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“Beautiful Property with Acceptable Service” 4 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 #8 of 27 hotels in Willemstad
Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Beautiful Property with Acceptable Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Avila Hotel location, beach, and grounds are absolutely beautiful. Very tropical, with their coconut and plantain trees, thatch roofed beach huts, white sands, and clear blue sea waters. We loved the atmosphere and service at the Schooner Bar on the beach. We were really there for the Caribbean vibe, so all this made it worth it to us.

However, the hotel facilities in general were somewhat less than I had come to expect from travelling for business. The weather is very humid, and our hotel room had been shut up before we got there because it was the off season. When we turned on the air conditioning, there was so much condensation that it pooled on the tile floor, and we had to mop it up with towels. This is probably just the result of the weather, but it was unexpected. Also, the restaurants had odd hours, and the food wasn't that great. One day housekeeping just skipped us, but another day they responded to a note we left and gave us extra coffee as requested. We seemed to not get washcloths after the first few days, though.

So, as a hotel it was less than stellar, but the fabulous beach and grounds, as well as the Schooner bar, more than made up for it for us.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the Belle Alliance rooms with a partial ocean view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Toledo, Ohio
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The room was clean and we always had sufficient towels and ice. Desk staff was helpful. The Wi fi was very good and wide spread in the public areas. The food at the beach bar was good at the Barista Cafe not so much. I was not real impressed with the staff at the Belle Terrace but the shrimp and chicken at the buffet were good as were the veggie dishes. The place was easy walking distance to Punda..
I have a suggestion to improve the shower set up; install baskets between whose bars ones soap and small containers will not slip through.
The beach and pool were both well maintained. Some of the best snorkeling on the island can be accessed on the Avila beach.

Room Tip: The room we had in the Ocatgon Tower was very small. We got a better one in an older part of the bui...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I have stayed at the Avila since it was a very small hotel without the Octagaon, Blues Wing, and the Villas or the pool. It has always been an exceptional property with a very special feeling. When you stay at the Avila you feel as if you have really gotten away. The Belle Alliance with Water View is a favorite of mine as is the Blues Wing with a room on the second floor looking in at the beach. The rooms on the other side facing Willemstad are much hotter during the day.

There is an indescribable charm to this hotel. The fact that most guests are Dutch or South American adds a special feel. You have to be accepting of the fact that the beaches are coves and not long strands as is true with most beaches on the island.

Being walking distance to Willemstad also is a major plus.

Just suggested this hotel to a couple and they raved about the experience.

As I wrote in the title, this is really an old favorite of mine with many special memories.

Room Tip: In Blues Wing, rooms facing the beach are cooler and second floor rooms are quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I stayed at Avila Hotel August 15-23, 2013 and could not have been more pleased. As a solo traveler, I was initially concerned by some of the reviews I read regarding the area, however, once I arrived, I had NO worries. The location of the hotel definitely has some revitalization in progress within the surrounding streets, but it is certainly not anything that should deter someone from choosing this hotel. The area is also PERFECT for some of the BEST restaurants on the Island. You are only a "very" short walk to a variety of them....Fishalicious, Rozendael's, Seasons, etc. A 25-minute walk (not 10 minute as Island people will tell you) will take you directly to the center of the city and the famous swinging bridge and waterfront cafes.

As for the hotel itself, the staff is unbelievable....a huge kuddos to all!!! I stayed in the Octagon section and the room was spacious and very clean. I ate at all the restaurants on site, and enjoyed them all. Jazz night at Blues is a must!! If I had to say one negative thing about the hotel, it would be that the hotel only has only one pool area, which is very beautiful, but was overtaken by children. Most of whom were not supervised by their parents, who remained at the beach area, therefore, those adults without children could not relax or swim because of flying toys, screaming kids, floats and water games. I really think with the type of guests that Avila has, they should seriously invest in a separate pool area for the kids since this pool is too small for playing children "and" adults. Other than that, I have no complaints and definitely plan to return!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My girlfriend and I recently stayed at Avila for a week and we absolutely loved it. We have travelled all over the world and never have a stayed at a resort with such a friendly welcoming staff. The food was incredible and the private beaches were awesome. We had such a relaxing enjoyable time at Avila that I would recommend it to anyone. Everything is so easy at Avila, we can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: The rooms above the pool are the best
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Akron, Ohio
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The property itself is the best in Curacao! The staff is AMAZING! Did I say the staff is AMAZING!!! Good food, drinks, all the help you will ever need is all at the Avila Hotel. Was there Labor day weekend for the North Sea Jazz Festival, they provided free transportation to the festival roundtrip! The events on the property alone will keep you entertained. Great Beach Bar- special shout to Luxandrew :) Oh yeah, there is a private beach...need I say more?

Room Tip: The older rooms are bigger
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Avila for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon in late June 2013. We had a room on the second story of the Blues Wing facing the Blues Restaurant... it was incredible!! We had a gorgeous balcony and the view was breathtaking. We would highly recommend the Blues Wing.

We were able to walk into Willemstaad to explore, which was an easy 20 minute walk. We also ate dinner at several restaurants in Willemstaad, and our favorite meal of the trip was at Rozendaels, which is just across the street from the Avila. We mostly walked to dinners, but it was also easy get taxis, as they were always waiting in front of the hotel. It was also very easy to get taxis to and from the airport.

We cannot recommend the Avila enough... the staff was so nice, the bars were great for lunch and cocktails, and our room was lovely. My husband especially loved snorkeling in the lagoon! The water is crystal clear and calm. Thanks for an incredible trip!!

Room Tip: We stayed on the second floor of the Blues Wing and would highly recommend-- big rooms with beautifu...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#6 Romantic 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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