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“A slice of heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #9 of 30 Hotels in Willemstad
New York, NY
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A slice of heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I stayed at the Avila Hotel with my best friend for 5 days in early July. The hotel is absolutely amazing. Let me begin by saying that the Dutch were genius in the way they designed buildings. Curacao, while maintaining a constant temperature of about 88 degrees F, is swept by a constant breeze. This is great for when you want to lay on the beach and relax without feeling like you're being burned by the sun - lather up on sun screen, however. This same breeze flows through the corridors making for absolutely amazing evenings.

The grounds are immaculate. The infinity pool is great and the two beaches are divine. The food at the two restaurants is decadent and if you want something lighter then try the Pool Bar (usually open until 5:00pm) or the Schooner Bar (open until midnight but serving light junk food after 6:00pm). The ladies at the Pool Bar were very nice, preparing our meals like mom would. The staff at the Schooner bar is very attentive; you can on a beach chair and someone will always come up to you and ask you if you need a drink. There's a lovely patio overlooking the beach.

The left side of the beach is a bit choppy as the barrier lets the waves in from the east through the opening and the right side of the beach is calmer. Everything about this hotel is perfect. Again I must say the staff was very welcoming but after roaming through Willemstad (even at night) I've realized that people in Curacao are just naturally friendly, unpretentious and very welcoming. Not in a "I'll be nice to you because you're a tourist type of way" (the majority of the guests here are from Europe or South America so nobody tips), but in a "I want to show you my homeland and make sure you love it."

Luxeandrew (ask him anything about the island and he'll point you the right way) and the crew at the Schooner bar, both in the morning and in the afternoon, will chat you up, make you fabulous drinks and truly make you feel welcome. For all of you gay travelers, don't worry. This is really a live and let live country. Dare I say that people here are blasé about homosexuality. I suppose this is due to the diversity of this amazing island. Don't be afraid to be yourself.

All in all, unless I rent an apartment or buy a house in Curacao, this will be my yearly vacation spot and the Avila Hotel will be my home base. My only con about the hotel is the lack of food available after a certain hour. Yes, the Schooner bar offers little snacks, but it would be good if they served sandwiches or wraps past midnight, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

Room Tip: I honestly do not think one room is better than the other. All I know that the summer is their off s...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Bronx, New York
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This was our first to Curacao and we couldn't have been any more luckier by staying at the Avila Hotel. The location was terrific since it was a 10-15 minute walk to Punda, which actually is great if you prefer to stay at a place in a quiet area instead of the city. We found that aside from a day tour here and there, everything we needed was at the hotel. The food is amazing with lots of different options to suit your gastronomic needs, the beach is and breathtaking while the sun is descending and tranquil through the day, the hotel gym is the most state of the art one I've ever seen in a small Caribbean island, but what stood out the most for us was the staff. Every member on the Avila team does whatever they can to make your stay more enjoyable and they do so out of a genuine sense to please. Some hotels strive to be perfect and get flustered when you show them proof of them being otherwise. At Avila, what counts most to me is that when you bring things to their attention, they will always respond by doing whatever is in their power to help you and improve your stay. And they will do so with a big smile and warm energy that is infectious. Things can be a bit expensive when converted into US Dollars (around $20 for sunblock) but that seems to be everywhere in Curacao since many goods are imported, so if you plan on only eating at the restaurants occasionally, you may have trouble finding alternative dining options since many things in Willemstad close around 6pm and the nearest supermarket is a 30 minute walk away. Also, be weary of walking in the evening. There are quite a few abandoned houses near the hotel and it is generally wise to keep away from them in the evening. Overall if this is your first visit to Curacao, I am confident that the Avila Hotel will be a perfect place to stay at during your trip. I for one can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Loved the location near Petermaai. Mostly Dutch side of island. Walking distance to restaurants and hotel had music at bars and blues club. Rooms had great ocean view. Nice beach and reefs off beach. We stayed in room 406 in oxtagon wing. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The location of this hotel is fantastic. It will only take you 15 min to walk to Punda. If you prefer not to walk, you will have the choice of the local minibus. It will take you there in a few minutes for 2 NAF / 1,3 USD - They run all the time, so just stop one. The hotel beach is very nice and the local "reef" is perfect for snorkelling. We did book a room in the Blues wing, but had a upgrade for one of the suites. Thanks to all the nice Reception staff. The service from reception team is in the absolute world class elite. - Everything will be handled with a great smile and hosptality. Maybe it isn't fair to pick out one member of the reception staff, but Jennifer is really something special. Thank you for doing our holiday even better with your big smile and friendly attitude. The hotel grounds are always very clean and well maintained. The rooms are comfortable and include all you would need for the stay. - This is really the Avila Experience. - A great choice in Curacao...Maybe THE choice !!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

