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4.5 out of 5

"We chose the hotel due to you driving plans and were a bit concerned whether such a small town would have a good facility and were delighted with the ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 15 Apr 2018

Hotel Description

3.5-star hotel near Atascadero Lake Park

In historical district

Within 2 miles (3 km) of this Atascadero hotel, you'll find Atascadero Lake Park and Charles Paddock Zoo. Wild Horse Winery is within 6 miles (10 km) and Firestone Walker Brewing is within 9 miles (15 km).

Multiple dining options

This smoke-free hotel features 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and a fitness center. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Free self parking, a coffee shop, and a terrace are also offered.

Jetted tubs, free WiFi

The 50 individually furnished guestrooms offer free WiFi and comfy beds. Other amenities include jetted bathtubs, cable TV, and Egyptian cotton sheets.

Classic Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$99* Per night/room Jan 26 - Jan 27

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Vintage Deluxe, King

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Premier Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Courtyard Area

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Premier Room, 1 King Bed, Patio, Courtyard Area

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Carlton Hotel ratings based on 12 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Carlton Hotel

Everyone (6)
5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 24, 2019

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5 out of 5


Pros: Style, comfort, ease to the interstate.
Cons: A little awkward to notice the parking across the street, perhaps we just didn't see the directions.
We chose the hotel due to you driving plans and were a bit concerned whether such a small town would have a good facility and were delighted with the Carlton. It's a beautifully renovated facility with old style. It would be a perfect place for winery explorations all around the area.

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018

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4 out of 5

Nice Hotel but not much in the town to do or see.

Pros: Historic.
Location: Nothing much to do in town.
The hotel is lovely but I would stay in another location the next time I am in the area. There is very little to see. I did enjoy the zoo and park.

Posted by , from Redondo Beach on Feb 13, 2018

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2 out of 5

Very mediocre totally overpriced !

So sad to see someone spend all that money on a building without a clue how to run it ! Parking sucks ! Located poorly with noisey bar across street, drunken people loitering around until all hours. View from windows was back of run down businesses. Lovely bathroom with barely adaquate shower water pressure. Website shows nice restaurant in building which we wanted for the convenience due to my wife being in a wheelchair. Surprise ! It's been closed for months with no mention on website ! Shockingly limited breakfast, again in nice setting but food mediocre at best ! Have had better food offered at Motel 6 level establishments ! Beds looked nice but I woke up with a series of bug bites on outsides of thighs, I am still itching ! The only amenities in room were two $4 bottles of water and 4 tiny coffee servings ! Really ! A 4 star hotel ! What a joke ! Staff seemed totally disinterested in customers and unresponsive to our comments. In hind site I would not stay here again even if the rate was more realistic at about a third of what they charged us. It seems someone had more money than expertise ! A fool and his money are soon parted !!!

Posted by , from Sun City, Ca. on Oct 12, 2015

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5 out of 5

Classy hotel near wine country and central coast

Staff is very helpful and friendly, especially Hilda. We were pleasantly surprised by the large room and quality of rennovation. My wife and I will be staying at the Carlton on our next visit for Paso Robles wine tasting.

Posted by , from Virginia on May 6, 2015

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5 out of 5

small but comfortable

Pros: everything
Cons: little larger rooms
We have stayed at the Carlton numberous times. The staff is friendly & accommodating. The rooms are small but beds are very comfortable & bathrooms are good size & set up well. We plan to stay there again, hotel is well maintained & has a comfortable lobby with fireplace.

Posted by , from Orange County, CA on Mar 29, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great Stay at Carlton Hotel in Atascadero

Beautiful property - a gem!  Fabulous bed!  We slept like babies.  The hotel is decorated in grand fashion.  The rooms were very clean, luxurious and well appointed.  We had no problem with wifi connectivity.  They were putting the finishing touches on the coffee bar shop as we were leaving.   This hotel is in a great location, between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo and was perfect for wine-tasting ventures.  Helpful front desk staff. If downtown Atascadero were more lively, that would be a plus.

Posted by , from Plano, Tx on Nov 6, 2013

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4 out of 5

European charm

The Carlton has turned an old factory into a beautiful, boutique hotel. It's downtown Atascadero, which is small, dusty and authentic. McPhee's in Templeton, just a few exits down the road has great food in a chef driven restaurant/bar. The rooms in the hotel have wifi, all modern luxuries and are beautifully decorated. If it weren't in such an odd location it would be full every night. As it is, now that the restaurant closed there, it's often half full or less. The good news is that you can get a room and it's reasonable.

Posted by on Jul 21, 2010

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5 out of 5

Location Great! Comfort Wonderful!

We were looking for a place to stay near Paso Robles so we could spend time in the wine counrty. The Carlton was in a perfect location to reach all the different wineries especially those located south of Paso Robles. The Hotel was very clean with extremely comfortable beds and amenities. We loved the history of the building and the fact that it has been completely refurbished but the character of the hotel remained. We would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2008

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4 out of 5

A true surprise

I, too, found the Carlton accidently. What a great surprise! This is not your typical roadside hotel. 400 thread count bedding. The bathrooms are carbon-copies of Four Seasons bathrooms, with one exception: The Carlton's bathrooms have deep jacuzzi tubs. It's too bad this great hotel isn't in a better location.

Posted by on May 7, 2007

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Property Features

There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. You'll find a 24-hour business center on site. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 1000 square feet (93 square meters) and includes a conference center. A fitness center, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the business-friendly Carlton Hotel. Free self parking is available. This 3.5-star Atascadero hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 50 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 2 dining venues
  • 1000 sq ft of conference space
  • 93 sq m of conference space
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference center
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Microwave (on request)


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking , Free parking nearby


  • Airport: San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional) (35.1 km / 21.8 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Carlton Hotel offers 50 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. These individually furnished accommodations include desks. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters, and premium bedding. Cable television is provided. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers with jetted bathtubs, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Microwaves, in-room massages, and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Jetted tub
  • Cable channels
  • Microwave available
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11 AM.

Nautical Cowboy - This restaurant serves dinner only.

Back Porch Bakery & Cafe - This café serves breakfast and lunch. Open daily.

Fueling Station - Onsite wine bar. Open daily.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.00 per stay.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 25.00 per stay.


  • Pets: USD 35.00 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmationService animals are exempt from fees.


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: USD 35.00 per pet, per night
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 25.00 per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.00 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Carlton Atascadero
  • Carlton Hotel Atascadero
  • Carlton Hotel
  • Carlton Hotel Hotel
  • Carlton Hotel Atascadero
  • Carlton Hotel Hotel Atascadero

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.