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.
- 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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