High quality hotel, 15-20 minutus from centre of Willemstad by walking.
Rather small beach area, but nice. Chairs and towels available for free.
No shops and only 1 affortable restaurant nearby, walking distance.
Quality in Jazz restaurant and choice is poor. Expensive wine list.

Room Tip: Choose, ask for Octagon Wing highest level. Then you have a good ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Currently staying at a B&B. Inquired about a beach/pool day pass and were told we could purchase a pass for $9 US each. When we arrived we were informed the passes were beach access only, not the pool. There are excellent beaches just 30 minutes drive away. We were seeking a leisurely day by the pool with drinks and lunch, but were not allowed access. Just a short walk up the road we paid $7 each US for all day access to oceanfront infinity pool with a full bar, restaurant, and excellent service at Saint Tropez Ocean Club.

Stayed July 2013
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AvilaHotelCuracao, Public Relations Manager at Avila Hotel - Curacao, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Dear Francis,

Thank you very much for visiting the Avila Hotel during your stay on Curacao. However, we are sorry to hear that you were misinformed about our Beach Pass.

The reason we call our day pass a Beach Pass is because we want to prevent confusion about it and clarify that it will only give you access to our private beach as our pool is exclusively reserved for hotel guests. We apologize for this misunderstanding.

Although you were excited for a pool day, we wish you would have stayed at/or return to our hotel for a relaxing day at our beach. That way you could experience our white sandy beach, refreshing drinks and tasty lunches and snacks at our unique Schooner Bar or Pool Bar. In addition, we offer all day pass visitors complimentary Wi-Fi and a beach chair; quite a nice package for only US $9 per person we believe.

All in all, we hope that you have a pleasant stay in your Bed & Breakfast and that you're enjoying our beautiful island. We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel in the future!


Sunny regards,

Gabriella Hoop
Sales & PR Coordinator
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Naples, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at the Avila Hotel now for the second time and have loved our experience there. From friendly staff to beautiful manicured gardens and grounds it is a true caribbean paradise. Curacao itself is a gem, clean and friendly and safe with very little of the typical poverty seen in the islands and what appear to be a well educated populace with an abundance of culture and all the appeal of Dutch living around the city without the gray and frigid Dutch climate. The restaurants at the hotel were wonderful and reasonably priced and one could spend their entire vacation at the hotel and have a great time. However, the staff at the Avila is amazing at helping with reservations and accommodating with concierge service and arranging reservations at restaurants near and far on the island. The beaches were amazing and the pool was spectacular, the water on this Caribbean Island is probably the most beautiful I have ever seen and I have been all over the Caribbean. The only complaint was the AC was as Nikonaut put it on hyperdrive lol. The room was so cold that you would open the windows and the whole room would fog up and condense into a full on cumulus cloud, given the nice fresh tradewinds one could get by without such turbocharged A/C but it is a minor complaint that can be rectified by the nice soft linens provided by the hotel, I highly recommend this hotel for anyone to stay at in Curacao. The rooms are really nice especially the oceanside rooms, but the Octagon is also a great value for the money.

Room Tip: For a few extra buck you can stay oceanside on the protected Caribbean inlet that is well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Avila Hotel - Curacao

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 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#6 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Avila Hotel - Curacao 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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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