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“Adorable, fun getaway with hospitality galore!” 5 of 5 stars
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Avila La Fonda Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   101 San Miguel Street, PO Box 217, Avila Beach, CA 93424   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
California
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22 hotel reviews
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“Adorable, fun getaway with hospitality galore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

My friend essentially insisted we stay here on our trip down Highway 1 and boy, were we glad we did! Avila is a quiet, but cute little seaside town. The hotel is inviting, with beautiful and relaxing fountains and spacious rooms, but the best part is the hospitality. There are freshly baked chocolate croissants and coffee in the morning, afternoon nacho bar with margaritas and Coronas, evening wine and cheese with chicken wings and other snacks, nightly freshly baked pies (probably my favorite) and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies all the time! There's a big DVD collection to peruse, a complimentary snack basket in the rooms and a chocolate treat on your bed every evening. The towels were soft and plush, even the bath mat was great! Highly recommend staying here and there's a discount for Costco members!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
PIES? PIES? I'm sure couple of readers wondered about pies in hotel ? Not to many hotels host a nightly(8pm) pie reception .But than no where else is like La Fonda,is it? .We have wonderful local baker famous for their fruit pies ,so we convinced them to prepare us seasonal fruit pies from their orchards .So everynight we bake pies apple,strawberry,peach,oilinberry,cherry ,pumkin,(more) are baked by our staff every evening .Guests stop in on way their back , dinner and join other guests for pie (ice cream and whip cream are of course available) .
Unusual maybe, but not at La Fonda.

Our hotel is all about simple math formula ...
Extra-ordinary service + unusual/unexpected amenties (jacuzzi tubs for two ,showers with six heads,towel warmers,fireplaces ,in every room and suprises like pie ).
= guests who want to return
often to duplicate their last extraordinary experience and they than tell their friends .
Very simple math 1 happy guest = many return visits ..
Thank you for sharing and thank your friend for us for insisting you stay ...Your turn!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Marino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Booked our rooms for one night. We checked in and liked it so much, we decided to extend our stay.
The hotel and staff are great. They have the welcome basket in your room. They have you fed all day. From 6:30am to 10 pm. The location is only a short walk to beach and restaurants. All I can say is we will be back soon. Avila La Fonda is our new home away from home while in the Central Coast.

  • Stayed March 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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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Yours is a familiar story ,nearly each morning several guests visits the lobby desk and asks to stay another night .What a nice compliment ,to what we all try to do ..make each guest stay memorable enough to return .It's secert to our sucess ,we concentrate on the guest at hand ,and they return and tell their friends . Thank you for telling your story with your friends on facebook ,please honor us by returning soon .
We do reccomend staying two nights to experience La Fonda ,you can relax and not worry about checking out .Sleep in have a crossiant right from our oven and sip the best coffee you ever had in hotel anywhere .We love coffee so its part of La Fonda experience . This summer we are moving our Local wine reception to back to lani deck and to take advantage weather and warm nights ,extending it to 5-745pm .Just in time for our fresh baked pies at 8pm ..linger alittle longer and enjoy our outdoor fireplace .(yes fresh cookies are always there when you need one).
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Goleta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

Stayed there for one night only. Great location. Short walk to the beach and beach front restaurants. Hotel staff very friendly and very accommodating. They offer complimentary breakfast items, beer & tacos mid day, wine in the afternoon and fresh warm pies in the evening. Amazing.

Now for the unusual things. We booked what we thought was a queen bedroom but were surprised to find out our room (all non-spa rooms?) have complete kitchens and dining areas but no bed in sight. Bed is a pull down "Murphy Bed". Not something we wanted and management upgrated us to a King/spa room which was more to our liking. Only odd thing in that room was that air conditioner was a portable unit that was vented to a window via a large rubber tube. Worked well, just odd.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
First thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review.
So glad ,you noticed all "awesome stuff" ,I don't know of a hotel anywhere that has an all day hospitality room with so much wonderful complimentary food,beverages, and snacks.It was patterned after the airline VIP rooms from 70s ,that use to make first class travel so much fun.

