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Avila La Fonda Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Laguna Hills, California
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Excellent !!”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I have already reviewed this hotel, but my husband and I just stayed here for 5 days!! It is amazing, the staff, Chris and Matt, are so accommodating and friendly. It feels like you are at your own home! They feed you fresh chocolate croissants every morning, Nachos and Corona beer at midday, appetizers at 5:00 with wine, fresh pie at 8:00 pm every night, and homemade cookies are always out! Need I say more!! and one block from the beach and ocean. Request a second floor room facing the beach!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such nice review !
I will make sure the guys see it ..we do have amazing staff ,we always tell them that they are half our product .But it's always great for them to hear it from our happy guest too.So many small Inns try to save money by cutting number of guest staff to just one clerk .We really believe that having managers that really do care ,makes all the difference on where guest chooses to stay . We have 6 great staff members all managers all hotel professionals usually three per shift for just 28 rooms .There is always a host for help pour wine ,someone to help you find great restaurant and go extra mile .
Thanks for mentioning the NEW Nacho Bar we now serve complimentary food and beverages all day in our hospitality room .
Since we spend no dollars on advertising ,the only way guests hear about us is when one friend tells another ! Thank you for sharing friend...
best wishes
micheal kidd
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Port Hueneme, California
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Small Hotel, excellent friendly staff. Clean room, 2 minutes walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. Small balconies to have your cup of coffee.

The decorations, fireplaces and waterfalls throughout the Hotel make everything so peaceful.

Room Tip: If you are sensitive to sound above noise, get a room upstairs.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We went last minute and it was great! We booked over the phone and the staff member was very helpful and informative. All the staff was superb...His description about our room and the wine in the afternoon with shrimp, the pies in the evening and the fresh croissants in the morning the smelled up the stairs and down the hallway was so good...and did I mention the Inteligencia coffee? All that was outstanding. The room was beautiful. Whirlpool tub right next to the bed, fire place in the room, large screen tv, Bose stereo, I-pod dock on the alarm clock, dual shower head, towel warmers. What an amazing place! We will definitely come back again and again. Dinner a block away at the Custom House was delicious! Avila Beach and this hotel are an amazing combination. Well worth what you pay.

Stayed January 2013
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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you Diego!
What nice review ..I love when folks "get it" ! We ar la Fonda are all about creating "Extraordinary Guest Experience !" Thanks for mentioning just some of things we do at La Fonda to make guests stay memorable. We appreciate the time you took to write your review .
We hope to see you soon ,whether it's birthday ,anniversary or just need to get away .We do no advertising at La Fonda Hotel our whole marketing program is spent on guest .We believe that folks are really looking for someplace different ,and if we give them extraordinary experience they will come back and tell their friends . It's worked ..thank you for honoring us by being our guest .
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We had an awesome weekend at this boutique hotel.

This hotel is just a block away from the beach. It has character and style which makes it look distinct from run-of-the-mill hotels. Service and the Spa within the room were outstanding.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Orange County, CA
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

This hotel is just a block from the Avila Beach water front restaurants and boardwalk. We had a "spa room" which had a great fireplace. The room was big and had amenities such as an iPod speaker docking station, free snacks, a TV, and DVD player. The staff provides snacks downstairs as well almost all day including breakfast, coffee, pie at night, wine and fresh baked cookies. Overall, a great hotel!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antioch, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel 3 times in the last 5 years and we love this hotel! 5 years ago the spa room was approximately $169/179. We have always said that this hotel was "Our little little place" we'll I just logged onto the Internet to reserve a room for August 2013 for my husbands birthday and was saddened to see that the rooms have gone up to approximately $400 and above. Guess this will not be our little place much longer. We stayed at La Fonda in August 2012 for $269/night and I felt that was a fair price but come on... $400 and up is a big jump. Unfortunately we will probably be looking for another hotel :(

Room Tip: Spa room upstairs above fountain is great!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thank You so much for the great review! We are so pleased you have considered Avila la Fonda Hotel your favorite place .Since you were concerned about price .
Couple hints on getting better deal ..
Always call hotel direct do not use third party sites .You will always get best deal calling direct .

