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“Functional but tacky, with sweet amenities”

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Avila La Fonda Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 June 2012

We appreciated the hospitality at the Avila La Fonda Hotel, but the amenities could not overcome our disappointment with the dingy, tacky furnishings. The reviews and photos that are negative about the decor and the Murphy bed are accurate. It feels like a Motel 6. The "suite" is 2 adjoining small rooms. The rooms feel cramped because they are overstuffed with clunky furnishings, as if their decorator ran wild at garage sales. The portable air conditioners add to the clutter. A vanity is barely usable as a desk. The king bed was so soft that we rolled to the center. They provide a lot of thick towels, but we found that many of those, plus the sheets, had a weird deodorizer-like smell. There is free unsecured wifi, but no room safe and no fitness room.

We prefer the Kimpton Hotel style, but I can see how this hotel would be great for a family, especially with all the complimentary high caloric sweets they offer. This was the only place we could get on Cal Poly graduation weekend, so we didn't read these reviews before reserving. We found Avila Beach delightful tho,and plan to come back, but next time we will probably try one of the many beach rental companies we saw around town.

Room Tip: Don't take the room with the Murphy bed. Bouncy and squeaks like crazy.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

From the photos it looked like a fine hotel but was more like a motel. The room was small and the spa tub was uninviting. The double shower was the best thing going; it had extra jets and the water splashed you from both sides (as a single user). The decor looked like it came from Tijuana (cheap stuff). But on the plus side, it was clean and the hospitality was excellent. The homemade cookies, free snacks in the room, and other beverages at cost (35 cents for a bottle of water) and free parking were a pleasant surprise. I wouldn't stay there again, but I wouldn't go back to Avila Beach anyway.

Room Tip: I don't think they had a swimming pool or restaurant so it wasn't terrible but nonexistent...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jan642
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

This has become one of my all time favorite hotels! The staff was outstanding - friendly, helpful, talkative, and made me feel completely welcome and at home. The rooms were very clean (this is a huge deal to me!) and updated, as well as the entire hotel. They had coffee and treats in the morning, and juice and homemade cookies in the afternoon. This was an all-around fantastic place, and I will be coming back here!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank Brittany B
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

We had a great time at the hotel. The staff was very friendly and the room was beautiful. Its about a block from the beach. The cost is higher than other nearby hotels but I think it was quite worth it. We enjoyed the morning croissants and fresh baked cookies. We also like the dvd selections. We also liked that we could use their beach towels, umbrellas and chairs to use at the beach. It was our first trip to Avila and we hope to visit again and stay at La Fonda.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KIMBERLY G
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

I surprised my fiancee by taking her away on a quick trip to Avila Beach for her birthday. I heard so many great things about the Avila La Fonda hotel that I had to try it out and we were not disappointed! The hotel is dog friendly but unfortunatey we heard that they would not be allowing dogs after June 1, 2012. We brought our Beagle with us and when we checked into our room there were dog bowls and a dog bed ready for him! Check in was quick and easy and customer service was excellent. Oh quick tip, if you are a Costco member there is a special rate available on the La Fonda website. We were missing the remote control to our room A/C unit but the hotel staff quickly replaced it. We stayed in the king jacuzzi suite and it was worth it. The jacuzzi was awesome. Unlike many in-room jacuzzi's, the jets were powerful and it didn't take 20 minutes to fill up. The rooms are very nicely decorated, reminded me of the Southwest. Bed was comfortable and we had a microwave and fridge in the room. A nice touch is that the room came with a variety of snacks and drinks.....all of which were complimentary (which is virtually unheard of)! There was also a evening wine reception which was nice and freshly baked pie before bed. In the morning they have freshly baked chocolate croissants which were yummy! You couldn't ask for a better location, about a block away from the beach and all of the main stores and restaurants. Because it was my fiancee's birthday, I took her to nearby Nekkid Day Spa for the facial and massage package, she loved it. We also got $20 off for staying at the La Fonda. The La Fonda was perfect for a quick getaway. Yes it is pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for and all of the extra amenities are worth it. It's a must stay for anyone visiting Avila Beach!

Room Tip: Pay for the king jacuzzi suite, it's worth it!
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mtakehara
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Additional Information about Avila La Fonda Hotel

Address: 101 San Miguel Street, PO Box 217, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Avila Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Avila Beach
Price Range: ₹ 14,809 - ₹ 32,580 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Avila La Fonda Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Avila La Fonda isn't merely a hotel; it is an experience that transports you to a 19th-Century Mexican Village. The Inn is completely new and features an intimate design inspired by traditional Spanish and Mexican architecture. Colorfully adorned with eight Casita style facades, and inspired by eight actual homes in Mexico, the Inn takes on an old world style all its own. From the intricate stained glass windows, which were custom made to depict scenes from the local area, to the many delightful fountains; guests are surrounded by unparalleled luxury and beauty at every turn. Located one short block from the Pacific Ocean, our boutique hotel features twenty-eight elegantly appointed rooms and suites, each featuring a Jacuzzi tub for two, multiple-head shower, fireplace, and a 48-Inch HDTV. Rich furnishings partnered with warm colors, and stunning artwork help to create refined luxury in an inviting atmosphere. Prepare to enjoy countless pleasures and culinary delights from the moment you step through the doors. Our evening wine reception is the perfect time for our guests to change gears and prepare for a restful and indulgent stay-featuring hot and cold appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, two local wines and scrumptious desserts, our wine reception is held every evening from 5-6:30PM. Enjoy fresh baked pie from locally renowned Avila Valley Barn every evening from 8-10PM. Add a scoop of ice cream, a glass of milk, and a cup of our award winning Intelligentsia(C) Coffee to create the perfect evening indulgence!Each morning guests are encouraged to rise early to enjoy fresh baked chocolate chip croissants, award winning Intelligentsia(C) Coffee and fresh organic orange juice!Don't checkout just yet! Our nacho bar is held daily from 12-2PM featuring Coronitas and fresh-fruit margaritas!For those late night cravings be sure to visit our 24-Hour Chocolate Pantry. Candy bars, soups, snacks, sodas, water, energy drinks, sundries and toiletries all sold AT OR BELOW COST! We are pet friendly and are a couples retreat hotel. If you are traveling with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us directly for alternative accommodations. ... more   less 
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