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Review of Avila Lighthouse Suites

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Avila Lighthouse Suites
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Perfect relaxed tourist location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Upscale, yes. A charming, well-appointed, well-serviced location in the heart of the revitalized Avila beach area. Walk to wherever you need. Enjoy a romantic weekend with a loved one and get a couples massage at the spa, or bring the kiddos and take advantage of the life-sized checkerboard, ping-pong table, putting green, and pool. Most affordable Sun-Thurs when there are managers specials. Our room was $195/night which we found to be a great value.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank noellossie
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AvilaLighthouse... G, Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
What a fantastic description of our property, and the environment and experiences we provide! Thank you so much for sharing that with others. We look forward to having you again soon!

My best,
Kyli Frauenheim
Front Desk Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Tahoe City, California
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

love, love, love this place. We had suite 202, an oceanfront. Great space, loved having the sitting room, refrigerator and microwave. Super view and great service. Continental was nice and location to walkable to everything. We will most certainly return!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Melinda P
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AvilaLighthouse... G, Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you, Melinda, for such fantastic feedback! It thrills us to know how much you enjoyed your time at our property. We love our oceanfront location with the gorgeous views and a super location to almost everything in Avila Beach, and are delighted to be able to share that with otheres. We certainly hope to see you again very soon, and thank you again for the kind words.

Warm Wishes,
Kyli Frauenheim
Front Desk Manager
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Almelo, The Netherlands
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71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

We were here for one night only in a King Master Suite Deluxe Ocean Front. We simply loved it and would have wanted to stay longer. The details in the room, all referring to beach and sea are very nice. The free breakfast was good, although we Europeans will never get used to disposable cups and plates. Nevertheless: we will return!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maartenmathijs
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AvilaLighthouse... G, Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you so much for the great review! The pictures you included of our property are lovely! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us, and are delighted to hear you appreciated the nautical theme throughout the property! It is so fun to reflect our oceanfront location through the look and feel of our decor and landscaping. Thank you again for your kind words. We look forward to have you again soon!

Take care,
Kyli Frauenheim
Front Desk Manager
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Corona, California
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Avila Lighthouse Suites
Hated it
We've had a few good visits in the past but they really dropped the ball on this one and they weren't going to do anything but apologize for it. My wife and I work hard to get out of town in hopes of relaxing for a few days on the central coast a couple of times a year before having to return to the daily grind. It was her birthday so she wanted to go there. We had reservations for three days: Friday, Saturday, (her birthday), and Sunday. We planned to leave early Monday morning. Early Sunday morning our stay was ruined.

The racket that woke me up started at around 1:30 am. It sounded like a drunken party through the paper thin walls with loud people constantly yelling and laughing and walking and running past our door in high heels. After about an hour it became obvious they weren't going to stop so I called the front desk and told them if they didn’t shut them up I’d call the cops. The desk clerk apologized and said she'd send up security and someone came up after a while. They quieted down for a little while but then they started up again, not as bad as before, but still loud enough to keep us awake.

The next morning, after only getting a couple of hours sleep, I was exhausted and I told them I wanted to talk to the manager. All I got some fluff spanking girl who was full of apologies for what she admitted was, “totally unacceptable and shouldn't have happened at their resort.” I was in no mood for her lame admissions after being kept up half the night. By then, having only gotten a couple of hours sleep, I was tired and not interested. That pretty much ruined the rest of my day.

I looked into what had happened and this is what I gathered from what the desk clerk said, “They had rented rooms to a wedding party returning late into the night. Their security was, 'officer,’ Wade,” Evidently he isn’t an on site security officer patrolling the grounds, but what sounded very much like a called in rent-a-cop. So much for security. The fact that the noise had been permitted in the first place and allowed to go on as long as it did told me that they had no idea what was going on at their property or maybe just didn’t care.

I blame the management's incompetence for our discomfort and I agree with the ‘manager,’ Kelly, who said, “It shouldn't have happened,” but it did. We were originally planning to return in a couple of months but now I'm going to look for other accommodations and I'd recommend to anyone who is seriously looking for a restful stay to do the same. They’re obviously not going to do anything about it. That’s what you can expect from a tourist trap but not from a quality resort.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank HHH1918057
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AvilaLighthouse... G, General Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
I would like to again express my sincerest apologies that you did not find your recent stay to be as enjoyable as your previous visits. Our hotel prides itself on accommodating every guest and offering an enjoyable experience for all. One of the ways we strive to offer a leisurely stay is by implementing our “Pleasant Stay Policy”. All guests are required to sign this at check-in to ensure that they are knowledgeable about the considerations we would like them to have during their stay with us. Although we ask this consideration of all guests, unfortunately not all of our guests are compliant with this policy at all times. We would not willingly rent to anyone that would negatively impact another guest’s stay. I want to assure you that each member of our team is thoroughly trained to address situations as soon as they are brought to our attention, our staff and on site security actively seek solutions in accordance to the specifics of the incident. Security did respond as soon as you notified us and made a few rounds to ensure it stayed quiet. Unfortunately, he could not hear the noise from the exterior and we would have gladly addressed the issue more severely if we were aware.

