The hotel offers a variety of packages with either tours or ferry service from mainland California included. We chose one with the ferry fares included. The hotel is like everything else in Avalon, a short walk from where ever you are in town. You can spot the hotel from the ferry dock due to the blue sign on it's roof. We stayed in room 301 which I would have to say is the best room in the hotel, although not priced significantly different from the other rooms. You have a view of the harbor right from your room, and the balcony is a mere six feet from your room's door. It being a historic building you have to realize the bathrooms are later additions and thus somewhat small, but realistically how much time do you spend in the bathroom on vacation? Seriously?!. They are more than sufficient for their purpose. The beds are soo comfortable, especially after a full day of walking. The staff are polite, courteous and professional. They were willing to assist us when needed. If you want to experience Avalon as Mr. Wright intended, this is the perfect hotel. We loved the historic ambiance of the building and it's decor. The balcony is a wonderful place to spend the morning watching the sunrise and enjoying some coffee and donut. The only negative I have to express is there is no coffee in the room, and the coffee in the lobby is not available until 8am but then not everybody gets up as early as me on vacation. Overall, a great place to stay, and would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Hotel Catalina is decorated in the Victorian style. Hotel Catalina combines old world elegance and charm, with all the advantages of a modern establishment. Strolling along the balustrade verandas at the front of the establishment, from sunrise to sunset you'll enjoy the refreshing sea air and splendid panorama views of the picturesque harbor. Recently remodeled in Thomasville furnishings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalina Hotel Avalon
- Hotel Catalina Catalina Island/Avalon, CA