I have stayed at the Avila three times, both for business and vacation. For my latest trip, I spent some extra time after some business meetings as a short vacation. The hotel has some flaws, but it really maximizes the property on which it is located. It's a midsize hotel, with several different classes of rooms. I have generally stayed in the Octagon wing. The rooms are very nice, with private decks and plenty of space. Internet can be a bit spotty, but in the rooms you can hook up with a hard wire. Given the room prices at some other resorts, I would say that the Avila rooms are an outstanding value.
The hotel grounds are scenic and charming and very well maintained.
The beach is nothing to write home about -- it's really an engineered lagoon with two small spits of sand on either side of the pier that supports the Blues restaurant. However it is well appointed with chairs and there is plenty of shade. The space is limited so if the hotel is busy the chairs fill up very early. They have an odd policy that requires you to use a card to acquire beach towels, presumably because some guests have been stealing towels. It's strange, but not too much trouble.
Breakfast is very good, though it is a bit expensive. They have a good variety of fruit, pastries, eggs, pancakes etc. The two bars are also nice, though I very much prefer the Schooner Bar which is a bit cleaner and more unique. The snacks/lunches available from the bars are very good.
Service can be a bit inconsistent. On one occasion, my room was not ready until after 5:00 p.m. on the day of my arrival, though during my stay the cleaning staff is prompt and thorough. Most of the staff at the front desk are polite and helpful.
Overall, I enjoy staying at the Avila and plan to keep returning.
- 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 Beach Hotel Curacao/Willemstad