This is a luxury hotel. The hotel is small and built around a courtyard with two fireplaces, one in an inglenook to keep you out of the rain on the rare occasions it rains in Paso Robles. There is a chocolate with turn down service, fresh cookies when you arrive, flowers in the room, real artwork, lovely larger sized toiletries, and a horse and carriage to take you to dinner if needed (really, a real horse named Chester). Attached is a little tiny bar called the Pony Club (where breakfast is also served, cold during the week, hot on the weekends). It is not a bargain hotel, don’t expect it to be reasonably priced, do not bring your children.
If you are content with hip poster artwork, lamps attached to the wall, vast halls of rooms and motor court awnings, and feel that granite countertops mean quality, then you will be very happy at a less expensive hotel.
There is no "motor court", no parking in front of the hotel, no polyester coverlets or matchy art prints and no tacky little fridges in the room ( there is a tacky fake plant, but also real flowers). Some room have a little patio and small fountain to reduce the street noise (it is just off the main square and kitty corner from the train station after all) and some rooms have fireplaces. The location is fantastic, across the street is the old train station ( and yes you hear it from time to time if you are in the front of the hotel) BUT there are several wine tasting rooms in the train station area, also a fine cheese shop next door to the hotel that will put together a picnic cheese plate to take on your wine tasting wanderings, also two very fine restaurants in walking distance and of course the little town square and park a few steps away.
What could the hotel do better? There is not quite enough staff, so you may wander in to the lobby and have no one to greet you or check you out. The Jewelry sales in the lobby is just out of place, there is no connection ( for example if the jewelry was horse related then it would make sense in the context of the hotel). The fake plant in the room added no value to the otherwise charming room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cheval is Paso Robles' finest boutique, luxury hotel, located in the heart of downtown. Situated in California's prized Central Coast food and wine region, this sophisticated and intimate hotel offers well-traveled guests an experience unlike any other in the area. Hotel Cheval features exceptional, personalized service amidst thoughtfully designed and refined accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cheval Hotel Paso Robles
- Boutique Hotel Cheval