Going up for a Wild Coyote wine club member event, the five rooms in their B&B were full so for the first time in a long time I had to find an alternative place to hang my hat. You TripAdvisor reviewers showed me the way by making The Oaks #1 in Paso Robles.
I think of the Paso Robles market as having two distinct lodging markets. There are the many, small B&B's and then there are the hotels. The hotels seem to range from a 5-star like Cheval in downtown Paso to the 2 and 3-star chains like Holiday Inn, La Quinta Inn and Courtyard by Marriott as well as some unique facilities like the historic Paso Robles Inn, the ordinary Adelaide Inn, the upscale La Bellasera and the ever-present Best Western Black Oaks.
The question then becomes one of price and location. Because The Oaks opened in November 2012, I am suspicious of the current pricing. We paid about $160.00 on Saturday for a King sized room, and $140.00 on Sunday. Will that be the price a year from now if they continue to get stellar reviews?
There is a lot to like about this hotel besides the newness and moderate price. With three floors and 90 rooms, they remind me of a Hampton Inn. Their amenities are better, however, since they offer high end soaps, lotions and body wash. Each room comes with two bathrobes and slippers. The towels are fluffy and large as you would expect from a new facility. The staff is very personable in keeping with management's training, I am sure.
Because they were not crowded, we were upgraded to a King suite. The suite, unlike say an Embassy Suites which has separate living rooms and bedrooms, is just a longer room where they place a full sized sleeper sofa and an extra TV. The room is otherwise pretty standard for what you would expect for most 3 and 4-star hotels.
We didn't use the pool but I could see it outside the hotel. It has plenty of use along with the adjoining jacuzzi. The dining room was packed in the morning. The cooks were visible from the serving area so you knew they were making fresh eggs, potatoes, bacon & sausage. On the second morning there were fresh baked biscuits and sausage gravy. Each day they put out a menu for dinners which were served in their dining room. We didn't participate in that but I could see that on Saturday it was fixed price either steak or lamb chops for $35.00.
The hotel is on the north end of town, just around the corner from the Holiday Inn, Adelaide Inn, a Motel 6 and the Best Western Black Oaks. There are plenty of fast food type options within walking distance as well as gas stations and access to the 101 Freeway and 46 East. To get to downtown Paso Robles it was as easy as going straight through the traffic light, past the fair grounds and into town the back way so you can avoid the Spring Street traffic.
So why the "Very Good" review and not the "Excellent" review? Because the rooms nice but not extraordinary, because the price is competitive but not below market, because the breakfast was good but not great, because the location is nice but not blissful, because the service was wonderful but hard to believe it can be maintained. Would I go back, absolutely, but I would also think about trying the Marriott or La Quinta. More than anything I would rather be back at my B&B up on the hill watching the hawks circle lazily over the valley.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Completed in the fall of 2012, this brand new three story hotel offers ninety spacious rooms and suites, numerous amenities, a selection-rich bar and Indulge, restaurant for breakfast. We invite you to come and explore our new facilities and relax in one of Paso Robles’ finest hotels. Combining eloquent boutique design with modern finishes, The Oaks Hotel is the perfect destination after driving through the gentle rolling hills of vineyards and coastal mountain ranges of Central California. With nearby attractions such as the historic Hearst Castle, over 180 local wineries and quaint family owned shops located downtown, we wish to make you feel at home in between exploring and experiencing the beautiful wine country of Paso Robles. The Oaks Hotel and Suites is your ultimate choice when looking for a comfortable and elegant place to stay during your visit to this beautiful wine country. At The Oaks, you will discover that we are the new standard of comfort and convenience! ... more less
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