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Dunning Ranch Guest Suites
Ranked #23 of 30 Paso Robles B&B and Inns
California
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82 reviews
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“Some major flaws”
Reviewed September 6, 2010

After reading the glowing reviews of Dunning Ranch, we were sorely disappointed in many ways. First, the "continental breakfast" consisted mostly in a box of grocery store donuts in our refrigerator that were past their expiration date, a couple of bagels in a plastic bag (we didn't try them), a couple of small yogurts in flavors we don't care for and some orange juice, plus coffee we had to make ourselves that proved to be undrinkable. We were extremely unhappy and ended up leaving early so we could have breakfast in town. Second, there was no complimentary wine tasting as the website advertises - we were asked to pay $5 per person (yes, they knew we were guests at the b&b). Since the wine tasting room is closed much of the week, I assume it is not even possible to taste the wine during the stay of many guests. Third, there was no one at the b&b to let us in or tell us anything. The person running the tasting room at the winery (we were told it is entirely separate from the b&b) saw us and informed us that we were simply supposed to let ourselves into our room - turns out the door was open. I'm not sure what we would have done otherwise, or if the tasting room had been closed (not unlikely, since it closes at 4 pm and isn't open at all during much of the week), It would never have occurred to us that there would be no one there at all to help us. There was no service of any kind provided - if we had questions, there was a phone number we could call. On the plus side, it was a very spacious room (we had the smaller of the two units) in an isolated but lovely and very quiet place - nice if you're looking for solitude. Just don't expect any personal service or decent food. We prefer to have a more personal touch when we go to a b&b. The b&b is quite a long distance from town, so take that into account.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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DRGS, Owner at Dunning Ranch Guest Suites, responded to this review, September 23, 2010
CaliforniaFlyingpig - You’re feedback is important to us and we are sorry that our food and service did not meet your every expectation. We strive to provide a unique experience and preface such via our advertising and promotion of the property. Thank you for your review and again, I apologize for any inconvenience. A full refund of your tasting fee will be honored on your next visit. Best Regards, Jim Dunning
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Overland Park KS
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

We considered ourselves lucky to find anything around Paso Robles over a weekend that included the vaunted Zin Fest, mid March. But we came across Dunning Ranch. It's in the heart of the west side wineries, at the end of country road as gnarly as the old zin vines themselves. And what a find! Clean. Comfortable. Well-equipped. Quiet. We loved it and are trying to figure out our next trip to the Paso wine country (one of our favorites in CA) planning to spend more time at “the ranch” on the grand front porch beneath even more grand oak trees. Not sure I want to advise others to book there ... as it may make it harder to get in ourselves! (We stayed in Suite 2, the ground floor).

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Santa Monica
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a serene, beautiful location, with plenty of comforts and privacy. The 2 unit B & B is located near the end of a road in amongst the vineyards, majestic large old oak trees and country quiet, while still close enough to the main highway and short drives from many of the area wineries.

If it's elegance and pampering you need, try elsewhere; but this place is a very welcoming, tastefully decorated country setting which offers plenty of room. The one bedroom unit is like a small apartment with room to move around in (enough for multiple nights stay) and is very fairly priced.
With a handy kitchenette, it also has a beautiful, private deck that invited long hours of lounging amongst the trees and birds.

I'll be making this a regular stop when I'm in the area.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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MD
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Reviewed October 28, 2008

The perfect, private country spot. Amazing setting. I wish I owned it and could keep it all to myself!

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  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Dunning Ranch Guest Suites
Address: 1945 Niderer Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446-9652
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Paso Robles
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #23 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Paso Robles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dunning Ranch Guest Suites are located on 40 acres in one of the fastest growing touring and wine producing areas in the state; Paso Robles and the Central Coast region of California. Co-located with award winning Dunning Vineyards, this property is nestled in the heart of west side Paso Robles wine country. This two-suite inn offers seclusion and magnificent vistas of the surrounding country. Suite 1 offers a private room, bath and kitchenette. Suite 2 offers two private rooms, bath, and full kitchen. Come relax and enjoy this private gem. ... more   less 
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