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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Avila Village Inn

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Avila Village Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
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“Travel agent says " thumb's up!"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2007

This hotel is a great value. Hot tub and fireplace make it extra special. The rate is the best around for a property with those amenities. I've searched every property in the area looking for a romantic get-a-way that was nice and not over-priced. You'll find it here.

  • Liked — The huge bathroom, fireplace and hot tub.
  • Disliked — That it's getting hard to find availability there these days!
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2006

We stayed at the Avila Village Inn for the Christmas weekend in 2006. We got a normal room. The room cost us about $185 after a Costco discount ($206 originally).

Here is our 2 cents:

The plus points:
+ The king sized bed was very comfy.
+ Convenient Jacuzzi on balcony (unless you opt for a room with a delux bathtub instead)
+ Huge glass shower stall
+ Free DVDs to borrow from front desk (about 30 to choose from)
+ 70+ channels of cable to choose from
+ AC / Heater in room
+ Fast gas fire place : warms up quickly and a romantic look at just the flip of a switch
+ Bike rental (beach cruisers with baskets and all) available for rent at $8 first hour and $4 / 30 min after that; There is an easy paved wide road for bikers, walkers only for 1.5 miles to the beach. You get helmets and bike locks to borrow as well.
+ Mini-fridge and coffee maker in room.
+ Coffee / Biscotti in rooms on weekend mornings. We got it in the lobby as well -- maybe because it was Christmas.
+ Only 30 rooms at the site, so housekeeping and front desk services were really prompt. They were all very nice and friendly.
+ Wonderful little lobby - small, cozy, large fireplace, Christmas lights, etc.

The minus points:
- No microwave in room (though there is a fridge and a wet bar sink)
- The room, although big enough for the two of us, was smaller than the pictures on the web site made it out to be
- Although we took a 2nd floor room, it would be bad for the people on the 1st floor, because when the water from the jacuzzi overflows, it run over and down into the 1st floor balconies. i.e. Definitely opt for a 2nd floor room if possible.

Genearl minus points:
- San Luis Obispo / Avilla Beach was a nice quite choice. However, due to the Christmas weekend many of the things were closed (wine tasting, many restaurants / shops, etc.) So - if you are going on a Holiday weekend ... call ahead to find out if the things you are interested in are really going to be open.

However, the beach was nice. Small - but nice. Fair warning, the pier is fine to walk on in sneakers, but the gaps between the boards will make it really really really difficult to walk in heels.

Good Luck - enjoy your stay wherever you go!

  • Liked — Cozy little Inn appeal
  • Disliked — Not much to do around the area (small beach and wine country, but shops and wine tasting were closed for the holiday weekend - so the place was pretty dead outside of the hotel itself.
  • Tips/Secrets — Take a second floor room; Make sure stuff is open in the area; Use your Costco Membership for a great discount
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled solo
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Boulder Creek, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Avila Village Inn on a short weekend coast/winery trip. After considering a number of late notice options this turned out to be a good choice (on the way there we noticed that the Madonna Inn is right on 101 ;( ). The room itself was definitely above average, and even though we were on the ground floor afforded a good amount of privacy. In fact, the decor constantly gave us ideas for our own home during our short stay.

The light complimentary breakfast is a nice touch - if you are expecting a large breakfast you will be disappointed, but remember that your options at other locations are either a) nothing, or b) $20 per person. Staff were pleasant on checkin/checkout, but we're typically not too needy so we rarely have staff-related issues.

Finally, if you are looking for a good central location this works well. The Inn is about 2 miles from 101, and within easy reach of Morro Bay, Pismo Beach/SOL and the northern reaches of Santa Barbara wine country. We'd probably stay there again.

  • Liked — room, staff
  • Disliked — 1st floor hot-tub not quite private enough
  • Tips/Secrets — get a 2nd floor room if you can
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2006

Drove up on Friday, June 23, the day after getting married in Redlands.
We loved the Craftsman influence on the room decoration, with the matching oak furniture and light fixtures. The king-sized bed and large bathroom with double sinks and a huge sitdown shower added to our comfort. The jacuzzi on the deck, although not totally private, was used several times a day. Although an on-site restaurant would be nice, the Village Deli a few steps away had nice picnic-like food and a big selection of beer and wine. The continental breakfast on the weekends was a great way to start the day.
Found the service to be excellent and the staff was helpful to us. This is now our place to stay in the Central Coast area.

