Palazzolike perch delivers casual yet refined luxury.
Paso Robles’s future as a glamorous wine destination arrived a few years ago in the form of this beautifully realized resort that continues to please. The full-service Allegretto Vineyard Resort Paso Robles provides a perfect perch from which to venture out to the wineries—or stick around to enjoy the pool, restaurant, and spa.
If you decide to stay put and a sudden urge to taste wine overtakes you, no problem. Hosts pour Allegretto Wines, some from grapes grown on the 20-acre property, in a salon off the lobby. Wines of note include Trio, a white blend of Vermentino, Viognier, and Roussanne, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat reds.
The palazzolike Allegretto pays tribute to an enduring European aesthetic with a sweeping lobby staircase, high ceilings, a grand piazza, and strategically placed classical-style sculptures. Accents of note include the silky smooth Venetian plaster and fountainlike LED lobby chandelier, the latter an example of the seamless integration of 21st-century technology and panache.
Plenty of Marble
The spacious high-ceilinged Allegretto guest rooms and suites have wood-inlay furnishings, plush bedding, and bathrooms with plenty of marble. The Cello Ristorante & Bar serves sophisticated contemporary cuisine. Its staff, like that of the rest of the hotel, is efficient and polite. The goal throughout resort, casual yet refined luxury, is achieved at every turn.
Tip: During the summer, at harvest, and on special-event weekends the room rates can be high. Look for off-season deals on the hotel’s website or third-party sites, or sign up for the hotel’s newsletter.
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Daniel Mangin is the author of Fodor’s Napa and Sonoma and coauthor of The California Directory of Fine Wineries Central Coast and Napa and Sonoma editions. He writes about California food and wine for Napa Valley Life, Marin Magazine, Fodors.com, and other outlets.