My friend and I stayed in Room 101 (on the ground floor) November 17 through 20, 2005. What a nice surprise! Our room was clean and nicely furnished with 2 full sized beds, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, and a small refrigerator that we stocked with champagne, cheese, crackers, sandwiches, and fruit purchased at the C.C. Gallagher store and Deli a couple of doors down from the hotel. There's also a Vons Express a block away and a small Vons two blocks away. The large courtyard has several chaise lounges and several nice patio tables/chairs/umbrellas for relaxing in the sun or shade. The hotel serves their continental breakfast of coffee, decaf, a selection of teas, milk, OJ, cold cereal, hot oatmeal, bagels, muffins, pastries, cream cheese, apples, oranges, butter, and jams in the middle of the courtyard every morning from 7 until 11 a.m. This hotel is in a perfect location just a short stroll from the Catalina Express dock and on Crescent Ave -- 14 steps from the beach -- and right in the middle of all the shops and restaurants. You can book Discovery tours at the hotel's front desk for island tours and activities. The hotel offers a free service of delivering your luggage to the Catalina Express dock so you don't have to drag or carry your suitcases to the dock when you leave. The front desk staff were all very friendly and helpful. We had a couple of complaints -- the people in the room above ours stomped and jumped around at night. We called the front desk at 1:15 a.m. to complain and they took care of it immediately. Our room looked recently rennovated except for the carpet which was old and stained, but I would definitely stay there again. The carpet was well vacuumed and didn't leave any visible dirt on our bare feet so we ignored it. Our beds were comfortable and the nightly rate was $100.00 less than what I payed at the Metropole Hotel in Avalon several months ago. Show your AAA (auto club) card and get a big discount on your first night's stay. The Metropole was nice -- but for the money I'll choose the Pavilion Lodge any day.