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Inn at Avila Beach
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
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“Nice day/night at Inn at Avila Beach”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

I believe there's around 30 rooms or so at the Inn at Avila Beach but most (way over half) were empty when I was there first week 01/14. Start of slow season it seems. My room was clean, comfortable, staff welcoming, friendly throughout brief stay. While the Inn is certainly older, it's not falling apart with huge rehab planned, costing at least $500K I was informed - projected completion 08/14. Several big pluses - location, location, location - being right on the beach! Sun deck is marvelous with many features, extras, stunning ocean view, well maintained. Staff regularly prepares fresh treats for guests, baked cookies, pies, and more. A few negatives but not many. No lift available so can be quite laborious to walk up old stairs and long wooden planks to second floor, beyond. Honestly, considering place is now 60 years old it's bit overpriced as the competitors (there's several just off beach at Avila) offered very good deals when I inquired in this slow season. I don't regret staying at Inn at Avila Beach but in future might try another very close by location. Maybe not quite as good as being on the beach, but a newer Avila hotel with quite possibly better room rate.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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cahotelguy, Owner at Inn at Avila Beach, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Thank you so much for nice comments you liked a lot !
We are trying to make Inn unique special place to stay .
On negatives ,your right, it is 60 yrs old and is a bit unusual .But rest assured while hallways may not be level they are safe . and more fun than if they didn't zig and zag a bit ..We are going through major renovation that will address all your concerns the ,hotel will be EVEN more beautiful by Spring /Early Summer .

On rates ,we always have deals Sun- Thursday, especially if you call to hotel direct or use our web site ,you will always pay more by using third party websites ..And yes there is CHEAPER hotels that don't have our location or friendly staff ,incredible views, and magical sundeck. So if your main criteria is finding a "deal" as compared to an experience, than we probably are not your best hotel for you .But if your looking for unique ,fun quirky ,whimsical feeling, like your staying in your best friends beach house , than we are your place ,
Spend the money on you ,the kid's inheritance , will be okay ! Live alittle being on the ocean is worth couple more dollars ..There is beach front property in Fresno or mile off beach .Here you hear every wave ..every wave ,whats that worth?
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

Wonderful location. Best views of the ocean, beach, and sunsets. Romantic and great for entertaining friends. Large open terrace with grilling facilities is perfect for picnic. Hotel has free toys and boggy boards for use on the beach. Also complimentary hot drinks, popcorn, and fresh backed cookies and pies. Highly recommend this establishment. This was our second time here and plan to return soon.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Crockett, California
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

We needed a break from life. We had a couple tramatic things happen to us in 2013 & just needed a little down time. We had tried a few years ago to get a room here but they didn't allow dogs so we found another place. This time when we no longer had that concern we went here on a whim and got an Oceanview room for a few nights. It was lovely to watch the sunset and listen to the waves crash thoughout the night & day. I got up in the morning and watched the seabirds feed and the locals walk their dogs or jog. Then I looked out and saw a seal and her baby feed and play in the surf. It was a great place to stay and they make homemade chocolate chip cookies throughout the day!! Will stay again & recommend to anyone who is going up or down highway 1.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

I love this place! It's amazing! Friendly staff n just a hop skip n a jump to the Beach! My Granddaughter loved it! The room was a bit small no table space for my Granddaughter to sit but she loved the "Princess" Bed n the Jacuzzi Tub! Late Checkout was greatly appreciated!! Will definately stay here again!! Staff made us feel at home and nothing beats that beautiful Sun Deck!!!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Coarsegold, California
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

My sister and I arrived and found our room to be clean but tired. The mattresses were great. The Inn provided each room/guests with a lovely home baked pie for Thanksgiving. The downside is the three 13 step flights of stairs to our 3rd floor room. NO elevator for us, age 79 and 76. Took 3 trips up the stairs to bring up our luggage, WHEW! Will not return until elevator is installed.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank JRoberto_12
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cahotelguy, Owner at Inn at Avila Beach, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
First thank you for noticing new mattresses ..our renovation of Inn will be completed by summer.
Next guests will see all new art work in hotel ,and new lobby with welcoming fireplace and new lobby furniture.
You also noticed new services fresh baked cookies all day plus our unique pie social every evening at 8 pm .some of older traditions we give fresh baked pie to each guest at checkin on holidays to take to grandmas house or to have during their stay. We also continued our 12 th yr tradition of having turkey white bread and mayo in large qua ties so guests can make themselves sandwich
24/7 during holiday stay.

I am sorry about stairs , all guests are asked when they call us direct if stairs .your correct if stairs a problem you shouldn't stay here .Its a 60 year old building , built before elevators . If you booked on third party site I'm afraid they not very good about telling you everything need to know ,we working on that too.. We do also have staff to assist with luggage
, again sorry if you weren't asked. We are in beginning of long process of getting county approval
On new elevator ,it appears to be two years away but we hope to start next winter..

