Inn at Avila Beach
Travel Blogs from Avila Beach
In winter, not many restaurants are open direct to the see, but the only one that is (the Custom House), is very good, with nice food and great service. There are also 4-5 tasting rooms in the little town which are nice to sample the local wines.
... t help. I hoped the folk of Santa Cruz are more used to foreign tourists. Ah. Santa Cruz. Sigh. Hull Fair on Sea. What, in your mind, is a boardwalk? Is it a walk made of boards, or sturdy chunks of timber, that in England, we would call a pier? Somewhere to be under, possibly on a blanket with my baby, as the Drifters would have it. You'd need a pneumatic drill to get under the one in Santa Cruz. It's not a boardwalk it's a Prom. And it is full of every ride and sideshow ...
... weird like that. We tried shopping but just weren't in to it so we finally decided to see a movie at the theater. The Butler was good but sad. Got home and power was still out. Yasser had the house lit up with every candle in the house. We finally gave up around 11 and decided to call it a night. Power came back on at 2:00 am. I know this because the fan next to the bed came on and scared me to death. We'll see what happens ...
... watching the performers on the side streets. We finished the evening off eating a Tri-tip beef sandwich which is local to this area and then headed back to Alana's. We got back just before Alana, but when she arrived back from the jewelery store wine tasting we had smores for an evening treat.
Fri 15th June.
Got up at 9.30am, had breakfast and then finished packing the van. By midday we were ready, gave Alana a massive hug and many thanks then ...
... then parked Brian up before saying our goodbyes to our faithful friend. Hopefully they will take care of him and he's still in one piece when we get back next year. He deserves a rest after 26,000 miles in only 6 months taking us from coast to coast. Alana then drove us back to the house and after a bite to eat for lunch, (finishing off the ice cream), she drove us to San Luis Obispo train station to catch the Amtrak ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
We booked an ocean view room and were not disappointed. We had room 207. Each room has it's own guest book, which is a nice idea. The balcony overlooking the pier, mountain and ocean is comfortable. The roof patio is great to hang out and enjoy. It was a pity we couldn't stay much longer.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
TravelPod Member ReviewsInn at Avila Beach
Historical Traveler Reviews Inn at Avila Beach
Best value around
Treat you and your family just like their own, received extra blankets, water, popcorn and great views!
I booked this place on Hotwire for a very low price without knowing any of the details and was so pleasantly surprised when we got there! The hotel is family owned and operated, and all of the staff were very friendly and helpful. Adjacent to the lobby is a living room area with games and videos available for check out. We had booked a standard room and the room was very nice - clean and well decorated. I would suggest upgrading to one of the oceanfront suites as they don't cost much more but have many more amenities & a view. I have two recommendations - first of all, if you plan to stay here in March, be prepared for colder weather! The second recommendation is that you stay at this hotel if you want to relax and enjoy the beach, as the town is small and there is not much to do in terms of restaurants and bars. Overall, however, this hotel is an amazing bargain, I highly recommend it and would stay there again anytime!
Best place on the coast
my wife and I found this place by accident. Just a cute little Inn right on the beach. Great ocean front rooms. Could have sat on our balcony for a week just watching the ocean. The place is a very quiet with no phones, restaurants, etc. If you want a ton of services stay at a Holiday Inn. If you want a small little Inn to curl up with a good book then check this place out.
This is the nicest little hotel on the Central Coast, as long as you stay in the ocean front rooms. The beach below the hotel is one of the few wind-protected beaches on the Central Coast -- that makes it a great place to sit and read a book and look out over the beautiful bay at Avila. This is a (step-by-step) renovated hotel. They have a nice little art shop, and the rooms are very well done with Sante Fe style decor. However, the back rooms in the hotel are rather miserable, and have no view, and you might as well be in a Motel 6. But they have a rooftop deck (windy, though).In a ddition, Pirate's Cove is just over the hill, with nice views, a nice swimming beach, and (if you like that sort of thing) a nudist end of the cove.Lastly, the proximity to Sycamore Springs hot tubs can not be overemphasized. These are the nicest mineral springs in the state (with the possible exception of Esalen). And you can rent a hot tub by the hour.So, my favourite holiday is ocean front room at this hotel, beach at Avila Beach (south end of the beach), dinner in San Luis Obispo, hot tubs at Sycamore Springs. You can't beat that for a getaway, beleive me.
We stayed at the Inn at Avila Beach for one night in early October 2003. The location was superb - just across from a great beach. The owner was very helpful and friendly. The room was excellent, sitting room proved to be a great addition to the room with TV / Video and CD players all available.
The only downside was the bathroom which I thought was in need of renovation.
Overall a great place to stay. Would highly recommend it.
It's not for everyone ..okay by me...it's mine
I had two friends tell me about their new secert hideout above SB ...i laughed because it was same place ..secert out girls ...No phones/no elevator..they stay at Biltmore so i didn't know i would like it (afford it)..It's like a friends beach house.eerything from robes /popcorn /movies library ,deck on roof is outrageous you can bbq,blenders,tv/vcrs on roof overlooking ocean.everyone that stayed our weekend was raving on how they had found it ..every room has a book of guests who had stayed before all were raves ..its not Ritz its fun /little /maybe alot strange but very unique ..rooms are all different so ask to see several at checkin ..
Our family spent 2 nights here and we found them to be very relaxing.
The rooftop cabanas that are at your disposal are definately the best place to spend the day. Great views and space to relax! The room that we had was far from luxury. The decor was outdated and was in need of a remodel but it was roomie (family suite) for the family to spread out.
The bathroom is very small and again needed to be remodeled. I took a peek in the oceanfront rooms and the all seemed to be updated and remodeled. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and I will go back for its casual atmosphere, friendly staff and relaxation!
Not up to expectations
Three flights up, no elevator... no telephone in room and no cell phone service... heater in room would not turn off... cold water was burning hot, hot water was tepid... construction right below us in the courtyard beginning at 8a.m. You guess what we were thinking as we left!
Last great place left
saw story in LA Magazine about this incredible place on the beach ...they were wrong it's better ...popcorn in rooms /movies in library ..lots fun extras ..checkout roof top deck ..its on their website ... you hear ocean all night ..we watched movie on the roof /bbq appetizers /meet great folks yeah on the roof overlooking ocean how cool is that !!
Awesome beach inn
Actually saw reviews on travelocity everybody raved about place . it couldn't be that good ..7 different stays all 5s ..it was better ..but its very cozy not fancy ,just comfortable beachhouse..very kicked back relaxing ...everything you want plus ocean sounds, place is right on great little beach just south san luis obispo north santa barbara...c\because of design and so close to the ocean and size of waves you hear the ocean throughout the hotel ex\specially at night what way to go to sleep..rooms are a very fun/unusual...we told our best friends ..they laughed had just had a relative stay there and booked family reunion there ..secert is out