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“Very pleasant stay at Avila Beach Hotel”
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Avila Beach Hotel
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 October 2017

The hotel is located on historic property, that add more charm to the hotel.
Pros:
- modern hotel but with special historic glamor and charm
- beach is a lagoon style (block with huge rocks) that makes it perfect for swimming and
snorkling
- there is a pool (not a pool person)
- kids friendly
- close to the center (20 mins) walk, but they have shuttle couple times a day
- close to nice restaurants (Rozendaels - did not like it despite the good reviews,
Fishalicious - MUST visit, Serafina - did have a chance to eat there and Mosa -
delicious)
- Pool Bar for lunch: Donna is amazing cook!!!! She is making every dish in front of you
with Jamaican specialties. Yummy!

Cons:
Service is slow
Not recommend walking during the night time
Restaurants on the property were just ok, nothing special (enjoyed only Donna's cooking) - would not stay for dinner. Blues Bar is nice place for live jazz on Thursday, but only for drinks.

Have the best red snapper (whole fish deep fried) at Perla del Mar! Del Toro is good too.

Planning already the next trip: will rent the car and explore the island, it's so much to do and to see. 5 days were not enough :)

Room Tip: The Octagon Wing - very modern, and with ocean views, big room, small kitchen
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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AvilaBeachManagement, Manager at Avila Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thank you for your nice and extensive review regarding your stay at the Avila Beach Hotel. We are very thankful that you took the time to share your experience. Great to know that you are planning your next trip to the island, we would love to welcome you back when you are visiting again.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Great stay at a fabulous hotel! We would definitely return if ever in Curacao.
The staff was helpful. There were many food options on site.
It was a quiet and relaxing place to stay for vacation.
The hotel was in close proximity to many of the activities that we chose to do.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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AvilaBeachManagement, Manager at Avila Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

We are very pleased that you had a fabulous vacation at the Avila Beach Hotel and that you took the time to share your experience. We thank you for your wonderful five star review. You are very welcome for your next stay whenever you are visiting the island again.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We chose the Avila Hotel after some online research as the location for our honeymoon. We could not have been more pleased with our stay! The hotel is clean, the staff friendly, and the location is beyond amazing. We enjoyed the hotel property so much, we spent most of our time there and explored the island only on two of our six days. A couple staff members that made our stay even better were Sasha, Alexander, and Gary. As former bartenders and servers ourselves, we are both understanding of the job and also expect great service. While all of the staff at Avila were good, these three provided amazing service and great tips for sightseeing around the island. We will definitely be returning to Curacao and staying at Avila as well as recommending it to all our friends and family!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank jemcc77
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AvilaBeachManagement, Manager at Avila Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

What a nice review, we are very grateful and thankful that you took the time to share the experience of your stay. We will make sure to mention your appreciation to the complimented colleagues and all the others who made your stay a memorable one. We thank you for recommending the Avila Beach Hotel to your friends and family and would love to welcome you once again at the Avila Beach Hotel.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is a lovely historic property, with a number of different room types in buildings of varying ages and features. We stayed in the Octagon Wing - very modern, and with ocean views. The room was a little on the small side, but well-appointed, with a lovely bathroom and toiletries, and a balcony. The room has Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, coffee-maker, hairdryer and a safe. Please note that this wing has 220 outlets, which can be safely used with American electronics, but you will need an adaptor to plug in - and the number of available outlets is somewhat limited (we were constantly unplugging something to plug in laptop or charger).
Unless you are laid-back and not looking for many services, Americans may not be totally satisfied with this hotel. The property has a pool (4' deep except at entry/exit steps) and 2 small public beaches - both are lagoon-like, chest-deep up to the seawall, but once past the wall you can swim or snorkel in the open sea. Note that there are NO lifeguards on duty at either the beach or pool. There is no kiddie pool or Jacuzzi. And poolside service is very spotty.
There are several restaurants on the property - a café that serves only buffet breakfast, plus lunch; a pool bar that opens at 9 and offers breakfast items, lunch and snacks, Blues Bar is casual and has live jazz on Thursday nights, Belle Terrace is fine dining. Food is solid, but not anything special and service is slow and a little spotty. The gift shop (which has snacks, water and soft drinks among other things) is open 9-12:30 and 1:30-5PM - so after that, you can't get a quick snack or dessert. Though the area around the hotel is a little rough, hotel security is excellent - even on the street outside the hotel property. There are 4 restaurants only about a block or so from the hotel (Rozendaels, Fishalicious, Serafina and Mosa) that can offer you variety within reach (if you don't have a car or don't want to call a cab). No problem walking to any of them. The one problem with the tight security is that as soon as the sun goes down, the gates providing easy access to your room from the parking lot are locked and there is no key access - you have to walk all the way to the lobby and through the buildings from the inside to get to your room.
While the staff does try to give good service, it falls a bit flat. Service was very slow both times we ate at the hotel. Also, we had asked the front desk to book a reservation at a restaurant for that same night, but until we checked back with them, we were not advised that it had not been made. The agent told us the restaurant was closed and recommended another in Punda. When we went to this 2nd restaurant, IT was closed. We found somewhere else to eat, but when we drove back to the hotel, we passed the restaurant which we had originally asked them to book for us - it was open and we could have gotten a much better meal there.
Overall, we had a nice stay, once we decided not to expect much in the way of services. If you are expecting relaxation and would not be bothered by the hotel's limitations, you will have a wonderful stay. But if you are expecting the type of services available at American hotels like the Marriott or Hitlon, you might be a bit disappointed.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Our perfect location for an important event in our lives. Zatessa was my heaven sent wedding planner. The patience she had for my precise requests and yet uncommitted plans, made it all the more reason a seamless experience. The beautiful surprise of our honeymoon suite was exciting and breathtaking! Our children were very much a part of the whole journey and experience. and the food, amazing!!!! My decorator Gina and her team were so much fun to play with my ideas and the cake decorator, David impressed me with his work.....exactly as I requested. The band, little Garden and DJ Boogieman had great music especially for mi amor. Kathy & Johnny with our families, thank you for a very special moment in our lives and an evening that will last forever!!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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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 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range: €143 - €301 (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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