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“One Word: Spectacular”
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San Luis Bay Inn
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
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Phoenix, Arizona
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“One Word: Spectacular”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Through Diamond Resorts, I booked a 2 BR unit (1 bedroom and a studio lockoff suite) for my mother and I for 4 wonderful nights Nov 30-Dec 4. I was given the corner unit on the end of the building with full ocean frontage views from every window and door. Amazing sunsets, quiet evenings, soooo peaceful. To say we loved it is an understatement. Although the unit has not been updated yet, the decor was far down the list of priorities. Everything here is top quality, from the soaps and shampoos to the treatment by the staff and concierge. I did take the presentation tour and actually learned things I had not known so I had no problems with it. Low to no pressure here. The beach town of Avila is clean and fun and quiet this time of year, but the weather was gorgeous and we were out in shirt sleeves each day. Great time at a beautiful place.

Room Tip: Corner suites are to die for
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

Just completed a week's stay here and can not think of enough great things to say! The hotel and grounds were beautiful, relaxing and just plain awesome! We only had a studio so I was apprehensive..to no avail! The room was big, complete and had a full kitchen with an oven! very nicely done and just what the "doctor" ordered! ( thank you!)

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Porter Ranch, California, United States
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

After more than 4 dozen visits, this has become our 2nd home. it is Hawaii without the airfare, It is Laguna with the growth potential if its heyday during the 1940's, and it is the most incredible value of any ocean-front resort on the entire west coast. Only problem, it has become so popular that you must book more than a year in advance. Also - love the management and staff.
Gary and Sue Minkin, Porter Ranch CA

Room Tip: Higher levels have the best views, but nearly all still have great views. Book far in advance, and p...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Gresham, Oregon
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

As we had a timeshare here for a full week, we had a fabulous room on the 5th floor. It is off season so very relaxing and still beautiful. We loved that fact that there was not much going on, we can get excitement elsewhere. Be sure to go to Hearst Castle! A very interesting place, with Zebra mingling with the Cattle. The beds were extremely comfortable and the room (a one bedroom) was plenty big. We also drove to Santa Barbara and up to Monterey Bay and Carmel, but that is what we love to do, very doable drive.
Everyone at the site were very friendly and helpful. but be prepared for the Timeshare Push. 90 minutes turns into 2 hours of talk and hard sell at the end, even though we already had a timeshare there! If you can get out of it, do.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

The hotel location is great. Beach front, great views, walk to Avila beach shops and restaurants. As for the hotel it seems a little dated to us, the concierge said the pool area had been recently remodeled but they must have taken a page from the seventies because it was pretty basic. Additionally the two elevators are pathetically too small for this property. The rooms were nice with kitchenette and all the amenities you would expect for a $200.00 room. My one word of advice is to stay far away from the concierge, they are basically uninterested in anything other than you dropping a large bag of cash on them via a time share. After we spent considerable time trying to book a wine tour(unsuccessfully). They became unhelpful when I didn't want to spend my afternoon with them listening to a sales pitch. The Whish spa was nice we booked a couple of massages and they took us same day. Overall the property is worth a stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. There is not much to do for more than 2 days in the immediate area except for excellent hiking and a nearby San Luis Bay Lighthouse (which is very hard to get to).

As for the hotel, we liked it overall but at $200 per night we got a room that was tucked away in some far away corner and had a faint but very annoying musty fishy smell. The front desk was very prompt in offering us an "ozone" machine that was supposed to get rid of the smell but required us to be away from the room for at least 1 hour. The smell unfortunately did not go away completely.

Beware that this is a "Vacation club property" operated by Wyndham hotels (at least at the moment). If you use the "concierge" services, be prepared for a semi-hard sell of the Time share type.

Overall, nice location. Try The Olde Port Inn restaurant (about min drive from the hotel) for a great view and great food. I would not recommend any of the restaurants on the Avila beach front, Overpriced and overcrowded.

Room Tip: The Inn is a "Time share" so getting a good room with a view is problematic. When we were...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Orange, California
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This is a timeshare and we booked it through Diamond Resprts. No hassle from they sales team only asked once and we declined the presentation. The hotel sits on a hill right above Avila Beach, a small beach town that has a few resturants and a great feel. We golf so this location was
Great you have Avila GC right there and you are 20-30 minutes away from Morro Bay GC and a handfull of other courses. There is also a great bike trail right by the hotel and piers you can vist.
This was our 3 stay here and we will be back.

Room Tip: 5 th flor rooms have a great view of Avila
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: San Luis Bay Inn
Address: 3254 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Avila Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in Avila Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — San Luis Bay Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 68
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