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“We loved the Lighthouse Suites!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Avila Lighthouse Suites
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
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st. george, utah
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“We loved the Lighthouse Suites!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We spent countless hours booking a hotel for our 3 nights/4 days in Avila and were extremely pleased with the Lighthouse Suites. Location was perfect--within walking distance to everything, although Avila is so small you really don't have tons to walk to :) There is a great trail system nearby though if you are an avid runner/walker which would be very convenient and useful. We booked the cheapest room we could which we loved. We had a lovely view of the aquarium next door and the San Luis Bay Inn and a partial ocean view. We were right above the lobby which was nice in the morning to be able to go down and stock up on coffee. Bed was very comfy. Beautiful patio to sit out on a enjoy the beautiful evening. Pool area was fabulous! Our son LOVED it! Plenty of chairs and tables and you can see the ocean :) Breakfast was great...very sugary and decadent but great for vacation. I tried to stick to the hardboiled eggs but would usually splurge on a donut as well. Our son loved the waffle makers.

Overall we would stay here again...especially since they gave us a coupon for our next visit when we went down to checkout in the lobby. We absolutely loved Avila! It is the best beach we have ever been to for kids. Our son was able to get out in the ocean shoulder deep--hardly any current/tides in the summer. The kids had a blast boogie boarding all day long. Custom House was great as was Joe Momma's Coffee. Definitely do wine tasting at Alapay! Their wine's are fabulous!

Room Tip: Definitely request a higher level room!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
We are so happy to hear that you had such a great time during your stay here at the Avila Lighthouse Suites! It is always nice to receive such positive feedback from our guests and we hope that you will return for your future stays in Avila Beach. Our staff is dedicated to making your family get-aways a memorable experience. We try our best to keep our property up to date and provide our guests with the essential amenities for a relaxing stay at the beach. It is also great that you were able to take full advantage of the many things to do here in Avila. It is a small beach town, perfect for families with small children. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you again for your thorough and lovely review of your stay with us.

Respectfully,
Kim Hodge
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

This was such a pretty place to stay, right on the beach. The room was a nautical theme and was perfect. I was staying overnight on my trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles and would loved to have stayed another night. Miss Pismo Beach and stay at Avila Beach. The included breakfast was fantastic too. The kids loved it.

Room Tip: Get one overlooking the pool area so there is a buffer between the people passing by in the street.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us. We are thrilled you were able to take advantage of our location right in the middle of San Francisco and Los Angeles, we are a perfect stop along the way. Many guests enjoy our quaint, small beach town feel and are happy you did as well! We hope to have you here with us again soon.

Respectfully,

Kim Hodge
General Manager
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Wheaton, Illinois
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

We only had a single night here and wished we could have stayed longer. The room was very clean, large, and appeared to be freshly painted. The decor was very nice with a high-end feel. The people at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. We used the guest washer and dryer and they were clean and in good working order. Although we didn't use the pool, we saw that it was well-maintained. The views from the pool area are outstanding. An easy walk to the beach and shopping made this a great destination for us.

Room Tip: The double queen suite accommodated our family of 5 (2 adults + 2 teenagers).
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you for your kind words regarding our hotel’s property here in Avila Beach! Our housekeeping staff strives to ensure that each of our guests have a clean and comfortable environment for a relaxing stay with us. The views in Avila are spectacular, and we are so glad that you enjoyed our destination location. We look forward to having you here with us again soon!

Respectfully,
Kim Hodge
General Manager
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Great family get away. Everyone enjoyed the suite, pool and closeness to the beach. What a great time. We will definitely go back to this hotel in the future when we want to be near San Luis Obispo.
The service was excellent from all of the staff.

Room Tip: Suites were not huge, but the proximity to the beach was awesome. Close to shops and some restauran...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kevins57022
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel! It is so nice to hear that your family enjoyed the easy access to the beach and surrounding areas. Being so close to towns such as Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo allows our guests to explore both Avila Beach and its promenade as well as nearby downtowns and additional shopping options such as the Pismo Beach Outlets. We appreciate your feedback in regards to our staff’s service as all members of our staff do their very best to provide a wonderful experience for our guests. We hope you can stay with us again soon!

