My wife and I booked the Desperado Inn through an Amazon Local deal - didn't read the reviews beforehand. People seem to either love or hate this place, and love or hate the proprietor. It was our first B&B experience, so we had no preconceptions about what a stay should entail.
The hotel is in a great location. It's about 10 minutes from downtown Paso Robles. It's far enough to feel like you're getting away, but close enough to where you don't have to drive too far to get to great wine. At night, you get a great view of the stars from the property and there's not a ton of ambient noise from the surrounding area.
Communication with Tom leading up to the trip was good. He responded to our e-mails and text messages in a timely manner. We told him in advance we would be arriving late on Friday, and Tom made sure our room was clean and the key was readily available. We missed the arrival appetizers and wine.
The Kachina Room is spacious, but lacks any furniture aside from the bed, a dresser, and a chair. The room pears massive because of the amount of dead space. There are few decorations on the walls too. These might seem like superfluous details, but they do matter - especially if you're going to charge $250 - $300 a night for the room. These are all easily fixable without ruining the rustic charm.
Breakfast is outside by the pool, which overlooks some vineyards. It's a great view and very relaxing. The food is just okay, but filling (waffles one morning and a quiche the next). Tom distributed some tasting vouchers the first morning. Most were 2-for-1 tasting deals - this is a nice little perk if you don't already have places lined up to visit.
Tom was a nice enough guy. A group of four that was staying that weekend ended up talking with him a lot, so I don't know how things would have been if there hadn't been a group like that staying. He mostly kept to himself.
All in all, the Desperado Inn is an average experience. I don't know if I would come here for a romantic getaway, but for a base to do a wine weekend, it was good enough. I'd like to see the rooms spruced up a bit, especially if the prices are going to be what they are. It's not a bad option if you get a deal through Amazon, TravelZoo, etc. since you're basically getting two nights for the price of one, but I don't know that I would pay full price to come back here. We didn't have the problems with Tom that other reviewers have talked about, but we did come away wishing that we'd gotten just a little bit more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax at our romantic Villa located close to town and yet worlds away. Surrounded by vineyards, bask in the sun by the pool and enjoy see forever views from our 1200 ft elevation on a ten acre estate,lined with olive trees, lavender, and many kinds of flowers. Four suites, all with full bath, private patios or walk out sundecks. Southwest/Tuscan decor; eclectic furnishings; flat screen DVD players in every room for private movie viewing our library of over 500 first run movies. Air conditioned, Pool, serene, exclusive. Owner is Executive Chef and winemaker. Est. 2007.. Ten minutes from 20 wineries, located in the heart of the "Backroads wine district" in east Paso Robles. WALK to a nearby winery for a picnic and tasting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Valdemosa Hotel Paso Robles
- Valdemosa Hotel Paso Robles