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“Hidden gem!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Carlton Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Atascadero
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
1 review
“Hidden gem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

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!

Room Tip: We had adjoining rooms - both the king standard and double queen rooms were excellent.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

We were amazed by the beautiful Carlton Hotel in Atascadero. Never having stayed before in this small Central Coast town, we had modest expectations. I knew it had been refurbished, but we were so pleased with the venue from the public areas to our beautiful room. Everything has been redone to period style. Lots of wood trim, paneling and mouldings along with marble floors and chandeliers. Our room was an interior room opening up to the courtyard. It was remarkably spacious, absolutely immaculate and very, very quiet. The bathroom was appointed with fixtures and finishes you expect from a Ritz-Carlton (any relation?). And to top it off, there are no minimum stays here. If you want to spend one night in Paso Robles, good luck. The nicest hotels all have two night minimums over weekends. Not so with the Carlton--are you are only 10 minutes south of Paso Robles/Templeton wineries. We will definitely stay here again when we next visit the Paso Robles area.

Room Tip: Our interior king size room was huge and quiet, although the sound insulation is very good throughou...
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  • Stayed November 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 Reviewed 1 October 2013

I used to live in Atascadero many years ago, and it was really nice to see the newly-renovated Carlton Hotel in fine form. Renovations completed in 2005 have brought the hotel back to its stylish hey-day of 1929. Nicely appointed, huge rooms with very comfortable beds and furniture. The bathrooms are large, with a spa bath and separate toilet.
The foyer and the other rooms have a beautiful charm with plush carpets and timber finishes. A sitting area by the fireplace with fashionable high-backed chairs.
The only downside was the lack of restaurant and lounge on the premises, these recently closed due to slow times. A shame, as these would have improved their rating in my opinion. But, there are plenty of good restaurants and hole-in-the-wall bars very close by.
Overall, a nice surprise of a hotel filled with old-fashioned charm. I reccommend!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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La Mirada, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

I have friends living in the area, and two favorite wineries, so The Carlton is where I always stay because I am so well cared for. The staff is fantastic. The hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful. The rooms are luxurious, wonderfully clean, and well appointed. The bed (I was in Room 325) is the most comfortable I've ever found anywhere (and I have travelled extensively on business). The rooms have an LAN connection for much faster internet access.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

Don't be disappointed when you first walk in - as the entry to the hotel is less than luxurious, but the rooms are great. Perfectly comfortable beds with nice linens, and great, large luxury bathrooms with high-end Turkish cotton towels. Perfectly nice for a one-night stayover. Kind of strange that the bath amenities were all different brands - different soap than shampoo, than conditioner and lotion, etc. Almost as if they were using whatever they could find! Didn't see the continental breakfast that was on the website either upon checkout - but we were in a rush and there was only 1 person at the desk so we headed down the road to find breakfast since the restaurant in the hotel is now closed and "available for lease." No pool, no extras - but nice rooms and easy access to the 101. Staff could use a little training with "class" issues. Front desk personnel should be dressed professionally for $250 per night charges, and either give guests a couple of bottles of water to drink or don't -- but handtyped stickers taped to Fiji water bottles saying "$4 per bottle" seemed a little tacky. Would stay again if in the area and unable to find a cute B&B.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

This is in an old building downtown in Atascadero built in 1928. The room was large and comfortable. The bed was good. Bathroom was large. The restaurant was not open when we were there. We were looking for a drink in the evening, but there is a nice wine bar next door.

My only complaint was that we had no wifi reception in the room. We were probably far from the source. I could only get 2 bars on my cell service, so I could not establish a good hotspot.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Laguna
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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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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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