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Hotel Mac Rae

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409 Crescent Ave., PO Box 246, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Hotel Mac Rae
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had been to Catalina many times, but never overnight. So I decided to take him for his birthday. I was looking for a hotel on the beach. I came across the ad for Hotel Mac Rae and liked what I saw. So I booked a package deal that included our round trip boat ride. When we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms were a bit tiny but they only have so much room to work with. It's an older hotel with older style rooms but it's all we needed. It was clean and the location was unbeatable. The price worked too. I probably wouldn't pay top dollar go this hotel.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Catalina four times, almost always on the freebie Birthday weekends offered. This was the first time I ever stayed multiple days/nights. There are about 25 hotels and most are on or next to the main 'drag' Crescent St, it's called a St. even though it and most others are pedestrian only. The Mac Rae is right... More 

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HotelMacRae, General Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review of your experience. I am so pleased that you enjoyed our hotel and found our staff be be very friendly and helpful. Our location "Literally a two minute walk to most everything" is compliments of my great-grandfather, Herbert Dewey Mac Rae. Although we do not have... More 

Atascadero, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed in the ocean front room. Everything was real relaxing and laid back. It is like being in a movie from the 1930's. We would definitely go back again and stay at the Hotel Mac Rae. The enclosed patio is a great place to have your coffee in the morning.

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HotelMacRae, General Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Jeannine, I am so pleased that you were able to enjoy the special Catalina Island ambiance while you were here. We look forward to welcoming you back to one of our relaxing ocean view rooms on your next visit. Thank you for your kind review. Karen Biery, 4th generation "Mac Rae", General Manager More 

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the grand history of the hotel, and it was awesome getting to visit with Karen, one of the decedents of the original Mac Rae family. My adult daughters and I came to the island to scuba dive, the problem was our dive was after check out and we could not stay an additional night on the island. Karen... More 

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HotelMacRae, General Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Mary, Thank you for choosing the Hotel Mac Rae for your recent visit to Avalon and thank you for taking the time to submit your review. It was a pleasure for my staff and I to meet you and I enjoyed your beautiful diving pictures! We look forward to your next visit with us. Happy diving! Karen Biery, 4th... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From Alabama to Avalon. What a trip. The staff was very nice and knowledgeable.Can't wait to visit y'all again. Everything is centrally located. Walking distance from the boat landing and all the gift shops,restaurants and bars. I believe it to be the best all around deal. The room and boat trip package is a great deal. Made everything so much... More 

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HotelMacRae, General Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Alabama, Thank you for choosing the Hotel Mac Rae for your recent visit to Catalina. All of my staff definitely knew that "the man from Alabama" was here and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your wife and hearing about your fun filled trip west of the Mississippi. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your Ocean View... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small rooms. Room 201 next to stairs noisy because you can hear everyone walking up and down the stairs. The toilet was running ever 5 minutes. I brought it up on check out but got no response but a shoulder shrug by receptionist. You can also hear people talking in patio area. I would not recommend the hotel. 2 stars... More 

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HotelMacRae, General Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Guest, My staff and I appreciate the feedback that you provided about your recent stay at our hotel. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy for stay. Your comment regarding my staff is very uncharacteristic and I will follow up on the issues that your raised. I hope that you continue to enjoy the overall experience... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the best stay at the Hotel Mac Rae! The staff was beyond friendly, quick, and efficient. We booked the Queen room with ocean view and it was worth every penny. The room was clean and roomy for two. We were able to leave all our luggage upon arriving and the next day before our 6 pm boat ride... More 

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HotelMacRae, Front Office Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Heather, We so appreciate your recent stay at our hotel! Thank you for taking the time to share your ocean view experience as well as your kind comments regarding my staff in your review. It was my pleasure to overnight your keys to you after your stay. My staff and I very much look forward to your next visit... More 

San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very small rooms with a nice private courtyard. The "breakfast" is minimal, juice small muffins and packaged pastry. Friendly staff, great hotel history and good place to stay during the week. The rates almost double for weekend stays.

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HotelMacRae, General Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments about your recent trip to Catalina. I am happy that you enjoyed our family hotel history and found our property a good place to stay. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you back in Avalon soon. Karen Biery, 4th generation "Mac Rae", General Manager More 

Oakland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for a weekend. the location was right in the center of action. The hotel was built in the 1920s but it looks like did a recent renovation. The room was a good size although the bath was a little tight. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. For a quick weekend stay it was perfect

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HotelMacRae, General Manager at Hotel Mac Rae, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing our hotel on your recent trip to Catalina. I am pleased to hear that our staff was very pleasant and accommodating. I will gladly share your comments with them. We do our best to keep our 1920s rooms updated and comfortable for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back to stay with... More 

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