Excellent 543 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 543 Reviews
Very tasty S'mores!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We LOVED this hotel! The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. To close out a cool fall evening, we sat at the outdoor fireplace where we were served a selection of creative and tasty s'mores! It was so much fun. Wish we had stayed longer!
Our room was lovely-warm and inviting as were the common areas. The library with the candy bar is such a cute touch!
So nice to be able to walk to all the restaurants!
Will definitely go back!

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I finally were able to book two nights here on Thanksgiving weekend. I can’t recommend highly enough this amazing inn. From the small details of creamy bath soap to fluffy white bath towels to a complimentary bottle of merlot set by the fireplace, the included breakfast on the weekends, on and on...The interior courtyard is oh, so charming, with two fireplaces, decorated for Christmas throughout. I could go on and on, but this is THE only place to stay in Paso!

Didn't live up to the hype
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a nutshell the reason for my poor rating is the initial greeting was poor and the service in pony club was unfriendly. Leaving me feeling unwelcome in the first case and embarrassed in the second. Not what you expect for $500 a night.

When we first arrived around noon the woman at the desk did not greet me. She made eye contact and said nothing. I had to stand awkwardly for a minute, finally letting her know we were just arriving, wanted to park our car and check in. Her answer was to answer in an annoyed voice “you’re early!” Followed by nothing after. I understand that sometimes you need to wait to get into your specific room, but at any standard hotel we would have been offered a seat in the lobby, to leave our bags at the front desk, and some recommendations for local lunch places to walk to. I had to ask for each of these. To top it off she claimed the electric vehicle spot we called ahead for was not reserved.

Our second evening at the hotel we decided to have a pre-dinner drink at the lobby bar before heading out. The first thing the waiter said was “there is a 15 dollar minimum.” I let him know that we were hotel guests staying for one drink and he said that I would need to go inside and ask the bartender because “sometimes they’re ok with it.” I found this to be extremely rude. There were plenty of open seats.

In both of these cases, the person I interacted with next was good (the person who checked us in when we returned at 4pm and the main bartender). But bad first impressions at key moments really colored my perceptions of the whole experience.

Despite wanting to love this place for its charm, great decor, and s’mores I would not stay here again.

Excellent stay. Highly recommend
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this hotel! I’m so glad there’s finally a nice place for us to stay when we visit Paso Robles. From the amazing service to the comfy beds our short stay was flawless. They’re dog friendly which is always nice to find. The staff was super helpful. Would definitely stay here again. Thank you!

Best hotel in Paso
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well designed hotel with spacious rooms and welcoming staff. Our room had a gas fireplace and plenty of space. It is conveniently located in the downtown area near many shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms. (However, the best tasting rooms are located out of town at the wineries.) There is a small bar/restaurant, which serves breakfast in the morning and drinks at night. There is also a large outdoor patio with an outdoor fireplace.