We had stayed at the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii over Thanksgiving, so comparisons couldn't be helped. Some of the staff here is friendly, but mostly they're surly or unhappy, and I think maybe much of it has to do with the unhappy, dour priggishness of the many Dutch travelers who frequent the hotel. I've never known the Dutch to be so unpleasant, but our experience here is that they keep to their own families, don't relate well with others, they rise early to claim all the best palapas with their belongings, only to leave the palapas unattended for many hours. Of course many Americans exhibit this same rude behavior, but we don't frequent places where they go.
The resort is supposed to be gay friendly, but as far as we can tell, we're the only gay couple, and some of the clientele have been surly when they've figured out that we're a couple.
The old section of the hotel is in need of repair. Our first room was dirty. The counters hadn't been completely clean, the tile grout was filthy, and the stucco on our deck was festooned with rust stains. The furnishings were flimsy and ill conceived. Far different from the rattan furnishings shown in the photos of the suite.
We asked to be moved to the Octogon section which was much much nicer, but for $500 a night, it was small.
Don't bother with the breakfast. It's $20 per person and many of the hot items are cool. The guests are piggish, making a mess and the staff doesn't keep up with it.
- 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