I got married here in May, 2000. I visited again in 2003. It had not changed which can be a good thing. I'm from Las Vegas where everything seems to be disposable and it's nice to be able to come back to the same thing over and over again. I've been going to Catalina every couple of years for about thirty years. The Zane Grey is situated on the top of a very big hill. The view is breathtaking. That is why I wanted to get married here. It seems like you can see forever and the pictures came out really good. But, keep in mind that there is fog almost EVERY DAY until about noon or 1:00 p.m. This is true in all of So. Cal. and Catalina is no exception. Don't get all bent up about it just appreciate it and when it rolls out to sea and reveals the beautiful bay you will appreciate it that much more. The rooms are very motelish. No TV or phone, tiny bathrooms, no AC (although you don't need it because of the ocean breeze), cheap carpet, cheap bed. Mine collapsed as soon as I sat on it upon checking in. The manager came in and fixed or replaced it (not sure because I left the room) and then it didn't fall again but it was not comfortable. Let's just say that I was not impressed with it on my wedding night. I got married on the porch overlooking the bay. I had about 15 guests. No more would possibly fit. So, keep this in mind. We asked if we could use the benches from the pool area for our guests. They reluctantly said yes but made sure that we did not touch those benches until just a few minutes before the ceremony. They were nice enough to let me have my wedding there free of charge (We stayed three nights for $500.00). but they were not helpful or friendly in the slightest. In fact, they seemed really put out whenever we asked them anything. But, I am pretty independent so it was okay with me. I know that I could have gone to another hotel, paid a FORTUNE, and been waited on hand and foot. I knew what I was getting into here and I am satisfied. After the wedding, the entire wedding party, led by me, walked all the way down to and through Avalon, snapping pictures along the way, to our reception site at a tiny Italian Bistro. This walk was the highlight of the trip and we got our most beautiful photos along the way. I felt like a princess leading my procession. People honked along the way and it was wonderful. I do not regret getting married at the Zane Grey. It's beautiful in it's own way. The rooms could use some improvement. It's peaceful and quiet and cool because of the ocean breeze. Our best man and maid of honor stayed in town and their room did not have AC either and they were hot!! Not us. It's a beautirul walk up the hill and there is free transportation as well as taxi's that will take you for about five bucks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel offers ocean view and mountain view rooms as well as sunning decks and balconies where guests can take in the spectacular views. The Pueblo Hotel also features an arrowhead shaped fresh water swimming pool surrounded by graceful gardens. The Pueblo's character is still evocative of the author's perceptions. The decor, ambiance, balconies and gardens lend themselves to a peaceful and quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Avalon. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zane Grey Pueblo Avalon
- Hotel Zane Grey Pueblo
- Zane Grey Hotel
- Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA