Avila La Fonda Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Avila La Fonda Hotel Avila Beach
Wonderfully Romantic Birthday Getaway
My boyfriend and I stayed a night at this lovely hotel recently and were happily suprised with the room, decor and all of the extras included. We had a nice gift basket full of snacks waiting in the room for us, loved the Aveda products and candles in the bathroom above the jacuzzi. The hotel is one block from the beach, we dined at a really nice restaurant just around the corner. This is the place to stay if you are looking for a romantic getaway. Having made the reservation through Expedia.com we got a 50% discount as well.
A Romantic Getaway
My husband took me to Avila La Fonda to celebrate our two year anniversary (Januray 29, 2005)!! We loved it! This place is very romantic and magical. The decorations are very authentic and creative. This place also has everything you can possibly need starting with a Flat Screen TV, DVD player, CD player, IPod Dock, an elobarate coffee maker, towel warmer...I could go on!! They also have a small library of books and movies. We absolutely loved everything about this place and have been recommending it to our friends who already booked their rooms.
Although we were right across the laundry room, we could not hear it. Also, there is a parking lot on the North side of the hotel, but as long as you stay indoors, it shouldn't bother you.
Even though Avila La Fonda is only 2-3 hours away from our home which is not very far, I felt like I was in a far away place. We plan on coming back to celebrate my birthday in May!!
Not worth $400
I thought this was a beautiful hotel and asked my boyfriend to bring me here for my birthday. I was really disappointed that he had to pay so much for the room. We were on the first floor and the view was a parking lot (actually, you should know it's the view for almost all the rooms). We could hear the noise from the washing machines down the hall.
The jacuzzi tub was very nice and the shower was spacious with two showerheads. It's just that I've stayed in "luxury" hotels before and this was nothing compared to them. You don't even get a view of the beach.
So, it's a nice hotel but not worth more than $150/$200 a night.
Every guest is important to us ..while you seemed to like much of the hotel ..you we're disappointed in price you paid ..please contact the hotel and ask for either the manager and or my self and we will be pleased to refund you're entire stay ..
Weekends away should be magical thats business we are in enjoy life ..thank you for you're kind comments ..micheal owner
This one goes to 11!
We celebrated our 11th anniversary there in December. It was so fantastic we are returning in February with several of our friends. This was, by far, the best place we have ever stayed. Avila Beach is a quaint, little town, nestled in between the ocean and hills. The hotel itself is warm, friendly, cozy, and hip. During our stay, we enjoyed wine tasting, had massages right in the hotel, walked on the beach, and had some great meals. Very peaceful and romantic. We enjoyed all of the amenities and little extras. What an awesome place!
Your Own Private Spanish Villa
What a wonderful surprise! This hotel is decorated very nicely. Warm colors throughout the hotel. Our room had a very soft bed with Egyptian sheets. The whirlpool spa for two was a wonderful touch. Upon arriving we were offered chocolate chip cookies. The hospitiality is superb! Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Our room even included a basket of snacks and videos to chose from. What a treat! It was like staying in a private Spanish Villa.
I highly recommend this hotel. We will be back. The hotel is reasonable priced with lots of great features.
Mary and Michael Luciano
If you have seen the growth and development in Avila Beach, Ca , you need to visit the area. Three days of sunshine and we stayed at the new Avila La Fonda hotel and throughly enjoyed our stay. This is a new facility with outstanding rooms and a very friendly environment. The rooms are beautiful and have fireplaces, big screen plasma TV's and spa's.
We paid $150 per night and felt that it was a great price for the room. We highly recommend staying at the hotel.
The hotel is one short block from the ocean and has some limited view of the ocean. Parking is located under the hotel.
Luxury, but not beachfront
My husband and I booked a four-night stay at the Avila La Fonda in mid-October. A brand-new hotel, the rooms are full of high-tech luxuries, such as a gas fireplace, flat-screen TV, DVD player, IPod dock, although the rooms are rather small. The bathrooms include showers for two, although we found the multi-head options awkward. We stayed in one of the rooms with a spa-tub right next to the king-sized bed.
If only the Avila La Fonda were located right on the beach, it would be perfect. Our room for the first three nights had only a tiny balcony not even large enough for a chair. We faced a street and were awakened before 7AM by the extensive construction sounds that permeate Avila Beach. For our last night we moved across the hall to a room with a balcony that included a "peek-a-boo" view of the ocean, but no clear ocean sounds. Traffic noise isn't too bad, since Avila is several miles from the 101.
The hotel offers wine and cheese, along with other munchies, in the early evening, but there didn't seem to be many takers. The happy hour takes place on the patio, which itself is beautiful, but has a view of an empty lot and the beach parking lot.
A continental breakfast with newspapers would be especially nice for this property because there are not many breakfast options in Avila. The staff is extremely gracious and gave us plenty of recommendations for restaurants and places to sightsee.
Worth twice the rate
My wife and I agreed that our evening at the Avila La Fonda was the best night of our lives. We stayed in a "Casita" and enjyed both rooms equally. One room had a full kitchen and as many appliances as my home. There was a hospitality suite available to all the guests and the managers held a reception in the evening. We can't recall a time we had so much fun.
The property is more impressive than any we've ever seen. It was obvios to us that much thought went into the attention to detail, from the tile design to the art-work in and around the rooms.
I would recommend the Avila La Fonda to anyone considering a trip to California's Central Coast.
Unique Decor, Friendly Staff, Unforgettable Experience
From the moment you get a look at the unique facade of individual "casitas" and the huge wooden doors leading to the lobby, you might suspect you're in for a special experience at the Avila LaFonda Hotel and you'd be right. Between the exceptionally friendly and accomodating staff, the beautiful talavera tilework, stained glass windows, Mexican murals, and fountains galore, this place is bound to become a Central Coast destination for anyone who desires an extraordinary inn over a cookie-cutter hotel.
Each suite features an adjoining room with a luxurious (as wonderful as the king) murphy bed. Both rooms are fully equipped with double "rain" shower heads, two-person jacuzzi tubs, fireplace, Bose stereo system, 42" plasma screen TV, dvd player, goodie basket, and towel warmer. 500 thread count pima cotton sheets over my pillow top king bed with enough down pillows to sustain the pickiest princess made sleeping heavenly. Although you may not ever want to leave your room--especially if sharing with a special someone--the hotel also offers a Hospitality Room where you can watch TV, enjoy themed Happy Hours, grill steaks on one of two large barbeques, or just hang out and enjoy a drink and/or chat with other guests. The Inn also boasts a dry sauna, massage therapy services, underground parking, elevator, and is within a block of the ocean.
I was one of the lucky people to stay during the "soft open" of this new hotel and I can't wait to hear from others who are fortunate to enjoy the LaFonda experience as this becomes the most popular destination in Avila Beach. Book a room or a suite--you won't be disappointed. I'll bet my favorite surfboard you'll be back.