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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


4.5 Probably the best in downtown Paso

Okay why 4.5 ...we compare it to hotels in London & Dubai and it is not quite up there yet. It wins on details like:
1. Good treats in the lobby, complimentary breakfast, comp. smores in evening, design, good sheets, comfy bed and pillows, Note breakfast had good green juice and avo toast very nicely presented.
2. Tucked away gem
3. We were not told the smores or breakfast was included so that was a nice surprise but we almost missed it the first morning and did miss it on first night.
4. some rooms are redone and others still in process. Our room by the check in was not yet redone but still spacious. They will replace carpets with hardwood or faux hardwood
5. some rooms (2) have soaking tubs and fireplaces. ours did not
6. tv is not smart so you cannot stream your shows from IPAD. we also couldnt get a channel guide to see what is on at what time..just a list of channels but the "guide"channels didnt work. We did ask
7. high quality little piece of organic choclate at turn down service. Comp GLASS water bottles. - great. perhaps one larger one in the room so to have less waste than two small ones?
8. We would recommend it. Not many rooms so book in advance. Check when the lights are (only Thur-Sun) if you are going during holiday season. We missed it by a night.

Always a pleasure
Diane D

We've stayed here several times and have always been impressed by the quality of hotel and the service. The staff is friendly without being intrusive and always ready with recommendations for dining and winery visits. The rooms are well-dressed and we particularly like the lovely courtyard for lounging or visiting.

Amanda W

First time in paso Robles for my husband and I 5 year anniversary .

The good :

1. The concierge when we arrived was wonderful - she was warm and booked us with a great lunch recommendation immediately

2. Style: Beautiful boutique hotel- seasonally decorated courtyard and rooms .

3. Location: walkable to downtown - shops tasting rooms and all

Disappointments :

1.” S’mores butler “ : hyped on the website “ trained and passionate s’mores butler “. During the hours of 7:30-9:45- was nowhere to be seen. We asked the front desk and they flagged down a young guy that was also the bell hop . S’more was OK. But certainly not the experience they sell on the website .

2. Live music on weekends : Sunday there was no live music

3 . Inconsistent service : the concierge when we arrived was wonderful - however another girl on staff the second day was not . We asked for breakfast recommendations and she told us there was 1 place open . I asked that’s the only one ? “ yes “. Ok - while my husband searched on yelp and saw about 7. I found this to just be lazy and rude of her . Dismissive .

4. We were given a complimentary bottle of champagne for our anniversary which was super kind - but we don’t drink champagne and I didn’t want it to go to waste . I asked if it was possible to swap it out for a bottle of wine . Finally - after 3 different asks .

Overall good but not great . We will be back to paso but I think we will try another spot to stay