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Best Western Plus Black Oak
Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Paso Robles
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Lauderhill, Florida
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349 reviews
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“Best place for exploring Wine Country”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

We often visit Paso Robles for their wineries, and always stay at the Black Oak. They're convenintly located (easy to walk to the downtown wineries if you wish), and the rooms are always clean and comfortable. They don't offer breakfast, but you do get a $5 voucher for Margie's restaurant next door. That brings Margie's vastly overpriced (and seriously large helpings) food into a more reasonable rate. Try to make your reservations in advance if you can. They're a popular stop, and they fill up if there is a wine country event (like the annual ZinFest).
Ask at the front desk for coupons for free/discounted wine tastings. And if you're there for the wine, check out the local Albertsons. They have a terrific stock of local wines, some at steep discounts.

Room Tip: We ususally pay an extra $10 to get a deluxe version, which is a bit larger with a few more amenitie...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

The evening front desk service at this moderately priced hotel is the best I have ever experienced at a major chain. They gave us a completely non-smoking room as we requested. When were later than expected, we called to let them know and they wanted to know if we preferred first floor or second floor accommodations. Our GPS was goofy and they guided us to the hotel step-by-step, they called our room to let us know that the interior lights in our rental car were on, they provided extra silverware so we could eat in our room the first night we were there. They gave excellent advice on local restaurants. We used the fridge and microwave and if we'd stayed longer I know we would have used the laundry.

The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The outdoor heated pool was open in January so my Pacific Northwest kid loved it!

It is a motel style - rooms open to the exterior. However it seems they actually monitor the cars in the parking lot since they discovered our dome light was on.

This was our second stay in the last few years. Really appreciated walking to the nearby Starbucks every morning. One night we ordered pie from the restaurant that was reasonably good.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Long Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2011

We stayed here Dec 9-11, 2011. After researching the hotels in the area, I decided on this one because it was priced better than the hotels in the center of town and the reviews were good. We were only going to be “in town” for dinner and one lunch, so it didn’t make sense to spend $100+ more a night just to be able to walk to dinner. I gave the hotel info to my friend and he made the reservation (after doing some additional research). He arrived a little before me and said that check-in was easy and the front desk clerk was very nice.

We had the larger of the standard king-bed rooms (#241) with the jet tub which, unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to try out. We were very pleased with the size and cleanliness of the room. In addition to the bed and dresser, there was a desk & chair, couch, and recliner, and refrigerator and microwave. There was the standard hotel vanity (with sink, coffee maker, and hair dryer), and then the bathroom had a shower, toilet, and a sink. The shower had good water pressure.

The room was cleaned promptly, and they were quick to help when we told them that one of our keys wasn’t working. They checked the magnetized strip (which showed it was working) then walked back to the room with us, cleaned the lock, and made sure that both keys worked.

Check-out was easy and the clerk was genuinely interested in whether our stay had been a pleasant one.

There were some issues with the room. The refrigerator rattled a little whenever it turned off and the heater was overly loud when it turned on (which was only really noticeable at night when we were trying to sleep). My friend asked if I wanted to request another room, but it seemed like moving was more trouble than it was worth so we didn’t. We kept the room warm enough the rest of the time, so I simply turned the thermostat down low enough that it didn’t come on in the middle of the night. I was going to mention the heater to the staff before we left but I forgot to do so. The other issue was there not being a fan in the bathroom, only a window (California code states you need to have either a fan or a window). As it was dropping to 29F at night and was a little chilly during the day, we didn’t want to open the window to air out the bathroom. It wasn’t a huge concern, but a fan would have been nice.

One other thing, if you’re going to eat at Margie’s, the diner next to the hotel, there are $5 discount coupons available at the front desk, but you need to ask for them. They don’t give them out when you check in, and we forgot to get them before going to the restaurant Saturday morning. We almost forgot them when we checked out the next day but we remembered at the last minute. They gave them without hesitation, but it’s on you to remember to ask for them at the front desk.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ventura, California
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

This is our second visit to the Black Oak Best Western. We stayed here a year ago , and were just as pleased as we were the first time. Our room was spacious and very clean. The bathroom and dressing area were also spotless. The sheets on the bed were soft, and there were several pillows to use. Besides the microwave and small ref., the room had a large flat-screen T.V. We had breakfast vouchers to use at their on site restaurant, and we certainly got our money's worth! The place was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the people at the front desk were very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Orange County
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2011

My husband and I came up to Paso Robles on very short notice. I was able to make reservations with no problems the night before we arrived. The room is very clean and functional. In the room you will find a desk and chair, a recliner next to the bed to relax in while watching tv or reading, a very comfy bed, a mini microwave, refrigerator and coffee pot. The bathroom has a shower and tub and outside the bathroom is the bathroom sink with a vanity area and great vanity lighting. There's also a ceiling fan w/lights in the same area.

We paid $89 for Friday and $100 for Saturday. Well worth it. The staff is very accommodating. If you are going to arrive late ( like midnight, as we always do) no problem. Just call and let the front desk know. There is always someone in the front office. They also have a diner onsight and the front office will give you coupons for $5 off your breakfast. We typically stay in B&Bs when we go to Paso but the stay here was worth it and it's seconds from beautiful downtown Paso Robles. We will stay here again.

Room Tip: I would definitely stay on the upper floors, its quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scotts Valley
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132 reviews
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

My wife and I always take a 2 night anniversary trip following Thanksgiving. We thought we'd like to visit some of Paso's 250 wineries and needed a place to stay. We noticed a lot of positive reviews on this site. It was a great choice. They exceeded our already high expectations. Their staff was very helpful in suggesting locations for wine tasting and events taking place in the area, Check in was easy, the room was spacious (really liked the recliner) and clean. The grounds and pool area were nicely landscaped and well cared for. Our room was very quiet, especially with its proximity to the highway
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A special note: My wife forgot some clothing and earrings that she left in the dresser. She called the following day to see if they turned up. They had, and they mailed them to us without charging postage or anything. We are planning on returning for our next anniversary if not before, and have already recommended them to several friends.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bakersfield, California
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2011

Room was a little small, but for the price ($89) this hotel is a great value. Has a bath tub, real tile, very clean, ref, microwave, in room coffee mattress gave us a good nights sleep, next to bars and restaurants. Overall a great place. We went for one night to go to a wine tasting party, we stayed in room #206 and were very satisfird. I have stayed at a lot of hotels and you do not have to be wary of this one!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Best Western Plus Black Oak
Address: 1135 24th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446-1309
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Paso Robles
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Paso Robles
#3 Green Hotel in Paso Robles
#5 Romantic Hotel in Paso Robles
#6 Business Hotel in Paso Robles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Plus Black Oak 3*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at this Paso Robles, California hotel situated in the beautiful coastal valley of wine country! The BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak is conveniently located with easy access to key area attractions including over 220 nearby wineries, Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio, Hearst Castle and numerous local festivals. Hotel guests will appreciate the variety of nearby dining and shopping options in the historic downtown of Paso Robles. Newly added in late 2014 a centrally located elevator allowing easy access to the second floor. A fitness room with state of the art equipment including personal fitness station and a multi-purpose room for small meetings or gatherings round out recent upgrades all set in a beautifully landscaped setting with additional seating options to enjoy Paso Robles' mild weather. Our staff continues to receive accolades for service and cleanliness standards. We hope you will come see for yourself our amazing 53 year young property. ... more   less 
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