PASO ROBLES: Hampton Inn & Suites

The Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is among the nicest Hampton Inns at which I have stayed to date.

The first thing I noticed was that the physical plant of this 20-year-old hotel is more attractive than many Hampton Inns. The exterior has the recognizable Hampton Inn look but the lobby, breakfast area, and interior spaces are a cut above: more spacious, with higher end finishes and even a fireplace (how often do you need one in Paso Robles, I ask you?). To top it off, hotel employees told us they’ll be doing a “refresh” in the next few months.

Hotel exterior

Check-in was accomplished quickly, and right next to the front desk is a fairly extensive wine "cellar". Of course; it’s in the middle of California’s Central Coast wine region, so that’s not unexpected. Prices are pretty reasonable but if by chance nothing they stock appeals, there’s a BevMo about a half mile away. Glass wine glasses are also available so you don’t have to drink wine out of the paper cups that are in the room.

Our guest room

 The rooms are also more upscale than many Hamptons – and more generously sized as well. Our king room was over 200 square feet, measuring about 18 by 12 feet - more than enough room for our king bed, a chair with a reading lamp, a desk and work station, and a dresser for the TV, microwave and small fridge. The closet has a full-length mirror on the outside door, along with plenty of hanging space as an iron and board inside.

Bath with large walk-in shower

The bathroom was also well-appointed with a large walk-in shower, cubbies next to it for convenient access to the towels and washcloths, and the usual amenities. The only negative (in my opinion) is the move away from individual amenities to bulk shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Although increasingly common across the industry, for me they conjure the image of a gym rather than a hotel.

Spacious bath

The people were uniformly polite and professional, friendly, accommodating and gracious. They quickly addressed whatever I needed, greeting us with a “Hello,” or “Good morning” when passing in the hall, lobby or breakfast room. Staff always offered the elevator to guests, waiting for the next car to move their housekeeping cart or other service items.

The complimentary breakfast is typical of a Hampton Inn: good variety of hot and cold items, kept stocked and the room kept clean by a helpful attendant. The property also offers a modest pool and hot tub, guest laundry and business center.

Its location is convenient. Near the interchange of Highway 101 and westbound state Highway 46, it is less than four miles from downtown Paso Robles and close to several grocery and drug stores, wineries and restaurants. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend it!

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Photos by Carl Dombek
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