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San Luis Bay Inn

Avila Beach, California

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  • Across the road from Avila Beach, nine miles south of quaint San Luis Obispo. The resort has a swimming pool, whirlpool, exercise room, activities room, and tennis courts. All units have a microwave, furnished patio, and cable television. Fine boutiques, over 85 restaurants, and 20 wineries are in the San Luis Obispo area. Activities nearby include boating, fishing, and numerous year-round events.

  • On-Site
    • BBQ Area
    • Children's Pool
    • Game Room
    • Handicap Accessible Units
    • Health Club
    • Kid Friendly
    • Laundry Room
    • Ocean
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Shopping Area
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Video Rentals
    • Whirlpool/Hot Tub
    • Biking
    • Boating
    • Car Rental
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Grocery Store
    • Hairdresser
    • Live Entertainment
    • Playground Area
    • Scuba Diving
    • Spa Services
  • Reviews

    • Avatar for paulg200 paulg200
      Avatar for paulg200 paulg200

      Update Memorial Day 2011. This property has been upgraded. Michael Kidd has imported the best beans from San Francisco and LA to make the wet capacino's overlooking the Pacific. Not to be missed.

      The small town of Avila Beach has gone upscale (including, culture, jazz and Peets coffee. There is probably more sunshine and less fog in Avial then anywhere along the Coast until you get south to San diego. As a consequence the Board and staff, headed by Ben have been doing an amazing job of progressively remodeling, redoing the Kitchens and uping the level of professionalism in service.

      There is a limit on coastal building and the town of Avila bursts with anything over 1000 people.

      It is all close enough to San Luis Obispo, which is a college town. Try the Big Sky Cafe and the thursady night ribs at the farmer's market.

      The views and serenity of spirit are to die for.

      This reviewer has multiple ratings
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      Jan 7, 2008 (Updated May 28, 2011)
    • Avatar for luisa104 luisa104
      Avatar for luisa104 luisa104

      A beautiful resort. The views and ambience help you feel relaxed and serene. Staff was very helpful and the resort has undergone many updates and upgrades. Granite kitchens and baths add to the luxury feel. Beautiful, unspoiled nature surrounds the resort. Complimentary welcome "happy hour" on Friday and brunch on the weekend help set the tone for a pleasant and interesting stay. A real treat.

      This reviewer has multiple ratings
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      Nov 18, 2010
    • Avatar for ginal6 ginal6
      Avatar for ginal6 ginal6

      This resort is beautiful. There are fabulous views, walk to town with groceries and good restaurants. Golf is walking distance, also. The staff is always helpful and we have a great experience everytime we are here.

      Sep 22, 2008
    • Avatar for linmcginn linmcginn
      Avatar for linmcginn linmcginn

      Loved this place! The location is awesome. Used bonus time to rent a studio unit. We were pleasantly surprised. The studio had recently been refurbished and a full kitchen was added. The studio is spacious and well maintained.

      May 3, 2008 (Updated May 3, 2008)
    • Avatar for stevep174 stevep174
      Avatar for stevep174 stevep174

      Just came back from a short visit at this older, well maintained resort. Location is everything. Short drives to wine country, Mission and world class restaurants. Spa, golfing, swimming and tennis on-site. Beach, a short walk. I had a fantastic facial and massage from Roxanna at the Spa - reasonably priced in a cute and calming atmosphere. Good job Roxanna.

      Lost points on a disappointing use of the lobby floor, notebooks filling in for a concierge, vending machines passing for food service or onsite market and a really, really big problem - something unidentifiable going on between operations staff with an obvious distain for and problems with "those Sunterra people" as she referred to "them". After talking with many guests it appears that the Inn has changed hands several times. If the changes left scars - therapy and training can help and should be pursued. Something should be done because as a Sunterra guest (through Interval International not RCI) we should not have had to suffer such attitude (actually no one should have to) - after all you are in the hospitality business.

