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Avila La Fonda Hotel

101 San Miguel Street PO Box 217, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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#2 of 5 hotels in Avila Beach
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Snack bar
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Outdoor furniture
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Mollie S wrote a review Oct 24
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Absolutely loved our stay. The hotel is so charming. We loved the complimentary wine and cheese upon arrival as well as the gift basket. We enjoyed our wine and cheese outside on your lovely patio. The room was so beautiful and comfortable and the jacuzzi tub was huge! The pies after 8:00 was a perfect end to our evening. I appreciated having plenty of coffee and tea available to us in our room and in the lobby. The croissant in the morning were delicious too and the chocolates as a parting gift went above and beyond, We truly loved everything about this hotel and we will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
K B wrote a review Oct 18
Santa Barbara, California6 contributions3 helpful votes
This is one of the best places we have EVER stayed. This hotel is really romantic. and in the perfect location. It is 1 block off from the sand of Avila Beach and the downtown promenade. We were greeted with 2 bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne in recognition of our anniversary. We also were given a snack basket that had a bunch of sweet and savory treats that could be exchanged for any others that they had in the snack area. The room had a jacuzzi tub and a fireplace. It had a small balcony so you can open up the french doors and feel the ocean breeze. The hotel is small so it has much more of a bed and breakfast feel. This place was simply amazing! I would give it more stars if I could. We can't wait to go back. We are already making plans for another romantic getaway here.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Get a room on the ocean side of the hotel. You can't see the water but it's still a nice...
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded 6 days ago
Wow! We can't thank you enough for your outstanding review! It was indeed a pleasure to play a small role in such a special celebration, and we're thrilled that our accommodations were perfect for your anniversary getaway. On behalf of our entire team, thanks so much for counting on us. We hope to show you another unforgettable experience in the near future! Sincerely, Angela Juneau General Manager
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clarityb2016 wrote a review Oct 17
Orcutt, California3 contributions
La Fonda hotel is one of our favorite hotels. A calm and cozy environment serves as the perfect backdrop for a beach staycation. The breakfast baskets, the delicious crescents, the charcuterie & wine, the evening pie options, and the lovely tile souvenir, all add to the comfort that La Fonda is known for.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from General Manager, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Wow, what a lovely review to read. Thank you so much for your kind words. Receiving recognition for our cozy and comfortable accommodations is always appreciated. On behalf of our team, it was a pleasure having you stay with us during your recent visit. We look forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Angela Juneau General Manager
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Escape487080 wrote a review Oct 16
1 contribution
The hotel is lovely, clean, and perfectly located. If it were at a lower price point, I'd give it 5 stars. Considering the price point, though, I think that in many ways it's an average property. Small things: --breakfast is a bottle of minute made orange juice plus a packaged croissant --the portable air conditioner in the room was too loud to use comfortably. We opened the window, but it opened right onto the sidewalk alongside the hotel. Didn't feel great about the security of leaving the window open (even with the stick they give you to put in the window track). Also, with the window open you hear the conversations of everyone walking by outside. --we arrived very late because of the fire shutting down highway 101 around Santa Barbara. We asked to extend check-out by one hour, but were denied. The night before, we were told that there were lots of rooms available (and that we could extend our stay in the same room if we chose to), as the highway/fire problems had caused many cancellations. Then in the morning, we're told that they're so busy/full that they can't give us an extra hour? Hmmmn ... --the hotel seems to be taking covid seriously in many ways, yet none of the front-desk staff were wearing masks.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Avoid ground floor rooms, since you'll probably want to leave the windows open (causing noise...
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
We are delighted to hear that you were able to enjoy our clean accommodations and wonderful location. With so much to do in the area, we hope you had a blast checking it all out. That being said, it appears we may have fallen short in some aspects of your stay and for that, we apologize. We are always looking for ways to improve and you can be confident that we will discuss your comments to ensure that we are bettering our overall guest experience. Should your travels bring you back, we hope you will give us another chance to impress you. Sincerely, Angela Juneau General Manager
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Sue G wrote a review Oct 10
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Loved the charming Avila La Fonda Hotel. Our room had a large Jacuzzi tub in the main room, fireplace and balcony - we could not wish for a more romantic room in which to celebrate my birthday. And we were greeted with a delicious charcuterie platter! The staff were pleasant and helpful and we would highly recommend this hotel - great value for the $$. Also the underground parking was very convenient in this bustling little town. Great location just a block from the beach and restaurant row. Additionally they gave us a voucher for a free tasting for 2 at Agape wines just across the street - which was wonderful! Our mini vacation could not have been better!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: ask for the jacuzzi room, with fireplace and balcony
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
What a truly wonderful review to receive! We are so glad to have had the opportunity to make your birthday such a special occasion. From comfortable accommodations to friendly service, we strive to do it all. Thank you for staying with us, and we would love to see you again in the future! Sincerely, Angela Juneau General Manager
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$187 - $559 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyAvila Beach
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Frequently Asked Questions about Avila La Fonda Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Avila Main Beach (0.06 miles), BoltAbout Electric Bikes (0.06 miles), and Alapay Cellars (0.04 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ocean Grill, Custom House, and Hula Hut & Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream.
Is Avila La Fonda Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Avila Beach.
Are any cleaning services offered at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Point San Luis Lighthouse (2.0 miles).