Last Updated on June 14, 2023
A seasoned traveler might hear the words “Hampton Inn” and picture a comfortable, mid-range hotel chain with decent rooms, free hot breakfast and adequate amenities. The word “unique” rarely springs to mind.
Allow the Hampton Inn and Suites in Paso Robles to change your perception about this Hilton brand. This is not your usual chain hotel. Not by a long shot.
Just outside the porte cochere is a directional sign displaying some of the wineries that have populated the local landscape and transformed a once-sleepy town into the newest premier destination in California wine country.
Inside the lobby, walk through the lounge and dining area where you might think you are visiting a Mediterranean villa. Two archways lead to a stone façade mantle and fireplace. A terrace with a curved steel railing fronts windows above allowing sunshine to flow through.
It’s cozy, not cookie cutter.
This same initial impression fits with the overall experience developed in Paso Robles over the past two decades. Paso, as the locals call it, is southern Europe meets the California Central Coast. The area has become an increasingly popular with tourists due to more than 300 wineries, 30-plus breweries, a dozen distilleries and knockout dining scene.
The Hampton Inn is part of the Peachtree Hospitality Management group, which also runs the nearby Courtyard by Marriott and the adjacent La Bellasera.
Here are five other ways that the Hampton Inn Paso Robles provides a different travel experience than what you might otherwise know:
Spacious rooms for everyone
The hotel features 57 standard rooms and 24 suites that can accommodate up to six people with a sofa bed – a suitable choice for families, multi-generational travel and naturally, wine lovers and foodies.
Convenient features include a larger mini fridge, a microwave, coffeemaker and sink.
The bathrooms also don’t skimp on space, and you’ll enjoy luxury bath products.
With a total renovation of all three Peachtree properties planned in summer 2023, these rooms will have a completely updated décor and layout.
An eco-friendly water station
Walk into the lobby at Hampton Inn and you’ll soon discover an unusual water dispensing machine. It delivers regular filtered water for your own bottle, either sparkling or still, flavored, or unflavored. What distinguishes it from a regular water dispenser is its delivery in an eco-friendly compostable container.
The hotel supports a local company, Dropwater, from nearby San Luis Obispo in the endeavor.
It’s also part of parent company Hilton’s efforts to implement more sustainable practices at its properties.
Tastings with local wines
With roughly three dozen wineries within seven miles of the hotel, you’ll likely do some wine tasting on your visit. You can also enjoy sampling wines on property at an evening reception Wednesdays and Thursdays between 5 PM and 6:30 PM. It’s an ideal way to discover a new wine, relax by the fire, and start your evening before heading to one of Paso’s many fine restaurants.
Also, in the post-COVID era, more wineries will likely be participating in this event. Sales manager Nicole East reported that a hotel representative currently visits winemakers and vineyard owners to invite them to be a part of this event.
A full selection of amenities
Along with comfortable, clean and spacious rooms, you can fuel up at the “On Us” breakfast each morning in the lounge. Business travelers can hold events in the more than 1,200-square-feet of meeting space along with a technology center.
A gym located on the first floor includes a half-dozen cardio machines (including a Peloton bike), free weights and a weights rack in case you indulge in a little more wine and food than expected.
Outside, you can do laps in the curved heated swimming pool then relax in the nearby hot tub on the patio, perhaps with a glass of your favorite new winery find.
Centrally located to everything
You don’t have to love wine and spirits to enjoy Paso Robles because there are countless other activities. Live music concerts are a popular draw, as are Hearst Castle and Morro Bay on the coast, the nightly lighted art exhibit Sensorio and California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly SLO) a half hour away.
There also golf courses, ziplining courses, hiking and horse trails, two California missions and tour organizations to take you around the area. Or you can simply explore the easily walkable town with its nostalgic central plaza and its many locally owned shops.wine