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“Good location and value”
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Avila Beach Hotel
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Avila Hotel is a good base for exploring Curacao. It is a short walk to the world heritage waterfront in downtown Willamstad. Facilities are attractive and comfortable. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Good restaurants on site and many are within walking distance. We rented a car and explored the small island, visiting beautiful beaches and snorkel sites.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We loved our stay at Avila. Perfect little beach in the middle of the hotel + nice pool area. The gym was well equipped with a great ocean view and outdoor spa suitable in the evening. Friendly staff at the pool bar with great cocktails.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mette K
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

My husband and I stayed that Avila for our honeymoon last week for 7 days. We stayed in the Blues Suite which was perfect because it had a kitchenette and we were able to cook a few meals and get some groceries. We were in room 290 which has the perfect view from the balcony. The staff was super accommodating and were the nicest people I have encountered in a while. We ate at every restaurant on the property and even though it was a bit expensive, the food was amazing (especially at the Blues Bar). Being a newly married gay couple, we were treated as any couple and there were other gay couples in the hotel. We had a very romantic dinner on the beach and it was perfect to end our stay there. I am so impressed with this property. You could literally not leave the property and there is plenty to do. The water is beautiful and the location is amazing. We walked to the downtown district and to nearby restaurants and bars all week. It may be a great idea to rent a car like we did to check out the island. We went to Knip Beach, the Seaquarium and the Ostrich Farm and each place was amazing. The one negative about the property was the spa. We did a couples massage, which they still put us in separate rooms. The massages were more of a rubdown and the place seems old and shabby. Other than that, our experience was amazing and it was perfect for a honeymoon. We are already talking about our next trip out there. Curacao is great. Despite the oil refinery on the other side of the mountain, this place has so much to offer in food, drinks, shopping and entertainment.

Room Tip: Blues Room 290 is perfect if you are staying there for more than 5 days!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Clayton S
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Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 6 nights in this lovely fullservice hotel. The beach is great, poolarea great, there's laundry service and a well equipped gym. Breakfast buffé is absolutely awesome and The staff extremely helpfull and nice. Good restaurants within walking distance. Tried The hotel restaurants for lunch and The food was good. Aswell as The drinks. Went fot burger night in The Blues restaurant which was kind of average I must say. Also a bit dissapointed with The complementary snacks that was supposed to acompany The happy hour, and didn't intill The happy hour was over. However those are small things in an overall perfect visit to Avila Hotel.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I travel solo for for relaxation and snorkeling. If you swim out to the rocks and go just beyond the ropes the snorkeling is quite nice (I will return). Even swimming around the blue wing the snorkeling was nice and plenty of fun fish to watch. A must is the the 10 to 15 minute walk to the town of Willemstad. Before for you walk to town look from the crows nest and wait till now cruise ships are in then the town is quieter. The floating bridge and all the colors are very nice. All very safe ( I walked durning the day). In the opposite direction same distances is a grocery store and even closer a small market ( beer,bread etc). While there I did a tour of the national parks and also booked at tour to Klein curacao. The hotel staff were all very pleasant and the wait staff at blues were great and very attentive.. Food very good(ate there 3 nights in a row. I can go and stay anywhere I want and WILL stay at Avila again soon.

Room Tip: I had room 289 in the blue wing, awesome! Each morning the iguanas would slowly start their day sunn...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Glenn M
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Last week I was again a week in the Avila Hotel on Curaçao. Especially the Schooner bar is one of the nieces bars in the world. The beach and the water is also very nice. The hotel level is not five star in my view, but a four star hotel, but nevertheless very nice.

Room Tip: All rooms are now nice.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Vermbloe
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This hotel was part of an Air Canada Vacation Package. We had checked Frommers and Fodors and Avila had great reviews. Our past experience has been that upon arrival, hotel staff greet you with cool facecloth and a complementary punch. Nothing here. Our room was in the Blues Wing. The location was perfect as our balcony was over the water and we had views of the hotel beach and of downtown. We arrived late afternoon and didn't really have a chance to look the room over. After dinner, when we returned to the room, we discovered that the toilet was blocked and about to overflow. Maintenance came quickly and fixed it. Next morning, we discovered that the sheets had holes in them (not changed for a few days), the towels were thin and non-absorbent, the patio door did not have a lock and a stick was used to keep it closed; curtains were dirty; top of ice bucket was worn and dirty; dirt and mould around air conditioning grill; had to ask for soap a few times during the week (soap was so small); there was duct tape around the base of the faucets in the bathroom to hid the hole from corrosion; ants all over bathroom and counter in bedroom. Service at breakfast was terrible. Ridiculous price for breakfast. We ate downtown for half the price and had fresh food not food that had been sitting around. Dinner was worse. Food was mediocre and service was terrible. Wine was ordered at same time as food. When food arrived much later, the server asked if we wanted wine. Then they brought the wrong dessert. We found three wonderful restaurants within walking distance where we went for the rest of the week. We asked the front desk to make a restaurant reservation for us because we were going out on a day long tour and restaurant was not open the day before. When we arrived at the restaurant later that night, we told them we had a reservation. None had been made. The owner found a table for us. The only good thing was the bar. The manager of the bar was excellent. Some of the bartenders were good and others didn't know what they were doing. The brochure for this hotel states that Royal Family stays there. Maybe in the old days. Now the younger generation stays at another hotel. It is really too bad because this could be a charming hotel. It needs a complete renovation and some serious staff training and supervision.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Brian A
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Address: Penstraat 130, Willemstad, Curacao
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Region: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range: £125 - £269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Avila Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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

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