Avila Hotel

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The only beachfront Hotel in Willemstad, the Avila Hotel is an historic hotel set in the former Governor's Mansion dating from 1780.
Location: 5 minutes from historic downtown Willemstad; 30 minutes from Curacao Airport

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  • Rocketdogc : Austin, Texas
Good choice, but not perfect

If you're comparing this place to some of the other big hotels on the island, this one wins on location. It's really close to the historic downtown and the commercial heart of Willemstad. The hotels around Jan Thiel/Caracas Bay are too far out of town, and are in the wrong direction from the majority of beaches in the northwest.The Avila is not without its flaws though. It's a beautiful property, but ultimately the list of small problems got too long. Service at the bar was chaotic and super slow. We had to unplug the TV and a lamp in our room in order to find outlets to charge phones. And we kicked off our stay with a negative interaction with the bellman/security guy out front. So it did not live up to its $200 per night price.That being said, its small artificial beaches turned out to be a nice bonus, since CuraƧao has very, very little natural beach. And the Octagon building gave us great views from our room without having to waste extra cash on the Blues Wing.

  • JDY512 : Toronto, Canada
Week Long Stay in Curacao

We were very impressed with the Avila Beach Hotel in Curacao. The Blues Wing provides beautiful sunrises or sunsets over the ocean and the room are bright, clean and well maintained. The amenities of the hotel are very good. You're not able to order lunch and have it delivered to your beach chair, but the food is good and reasonably priced for the Caribbean. The General Manager was on top of the property, and he even secured us a wheelchair for my mother who was with us at no charge.Like the rest of Curacao, it's the people that are terrific. The servers, the front desk all happily helped us get directions and find our way to island destinations. The hotel doesn't nickel and dime you to death either. Free parking was truly appreciated and the small fee for the workout room was reasonable too.We had a group of 14 stay at the resort and everyone enjoyed different parts of the experience. Mostly guests were from the Netherlands, very few children and if you would prefer to stay away from the cookie cutter American resorts this is a great choice! The hotel never felt crowded and while they were quite full it was not difficult to find beach or pool chairs. Also, the snorkeling was outstanding at the resort with their break walls. Tons of fish to observe and felt very safe sending our teenage daughters out into the ocean. It's not a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton, but for $300 a night US it earned a 5 rating in my book for the price.Rozendaels restaurant is 100 yards from the front door and was our favorite restaurant we visited.

  • WeirdNJ : Northern New Jersey
How Disappointing!!!

I did a lot of research on where I wanted to stay in Curacao and picked the Avila because of it's beautiful photos, great reviews and the fact that you could stay on a pier overlooking the ocean. I paid extra for a room in the Blues Wing. When I arrived, I found out my room was at the very entrance to the Blues Wing (1st room - 282) and wasoverlooking the swimming area, not the ocean. I asked for a different room, but none were available. This ruined my whole vacation. Instead of hearing waves lapping along the rocks (as I would have if I was on the other side of the blues wing) all I heard all vacation was the noise from the bar restaurant. Instead of looking out over the beautiful ocean, I got to see people swim by my room while I was trying to have coffee on the deck in the morning. Don't choose this hotel if you want a quiet, relaxing vacation. Here's the rundown 1.) I arrived to the hotel after being up at 5am. All I wanted to do was take a nap. The music coming from the restaurant bar across from room 282 was so loud I felt like I was in a cheap, Red Roof Inn, directly above the bar with the bass pounding. It didn't stop until after 11pm. 2.) Next day, at 7:30 am I got woken up by sawing because they were doing construction across the street. 3.) The next day, I got woken up again by workers and guests standing outside my door having conversations. Since it's right at the entrance to the Blues Wing, I guess it's a good place to congregate. The garbage can is also there right outside the room. 4.) I went to the spa expecting to get a beach massage (as it advertises on their website), but no, "that is at our other spa location" 5.) Another night of loud music and just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I hear what sounds like a someone trying to start a lawnmower over and over again at 4:30 in the morning. Finally after about 15 minutes of this horrible noise, I went out on my deck and saw a worker with a large contraption in his hand with fire coming out of it. When I stood there staring at him, he says "Good morning, did you get the letter that we will be spraying for mosquitos?" Seriously? spraying for mosquitos with a contraption that sounds like a motorcycle at 4:30 in the morning? 6.) The beach is really small and not very nice. When I was there the terrace restaurant was closed, so there was only one bar and one restaurant open during the day. You can walk to a few restaurants and into the city of Willemstad, but If you want to go anywhere else you need a car. We were planning on just staying at the resort, but after one day rented a car because the hotel was not somewhere I wanted to spend a lot of time. Also, as others mentioned, the hotel is not in a very nice area. Workers at the hotel told us not to walk to the right of the hotel. Once we rented a car, we drove up to the beautiful beaches on the West coast. If you do go to Curacao, do yourself a favor and stay in Westpunt area of the island. That's where all the nice beaches are. You can then rent a car a spend a day in Willemstad.

