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“Always a please to stay at the Banning House” 5 of 5 stars
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Banning House Lodge
1 Banning House Road, Two Harbors, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Two Harbors B&B and Inns
San Diego, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Always a please to stay at the Banning House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

We fell in love with Two Harbors and had the opportunity to stay at the Banning House this year. We loved it so much we decided to have our wedding there! The people are friendly and very laid back. If you like this type of atmosphere this place is for you. It's a very old, historic site so don't expect new plumbing, etc.... but why would anyone go to two harbors expecting something like that. It is a place to get away and relax and just have fun.

Thank you to the staff at the Banning House for such a wonderful wedding! We loved spending our time there and the pictures were amazing!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Marina del Rey
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116 reviews 116 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

Pricey, but the only game in town. Fantabulous views, really nice, helpful staff, nice honor bar set up--if you don't have a boat or want to camp this is the place to go. Rooms 7 & 8 have amazing picture window views of Cat Harbor & comfy King beds + plenty of space. Cocktail hour on the patio is always nice with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Rooms need some refurbishing--don't expect 4-star quality, but the views & being at 2 Harbors with comfortable bed, private bath, & lovely patios with good drinks make this a very special place for a nice get-away.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Escondido, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

I was at Two Harbors for a Pirate Themed wedding and the Banning House was filled mainly with other wedding guests. The staff went out of their way to make certain that we were accomodated in every way possible from transportation to letting us take over their kitchen and dining room. We had to prepare and serve the rehearsal dinner and they bent over backwards to help make the event a success. Our room was was charming and very clean (unlike some of the reviews I had read). I looked for dirt and cobwebs and didn't find any. I can't say enough about the beautiful, peaceful setting. I would definitely go back just to get away from the world and relax. What a special find for anyone looking to step back in time and relax. Thanks again to all the staff. You were wonderful.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mesa, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

As others have posted, this place is for relaxation and getting away from it all...period. From the time you arrive to the time you leave, you have to just simplify life... fresh air, walking and taking in nature.. So if that's what you are looking for, you've come to the right place.The room choices include family accommodations, as well as single or couples. The grounds are lovely and have such a charm...after all, Banning House is 101 yrs old! No, this place is not for everyone...which is fine with me! Thanks Kate, Cassie and Sarah...we will be back.

Room Tip: All rooms have great views of Catalina Harbor
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shandon, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

Be prepared to spend your time either hiking, or reading, because there are no activities at night on Two Harbors. The Banning House rooms do not provide televisions, radios, clocks, or hair dryers. Actually, it isn't a house, so to speak. The rooms are very nice and clean, but they are lined in a corridor type setting, similar to a motel, only the views are beautiful outside your door and windows. The staff are very nice and helpful. This is the only place to stay on Two Harbors unless you stay in tents or cabins,that are only for sleeping, in bunkbeds. Showers and bathrooms are not located in the cabins.

The only eatery on Two Harbors is a cafe that's open until 2:00 pm, and the fairly pricey restaurant that's open from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The general store provides frozen and cold food and drinks and many items that one might need, as well as other nice things for souvenirs.

It's are strenuous walk back up to the Banning House from the downtown area, although it's a fairly short distance. The staff will pick you up at a designated location if you don't want to walk back up.

Room Tip: There are rooms for couples, or families.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, California
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

We have been to the Banning House many times in the past 10 years, and it never fails to disappoint. The quaint house is over 100 years old, and located just up the hill from the small town of Two Harbors. The views from the house are fantastic, and there are many places to sit and enjoy them, including patios and a lodge room with comfortable seating and a huge fireplace. However, as reflected in the negative reviews, the Banning House, and Two Harbors may not be for everyone. The town is tiny and all the roads are dirt, so bring your hiking boots and expect to get dusty. The Banning House is a bed and breakfast, and not a full service hotel, especially in the winter months, when the island owners have cut the staff to almost nothing. The innkeeper, Kate, is extremely friendly and competent, but she is only one person. Do not go expecting it to be like Avalon. Two Harbors caters to boaters, hikers, and campers who relish the peace and quiet of a rural setting. It is a great place to bring kids for hiking, rock collecting, diving, kayaking, and looking at animals (eagles, buffalo, sea lions, foxes, ravens, and tide pools). We come home completely relaxed and decompressed from our visits there, and will continue to visit for years to come.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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McCall, Idaho
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

I loved the location of the Banning House Lodge. The view was unreal. However, when I got to our room I noticed that: 1. There were no shades on some of the windows 2. There were cobwebs in the windows and the floor wasn't very clean 3. When I moved a night stand closer to my bed, there was filth and an unopen condom under the night stand. I was with the Exodus Fitness retreat and we had the entire complex to ourselves. Other women said the same thing, their rooms were not very clean. This was unacceptable. Banning House should have given the staff a talking to and we should have gotten at the minimum a 10% discount. I would have loved for my husband and I to have gone there for a romantic retreat, but forget it. I hope they clean up their act.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Banning House Road, Two Harbors, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Two Harbors
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Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Two Harbors
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