Respectfully,
Kim Hodge
General Manager
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San Luis Obispo, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

We rented a room for one night so we could have my daughter's 12th birthday party at the pool. Alyson checked us in and was incredibly helpful. She really went the extra mile to make us feel welcome. She is the BEST front desk clerk I have EVER encountered. Professional, accommodating, truly helpful AND sincerely cheerful! ALL this while she was training a new clerk (Ella who was also very kind). I have traveled a LOT and the service at this hotel was the best I have ever received. The birthday party was a success and the other parents enjoyed it so much one of them has already said she wants to do the same thing for her daughters birthday. The hotel is on the beach, surrounded by the aquarium, playground, shops and restaurants- perfect location for families OR couples. Great job and give Alyson a raise- she is a HUGE asset to your company! We'll be back!

Room Tip: We were right across from the playground and it was still quiet!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SloSmurf
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. Nothing makes us happier than hearing positive feedback from our guests. Avila Lighthouse Suites is perfect for birthday parties and we are thrilled that you had the opportunity to take advantage of it. Our property has a game deck that offers plenty of activities to keep children entertained. These activities include ping pong, life size checkers, a putting green, and our pool and spa which are heated year round. We wanted to also thank you for giving Alyson the recognition she deserves and are happy to hear that you loved her as much as we do. Hopefully you will be returning soon for one of your friend’s birthday parties!

Respectfully,

Kim Hodge
General Manager
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California
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

California's central coast is still a bit of an enigma. With miles of pristine beaches, a native sea lion population, and encircled by wooded hills, this is a truly lovely place, enhanced by the recent explosion of wine production. Traditionally, the beaches have been host to downscale businesses, lacking the expensive resorts one might find in Carmel or San Diego.

The Avila Lighthouse suites is a step in the right direction, one of the newer properties, located in tiny Avila Beach close to the pier, beach, and Front Street. The rooms are truly suites with a separate sitting area with its own sofa-bed, two-sinked baths, and a view. There grounds and rooms conspicuously well maintained, and quiet, conducive to a good night's sleep, even though the local bar, Rik's place, is a two-minute walk for those who spend their nights out. The included breakfast, good for up to six(!) per room, is better-class standard American hotel fare.

There is no kitchen so eating out means visiting one of the local establishments, notably the Customhouse nearby.

Room Tip: The direct ocean view rooms might be a bit noisy, suggest 2nd floor "pool view" for a comb...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JsKorp
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you for such a wonderful review. You have described both the beautiful Avila landscapes, as well as our favorite features of the hotel. After the town was rebuilt local businesses and residents worked together to provide all the necessities, as well as keep the town and beaches pristine.

Avila Lighthouse Suites offers fabulous ocean views off a private patio or balcony, and the opportunity to listen to the sound of waves while sleeping. Our housekeeping department prides itself on the upkeep of our property and does a wonderful job at maintaining the charm that this hotel has to offer. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the continental breakfast that comes with each room. We thank you again for your kind words and hope to see you soon for another visit!

Respectfully,

Kim Hodge
General Manager
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

My rating is 4.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. I was there for one night and was lucky to book the last available room. It happens to be quite a splurge for one night but this hotel has the best location. Rather than calling it a suite, you can call it a fair size, long room split by the restroom so I don't consider it a true suite, at least not the kind of suite like the one's in Vegas.

Staying one night was good enough to allow the kids nearly two full days on the beach.

Good: Location. Cleanliness. Service. Parking. Great for one day stays.

Not so good: Breakfast is average, kinda like what is standard at say a Holiday Inn or Fairfield Inn and Suites. Price is high although being beachfront was unforgettable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chanhners
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Thank you for your most recent stay with us here at the Avila Lighthouse Suites. We are pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed the luxury of having an ocean front view from your room and were able to spend quality time at the beach! Thank you for feedback on our breakfast, as we are continuously looking for ways to improve our guest’s experience. We look forward to having you stay with us again on your future trips to Avila Beach.

Respectfully,

Kim Hodge
General Manager
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Property: Avila Lighthouse Suites
Address: 550 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Avila Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Avila Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Avila Lighthouse Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just steps from the sand, the Avila Lighthouse Suites is perfectly nestled in the quaint beach town of Avila Beach between the mountains and the sea. Our all-suite beachfront hotel offers comfortable and spacious two-room suites, each with a private balcony or patio to admire the beautiful views. Guests enjoy a complimentary expanded continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, parking, spa services at our on-site spa facility, beachfront heated pool and Jacuzzi and family play areas. ... more   less 
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