The Carlton Hotel

Central Coast history, high hospitality 

Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, The Carlton opened in 1929 as an upscale overnight. In its glory days, the property welcomed many famous visitors--Jack Benny, Bette Davis to name a couple. Fully revived by 2005, The Carlton continues to boast a blend of Roaring '20s furnishings and 21st-century amenities.

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If California-royal is a thing, The Carlton is it

What it's like

Rooms, with high ceilings and period furniture, are widespread and come with loads of extras: high thread-count bedding, brass fixtures, oversize whirlpool tubs, in-room refrigerators, and light-up shaving mirrors. Friendly staff will direct you to nearby wine country, pristine beaches, and quiet country roads.

Independent spirit

Quiet and peaceful, a local fixture 

Small touches

The Carlton Hotel pairs business with pleasure--indoor and outdoor meeting venues for executive board meetings to sales conferences, training seminars to product presentations. Attentive and experienced hoteliers handle every detail, providing a super personalized event experience.

Eat and drink

The Carlton boasts a from-scratch bakery and café called Back Porch Bakery and plans to roll out a full-service restaurant in 2017. 
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Rooms & Rates

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The Carlton Hotel is located in San Luis Obispo County, California. 
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Guest Services

  • Concierge
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
  • Pet-friendly accommodations, limited number on-site
  • Parking

Eat & Drink

  • Coffee station in lobby
  • Back Porch Bakery & Cafe 

Fitness & Recreation

  • Fitness center

Business Services

  • Business center with Internet-equipped workstation, printer and fax

Meetings & Events

  • Event and banquet space

In-room amenities

  • Air conditioned
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathtub
  • Cable TV
  • Coffeemaker
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Cribs available
  • Free newspaper
  • Hairdryer
  • High speed internet
  • Iron / ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Personal refrigerator
  • Radio
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Turndown service
  • TV / TV remote control
  • 400-thread count Bellino Italian bedding

Cancellation policy

72 hours prior to arrival
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