We were quite satisfied with our stay at the Avila hotel. We opted to stay in the Octagon wing and had a spacious room, but the "partial view" was pretty tiny, indeed. Being on the second floor, we could just make out a glimpse of the water. I would have like to have seen the rooms in the Blue Wings since they wee all directly on the water and had nice balconies overlooking the ocean. The room itself was fine, but a little quirky. This particular room was outfitted with 220 power, instead of the US standard that we had planned on. The hotel gave us a transformer and luckily we had brought along a travel extension cord, otherwise we would have been able to operate only one 110 device at a time. The toilet and shower shared the same basic space and it was impossible to shower with out getting this whole area soaking wet. The faucet on the sink was very cheaply made and lose. We did appreciate the coffee maker and mini-bar which had room for our own things. There was also a small cooktop that could have been used.
The public areas of the hotel were really nice. We enjoyed the beach and I was really impressed with the teeming sea life right off the beach. We ate twice at the Bell Terrace restaurant and he food was OK, but not spectacular. we also ate twice at the Blues. The first time was "Burger Night." I enjoyed mine a lot, but my wife's was a tad underdone. We only had breakfast twice. That's run as a buffet and, for the price, we didn't find it much of a bargain, since we tend not to have a large breakfast. There was also a coffee shop in he hotel and I was very happy with the cappuccino and we ate there once as well. We really enjoyed hanging out at the Schooner Bar, next to the beach. The only beer selection was Amstel, Amstel Bright, Polar, and Heineken. As a beer lover, a little more selection would be nice, and having to make a point to ask for a glass each time wore on me after a while. My wife liked several of their mixed drinks. The view was gorgeous, but he service was often a little slow.
We utilized the fitness room several times. Being a runner, I was dismayed that there were no good outdoor jogging routes, so I had to use the treadmills. They face out a glass window with a beautiful view of he ocean. The equipment was good stuff an had an integrated iPod port and TV screen with CNN, ESPN, and a Fox channel from Miami. There was also Deutsche Welle and a couple Spanish language and Dutch channels. The fitness space is jammed packed with equipment and it looks like a lot of locals use the facility - especially in the evening. We never had to wait to use a treadmill, but the weight area was often being used by others. There is a separate mens and women's locker room and each had a sauna, which we did not use, Outside, there was a coed hot tub, but this was closed during our visit.
We had rented a car for this trip, but in hindsight it probably wasn't necessary. To walk to the heart of downtown was 20 minutes, though the neighborhood wasn't so beautiful. it we always felt safe. For the few times we wanted to explore the island, we could have rented from Budget since they have a desk right in the lobby of the hotel. There is a supermarket and gas station less than a half mile from the hotel and we were able to get our own beverages and snacks there. Also, there are some good restaurants nearby if you want to go somewhere different - Seasons and Fishalicious were just across the street. We also liked Mondo Bizzarro and Ginger which were a few more blocks away and slightly difficult to find, so be sure to ask someone.
- 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