On odd things not so odd really..we designed hotel to be all suites (casitas) or indidvual rooms (you can book both or either side (you booked great room which is a studio apartment by day and than bedroom at night ,actually to our suprise and delight, the most popular option). Seems that a lot guests like the comfort of having "Great room " family room setup much like in your home,particularly if you have friends stopby ).
So sorry for confusion,looks like you didnt call hotel direct ,but made on third party internet site,they often alittle weak in explaining features and benefits of both styles .Always better call any hotel direct you get better rate and avoid this type mistake . We are sorry for any mis info or lack of details we always try our best to explain differences when you call in person.,But most important ,was glad our staff accommodated your preferences and foound rght room for your stya. .

Because of Avila's year round mild weather we didn't include air conditioning when we built our 1920s style building ,made alot sense to those of us that live in Avila, all year round .But some our Valley customers thought it was the craziest idea , they ever heard of ,to open a window ,(see only negative reviews back in first year) But we listened to our tripadvisor friends ,and found the best portable units we could find .We move them in or out based on guest preference .As you mentioned they do work great ,if desired .Personally i still prefer opening windows and letting in clean ocean air (and since Avila is so safe not problem either way ).
Again thank you for many kind comments ..Please come often and tell a friend ,glad you gave us chance to explain,a great review!
kindest regards,
micheal kidd
co owner
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Oxnard, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed there mid week and it was great! it was a birthday surprise and was everything I thought it would be and turned out to be a great surprise for my partner. We stayed in the king spa room and really enjoyed the jacuzzi tub and fireplace. The staff was great and very helpful! I was talking with the staff and was telling me about the pies they offer for dinner, and I told him my favorite, well when we got back from dinner he had made sure one of the pies was the one I wanted! Thanks so much to the staff ! It was a great getaway and we are already planning our return and have told many people about it and they are looking to book a trip there as well! Thanks for the great memories!

Room Tip: Sleep with doors open to hear the fountain and ocean
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank You Holly,
We appreciate that you trusted us for your special occasion getaway . Almost 1/2 our business is anniverasary /birthdays and special occasions .I especially liked the part about the pie! First who doesnt like homemade pie,just baked , out of the oven .( i have been known to come by often to insure quality ,ha)It's been a big hit ,and welcomed suprise to our guests ..But the fact that a staff member listened and than made special trip to our pastry chef ,to get your favorite pie and than baked it , just for you ,is what we are really all about, "extraordinary service ." We know a birthday/ anniversary is special time ,so we go out of our way to make it memorable and not just another day ..Hope to see you before than , if not ,"same time next year!" And thank you for telling friends ,we don't do traditional advertising only word of mouth from one friend to another .If we
kindest regards
micheal
co owner
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed a weekend at this hotel and were very impressed. We stayed in one of the spa rooms which had a large jacuzzi tub, and a fireplace. Very nice touches. The most amazing part were the daily amenities which included Nachos and beer at noon, wine and appitizers at 5:00 and unbelievable pies at 8:00. The staff had to be one of the best we have experienced at hotels. They are so friendly and professional and will do anything to make your stay more enjoyable. We will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
What nice review!! We are constantly looking for ways to improve the La Fonda Hotel with new amenties and services ! You mentioned couple brand new ones .. Welcome Nacho Bar whether you are leaving the hotel and one last snack for road or midday welcome our complimentary Nacho Bar is great way say goodbye or meet the staff and other guests! And complimentary Coronas,mexican Cokes,and Virgin marquritas add to La Fonda experience .
It's all about giving extraordinary service ,all day throughout your stay. Our hospitality concept is
unique to our industry, we spend our marketing dollars on our guests ,they return and tell their friends. Other hotels are always trying to attract new customers, we work to insure our current ones come back .Thank you for kind comments!
micheal kidd
co owner
And your right we have awesome staff members!
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Temecula, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We both enjoyed the stay the most out of the 3 hotels (2 Hyatts) we stayed at on our trip up the coastline.