In meantime if you tell us ahead we can assign you to lower floor, the ,back staircase has only 7 steps, and I or one of my staff are always happy carry your luggage ,your next stay. Thank you for loving everything else ,about our unique Inn.
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Avila Beach is a newly redeveloped beach resort just south of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and a nearby earthquake fault. In the '99s, the entire town was razed to allow a toxic clean up of petroleum that leaked into a huge underground plume from oil storage tanks on the hill above the Inn at Avila Beach. The Inn was the only building left standing as the last resort building in town and continues to serve its clients with its original charming early '70s decor. The rooms are appointed in a rustic fashion with their own kitchenettes furnished with nostalgic Tappan gas ranges. We couldn't get the pilot light lit in the oven, although the cheery and helpful staff made a valiant effort to do so. The decor is marked by a neutral though creative style with improptu hand applied fresco murals and empty picture frames consistent with its minimalist theme. Light through the door jambs keeps you company in the dark at night making a night light unnecessary. The office provides access to a HUGE library of VHS tapes for your entertainment and unlimited buttery microwave popcorn. The place is GREAT for parents who are afraid their kids might break something because everything is already broken. Kids also love the way the upstairs floor bounces when you walk across the room.The Inn should surely be considered as you last resort in this otherwise newly rebuilt environmental disaster zone.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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cahotelguy, Owner at Inn at Avila Beach, responded to this review, 3 December 2013
One of more interesting reviews we've ever seen on Trip Advisor. .. Appears you always wanted to be travel writer , certainly never to late to start new career .
Seems like you don't like a lot things in your review , United States , The Central Coast ,Avila Beach ,, ,,don't like clean quiet beaches ,small towns , or older hotels .
I might suggest Dubai ?
I'm not sure factual info important in your review but cleanup was 15 years ago ..yes ,15 years ago and was not massive oil toxic spill but was oil leak from pipes 50-100 years ago ,and beach until it was cleaned was considered cleanest beach on coast . .

Clearly Avila Beach ,is not someplace that you will ever found to your liking ,And we agree it is not Paris and thankful for that, I guess another reason to like the French .Dubai?
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We booked this at the last minute as we were in Yosemite NP during the Government Shutdown and had our reservation cancelled,. Instead of staying in the area, we decided to go for a beach stay. We paid $199 for a "Courtyard" room, which turned out to overlook the car park (no courtyard).
The hotel overlooks Avila Beach and is an ideal location, but only a few rooms have ocean views and have been renovated. The rest are "Courtyard" rooms and are very dark.
Our room was clean and comfortable, but we had to have the electric light on during daylight hours to enable us to see, there was so little light coming into the room.
The amenities are plenty, with no restriction on bottled water available at all times, freshly baked cookies are available during the day and freshly baked pies in the evening.
Beach chairs, toys, boogie boards etc are available at no charge for guests to take to the beach.
There is a roof area with seating and tables where one can sit with a drink and watch the sunset - that is if you can find space as the area was taken over for birthday/family parties when we were there.
As the hotel is so ideally situated for the beach, I would stay again but only in a ocean view room.
The 4 stars I have allocated are for the location amenities and friendliness.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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cahotelguy, Owner at Inn at Avila Beach, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Thank you for kind and thoughtful review .Last winter we restuccoed and repainted hotel,replaced
all hallways flooring ,redid all oceanfront units and updated our roof top deck. This winter
we will completely renovate all remaining rooms with new everything all way to studs and start over again .each room will have fireplace ,jacuzzi tub for two multi head showers, our goal is to be
top boutique hotel on coast ,with our incredible location ( we agree with your assessment you can't closer to ocean) . One areas we are addressing is lighting ,on top floor we are adding over 20 skylights.
The renovation will be completed by late Spring ...please stop in and take tour. If you have any additional suggestions please feel free to call hotel direct. I would love to hear your thoughts .
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Property: Inn at Avila Beach
Address: 256 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Avila Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Avila Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Avila Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in Avila Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn at Avila Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All inclusive oceanfront hotel! So much more than just room...Welcome beach bag ( filled local snacks) , Complimentary checkin reception ( flat bread pizzas, salsa bar,local beers / smoothies,blended ice drinks ) 8 pm Pie Reception( homemade baked pie and ice cream) 7am-11 am Joe mommas coffee house breakfast( all your favorite espresso drinks / croissants / egg dishes / our famous cinnamon rolls ) fleet bikes ,beach gears,freezer filled ice cream / popscicles,fresh fruit and all day fresh baked cookies ...Everything included with best ocean view on coast ... more   less 
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