  • Stayed June 2006
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2006

We couldn't wait to escape for the weekend for some R&R, unfortunately this new inn was such a disappointment!
The facility and room is clean, new, very nice!
The staff is terrible. There is simply NO service. The front desk folks were bad news, from misinformation to no information to unkind! (3 different ladies all inexperienced and have no clue how to help a customer.)
We were unable to sleep due to the noise heard from above (walking, flushing, talking, splashing)
We awoke early to view the continuous waterfall flowing down from above onto our patio. (front desk said, "it must be the folks above splashing in their jacuzzi."
Totally unexpected was the noise, behind the creek from the cars!!!
If you're inclinced to visit...don't expect service, stay downstairs, don't expect a quiet stay and don't expect food...which is no where on the property.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Fremont, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2006

After reviewing their website, we were looking forward to our stay, expecting it to be similar to Sycamore Mineral Springs, which is nearby. The property is beautiful, with gorgeous Craftsman style architecture and appointments in the exterior, lobby, and rooms. The location is not the greatest, being in the middle of an office park, but if you want seclusion, you will have it here.

The furnishings and decor in the room was impeccable. However, the layout is awkward, with the TV in the armoire situated so that it was difficult to watch in both the bed and in chairs. You could not swivel it enough to see it well. We wound up dragging the chairs across the room and sitting in front of the fireplace to be able to watch.

For some odd reason, they have an auto-close hinge on the bathroom door, so you have to prop something in front of it if you want to leave it open to air out the steam. There was only one wastebasket, and NO luggage stand or dresser top suited for a suitcase. I wound up using the ironing board to put my suitcase on. There was no information binder in the room. The phone had a problem where the message light blinked continuously, even without any waiting messages. There was only one ice machine (second floor). They advertise an included breakfast, but they now only provide it on weekends (didn't sound like much anyway- only coffee and biscotti). I was not notified of this change when I made my reservation. The bed was pretty comfortable.

The worst thing was the dangerous hot tub on the patio deck. There is only one short step to get into it and no hand rail! We were forced to use the rail of the patio wall (not designed to support weight) to climb in. My husband is 6 feet and had trouble getting in and out. I cannot believe that this conforms to building codes for spas for public use. Sycamore Mineral Springs was far better, plus you fill the tub yourself so you know the water is clean when you use it. At Avila Village Inn, the hot tub is prefilled, and you really don't know if the chemicals were correct.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2006

Avila Beach, California: The Avila Village Inn
"We are repeat customers - the setting is secluded, luxurious, and relaxing! Great spa on the deck, luxurious art deco furnishings, great beds, fireplace, spa"
Date: March 17 - March 19, 2006
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor Member, California

We have just returned from a long lazy weekend at the Avila Village Inn. This is our seventh or eighth stay.
This hotel is one of our favorites; it is very different than most - definitely boutique! The decor is art deco craftsman - the rooms are angled which give an impression of spaciousness. There are chaises within the rooms, and each room has a granite bar and refrigerator.
We had a lovely master suite on the second floor - The living room has a lovely cuppola ceiling with floor to ceiling windows set in a bay window configuration with transom windows at the top that let in tons of light. The suite overlooks a green area with a gazebo used for weddings and parties. The property location is quite unique; some folks might find it bizarre and not worthy of the $319.00 rate but to each his own. The Inn is set back in a little commercial cul-de-sac and is off-the beaten path between Highway 101 and Avila Beach.
The main feature is the jacuzzi spa on the balcony - very nice. Don't set your hopes up for a beach view, though! The tub overlooks a mile or so long jogging path that winds down by the althletic club and golf course to the beach, but the tubs are somewhat visible from the path. (If you worry about Privacy)
Wedid some wine tasting at the nearby wineries, but just loved to luxuriate on-site, soaking up rays and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the hotel.
There is a cute litle lounge/bar area on the second floor and a minimalist continental breakfast is delivered directly to your door and set on a tray outside your door!
The management is attentive but unobtrusive. A deli/wine store is located within the complex and a tennis/athletic club is next door. The inn has a masseuse and a gym. A guest could literally stay within the compound!

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Property: Avila Village Inn
Address: 6655 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Avila Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Avila Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Avila Village Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the charming Avila Valley, the Avila Village Inn provides a getaway for those seeking comfortable elegance. Whether it's a romantic weekend, anniversary, golf or spa vacation, the inn's craftsman-style architecture provides a serene visit to the Central Coast. Explore all nature has to offer in this secluded hamlet, or take a short drive to several area activities. Located off Highway 101, this upscale inn offers elegant comfortable rooms. Beautiful beaches, incredible golf, and fine dining establishments are all within a 5 minute drive. ... more   less 
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