Excellent 490 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 490 Reviews
Best option in Paso
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel Cheval is the best option in Paso. We are frequent visitors to Paso, and we have stayed at most of the better hotels in the area. Hotel Cheval is our favorite, by far. The atmosphere is warm and personal—much different from that of other establishments. We enjoy the very comfortable rooms (some with a private patio), polite and helpful staff, superior breakfast, and excellent location downtown. The central courtyard and the library offer seating for relaxing and conversation. Other guests have reported on late-night noise from the courtyard; we have not had this experience.

The Best Hotel I Have Ever Stayed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed at a few hotels over the time, including a Fairmont (in Seattle), but this is by far the best hotel experience I have ever had. The staff were friendly and just plain excellent, almost (almost) to the point of being too nice. The best part though was the smore's in the patio in the evening.

Best LIttle Hotel in Paso Robles
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice hotel and the staff could not be more friendly. We were scheduled for a "luxury" room but as our plans changed and we had to move our trip up a couple of weeks and the Cheval only had "deluxe" rooms available. The second floor room and the bathroom were very nice, clean and comfortable. The restaurant / bar were very convenient and the continental breakfast was the best. You can walk anywhere in town in a couple of minutes. We decided to visit Daou Vineyards and when we arrived were informed that Barbara had called ahead and made a reservation for us. Daou comped our wine tasting and it was unbelievable. This hotel really goes the extra mile for their guests. We will definitely be back!.

Reviewed 1 month ago

We went for an anniversary weekend at Hotel Chaval and were delighted by our stay. There are so many thoughtful touches, I don't want to detail them in a review because it's so much more fun to experience it all for yourself! Just believe me when I say, this is worth the splurge and you will leave charmed by this hotel and its staff. No surprise to me that they were crowned the best small hotel in America. You can walk to the best restaurants, the bed was very comfortable, and something about the small size good vibes creates this friendly feel among the guests. We all enjoyed discussing the wineries or our activities in passing. It really just adds to the happy relaxing atmosphere. Not to be missed: Ian Adamo's wine tasting class on Saturday morning. Incredible!

Reviewed 1 month ago

What a lovely small charming hotel. Rooms are nicely done, evening turn down, fire pits, wine and smores, you cannot go wrong. Nice to come back and relax in the comfort of your own private patio or sit by a fire pit with a glass of wine.