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Avila La Fonda Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 12, 2014

We were here for a several nights in late 2013.

Our hosts, Fred, Angela, Morgan, and Matt, are pleasant and engaging. We met Mike, one of the owners. He was gracious as well.

This Hotel is in town. It was built about 7 years ago. It is personable like a bed and breakfast ( which is good) and they feed you various food bites about four times a day if you wish to indulge. Wine is offered in the evening. Apples and tangerines are always available.

The place itself is very colorful and bright. 28 rooms. Don't look for a workout room, you won't find one. Go outside and walk or jog the town and the various piers. The town offers wine tasting shops and various art and craft shops and of course the beach, which is a minute walk from la Fonda. We had lunch at the Custom House at the pier. Very good.

$200 and up per night. Rooms are well appointed, and offer many other free amenities. Fireplace and very large tub with jets in our room. Outside, there is no property to walk around in, but as mentioned before, you have the whole town.

San Luis Obispo is only 7 miles north. There we had lunch at Novo, and dinner at Ciopinot. Both excellent. Novo has a creek running by it.

We paid homage and each had a bowl of pea soup at Anderson's on the way up.

Yes, we did make the obligatory stop at the Madonna Inn, and had a pomegranate vodka to which they add pineapple juice, to match the pink decor.

The Mission (the church) at S.L.O. was interesting.

Room Tip: Ask for the room(s) with the very large sunken tub with jets.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Wonderful experience! The staff was so friendly, warm and helpful. The manager must be a great guy to have assembled such a fine team. Parking under the hotel is a real plus in Avila Beach. The location is perfect. So many small touches -- welcome gift/departure gift -- wine-- appetizers-- too many to mention--make La Fonda a hotel we will return to again and again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LovesRestaurants2014
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Christopher K, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2014

Dear LovesREstaurants,

I cannot thank you enough for your review. We work extremely hard to ensure that each and every guest experience is a special one and I am so pleased to hear that you were no exception. I hope that you won't be a stranger and might come back to visit us again in the near future.

Best regards,

Christopher King | General Manager

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Reviewed April 24, 2014

The Avila La Fonda is a beautiful Inn only a block off the beach in Avila Beach. The design is old world charm, with a bed and breakfast feel. The kids (teenagers) LOVED the pantry where we could get snacks, waters, sodas 24 hours a day - all at cost - no markups here! They also provide free beach chairs, towels, coolers for when the weather is a little warmer! The free board games and DVD movies were also a nice treat. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. My only critique would be the hospitality lounge should be open to guests 13 and older. The current policy is you must be over 21 to enter the lounge - I understand that unaccompanied young children would be a problem - touching food, spilling, making noise, disturbing other guests . but it was a little awkward that my 14 and 17 year old daughters had to stand outside the lounge while I went in to get them breakfast or afternoon snacks or nighttime pie - they certainly are old enough to serve themselves and act accordingly. If alcohol is being served then of course 21 and over is appropriate but for the other 3 times of the day that they offer food it would be nice if there was some flexibility on teenagers being allowed in the lounge. Other than that we had a lovely stay and would definitely recommend this Inn if you find yourself in the San Luis Obispo area!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank Lori C
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Christopher K, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2014

Dear Lori C,

Thank you so much for taking the time to let others know about your recent experience with us. I cannot tell you how pleased I was to read your review. I think you touched on a lot of great amenities in your review. You mentioned our 24 hour market; featuring over fifty varieties of snacks, candy, soda, water and sundries available at or below cost, the Pantry is the perfect alternative to vending machines! As you also mentioned we offer beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas for our guests to utilize during their time with us. Since the La Fonda sits just 100 yards from the waters edge we felt that all beach accessories should be available at a moments notice!

I understand your frustrations regarding our 21 and over policy in the guest lounge, and I wanted to further explain that although the lounge doesn't always serve alcohol, as a courtesy to our adult guests who wish to enjoy an adult environment we decided after much consideration to limit this area to our 21 and over guests exclusively.

Again, thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to another opportunity to serve you in the future.

Kind regards,

Christopher King | General Manager

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

From the moment we arrived, we were treated to first class service at Avila La Fonda. The manager Chris has orchestrated an OUTSTANDING hotel experience in Avila Beach. The hotel and guest service amenities are over the top!! Beach towels and chairs!!!! Seriously, the staff which includes Matt, Isaac, Briana, & Mona to name a few, have obviously learned much under Chris' tutelage. I found no request unmet, and every need addressed. WELL DONE avila La Fonda..

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Timothy H
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Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear Timothy H,

I am not one to take compliments well--that being said I will gladly hand this one over to our AMAZING staff! Without them NOTHING we in-visioned when designing the La Fonda would be possible. They support the hotel and our goals without question every single time and we simply would not be the special place we are without them.

I can't thank you enough for your kind words and for letting others know about your experience with us. I see that this was your first review which tells me that you might have signed up for Trip Advisor just to tell others about the incredible experience you had. Your kind words were humbling and sincerely appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you again in the very near future.

