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“This place is horrible! Don't go!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Avila Hot Springs Resort

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250 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach, CA 93405   |  
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Ventura, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“This place is horrible! Don't go!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

The website is misleading. Do not go, this place place is a dump, the cabins STINK, the pillows stink, the towels are like handtowels that you would not even dry your car with. The bunks are flimsy, the blanket are like cheese cloth. When we walked in there is a large can of air freshener and all fans were on. That should have been our first clue. There is no arcade, there is no great cafe. Its a hole!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

After a long work week, nothing is better than a day long soak at Avila Hot Springs! Been coming for years, and now make it a regular experience! So glad that kids under 8 are not allowed in the hot pool, it is too hot for them! Enjoying all the upgrades happening, this place is getting better and better!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Grover Beach, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

since I was a kid...and I love it.
Warning to parents though...bring a large plastic bucket so your child can sit in warm water also. There is an age limit of 8 years for the Hot Spring...which is disappointing for some parents...but for those of us who have been pooed on while trying to relax, it was a welcome rule. They have no issue with you filling a bucket & letting your child have their "Own pool" to sit in. Cooler & all around better for those involved.
The hotspring pool which has been newly tiled & looks great. I've seen looking kinda shabby in the past & am glad they resurfaced it yet again. They really do alot of work to maintain the property...it might be hard to tell for some...but I see it and appreciate it.
...go with the CA flow & be a beach bum, lay around on Avila Beach, jump in the ocean & then go soak your bones in Avila Hot Springs. It's been open since the early 1900's & was a healing pool regarded as a necessity to cure what ails ya, I absolutely agree.
Note to the chatty...some of us don't wanna talk about mundane things while soaking...it's not personal.
I've not stayed overnight, so I can't speak to their rooms or camping spaces... But I can tell you, do your homework. If you don't want to be next to the Hwy...camp somewhere else..it's "centrally located" to the on/off ramps & well as a busy road into & out of Avila.
This is not a resort...but there are some locally...which will cost you of course.
enjoy the friendly & helpful staff & eat some world famous food at Fat Cats in Avila.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arroyo Grande, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

A 5 star Disney resort it's NOT, This is a UNIQUE 100+ year old landmark enjoyed over the years by many generations of travelers. I remember visiting in the late 1950's during family vacations to the coast. Yes It's a little rough around the edges, but that's part of it's charm.

The staff was very friendly and had no problems accommodating our vintage Motor Home, the spot the put us in had good WIFI full hookups and easy access to the restroom and pools.

It's central location makes it a perfect home base to explore the surrounding sights and attractions. We stayed a week in January relaxing in the mineral springs and enjoying the pool. We liked so much we came back in March for more.......

I would highly recommend this as a good spot to explore the coast's attractions and come back to a relaxing hot dip at the end of the day.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We came and knew right away we would be back, it's a wholesome fun experience for families, with camping and cabins. The hot springs and surrounding town, beach, etc makes for an epic journey from Southern Cal- not too far for a one day trip each way, and there's nothing quite like this place, really so it's an experience

Room Tip: Bring a tent or try one of the cabins- only 5 bucks extra if you camp and want to go to the pool and...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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san luis obispo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

we love AHS for the movie nights - wed and sat nights. at $5 per person we have a wonderful experience. great people, great movies, wonderful mineral springs, and super friendly and professional staff. we visit the resort many times a month and have always been happy and thrilled with our visits. don't think twice. make Avila hot springs your next date night.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Luis Obispo, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I love this place, and so does my 5 year old daughter. After 5pm it is only 5 dollars to get in.... what a deal... We go, we swim, we sit in the hot tub, and on Saturday they play a movie which is very cool. It is a local hang out, so if you go consistently you start to see people you've met before and start to make friends who love the hot tubs too. I highly recommend this place for adults who want to relax, and for parents who want to take their kids swimming in the winter.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Avila Hot Springs Resort

Address: 250 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach, CA 93405
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Avila Beach
Also Known As:
Avila Hot Springs Hotel Avila Beach

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