we stayed at the AV Inn over The New Years holiday. The place is
wonderful on details- good use of arts and crafts design, but
some thought of the actual USE of some of these design elements might have changed them somewhat.
First, the bathroom sinks. Nice color, nice aesthetically, but too low and bowl of sink not reachable unless you bent over to reach it. The bathtub- a deep, beautiful looking tub, but in order to turn on the
shower you had to step over the very high, thick tile edge to get into the tub to reach the faucet controls. No bars to grab as you straddled and hobbled over it. If you are elderly, of poor balance or handicapped in some way, this would be dangerous or impossible. Once in the tub to turn on the shower, you are stuck getting wet with cold water until it warms up. Doesn't help in trying to take a relaxing shower! Even if you move the shower head, you still get wet with the cold water unless you scramble out over the high, wide edge again.
The hot tub- nice idea, but once again, the wooden step to get into the tub was too low, so you had to straddle the tub, hope the people walking along the creek (agree with a previous review stating the disappointment of a dry creek bed covered by tree's and a playground set beside it- lousy view) don't see you in a embarrassing pose trying to swing into the water. We found if we used the low step to get up onto the patio chair, then into the tub it worked. PLEASE< get higher steps for your guests! This could be dangerous. We too had an overflow problem, hoping the poor people on the floor below weren't getting soaking wet by the water! There were no instructions on how the tub worked, how to program it, etc. The heater in our room cycled continuously throughout the night- not bothering me so much as my plant operations supervisor husband. We are experienced, nice hotel travellers.
We don't usually nit pick places to death, but found the Avila Villa Inn disappointing. They do have a nice looking wine bar, but that is only open Wed- Sundays. You would think that for NYeve, even having it open for guests a few hours would have been something a little special for those staying there. The Closest bar/restaurant is 7 minutes drive to Avila on a 2 lane winding dark road. It Would have been nice, convenient and safer to have the bar open a few hour's for the guests. A nice touch. Same with the light bkfst delivered to your door in the mornings- again, only on wkends. WOULD it have hurt to do this for your New Years Eve guests?!?!?!? We thought it was funny too that the guy working the desk on the evening of Jan. 1st didn't even go to the trouble of turning on the lovely lobby fireplace for the few of us who stayed behind for that night. We wondered- was too much bother for just a handful of guests-?- Seem's the whole operation was on down mode for a major celebratory holiday.
Ah........... word of mouth is a powerful thing when you are in the business of pleasing $200+ night guests. We did however appreciate the upgrade from the gal on check in. It was 3:10, our room not yet ready. The Inn was clearly not full, and she did offer the upgraded ready room. Thanks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the charming Avila Valley, the Avila Village Inn provides a getaway for those seeking comfortable elegance. Whether it's a romantic weekend, anniversary, golf or spa vacation, the inn's craftsman-style architecture provides a serene visit to the Central Coast. Explore all nature has to offer in this secluded hamlet, or take a short drive to several area activities. Located off Highway 101, this upscale inn offers elegant comfortable rooms. Beautiful beaches, incredible golf, and fine dining establishments are all within a 5 minute drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avila Village Hotel Avila Beach
- Avila Village Beach