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“Very Romantic and Perfect feel for the area.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Carlton Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Atascadero
Certificate of Excellence
Laguna
1 review
“Very Romantic and Perfect feel for the area.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Great for a short stay! Very clean and love the historic feel. Does not feel old or have the old smell just the great feel. Loved the fact that you can walk anywhere. It is located right in between SLO and Paso so if you need to go to both its perfect. Shower and whirlpool bath in the standard room. Under new ownership and has been impeccably restored and I would stay there again anytime.

Room Tip: Inner rooms are quiet but the view on outer are better.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

We just returned home from a trip to Atascadero and the Paso Robles area and spent five nights at the Carlton Hotel. This historic and impeccably restored hotel is the pride of Atascadero, as is its newly renovated, domed city hall.

NOTHING else in town comes close to preserving what must have been a grand property in its heyday. This is the anchor property to what is a nice, little town trying to grow up and mirror the successful downtown redevelopments that have occurred in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo.

The front desk was very ably staffed at all times. More than helpful and friendly. Given the apparent full occupancy over the weekend the Carlton Hotel is a good choice for many other travelers also. All of the assistance and advice we sought out were provided in a friendly and professional manner and everything was exactly as advertised.

Our room was larger than average, reasonably priced and nicely appointed.

My only regret was that the highly touted restaurant on site has closed and its glorious space is awaiting someone to step in and re-open.

We were able to walk around the entire downtown area safely and confidently day and night and there is a budding revitalization in progress in the downtown core that should only enhance both the Carlton and Atascadero itself in the future.

Not as hip and gentrified as Paso Robles or SLO, but a very nice, comfortable place to spend some time after taking in the area's main draw which is the vineyards.

There are some good "eating" options nearby and we found the location ideal for exploring the entire area. I say "eating" not as an indictment, but as a compliment to the city's decent and tasty restaurants that aren't trying to be the next "hipster, foodie" haven. They just serve good food with plenty of variety to those who live and visit there without all the pretension and expense of others in the area.

Atascadero is just 20 minutes to the coast and Morro Bay. It was pretty hot a few days and we actually took a break and went to the coast a couple of times during our stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

Staff is friendly.... hotel is a beautiful historic building! Room is gorgeous... bed was clean and comfortable! TV is older model but free WiFi!!! Shower and whirlpool bath... great for kids! Bathroom did have minor mold but it was on corners of shower doors, difficult to keep completely clean.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

Beds and pillows were very comfortable. Large rooms and large & nice bathroom. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Gave good restaurant advice, and sights to see in the area.

Good location for day visits to Hearst Castle, Paso Robles, and everything in the area.

Stayed July 2013
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Santa Maria, California
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44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

We just spent a night at The Carlton and it is an absolutely gorgeous hotel that has been remodeled but kept the original "old" feeling. Our room was huge, the bed very comfy, the hotel itself is quiet and just perfect for our weekend away. The only draw back is there is no restaurant and/or bar. Apparently there was but they have closed, which makes for a bit of an inconvenience. However, there are fabulous restaurants close by within walking distance.
We highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is traveling on the Central Coast.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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California
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

We stayed at The Carlton Hotel in July 2013 for 2 nights. The Carlton Hotel is in a historic building that was recently renovated with tasteful upgrades. We were greeted immediately by friendly staff and check in was quick. Our room was impecably clean, tastefully decorated, and very comfortable. The room had a cozy king bed, overstuffed chair, and an armoire with an older TV. The room included a small refrig, Kurig coffee pods, wine glasses and cork screw adding to the convenience of our stay. The bathroom was gorgeous with marble floors, jacuzzi tub, separate shower with glass enclosure, and all the amenities were provided including a silky spa rob. The premesis was very quiet during our stay.
The one thing it was lacking is a restaurant. The hotel previously had a restaurant/bar on site but the business closed. The staff was helpful to suggest places to eat, but Atascadero is a very small town so the selections were minimal. A short drive to San Luis Obispo would be in order if you are seeking a variety of choices for evening food, wine and entertainment.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thousand Oaks, California
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119 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

Spacious historic hotel in Atascadero - near Outlets, Wine Country, Mid-State Fairgrounds. Went to stay with friends while visiting the local area. Very convenient. However, parking can be a challenge. Spa nearby.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeff K
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Property: The Carlton Hotel
Address: 6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422-4210
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Atascadero
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Atascadero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Carlton Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our boutique, one-of-a-kind hotel is conveniently located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County- sandy beaches, wine country and the historic downtown are all just a short drive (or stroll) away. We boast a locally sourced, artisanal Bakery & Cafe that is open daily. We are also ow a member of STASH Hotel rewards- a one-of-a-kind rewards program for one-of-a-kind hotels! ... more   less 
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