We started driving home from SoCal and quickly realized that a straight drive home was going to be too ambitious. After an extensive online search for one-night hotel stays, we finally settled on The Carlton Hotel and booked a few hours before arrival. Even surrounding Best Westerns overpriced at $100+/night, so we did not have high expectations.
However, with that first step into our rooms, we were transported to a different era, as another reviewer mentioned. Clean rooms with intentionally decorated furnishings; huge bathrooms with jacuzzi tub and shower; TV inside an armoire; and my favorite, the unexpected nooks and crannies for drinking glasses. There's an adjoining bakery/cafe in the same building for coffee/breakfast the next morning - be sure to try the house-made croissants!
No full-service dinner restaurant on site. However, the hotel is located on a main stretch, so there are dining options within walking distance.
Staff was fabulous. We were late/last arrivals for the night and she stayed to wait for us.
Our only challenge was parking. A vehicle was parked in the front area reserved for registration and staff didn't know who it belonged to (walking is usually not a problem for us but it was 11pm and we had two young children asleep). Finally found the shared back lot, which is not well lit at night, making it hard to decipher marked parking spots.
Overall, I will definitely be returning to The Carlton for future visits! Fabulous hotel and staff!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Hotel Atascadero