My now husband and I chose the Avila hotel as the perfect location for our wedding in June 2013 without seeing the property first. We had heard great reviews from this site and others, as well as our wedding coordinator and others from the tourism board. 25 of our closest family and friends came with us and also stayed at the hotel and everyone had a wonderful time. I can not say enough wonderful things about the hotel and the management. Most of our group stayed in the Belle Alliance rooms, and had great experiences. Everyone one of those rooms had a fantastic view and everything was easily accessible to the main areas of the hotel. We did have a few guests who stayed in either the Octagon or Blues wings, and they were also very happy.
Upon arriving, we were settled into a suite in Belle alliance that overlooked not only the beach but also the Pergola which is where we got married (a perfect, intimate site for a small wedding!!) The staff at the hotel were wonderful to us, and were very accommodating the entire time. On the day of the wedding (about half way through our 2 week trip) we were surprised with an upgrade to another suite which had first floor deck over the water and access to the small, private beach. After the wedding, we went there and the hotel decorated the bedroom as well as gave us a bottle of sparkling wine to enjoy. We felt like a king and queen the entire time, and it was hard to say goodbye after the two weeks!
Our guests loved the location of the hotel. It is an easy 20-30 minute walk into town, and the same to a grocery store (which gave people the needed ability to get cheap snacks/drinks). As they will tell you when you arrive, it is not recommended that you walk anywhere on the island after dark, but it is easy to get a taxi whenever needed. There is a Budget rental car service at the hotel and a tour guide who can help arrange excursions around the island. We took advantage of both of these services and were very happy with the results.
Again, we can't stay enough about the staff - from Zatessa and Jessica who helped coordinate the wedding to Luxandrew at the bar who helped us create a great signature drink for our reception. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting Curacao, and I hope we get the chance to return sometime soon.