My partner and I celebrated our 20th anniversary/honeymoon at Avila with high hopes, which were quickly diminished when we walked into our ground floor double room, even though the reservation clearly stated upper king. Thanks to Alice, one of the managers, we managed to settle into room 290 (Blue Wing), two days after arriving. The room offers an amazing view, worthy of the hassles we experienced with the people at check in.
Many of the recent reviews have sited the rudeness of the staff, which we also felt and discussed with management. A simple hello seemed out of character with most of the staff at Avila except the women at the pool restaurant, who were terrific, and Desiree, one of the servers at the bar. The rest of the bar staff was confused by its own menu, spending more time standing around then pouring. Avila could be a terrific place but it’s apparent that they built too aggressively for the footprint of the property. The beach was too crowded and we were there the week of January 8, not even high season. The menu at the main restaurant was very good, (skip the Blues bar) but it did not seem to change the week we were there except when they had theme nights.
We are city gals and have been to numerous Caribbean islands and yet we have never been hassled anywhere. Avila is about 1½ blocks from 4 very good restaurants and 2 out of the 5 nights we ate down the street, we were harassed, with one night ending in us being chased back to Avila. It is not a safe neighborhood at night and while Avila has security guards at its front doors, guests would benefit from them standing on the street rather than near the entrance. All in all, the Avila has charm, but with so many options in Curacao, I’d skip Avila if you’re looking for a place that is welcoming, not crowded, is in a safe neighborhood and has staff that are happy you decided to vacation with them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run boutique hotel comprises the islands original governor's mansion dating from 1780. Located on two romantic private beaches, the hotel is just minutes away from downtown Willemstad. The new Octagon Wing features 68 spacious rooms decorated in sophisticated neutrals with splashes of vivid Caribbean colors and has transformed the hotel into a contemporary luxury resort & spa. Avila Hotel nevertheless continues to be a reflection of the island of Curacao. Friendly. Intimate. Understated. Welcoming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avila Beach Resort
- Hotel Avila Beach
- Avila Beach Hotel Curacao/Willemstad