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“Blank Check Part Duece (Watch your credit card statement!)” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Catalina
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   129 Whittley Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #14 of 21 Hotels in Avalon
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“Blank Check Part Duece (Watch your credit card statement!)”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2004

We saw some reviews on "blank credit card receipts" and others on "unauthorized charges" at Hotel Catalina. We did not give it too much thought as we are on a budget and thought we were careful with our credit card expenses. Silly us.......One month after our wonderful stay in a $150.00/Night Motel 6 level hotel, a strange charge from Hotel Catalina showed up. Long story- Short answer.... Watch your credit card and unscrupulous inn keeper at Hotel Catalina.

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KrisGLBC, General Manager at Hotel Catalina, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
As of January 2012 we are pleased to announce that the Hotel Catalina is now under New Management. Come visit & experience our New European style Courtyard Garden Wing.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2004

Overall a very nice stay. Front staff was very friendly and accomodating. Hotel offers "old style change lockers" for you to store your overnight gear, at no charge, if you check out but don't leave the island until later. Locker was 5 foot deep, 5 foot wide and 8 foot tall. Stayed in the "Haunted Bungalo" (Read the book Haunted Catalina) but didn't have any problems. It was actually rather exciting to think we would be visited. Hotel was Recently remodeled and the lobby didn't smell. The entire place was extremely clean and tidy. Hot tub was very hot so proceed with caution. Price is a bit on the higher side but we were very pleased.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2004

I saw the other reviews AFTER I booked my vacation and, I must say, they scared me!
There were four in our group and we left with
much love of the Hotel Catalina! Clean, beautiful and quiet with a staff that enjoyed having us~
And the sunrise from the 3rd floor balcony, Perfect...What's not to like?
One complaint, the hill its on is not condusive to the elderly or disabled and this fact should be shown on hotel web page and/or asked upon reserving a room.
That's it :) Eight thumbs up!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2004

I took my boyfriend to Catalina for the weekend as a Christmas present and stayed here on the recommendation of a friend who had warned me that "it's not five star but it's not like going to spending that much time in the room anyway". As it turned out it rained most of the weekend - so we did. She was right - it's not A+ but the rooms were clean and the staff was friendly - just like everyone else on the island (we got stranded in the rain multiple times and saved by passers-by almost every time). There were more conveniences in the room than had been indicated on the website (mini-fridge, ironing board) and at the end of the day I saved nearly $200 over staying at a hotel down the street I had originally booked. There were plenty of nicer places in Avalon, but none that I found worth the price for a quick getaway weekend. I was disappointed the hotel put us in a room on the back side of the hotel when they were no where near capacity (maybe 5, 6 couple and they have 30+ rooms?) but overall had a good experience. Be aware - the "package" Hotel Catalina offers does not come with a tour - they give you a $20 voucher to use to cover tours that you book in the middle of town so make sure it's not cheaper to just book the hotel separately.

  • Stayed January 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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KrisGLBC, General Manager at Hotel Catalina, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
As of January 2012 we are pleased to announce that the Hotel Catalina is now under New Management. Come visit & experience our New European style Courtyard Garden Wing.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2004

After you get over the odor in the lobby you may find your room to be, as we did small but clean. The draft from the bathroom broken window was annoying and the temprature of the shower water. For some reason they require a blank credit card recipt enen when prepaid.

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KrisGLBC, General Manager at Hotel Catalina, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
As of January 2012 we are pleased to announce that the Hotel Catalina is now under New Management. Come visit & experience our New European style Courtyard Garden Wing.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2003

Old is sometimes quaint; other times, it's just old. This very, very old property has some architectural charm, and it is located a quiet block away from loud, crowded Crescent Dr. The rooms and property were reasonably clean, and the staff was nice enough. But the rooms (we had a private "bungalow") were very cheaply decorated and renovated. For $50 a night, it could have been written off as an adventure, but at $150 ($168, w. tax), you can't escape the feeling you've been "taken." (Of course, this description applies to most of Avalon.) I was embarassed to admit to my spouse that I chose such accommodations. You can do worse, but you can easily do better, at these prices. (Beware the early 10:00 am checkout, too.)

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KrisGLBC, General Manager at Hotel Catalina, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
As of January 2012 we are pleased to announce that the Hotel Catalina is now under New Management. Come visit & experience our New European style Courtyard Garden Wing.
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Address: 129 Whittley Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Catalina 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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

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