The hospitality, comfortable furnishings, and beautiful area made it a romantic and memorable stay.
We would definitely come back in the future.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Romantic and Comfortable ...
When we designed La Fonda , we had a certain guest in mind .YOU! We felt the one market not served by most hotels ,was romance ..thank you for noticing . WE BEEN WORKING ON PERFECTING THIS ROMANTIC THING FOR 6 YEARS...

Every room has cozy fireplace ,jacuzzi tub for TWO (shouldn't life be fun?) ,showers with multi heads ,half of which are designed for TWO with six heads at different levels for surround shower experience for two ..(shouldn't life be fun?). candles,towel warmers,great music systems (Bose),
all add to the experience .
And it appears to have worked as 1/2 of our guests are locals running away for night or two from far away places like San Luis Obispo or Arroyo Grande (7 miles away) .Avila La Fonda was designed to be a special occasion hotel ,whether it's an anniverary/birthday or just a night to getaway from the kids or to celebrate new one on the way .

Thank you, for sharing your experiences ...we don't believe in advertising ,but creating an experience so note worthy that one satisfied tells their friends .and than they tell theirs .Thank you so much , for sharing with your friends on trip advisor .Please honor us again with a return visit.
micheal
co owner
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Sanger, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I have a yearly commitment for business that I don't like to go through, but staying at La Fonda every time makes the weekend worthwhile. I have traveled all over the world and this is one of my favorite hotels, and I've stayed in some amazing places. The staff is great. I can't say enough about it, but I feel confident you won't be disappointed.

KWY

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Weekend on the Coast,
When we set out to build the perfect hotel ,we had you in mind. Really it has to hold up to high standards for two important travelers .The couple who save up all year for anniversary or birthday getaway,and folks like you who travel for living and stay in top hotels .
Both are demanding customers we are not cheapest hotel on coast or even in Avila Beach . Thats not our market ,we want be your special place on coast ,and yes there is higher standards and costs to be that kind of hotel.
But we love when experienced travelers repeatly come back again .We realize you have choice ,we are constantly trying to be better .
See you next time !
Micheal kidd
co owner (Santa Claus looking guy )
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Address: 101 San Miguel Street, PO Box 217, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Avila Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Avila Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Avila La Fonda Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Avila La Fonda isn't merely a hotel; it is an experience that transports you to a 19th-Century Mexican Village. The Inn is completely new and features an intimate design inspired by traditional Spanish and Mexican architecture. Colorfully adorned with eight Casita style facades, and inspired by eight actual homes in Mexico, the Inn takes on an old world style all its own. From the intricate stained glass windows, which were custom made to depict scenes from the local area, to the many delightful fountains; guests are surrounded by unparalleled luxury and beauty at every turn. Located one short block from the Pacific Ocean, our boutique hotel features twenty-eight elegantly appointed rooms and suites, each featuring a Jacuzzi tub for two, multiple-head shower, fireplace, and a 48-Inch HDTV. Rich furnishings partnered with warm colors, and stunning artwork help to create refined luxury in an inviting atmosphere. Prepare to enjoy countless pleasures and culinary delights from the moment you step through the doors. Our evening wine reception is the perfect time for our guests to change gears and prepare for a restful and indulgent stay-featuring hot and cold appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, two local wines and scrumptious desserts, our wine reception is held every evening from 5-6:30PM. Enjoy fresh baked pie from locally renowned Avila Valley Barn every evening from 8-10PM. Add a scoop of ice cream, a glass of milk, and a cup of our award winning Intelligentsia(C) Coffee to create the perfect evening indulgence!Each morning guests are encouraged to rise early to enjoy fresh baked chocolate chip croissants, award winning Intelligentsia(C) Coffee and fresh organic orange juice!Don't checkout just yet! Our nacho bar is held daily from 12-2PM featuring Coronitas and fresh-fruit margaritas!For those late night cravings be sure to visit our 24-Hour Chocolate Pantry. Candy bars, soups, snacks, sodas, water, energy drinks, sundries and toiletries all sold AT OR BELOW COST! We are pet friendly and are a couples retreat hotel. If you are traveling with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us directly for alternative accommodations. ... more   less 
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