Stayed for 3 nights at the Avila Lighthouse Suites - myself and my four children. Overall, the experience was positive. The hotel was clean and the room was spacious. I particularly like having a separate sitting area - and there was a TV in both the bedroom and sitting area which was great. We were on the 2nd floor and had a view of the pool and the ocean. The beach is right across from the hotel which is very convenient. The pool was nice - and decent size. We also enjoyed the hot tub. In addition, you can rent bikes at the hotel for a nice ride on the local bike trail. The kids particularly enjoyed this. I can imagine in the summer, it would be loud as the rooms surround the pool area and sports deck so during busy times, it probably wouldn't be that quiet - especially if you're room was too close to the pool/sports deck. It was quiet when we were there so this was not a problem for us. My kids also loved the sports deck with mini-golf, chess and ping pong. Again, could imagine these things being "occupied" during a busy period.
The cons - the sofa bed. Another review mentioned it and they were right on - the mattress was HORRIBLE! My kids complained about it and they don't complain about much. So, that was a major problem for us - as somebody needed to make use of the sofa bed and it became a battle over who was going to sleep there. We did have one rude staff person check us in - she wasn't overly rude, but not friendly either. Everyone else we encountered on the staff was extremely helpful.
There is not much to do in Avila Beach - however, we knew that and planned other activities in nearby areas - everything is pretty close - we spent a day in SLO, a day in Pismo, a day in Morro Bay and a day in Avila. We did eat dinner one night in Avila at the Custom House which was good and kid friendly. A bit expensive - but not outrageous. We also did room service one night - which was through the Custom House. It was just fine for us. The other night, we ate in Pismo at Rosa's - which is yummy. It's only a 10 minute drive to Pismo where there are more activities and food options - but I found Avila a nicer place to stay than Pismo because I like the quiet and Pismo looked a bit "run down" to me. The Avila Suites are fairly new - and I like that. Most of the things that are there are also pretty new and clean!
Oh yeah, I got a great rate through expedia. $140ish a night! Which was really a bargain for what we had I think. We'd stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps from the sand, the Avila Lighthouse Suites is perfectly nestled in the quaint beach town of Avila Beach between the mountains and the sea. Our all-suite beachfront hotel offers comfortable and spacious two-room suites, each with a private balcony or patio to admire the beautiful views. Guests enjoy a complimentary expanded continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, parking, spa services at our on-site spa facility, beachfront heated pool and Jacuzzi and family play areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avila Lighthouse Hotel Avila Beach
- Avila Lighthouse Beach