  • Jejwsharpe : Budapest, Hungary
The centre of Paradise

We have been coming to this amazing Caribbean pearl for over 10 years now. Although it recently changed ownership, it is still by far the most tantalising place in the region.Apart from the fact that it has probably the best hotel beach you can find anywhere on the Island, few know that behind its' 'wave-breakers' one of the best and by far the most easily accessible snorkel spots of the entire island can be found. The hotel is designed in such a way that every single room has a fantastic sea view. Rooms are available in different styles and sizes ranging from single to family size rooms. One of the great free treats this treasure of a place has to offer is the breathtaking sunset from the beach just in front of what we call the 'focal point of the centre of paradise': The Schoonerbar. Add the 200 % authentically friendly staff, the passionate and very professional management, the great food, amazing live music performances at Blues and the magnificent garden, one can only conclude that Heaven on Earth does exist and it is is called Avila Beach Hotel!!!

  • peter h :
We love this place

We stayed at the Avila for a week and we had the best week of our lives. Such a beautiful place and the people are super nice and helpful. Loved the beach, the location and the rooms. We wish we were still there, you will see us again next year:)

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

Included Features:
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Fitness facilities, tennis
  • WiFi
  • Use of Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room
  • Use of beach and pool chairs and towels
  • Shuttle service to downtown Willemstad, Monday through Friday, leaving hotel at 9am to 2pm and returning from Willemstad at 11:30am to 4:30pm
  • Breakfast daily (with Breakfast Plan)
  • 150 rooms
  • 2 a la carte restaurants
  • Snack bar
  • Avila Cafe
  • 3 Bars
  • Infinity pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Tennis court
  • Beauty salon
  • Gift shop
  • Meeting facilities
  • Tour desk
  • Mini-mart
  • Santai Spa
  • Free Wifi in public areas
  • Parking
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge service
  • Car rental service
  • Complementary coffee
La Belle Alliance Deluxe Room Queen: (Does not include kitchenette)
  • Located in La Belle Alliance Wing 
  • 2 Full Size Queen Beds
  • Newly renovated room
  • Air conditioning
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Telephone
  • Private Bathroom with a large walk in shower with modern furnishings
  • Balcony and Garden View
  • Coffee Maker
  • In room Safe
  • Internet Connection
  • Voice Mail
  • Hair Dryer
  • Small Refrigerator
  • Maximum Occupancy: 4
La Belle Alliance Deluxe Room King: (Includes kitchenette)
  • Located in La Belle Alliance Wing
  • 1 King Size Bed or 2 Twin Beds
  • Maximum Occupancy: 2
Blue Wing Deluxe Room:
  • Located in Blues Wing
  • 1 King Size Bed or 2 Full Size Queen Beds
  • Large balcony
  • Full Ocean View
  • A 1 person bathtub with whirlpool jets and shower
  • Kitchenette
  • Maximum Occupancy: 4
Kids stay free -  Under European plan only, no meals. Applies to all children 12 years and under when sharing room with parent and using existing bedding. Maximum room occupancy restrictions apply.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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Avila Beach Hotel
Penstraat 130, Willemstad Curacao

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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