Excellent 554 Reviews
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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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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


5.0 Excellent 554 Reviews
The Most Stunning Hotel I have every stayed in!
Reviewed 5 days ago

My girlfriend and I escaped the husbands, jobs and kids for a few days and came upon this absolutely stunning property. Right from the staff at the front desk, the rooms. the courtyard, the library (and candy jars)…...the little cozy private areas in the courtyard, the breakfast in the pub, the beds, the sitting area outside our room, and oh yes the Smores...…..I could go on and on. I will be back with my husband. Only issue was I did not want to leave. Oh and the location is just within walking distance to amazing restaurants......and shops. Love Love Love this place.

Lovely Hotel
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I had stayed at Hotel Cheval a few years ago. Since we were driving to Northern Calif. we decided to stop in Paso Robles if we could stay there again. We were soooo lucky to get a reservation after calling because there was no availability on line. Everything was even better than the first experience starting with the staff. Everyone is beyond nice and helpful, the property is extremely well kempt, and we love the nice touches that make Cheval different than many other boutique hotels. Cookies for humans and dogs in the lobby as well as plenty of high quality bottled water, coffee and tea, several different candy jars in the library with bags to take, and the S'mores Butler (my favorite) with the red wagon making many different varieties of S'mores in a roaring fire
place. The breakfast of buffet and cooked to order items is a lovely touch and while we were there a Sommelier came to educate hotel guests about tasting. We were the only couple who attended so had a great time with him and he got us into a hard to get winery reservation that day. All in all a great experience and in a great location as well!

Boutique Hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel Cheval
If you are planning to visit the Paso Robles wine country, there is no better place to stay than Hotel Cheval. It is located just 2 blocks from the center of town, which features a myriad of tasting rooms. The town also has several eateries and some quaint shops.

In addition, Cheval intersects the main wine trail in Paso. It is squarely in the middle of Route 46 whereby you can take the east or the west path. You are minutes away from a seemingly unlimited number of wineries.

Hotel Cheval rooms are clean, attractive, and comfortable. The day begins with the diverse breakfast offerings in the Pony Club. Breakfast is included with your stay. Later in the day, the fireplaces are burning and you can sit by a relaxing fire. The Pony Club shifts to bar mode, offering a happy hour and food choices. Entertainment is added on certain nights.

We found the staff to be friendly and very helpful. Pets are welcome to join in the festivities. The library is a quiet and comfortable place to relax with a drink and imbibe in the free candy dishes.

Hotel Cheval is highly recommended when visiting this magnificent wine region.

Lives Up To the Hype
Reviewed 1 month ago

We heard a lot about this place before we arrived. I must say it is very unassuming from the outside. The location on the square is fantastic. The inner courtyard with Multiple wood burning fireplaces was the absolute best thing after dinner. The smore's wagon was a fun unique touch, messy but good. The cozy library was great, stocked with assorted candies for late night snacking. The inclusive breakfast was a pleasant surprise. So many hotels go through the motions the Cheval clearly made an effort with fresh home made granola, local honey & jams. Delicious eggs, smoked salmon I could go on. I will be coming back, and based on their success they have broken ground on an expansion located just across the street so more room for guests.

This place is just great
Reviewed 2 months ago

One of the best hotels ever! From the moment you walk in, the staff is accommodating and friendly. Lots of extra touches including candy bar, very very dog friendly, daily activity sheet, samore cart.... and on and on. Everything was perfect and we would gladly recommend.