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Avila La Fonda Hotel

101 San Miguel Street PO Box 217, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Travelers' Choice 2019 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Snack bar
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Fax / photocopying
Free internet
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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I’ve heard so many good things about Avila LaFonda and I’ve wanted to stay here for several years. I was excited when we finally got to make it happen. We booked through Costco asking for a room with a fireplace and a balcony. I spoke to a woman on the phone who said she would note our request on our reservation. The property is gorgeous with a Spanish ambiance, and it was lavishly decorated for the fall season. We were given a lovely gift upon check- in, and directed to our room on the first floor. I’ll first share the positives and then I’ll share reasons we were disappointed we invested almost $1K for three nights here. Things we liked: The location is one block from the beach and we loved being near so many popular places to eat and relax. The room was sparkling clean, the bed was comfortable, the linens were nice, and the towels were lush and smelled good. The four food receptions each day were delicious and our hearts were especially warmed by the aroma of butter or chocolate croissants wafting down the hallway each morning. The TV was large, there was a Keurig in the room, a big basket of free snacks, the shower and whirlpool tub were both wonderful. The staff were friendly and worked extremely hard. Things we didn’t like: Our request for a balcony was not honored and there was no explanation. We were randomly assigned a room with no balcony. Avila was experiencing a heat wave, and the hotel does not have central air. There was a portable unit with an ugly hose vented to the outside hiding behind the drape; but it had not been turned on and the room was extremely warm. The fireplace was emitting heat which made the room even hotter. It would have been nice to have been advised at the front desk that our request wasn’t granted. I think at this point we would have asked for our money back and gone somewhere else. Additionally the sink in the bathroom drained so slow, and there was no sheer behind the thick, crookedly hung drapery with no pull rod— making it difficult for ventilation and privacy. Perhaps we had been assigned a pet-friendly room and a pet pulled the sheer down. Whatever the reason, I was extremely unhappy with paying good money— money for a four star hotel; yet dealing with a hot room, loud, inefficient, ugly cumbersome air conditioner, slow sink and forced to sit in a dark room so people on the street couldn’t look in. I’d like to see this hotel invest some of their profits in making some needed updates to meet guest expectations. Thankfully the beds were comfy, the staff was friendly, the decor was lovely, the food was generous and delicious and the weather cooled so our initial problems somewhat dissipated... We talked over our concerns at check out; and they expressed an openness to hear us. We came home happy; but feel next time we consider Avila LaFonda, we will have very specific requests. If those requests can’t be honored, we will invest our money in a property that can meet our expectations of proper communication, ventilation and sunlight.
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Response from Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear mardiy, Thank you for taking the time to share this review and offer such meaningful feedback. I am glad to hear that you appreciated the decor and ambiance and enjoyed the treats throughout the day. We always welcome feedback and suggestions as it allows us to further improve the experiences of guests, and we are continuously striving to do better. I have noted your suggestions and will look into the concerns you mentioned. I agree that this is a great location for a getaway and I hope you will stay with us again. Sincerely, Angela Moles General Manager
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Love this place! Came here after being treated poorly at Avila Lighthouse Suites and enjoyed our stay so much I’m coming back with a few friends next month! Thank you to the employees for being so professional and kind. Beautiful location too!
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Response from Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded Oct 26, 2019
Dear Rogersum888, Thank you for reviewing the hotel! I have passed along your compliments to the staff and everyone was thrilled to hear that you had a pleasant experience. It is a great compliment to hear that you enjoyed your first stay with us so much you will visit us again, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Best, Angela Moles General Manager
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Located in Avila Beach (the cutest little beach town), Avila la Fonda hotel is an excellent hotel. The rooms and public areas are nicely appointed and comfortable. The bed is very comfortable. From the basket of snacks and drinks in the room, to the snacks (cookies, nuts, fruit) provided 24/7 in the lounge, to the breakfast croissants, lunch time nachos, evening wine reception, pies and ice cream at night, our tummies were very happy. Although the atmosphere is most suited for adults, this is not a pretentious place. This is a very casual and friendly place. Rate discounts are offered for Costco members and sales are offered throughout the year. I've been here many times. Love it!
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Response from Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded Oct 26, 2019
Dear M0nkeysee, Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel! I am glad to hear that you had such a pleasant experience with us. We strive to create a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere so our guests feel at home, and the decor, extras, and treats all contribute to that vision. It is always nice to hear from returning guests and we look forward to your next visit. Best, Angela Moles General Manager
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My wife and I recently joined some friends of ours for a two night stay at the Avila La Fonda. Our friends, who have visited the hotel many times, raved about both the Hotel itself as well as the wonderful "extras" they bestow upon guests. We were really blown away by the overall experience. I will admit that we generally shy away from uber fancy hotels- we generally do not want or need monogrammed gowns and constant overbearing staff attention. And certainly I wouldn't characterize the La Fonda as such- but boy do they pamper their guests! From great coffee and amazing croissants in the morning to evening local wine and appetizers and fresh baked local pies and much more- you will not go away hungry. The staff is friendly and wonderful. The rooms are clean and very nice and very convenient with the hotel literally a block from the ocean. We will certainly be back!
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Response from Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded Oct 26, 2019
Dear Mike Z, Thank you for sharing such a kind review! It always puts a smile on my face to hear that we surpassed the expectations of guests. It is our top priority that guests feel comfortable and pampered throughout their stay, so it is a great compliment to hear that you felt at home! I shared your comments with the team and everyone appreciated your nice remarks. We look forward to having you stay with us again. Best, Angela Moles General Manager
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We have moved our annual trips to the Northern California coast from the Tickle Pink Inn in Carmel to La Fonda. That's a big compliment, and they deserve it. The rooms are relaxing and comfortable, and the staff and the pampering continue to impress. Fresh butter croissants if you dare to start your day, beer and munchies at noon, a wine and appetizer buffet at 5:00, and fresh baked pies at 8:00. A treat if you wish any time of day. Oh yeah, and a great beach, wine tasting rooms, and plenty of restaurants a block away in this beautiful small coastal town which reminds me of what Capitola must have been decades ago. And plenty of beaches, wineries, and restaurants to explore up and down the coast from there. We love it.
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Response from Avila_La_Fonda_Hotel, General Manager at Avila La Fonda Hotel
Responded Oct 26, 2019
Dear Kevin J, What a kind review! I am thrilled to hear that you have truly enjoyed your stays at the hotel. We pride ourselves on providing all the little extras to ensure guests have a perfect stay, and your compliments mean a lot. I agree that Avila Beach is a hidden gem and perfect for a relaxing beach getaway. Thank you for reviewing us and we look forward to your next visit. Best, Angela Moles General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Avila La Fonda Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Avila Main Beach (0.06 miles), Alapay Cellars (0.04 miles), and Central Coast Aquarium (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ocean Grill, Custom House, and Hula Hut & Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream.
Is Avila La Fonda Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Avila Beach.
Are any cleaning services offered at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Avila La Fonda Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Avila La Fonda Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Point San Luis Lighthouse (2.0 miles).