Top 10 Boutique Hotels
Central Coast (CA)
The Carlton Hotel
A vintage hotel with more than a splash of modern style.
Originally built in the 1920s, this revamped boutique hotel has just over 50 rooms and suites along with a trio of restaurants. It's by far the most polished landmark in downtown Atascadero. In previous incarnations, it was a place where Hollywood movies stars slept; today you'd be hard-pressed to find any hotel more luxurious nearby the Paso Robles wine country. All of the fine attention to details—high thread-count Italian linens, maple and mahogany furnishings, marble bathtubs with jets and showers, spa robes, in-room videos on demand, high-speed internet access, and alarm clocks with CD players—pays off. For the ultimate indulgence, top-floor suites have king-sized beds, separate living rooms and partial views of the rolling countryside. Smaller courtyard rooms have access to an Italian tiled terrace, including those on the third floor that have private balconies. Best of all, solid construction means thankfully little noise from your neighbors. In the morning, get a head start at the bakery and espresso café.
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