Kind regards,

Christopher King | General Manager
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

If you like kitchens you will love this hotel. It's also beautiful, clean and friendly with a great location. Not only is there a full kitchen in your room, but there is also one in the lobby that you have complete access to whenever you want. While we didn't use the one in the room, the one
in the lobby came in handy when breakfast was served. The breakfast pastry was lovely and I found great jam in the fridge. When the cream ran out, there was someone there to immediately refill it. The lobby staff was nice and it's a great location. The view out of our french doors to
the plants and breeze outside was wonderful. I recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear rounsley,

We LOVE kitchens! Which is why we are one of only TWO hotels in the area that provide full kitchens for our guests. Every pan, every pot, every utencil you could possibly need to create a five-course meal right in the comfort of your guestroom. When deciding what we could do to set ourselves apart from the boring chain hotels full kitchens seemed to be a sure bet. Where else can you walk a block from your guestroom, pick up some fresh fish, veggies and fruit; come back and prepare a meal fit for a king for you and your clan. Save money, eat healthy AND enjoy spending quality time with the ones you cherish most. Not to mention you don't even have to cleanup! Every day our housekeeping staff provides a full clean of your guestroom TWICE daily! That means your dishes are done, your bed is made, and your towels are fresh whenever you need them!

Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with other travelers.

Kind regards,

Christopher King | General Manager
Avila La Fonda Hotel

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

On a last-minute whim, my husband and I booked a room for our Anniversary getaway from Los Angeles. When we arrived at the Avila La Fonda, we were warmly greeted by the wonderful staff and shown to our beautiful room. It was a holiday weekend, so we weren't able to secure a second floor or balcony room, but we were not disappointed. The room was covered in rose petals, champagne was chilling in the fridge, and a plate of delicious chocolate covered strawberries welcomed us to Avila! The room was also equipped with a basket of complimentary snacks, waters, sodas, and luxe ammenities like comfy bathrobes and delicious coffee beans. The hotel is not ocean front or ocean view, but with a mere block to the sand, you wont miss it.

You will NOT go hungry at Avila La Fonda! At breakfast, they served fresh croissants and coffee, for happy hour, they offered complimentary wine tasting and an awesome spread of shrimp, cheeses and meats, veggies and ribs! Later that night, homemade pie and ice cream was offered in the kitchen with freshly brewed coffee.

On Friday, Avila beach has a fun Farmers Market with a live band and plenty of food opportunities. Take a walk on the pier, swing on the swingsets on the sand, and enjoy the serenity of the quaint beach town. Then go back to the oasis of your room at Avila La Fonda and enjoy a peaceful night's sleep before the next day's adventure.

Thanks for a lovely stay and a beautiful celebration for our Anniversary! We just might make Avila La Fonda a new tradition!

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony or second floor if available, but you wont be disappointed if its not.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear foleymomma,

All I can say is WOW! Thank you so much for everything you mentioned in your review. It is so nice to hear that all of our hard work does not go unnoticed. We pride ourselves in providing an outstanding experience for each and every one of our guests and I am so glad that mission found it's way to you!

Many of the things we do here at the La Fonda is meant to amaze and astonish our guests. The reason we do what we do is because of people like you who need, and enjoy having a special place like this to come to and unwind, relax and simply decompress.

Thank you again for sharing your experience and letting others know what to expect when staying with us. As a Contributor to Trip Advisor many people will now benefit from your unbiased review. We look forward to another opportunity to serve you in the near future.

Kind regards,

Christopher King | General Manager
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

I went mid week with my fiance due to a reccomendation by a friend. This place is amazing!! It is a small, but luxurious hotel. Our room was so comfortable. The hotel has a spanish feel. The room had a balcony that you can sit on and enjoy the ocean breeze. The bed was sooo comfortable I didnt want to leave. The jacuzzuzi tub in the room was large. The bathroom has heated towel racks and a shower with shower heads on opposite walls. The staff was beyond accomidating and professional. They serve complimentry snacks and wine in the evening. They also provided complimentry freshly baked crossiants in the morning. You could smell them the minute you woke up in the morning! I loved this hotel so much I cant wait to go back! I reccomend it to everyone. If you wondering if its worth the price..yes!! Its worth every penny! Enjoy!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sarah D
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Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear Sarah D,

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to let others know about your recent experience while staying with us. I was so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the comfortable surroundings at La Fonda. We pride ourselves in providing our guests with a certain level of relaxed luxury that can be hard to find in a hotel. It's so nice to hear that our efforts did not go unnoticed. I was absolutely thrilled to hear that the staff exceeded your expectations and that you were able to take advantage of many of the things that makes the La Fonda so special.

Again, thank you for taking the time to let others know about your experience. We look forward to another opportunity to serve you in the future.

Kind regards,

Christopher King | General Manager
Avila La Fonda Hotel

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Additional Information about Avila La Fonda Hotel

Address: 101 San Miguel Street, PO Box 217, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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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: $231 - $474 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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