Urbanites looking for sun, sustenance and serious charm flock to the California hill country town of Paso Robles (or “PASS-oh” as the locals lovingly call it). The midway point between metropolitan meccas San Francisco and Los Angeles, this delightful destination — arguably California’s most exciting contemporary food and wine region — has become a haven for city slickers in search of escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. One more reason to visit Paso Robles? A sublime stay at the transcendent Hotel Cheval.
Classic Comfort Meets Cowboy Chic
Paso Robles' finest boutique luxury lodging option, the elegant, European-style Hotel Cheval, has the charming look and feel of a villa in the French countryside.
The interior, meanwhile, is a study in cowboy chic — right down to the equestrian-themed Hotel Cheval Pony Club with its eye-catching horseshoe-shaped bar.
A darling on the Central California lodging scene, the sophisticated yet unpretentious Hotel Cheval comprises 16 beautifully appointed guest rooms featuring sizable bathrooms and wood-burning fireplaces along with a multitude of luxurious conveniences such as spa robes, boutique bath products, California King beds with down comforters and 400-thread-count cotton sheets, and in-room coffee and tea service. In addition, 37-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, CD/MP3 players, and complimentary Internet access are sure to satisfy even the most demanding techie.
And in case you’re worried about leaving Fido behind, start packing up his favorite chew toys; Hotel Cheval is not only pet-friendly but will outfit your room with an appropriately sized doggy bed.
There’s nothing like being welcomed to your home away from home with fresh baked cookies, but that’s not all Hotel Cheval has to offer. Hotel Cheval’s complimentary continental breakfast is anything but ordinary; guests nosh on everything from fresh fruit to smoked salmon to a delectable assortment of pastries.
But most guests would agree that of all of Hotel Cheval’s epicurean offerings, the gourmet s’mores make the most memorable impression. Served up by a “S’mores Butler” in the garden-style courtyard, these tony treats offer a tantalizing twist on the campfire classic, incorporating house-made marshmallows in unique flavors — including coconut and vanilla bean — beautifully balanced by rich, creamy Dove chocolate.
Paso Robles is also a foodie’s paradise, and Hotel Cheval is in easy walking distance of many regional favorites. Make sure to schedule a stop at the phenomenal Artisan, which serves up fresh seasonal cuisine sourced from the restaurant’s own organic ingredients. Farmer’s markets, olive oil tastings and other food-related events round out the area’s culinary offerings.
Imbibe in Style
When it comes to wines, Paso Robles represents a new frontier in winemaking. Hotel Cheval offers ideal access to tasting rooms, vineyards, and restaurants, pouring the region’s signature Syrahs and Zinfandels as well as experimental blends. The staff here is known for its gracious hospitality, so be sure to ask for recommendations about where and what to taste. And don’t forget to sign up for the new sommelier-led wine tours.
For a completely different kind of liquid indulgence, check out the in-room spa services, which incorporate luxurious ingredients into treatments, including champagne.
Hitting the Road
Although you may be tempted to while away your days in your Hotel Cheval retreat, venturing out offers plenty of things to see and do. For a bird’s-eye view of this historic hamlet, take a zipline tour of the valley and its surrounding regions. Or hop on a bike for a tour through town or the quaint countryside.
Less adventurous types may prefer an excursion of the retail therapy variety. Located in the lively downtown area of Paso Robles just off the bustling town square, Hotel Cheval boasts prime proximity to fine dining, art galleries, tasting rooms, and unique boutiques.
Hotel Cheval was recently declared by food, drink, and travel site Thrillist as “easily the best boutique hotel in Central California” and with good reason; stylish sybarites can expect nothing but posh pampering during their stay. Just hop on hwy 101, drive three hours, and end up at the threshold of another wonderful wine country world.
1021 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone: (805) 226-9995
* Paso Robles' boutique luxury lodging
* 16 beautifully appointed guest rooms featuring sizable bathrooms and wood-burning fireplaces
* Complimentary Internet access
* Easy Walking to local food and wine destinations
* Gourmet S’mores - Served up by a “S’mores Butler”
* Pet friendly