August weekends is HIGH HIGH Season highest of year . Every hotel on coast sells out and turns away hundreds of guests during this busy time ,so expect to pay more ,just as in January expect to pay much less .
.If you can come day earlier Sunday -thursday usually alot less .
Just month later prices drop by $50-100.So when you come effects price more than any other factor .
We also still ofer Costco discount of 20% off to regular customers ,that will save you $80.00 night on $400 room ,365 days year !! .
Join our facebook page and our email list (on website) and you will also receive unpublished last minute deals .
So there is alot of ways to save ..But we also must mention we are not a budget hotel .We are a special occasion hotel and do alot extras to be that special place ,from pies,chocolate crossiants ,welcome baskets ,at cost pantry ,best coffee money will buy ,hundreds of extras .We
will continue to strive to be best boutique hotel on coast so it will cost more, but what we do promise is extradionoary guest experience not matched anywhere for price .Hope to see you again soon!
Birthday ? Anniversary ...
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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2012

OK, I've determined that ratings are all relational, depending on what your experience is with hotels. First the staff at the Avila la Fonda is very nice and accommodating. Then hotel does have some very nice amenities which you would expect of a larger hotel such as a little happy hour, mini breakfast, other little food opportunities, and good coffee. The rooms do have a microwave, frig, complimentary and generous snack tray, in-room coffee maker, even plates, silverware and wine glasses. There is adequate, free parking underneath. The Wi-Fi is very unpredictable and is dependent on what part of the hotel you are in. Do ask for a 2nd floor room as it will be quieter. Some rooms have a little balcony which is nice. If you want a relaxing setting...this is NOT it, if you want in town close to the beach you are good to go! We had planned to stay two nights, but checked out after one. The bed was not very good and sunk in the middle making for a very stiff back in the morning. I actually took a bath towel and tried to "build it up" in my lower back which helped some. While most things appeared very clean...there were some used towels left under our sink which they promptly removed and apologized for...the carpets were quite worn and at the very least needed cleaning. We have stayed in hotels all over the world and I definitely would not rate this 5 stars. In my opinion, it is a good solid 3.

Room Tip: Choose 2nd floor balcony room
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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cahotelguy, Owner at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thank you for your kind response .
It appears you liked great deal about hotel ,but were also disappointed .
Please contact our General Manager Chris King next time you are in area ,he will do his best to accommodate you . Always make hotel aware of your disappointment while there ,I know at la Fonda we never want to see guest disappointed in any way .
Our beds are replaced on ongoing program ,carpets are also being replaced .We are committed to keeping Laa fonda areas premier hotel .
Thank you again
micheal
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Property: Avila La Fonda Hotel
Address: 101 San Miguel Street, PO Box 217, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Avila Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Avila Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Avila La Fonda Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Avila La Fonda isn't merely a hotel; it is an experience that transports you to a 19th-Century Mexican Village. The Inn is completely new and features an intimate design inspired by traditional Spanish and Mexican architecture. Colorfully adorned with eight Casita style facades, and inspired by eight actual homes in Mexico, the Inn takes on an old world style all its own. From the intricate stained glass windows, which were custom made to depict scenes from the local area, to the many delightful fountains; guests are surrounded by unparalleled luxury and beauty at every turn. Located one short block from the Pacific Ocean, our boutique hotel features twenty-eight elegantly appointed rooms and suites, each featuring a Jacuzzi tub for two, multiple-head shower, fireplace, and a 48-Inch HDTV. Rich furnishings partnered with warm colors, and stunning artwork help to create refined luxury in an inviting atmosphere. Prepare to enjoy countless pleasures and culinary delights from the moment you step through the doors. Our evening wine reception is the perfect time for our guests to change gears and prepare for a restful and indulgent stay-featuring hot and cold appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, two local wines and scrumptious desserts, our wine reception is held every evening from 5-6:30PM. Enjoy fresh baked pie from locally renowned Avila Valley Barn every evening from 8-10PM. Add a scoop of ice cream, a glass of milk, and a cup of our award winning Intelligentsia(C) Coffee to create the perfect evening indulgence!Each morning guests are encouraged to rise early to enjoy fresh baked chocolate chip croissants, award winning Intelligentsia(C) Coffee and fresh organic orange juice!Don't checkout just yet! Our nacho bar is held daily from 12-2PM featuring Coronitas and fresh-fruit margaritas!For those late night cravings be sure to visit our 24-Hour Chocolate Pantry. Candy bars, soups, snacks, sodas, water, energy drinks, sundries and toiletries all sold AT OR BELOW COST! We are pet friendly and are a couples retreat hotel. If you are traveling with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us directly for alternative accommodations. ... more   less 
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