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Avila Hotel - Curacao
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Penstraat 130 | P.O. Box 791, Willemstad 130134, Curacao   |  
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Ranked #8 of 27 hotels in Willemstad
Zielona Gora, Poland
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“Good hotel but pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I stayed ath the Avila Hotel in october 2012.
I did book the Oxygon side which is newly renovated and I was great! The room had pool and oceanview, Great stone shower and seperate area for the bathroom nice decor. The Blues Restaurant was pricey and could improve on their food. It wasn't that good.
Room Tip: Octagon part of the hotel - Room 216 has fantastic oceanview

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Good location. Great beach. Nice though quite noisy room (we stayed in Blues Wing.)

Mixed experiences with staff...some friendly and attentive, others rude and act bothered by simple requests, some of which are outright forgotten (read: lunch service at beach from bar staff).

Beautiful resort. Good dinner food.

No wifi in room and wifi in lobby quite slow.

Experience well suited for beach-loungers and families.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Just returned from a week in Curacao at the Avila. My family and I really enjoyed this hotel. I have read some of the negative comments but have to say that there is no pleasing some people. All of the staff at the Avila were very nice and helpful. They all responded to smiles, good mornings etc. and made things quite pleasant. We had a room in the Blues wing which I know is not some folks 'cup of tea' but for anyone who is well traveled and adventurous, these rooms are 'authentic' Caribbean. The beautiful wood ceilings, wood beams and decks basically right on the ocean, in a small separate wing, make you feel like you are in your own resort. Having said that, these attributes also lead to the downside, which is the sound proofing (lack of) if you are on the first floor. Certainly didn't ruin our days!! Like many others commented, there are a number of good restaurants within a short walk and even the stroll to Punda is not far. Yes you need to go through a few blocks that look a little sketchy but we never felt unsafe. In addition to the restaurants listed in other reviews, I would highly recommend Ginger, which is just a bit further toward Punda. This is in sort of an 'art deco' area that includes the Wine bar and Miles. Also, we found Seasons to be very expensive and not really commensurate with the food and portion sizes.

The lunches at the pool bar are outstanding!! We miss the wraps already. All-in-all a great place to stay.

Room Tip: if you don't like noise ask for a room in the main building (Octagon) or a room on the second fl...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the Avila hotel for a week and had a great stay. The rooms are comfortable and well cleaned. Staff is friendly (in the beginning we sometimes had to get used to their Carribean speed of doing things :)). There are many excellent restaurants in the direct neighbourhood. Also, the coffee bar on the Avila property serves excelllent iced coffees and sandwiches. We were disappointed by the Blues bar though.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Our trip was beyond our expectations.  The culture, Dutch and Afro Caribbean, was warm, welcoming and a great combination.   Nataly, a manager, sent us off to night club dates that were beyond our normal experience and we enjoyed.; especially the Blues Bar at the Avila ( outstanding by San Francisco standards). The breakfast was fresh and varied.
The Avila Music Extravaganza (McDermott Trio, classical music) was exquisite and a beautiful memory for a birthday celebration.
The Blues Wing made it special by staying out on the ocean, as did the beautiful bays to snorkel inside and outside of the perimeter. The Kura Hulanda Museum was heartbreaking and very informative.  Many drives, sometimes lost, but fun to find our way around the island.
The staff was very helpful and fun.
A great journey from the Pacific Northwest and worth it.  We will send relatives and come again.  We are world travelers and you surprised us We thank you for all and hope to see you again.

Dan and Kathleen
Ashland Oregon

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Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

8 of us spent Feb 24, 25 at this resort, I was stung by a box jellyfish, highly venomous, the staff was alerted and in minutes I was on my way to the E.R., the cheif security officer phoned ahead and I was taken immediately inside and treated. I can not say enough about the aid and concern I recieved from this terrific staff of persons that this resort employees. On a different side, the food, the service, the views of the ocean were outstanding, would recommend this resort to all. Dan Abramson, Pennsylvania

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I was here for the 3rd time. The hotel is beautifully situated on the beach. This time I had a room in the Octagon wing with a beautiful sea view. The room was ok. Staff is very friendly and on a Carribean pace. Breakfast was OK. Summarising ok place to stay on a beautiful spot

Room Tip: You should try to get a room in the Octagon wing
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Penstraat 130 | P.O. Box 791, Willemstad 130134, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#6 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#6 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Avila Hotel - Curacao 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run boutique hotel comprises the islands original governor's mansion dating from 1780. Located on two romantic private beaches, the hotel is just minutes away from downtown Willemstad. The new Octagon Wing features 68 spacious rooms decorated in sophisticated neutrals with splashes of vivid Caribbean colors and has transformed the hotel into a contemporary luxury resort & spa. Avila Hotel nevertheless continues to be a reflection of the island of Curacao. Friendly. Intimate. Understated. Welcoming. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Avila Beach Resort
Hotel Avila Beach
Avila Hotel - Curacao Willemstad

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