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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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  • sara j : San Diego, California
Awesome beach areas great for Families!!

We loved Avila!! We rented a 3 bedroom condo and it was perfect for the whole family, plenty of space.Swimming/Snorkeling: They have two inlet type areas that open up to the ocean but are absolutely perfect for snorkeling with the kids (ours are 6 & 8) they absolutely loved it and we saw some very cool fish. We would also snorkel out of the inlet and down to the next inlet, it was the perfect distance for the kids and a great way to see some extra sea life. We spent a ton of time in the water but I would recommend water shoes, there is a lot of hard sharp coral that doesn't feel great to walk on but that was only on the beach in front of our room which was the private Queens beech. The other beach area is all sand. They also have a nice pool area if you need a break from the sand.Food: We were not fans of the breakfast but did enjoy the other restaurants on site and also liked the buffet they did on one of the nights. I would defiantly recommend eating on site. Staff: Everyone was super nice to us and our kids from start to finish, The only negatives: The only change I wish they would make is a washer/dryer (there is a spot for it but not one there and families could travel with a lot less if they were there) and it would be nice if the kitchen had a few more cooking supplies even to just cook breakfast. I know not all the rooms had kitchens so this doesn't apply to the hotel portion this is more for the condo section of the hotels.

  • ElleCU : Broomfield, Colorado
Just ok...

Overall had a pleasant stay but there were definitely some negatives.The bad....The food service is below average to put it nicely. On multiple occasions we received the wrong meals. The staff was happy to correct the mistakes but it seemed to be an avoidable reoccurring issue. The selection is minimal on all menus (we tried breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast buffet not worth $18 US in my opinion (better bang for your buck at Scuba Lodge walking distance just down the street.) Also, the Pool Bar closed early on multiple occasions. I tried to visit the bar for a late lunch/early dinner at 5pm one day and 330pm on another day (posted hours , on the website, are 12pm-6pm) and both times they were closed. I asked the server who was cleaning up what their hours were and she stated "We closed early just today. We are usually open 'til 4pm." It's frustrating because when looking for a hotel on the island we searched for a place with many amenities in case we didn't feel like venturing far off the property and that's why we pick the Avila - yet, their advertised amenities are not available when the claim to be. Additionally, service while on the beach is not consistent - check out Karakter to see how it should be done! The Belle Terrace restaurant for dinner was delicious (5stars for food but 1 star for service). Our waitress basically ignored us all night. Only checking to see if we wanted dessert and to bring our check. Not water refills or stopping by to see how our meal was. We received the wrong appetizer. We ordered the ceviche and received a pork dish. We didn't realize until we had already started the dish so we ended up just keeping the one they gave us. Also, overall, very slow and unfriendly experience. The Ocean Front Blues rooms are not at all quiet. It's lovely to hear the waves lapping up against the rocks just outside but you also hear EVERYTHING else. I could hear our neighbors coughing,talking and showering. I had a feeling of very minimal privacy. If you aren't a VERY heavy sleeper you will be awake when your neighbors are. Bring a converter!!! There are only two plugs to accommodate American electronics/appliances.Additionally, no hand soap in the room!!! They provide shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion but no hand soap.The good....You can drink the water! For sure! Here for 10 days and. No issues drinking tap.Housekeeping did a wonderful job of keeping our room in great condition. I can't say enough about how friendly the housekeeping staff were.The views, beaches and lagoons were lovely! The beaches were always clean and beach chairs under shady trees were not lacking. You also get fast WIFI on the beach.The rooms were spacious and mostly well equipped - though you have to ask to use an iron -they were not provided unless you specifically requested them.The staff are very friendly and accommodating. Great snorkeling just outside the lagoon.Close to lots of great restaurants-I recommend eating off site (Serrafina, Fishalicious, Scuba Lodge, Chez Ray)

  • Gabriel W :
Historical Hotel

The hotel had nice amenities, large rooms, amazing views and friendly staff. The hotel manager Farley was very accommodating as was the rest of the staff. I would like to mention in particular Xiovanca, Dristan, Dristan's father Elvis, and Indira who worked at the Schooner bar. Only thing was the noise in the hallways during the morning could be reduced by adding some plants or acoustic panels. All in all a wonderful hotel close to many sights.

  • NYICEBABE : Bronx, NY

OMG!!! Stayed at the Avila for 5 nights when I arrived and saw the hotel it was beautiful but when I was shown to my room (Ocean Front Blues) my first words were AWESOME!!!! Waking up to the ocean view each morning was a dream. The entire resort is beautiful the restaurants, grounds, the jazz show at the Blues Bar omg great times. Special show out to Charlie, Irmeline the entire staff they are all so kind, polite and they really take care of their guests. Classy place in paradise, will be back without a doubt. Thanks Avila :)

  • lyndeeh2014 : Denver, Colorado
Nice Resort with a great location

I stayed at this resort for 9 days.Room was small but had a large balcony. It was updated and clean. The front desk was very helpful and accommodating. They made dinner reservations, called for taxis and gave me an electrical adapter. Service at the beach bar needed help. Not welcoming and the food was terrible at the bar. The other restaurants at the hotel were much better.This hotel has a budget rental car on site if you choose to rent a car for the day and go to the west end (highly recommend). Also a market is very close to buy beer and snacks. Liquor is sold at the market. The location of this hotel is perfect. $15.00 cab ride to Mambo beach (restaurants, shopping, nightlife, beautiful beach) $15.00 cab ride, or free shuttle, or walk 25-30 min to get to downtown (shopping, restaurants, floating bridge)If you go downtown have dinner at Perla Del Mar. Best restaurant on the island.

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.
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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. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.