Again, I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to discuss all details of your stay with you in person. I understand how disappointing the evening was for you and cannot reverse the past, however we were very pleased that we were able to offer you a resolution to this issue while you still had another evening to enjoy at the hotel.

I do hope that you will provide us another opportunity to provide you the same type of relaxation you have had on previous stays as well as the other 2 nights of this past stay. We would love to leave you once again with a lasting good impression of our hotel.
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

We stayed at the Avila Lighthouse Suites on our way up the coast from LA to San Francisco. Our room was so comfortable and really too big for just the two of us! We loved our ocean view, and our short walk to the beach. The tiny town of Avila is a great escape, and we've already talked about when we can make it back. Hotel staff were very friendly, and the property is kept in great shape. I'd definitely recommend this hotel to anyone driving the coast.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MissCarrie2013
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AvilaLighthouse... G, Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for your kind words and for your positive review of your stay with us. We are delighted to have been a stop along your route down Highway 1! Our prime ocean front location and all-suite set up allows us to provide our guests with a comfortable atmosphere for a relaxing getaway. Through excellent service and maintenance, our staff strives to ensure that your stay with us is as enjoyable as possible. We sincerely hope to see you during your next trip along the California coastline!

Warm Wishes,
Kyli Frauenheim
Front Desk Manager
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Oxnard, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

I got 2 suites for a bachelorette party. The rooms were big enough for 4/per room. They were connecting rooms which made it even better. The ocean is literally 5 steps away, perfect for morning walks on the beach or a stroll down the cute Avila street. Front desk women were all great as was the spa.

Room Tip: Clean rooms, but did have a few ants in the bathroom. I got a garden view but still had an ocean vi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank jackmo74
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AvilaLighthouse... G, Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for choosing The Avila Lighthouse Suites to host your bachelorette weekend! We are happy to hear that our suites were large enough to accommodate you and your guests, while being spacious enough to celebrate such a happy event in your life. It is wonderful that our oceanfront location provided direct access to the shops and restaurants on the promenade and beach. We sincerely appreciate your positive feedback, and are excited to see you again in the future!

Best,
Kyli Frauenheim
Front Desk Manager
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Suisse
Level Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

After having changed hotels about every night for a week, we were looking for a place to settle down and relax. We found this place and we really liked it. Avila itself is located about half way between Los Angelos and San Francisco. Thus the place is a good choice, if one wants to break the long ride at the coast into two days. The hotel is located directly at the beach only separated by a small road. The hotel has different types of rooms. A few with sea view, most rooms face a view to the pool, same towards the street on the side (less attractive). Below the hotel, there is a parking garage. Also we found it very practicable that the place has a guest laundry where we could do some washing.

The nice thing about the pool area is that it is surrounded by glass walls protecting this area of the chilly wind from the pacific. The pool area has a pool and a kind of hot tub / whirl pool. The latter is heated more and can even be used in the evenings. Breakfast had good choice and was more than we expected. The rooms are really nice furnished and are separated into a bed room, bath room and a kind of kitchen / living room part. For food the Customs House restaurant is a good choice in walking distance. A bar can also be found next to the restaurant. Shopping Malls are a few miles away north and south on the I 101. In the south there is a outlet mall with all kinds of brands. The few shops we visited seem to be an cheaper alternative to shopping in bigger cities.

The hotel is very clean. Staff is very friendly.

Room Tip: Make yourself familiar with the different types of rooms. The rooms facing the sea provide a great v...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MarkEtKatharina
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AvilaLighthouse... G, Manager at Avila Lighthouse Suites, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. We are glad that you were able to take a break in your travels to relax at our property while take advantage of our oceanfront pool and spa, which we keep heated year round. Since we are the only beach-front property in Avila, it is convenient for our guests to locate the shops and restaurants along the promenade and enjoy a day on beautiful Avila Beach. As we are continuously looking for ways to iensure our guests have the best experience possible, we appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sincerely,
Kyli Frauenheim
Front Desk 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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