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“Romantic get away” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel St. Lauren
231 Beacon St., P.O. Box 2166, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Oceanside, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Romantic get away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband had planned a romantic get away on our anniverssary, but unfortunately he was deployed the night before. I contact the staff at ST.Lauren and was immediately issued a full refund. Once my husband returned home we made that trip to Catalina. The staff at St.Lauren was very helpful . Our room was perfect, very clean and was served with complimentary breakfast.The views on the top balcony are amazing. The hotel is in minutes to down town in walking distance. We are planning our trip back..

  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Hotel St. Lauren for our wedding anniversary. This was our first time visiting Catalina, so we chose this hotel based on reviews and a good price through Groupon. The staff was very friendly, rooms very clean, and the views are among the best in Avalon. We had a room with a balcony on the 5th floor overlooking all of Avalon and the bay from the casino to the Catalina Landing. Balcony was great for stargazing as well. The hotel has two outside patios for guests, one on the 6th floor and one on the 2nd that is more secluded. Both offer beautiful views of the bay. The location of this hotel is perfect. It is only a short walk to all shops and restaurants. Vons Grocery is a half block away.
Hotel staff was courteous and helpful.
Rooms do not have coffeemakers, which we missed having. Coffee is available in the lobby from 8:00-10:00 a.m. We were very pleased with our stay at the Hotel St. Lauren and plan to stay there again on our next trip to Catalina.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Stayed here with my girls friends for a girls weekend. It was cute and meet our needs, the walls are a little thin and some of the stuff is outdated. But all we really needed was a place to sleep. It was not over priced for what we got.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Enjoyed a nights stay here in October 2012 and found the hotel very well located in the middle of the town. The room was a reasonable size and had a comfortable bed, but the room did look a little dated which detracted from things a little bit. The hotel has a lovely 6th floor balcony which overlooks the town towards to port and beach area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This was my worst experience at a Catalina hotel. I have traveled to Catalina many times and usually stay at other hotels but since I booked at the last minute this was the only hotel which had open rooms. First off the staff had major attitude problems and the whole hotel was so dirty I didnt feel like sitting down anywhere. The room we got was way overpriced, about 150$ more than other comparable hotels. Our bed sheets/comforter had stains on them, the pillows were hard, there were roaches and spiders in our bathroom- it was so bad we decided not to stay the night and leave Catalina early which was sad because it was a beautiful day on the island. I will never stay at the hotel ever again and will warn everyone to stay away! Go anywhere else on the Island!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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stlaurenmanagement, Manager at Hotel St. Lauren, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
The Hotel had one guest that was irate with the front desk in October and assume it's their review. They wanted the front desk to remove a guest from a room who had just checked into a room of the same category so they could have that room since it had more sunlight. We informed them that we couldn't and showed them a room that had more sunlight but not the same category since the Hotel was sold out. They refused and left with their baggage still in the room to find another Hotel. After five hours they returned , picked up their baggage and left. We encourage travelers to take the whole of our property's reviews when judging us.
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Estes Park, Colorado
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

For my wife's birthday, we took the Catalina Express passenger ferry from Long Beach to Santa Catalina Island. It was off-season, so there weren't many tourists there, and during our weekend there were no cruise ship arrivals. We stayed just one night on the island, in the Hotel St. Lauren. We chose it because they offered a discount to guests celebrating a birthday (legal proof of birth date required), in conjunction with the free roundtrip offered by the Catalina Express.

The hotel looks like an old Victorian hotel, but it really isn't. It's newer (maybe 20-25 years old?), and is built on a hillside overlooking the town of Avalon. We walked there in about 15 minutes from the passenger boat dock, stopping occasionally to check out some of the shops along the way. It's painted pink, prompting locals to refer to it as the "Pepto Bismol Hotel." Our third-floor room was small with a queen-size bed, an adequate bathroom and all the usual amenities. The only window looked out toward a space between two buildings, but the entire view had been covered over with plastic lattice for privacy, so we couldn't really see anything through the window. A speedy elevator took us up to the sixth floor outdoor deck, which provided tables and chairs with a spectacular view of the tourist zone of the town and Avalon Bay.

The hotel doesn't have an in-house restaurant, but there was free coffee in the lobby in the morning. We went to one of the restaurants recommended by the Hotel St. Lauren for breakfast, and shared a Belgian waffle smothered in fresh strawberries and whipped cream!

The St. Lauren doesn't have a swimming pool, either, and we learned that most hotels on the island do not have pools. It was too cold to swim, anyway, so we did lots of exploring both on foot and in a guided tour by car.

The front desk staff were very courteous and helpful. Upon checkout, we left our luggage in an unsecured storage room under the stairs, and reclaimed it for the return boat trip to Long Beach. If you're looking for quaint and convenient in Avalon, the Hotel St. Lauren is a good choice.

Room Tip: Sixth floor rooms have direct access to the outdoor deck, offering great views of the town and the b...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Upland, California
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Hotel St Lauren...This hotel is just a quick walk down the hill to the main street along the harbor. The "Stay Here" point for me is that if you book a room on the 6th floor you can step right outside to a large deck with tables and lounge chairs that has this "BEAUTIFUL" Panoramic view of most everything! It's a straight look out onto the harbor. You can see the old Casino, the Yacht club, the boats, then from the side you can view the mountainous terrain and beautiful estates. It is right in the heart of everything, and the Pink Victorian boutique style rooms are comfortable. The hotel being more of an 'Old House" style lends to the rooms being more like bedrooms than having the feeling of a hotel. I'm not sure if all the rooms are the same; mine was a bit small but had good lighting, and was very comfortable and quiet. There was plenty of hot water and I did enjoy the stay. Best tip though is to get a room on the 6th floor and ask for one of the rooms close to the door to the open deck patio. That is very romantic! Also a good place if your stay is more than a day or two and you enjoy hanging there with friends or family or just want to sun and read a good book.
Reccommend this for girls weekend, solitude for ones'self, or a couple. Large family will find the room too small, but then I dont have a comparison right now to other hotels on the island to know if there is a more suitable hotel for larger rooms. If planning a family get away, please get 2 rooms so you will have the best accomodations.

Room Tip: 6th floor! Room closest to the open deck patio!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 231 Beacon St., P.O. Box 2166, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel St. Lauren L.L.C., in Avalon, California, is one of Catalina Islands' finest romantic hotels. The hotel features 42 luxurious guest rooms overlooking Avalon Bay, CA. Some accommodations include a private balcony or a Whirlpool tub and all rooms are decorated elegantly with rosewood furniture. The hotel serves complimentary coffee each morning.This Catalina Island hotel is close to swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, fishing and kayaking. Rent your own boat and explore Avalon bay or rent a rod and reel for ocean fishing right off the Green Pier. Our Avalon vacation packages feature lodging combined with boating, helicopter rides, or tours of Santa Catalina Island. Our specials page offers some great value discounts. ... more   less 
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