charm. easy to walk into town, amenable staff, and nicely decorated rooms with fireplace and patio. the best part is the custom, gourmet s'mores that are made for you fresh at night while sitting out in their private outdoor sitting area with fireplaces and tables and couches. no complaints at all.