      Sep 27, 2007 (Updated Sep 27, 2007)
    • Avatar for belindabg belindabg
      Avatar for belindabg belindabg

      I stayed here on an exchange in September 2005. I traded my 2 Bedroom RID for a week here and got first a Studio and then 2 days later they upgraded me (at my request upon check-in) to a large 1 Bedroom for the rest of my week. I found the location to be nice, it was centrally located and although I flew in from Las Vegas to Santa Maria alone and rented a car, I had no trouble finding the place and getting around was easy. A friend met me halfway into my stay and one of the many highlights of our trip was dinner at the Mount Madonna Inn. We also spent an entire day at the Sycamore, a Spa and Retreat Facility nearby the entrance to the Avila Beach road. For a nominal fee we attended a yoga class, had hour-long massages, and spent time in the wonderful outdoor hot tubs in the mineral waters. Lunch was included - it was terrific! One day I drove down to Santa Barbara to shop on State Street, about 90 minutes' drive but well worth it to me. The pool here was nice, September is a good time to travel if you want fewer kids around (we don't have them and don't want to deal with them on vacation) and it was quiet and nearly all adults this time of year. This was a pleasant stay, not just because the location was great, but because the staff at this resort was very accomodating and friendly and they really went out of their way to make sure our needs were met. I would return here again happily!!

      Dec 30, 2005
    • Avatar for linda1929 linda1929
      Avatar for linda1929 linda1929


      Sep 2, 2004
    • Avatar for ludwig ludwig
      Avatar for ludwig ludwig

      we traded Laguna Surf for this resort and are so gald we did.

      It far exceeded our expectations, the units are lovely and Avila is close to so much. We will have to come back in order to partake of everything this area has to offer.

      The units are quiet inside, the halls fairly noisy from the children.

      Jul 17, 2004
    • Avatar for scrubbyoak scrubbyoak
      Avatar for scrubbyoak scrubbyoak

      Stayed for a week 6/11-6/18/04 in a 2 bdrm unit. Wonderful views, helpful staff. Lots to do in the area. The kids enjoyed the numerous other youths at the resort. Pool area quite noisy. Room was comfortable. The resort seems to dwarf the little town of avila beach.

      Jun 22, 2004
    • Avatar for salmon713 salmon713
      Avatar for salmon713 salmon713

      I traded a two bedroom gold crown ocean view unit for a studio which was definitely not worth the exchange. The studio was tiny and the walls "paper thin". The unit was next to the stairs and I could hear people going up and down the stairs all night. The unit had no vents for cooking and other than the paint, the unit was "dated". The air conditioning was noisy. I had to shut it off and sleep with the window open. I got a partial view if I leaned out of the tiny balcony. As I attended the orientation breakfast, the ceiling was leaking. My mattress was also pretty worn and I left the resort with with a sore back. I HAD FLASHBACKS OF STAYING AT A MOTEL 6. Service was mediocre, amenities were below average. I've been to a number of resorts throughout the world and this has been by far, the worst. I just wonder how this resort received a gold crown rating and got such rave reviews. BEST THING ABOUT THIS VACATION WAS ENDING IT EARLY!

      Dec 12, 2003 (Updated Dec 13, 2003)
    • Avatar for jwcummings jwcummings
      Avatar for jwcummings jwcummings

      I have owned at San Luis Bay Inn since it was a Glen Ivy property. It is one of the nicest resorts that we have been to.

      Dec 31, 2002 (Updated Apr 11, 2003)
    • Avatar for jwc jwc
      Avatar for jwc jwc

      I have owned at San Luis Bay Inn since the day it opened when it was a Glen Ivy resort.

      There is a considerable difference between the older units and the new Sunterra ones. The Sunterra 1BR is much smaller and only has 1 BA. The older units are preferable if you cn get them.

      Mar 18, 2003
    • Avatar for elhare elhare
      Avatar for elhare elhare

      The San Luis Bay Inn is one of the nicest resorts we have ever visited. We used to go there when it was a hotel and have been there twice since it has been a timeshare. Within walking distance you have golf, a couple of safe beaches, a fishing pier and some very nice restaurants. The view of the Pacific Ocean from the units is spectacular.

      Feb 21, 2003
    • Avatar for etanneh etanneh
      Avatar for etanneh etanneh

      San Luis Bay Inn is a lovely timeshare with beautiful surroundings. It has something for everyone. The golf course is excellent, the beach protected and the restuarants close by all have wonderful food and selections. Our youngest family members, who are two and three years of age enjoyed the children's park situated next to the beach as well as the children's pool.

      Feb 2, 2003 (Updated Feb 2, 2003)
  • 3254 Avila Beach Drive
    Avila Beach, California 93424
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