Several years ago, we began thinking about what kind of hotel would best fit our beloved Avila Beach. Could we set ourselves apart by constructing a new structure with an early California-Mexico theme? Could we capture the true essence of what Avila Beach lodging should be?
Fortunately, our architect discovered a book written in 1928 by two young draftsmen who studied old houses throughout small Mexican towns. Their drawings and photos are credited with adding authenticity to many Spanish Colonial buildings constructed in California during the ‘20s and ‘30s. Several houses from the book are replicated in the hotel's San Miguel Street façade, from a casa in Taxco to a 16th-century dwelling on the Plaza Grande. Each of the veneers features a variety of stucco, roof tiles, railings and colors that provides our building with the appearance of a village.
As you enter La Fonda's massive doors, you’ll immediately notice the soaring rock fireplace and the two-story tile mural of Avila's distinctive shoreline. Five stained glass windows depict Avila's hillsides and flood the lobby with warm, colorful light while eight large Mexican tin star lights produce hundreds of twinkling spots across the ceiling. Mexican folk art, early Californian artifacts and paintings can be found throughout the hotel, as well as over 25 stained glass windows, cones, fountains and lamps. The jewel tones inherent in the decor reflect the beauty and colors of the surrounding area.