Excellent 566 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 566 Reviews
Gem of a hotel in heart of Paso Robles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This darling European-inspired hotel chock full of equine references (racehorse names, sculptures, photos, etc.) is charming and ideally located within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and a square of greenspace used for activities like markets and concerts etc. Service excellent, accommodations cozy, concierge assistance thorough. Parking limited but available in back and across the street. Definitely worth the stay and the price.

Truly Outstanding Service
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great stay recently at this boutique hotel. We were struck by the informative and willing nature of the service. Wade was extraordinarily knowledgeable about the many Paso Robles wineries and gave us some suggestions and details that worked out very well for us. The buffet breakfast was first-rate and imaginative, although the breakfast space was a bit on the small side. You have to love the S'mores in front of a roaring fire outside in the evening. They have a wonderful variety of them and they go very well indeed with the red wines available there. Room was very nice, with a far better than average bathroom. We will certainly be back!

One option you can pass on was the offer of a "Champagne Dinner" at a good local restaurant. The food was fine, but no bargain at the price they quote at the hotel, and my idea of a Champagne dinner is not a single glass of cremant at the beginning of the meal.

Amazing Hotel with even more Amazing Service
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Room was lovely, quite and comfortable. Loved the special touches. Outdoor fireplaces with "Chef S'Mores". What a treat! Very nice breakfast out on the front patio, special treats in the afternoon!
We took the train to Paso from Santa Barbara and only had to walk across the street to get to our hotel.
Then took a walking food & wine tour with Laura from Central Coast Food & Wine Tours that was outstanding!!

Quaint and Beautiful
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Paso Robles and this is our first stay at Hotel Cheval. I can't imagine staying anywhere else now! Not sure what I loved more--the lovely breakfast in the morning or s'mores by the fire in the courtyard after dinner.

The hotel is expanding across the street, and I imagine it will only get better.

I highly recommend Hotel Cheval.

So much charm and character!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We loved this hotel for the beautiful spaces and room, wonderful staff, center of town location and the nightly smores in front of the gorgeous outdoor fireplace. We highly recommend the Hotel Cheval.