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“Very good first stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Atwater
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #15 of 21 Hotels in Avalon
Menifee, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very good first stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Our trip to Catalina was to attend my cousins wedding. We arrived early and the staff arranged a temp room so we could get ready. Excellent service !

Room Tip: Avoid rooms on the west side...noisey. Two queen room was nice.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

Good:
-Friendly, genuine staff
-Best value on the island
-Simple, quaint, historical hotel
-Excellent shower heads
-Perfect, central location
-Attached Chinese restaurant is really tasty
-Free baggage holding
-70+ channels on TV
-Ceiling fan

Bad:
-Rock hard beds uncomfortable
-no elevator (not an issue for us, but maybe for some)
-No heat or AC in econo rooms (fine in September, but might be an issue in other months)

Overall:
A positive experience on our little trip. We don't have a lot of cash, so this hotel is perfect. Even though it's cheap, it is still clean and cozy. We would totally stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palmdale, CA
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46 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

This is a nice hotel. Nothing fancy but in the morning, provides some of the best coffee on the island.

No elevator but not an issue for us and I knew that before I booked.

Rooms were clean and comfortable.

Bring earplugs or something to dull the noise of the people on the island who like to drink and make a lot of noise until the early hours of the morning.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santee, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

I just got home from Catalina Island and even though my stay wasn't very long, this Hotel experience made me want to stay much longer. I Loved the room we were in! The front desk people were very friendly. When we first showed up at the Hotel we were given a room at a great price but it had a very small bathroom with a shower. So my Husband asked if they had a room with a bath tub because I liked to soak in a tub due to a strain in my back. Anyway, they ended up putting us in a much nicer room with a bigger bathroom. The staff were WONDERFUL! I've been to the Island many times and I know exactly where I want to stay the next time I'm there. Thank you!

Room Tip: Do a walk-in rather then online booking during the off season, you can get a better rate.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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palm springs
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

My friend and had read the reviews before we booked the room so we knew this was not going to be a five star hotel experience. We reasoned that since we only needed a place to sleep and clean up, we would be fine with just the basic amenities. The Atwater suited our needs perfectly. One complaint, we had requested a fold out cot but the room was too small to accomodate it. The dask manager said we could fit one in between the closet and the door, but since that created a fire hazard we declined that option. You cannot beat the Atwater for convinience, everything is in walking distance and tickets for many island activities can be booked and printed at the front desk. The staff will do their best to accomodate your needs,

Room Tip: If you need to add a cot, make sure the room you are assigned can accomodate it
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Corona
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

We stayed at the Atwater for 2 nights in September. The hotel was older, but clean and quaint. The staff was friendly, and did everything they could to accomodate our requests. We had our children with us, and so we requested some extra pillows and towels. They arrived immediately! The location is perfect. Walking distance to everything. Right across the street is the mini-golf course- which was perfect for kids. There was also a mini-mart, pizza by the slice and ice cream/candy store all really close by! We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: We requested a room that did NOT face the street (since I had read reviews where the people who face...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Hotel Atwater was older but very nicely kept, very clean, very convenient. The people at the desk were very helpful and pleasant. As the hotel is associated with the Catalina Express and the island activities they offer, the desk can print out the tickets right there. I have since recommended the hotel and the packages to others.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Atwater 2*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 1/2 a block from the beach, the historic Hotel Atwater was built in the 1920's and offers a wide variety of room types from Economy Rooms, Standard Rooms to Suites. This hotel fits any budget and is perfect for active couples, families, scuba divers and large groups. Offerings include: Complimentary baggage service from the ferry, Suites and Standard Rooms feature air conditioning / heating, iron and ironing boards, Suites and Standard Rooms feature hair dryers, basic-cable TV - free HBO and Showtime, senior, military and group discounts, complimentary storage room for dive gear, mountain bikes and luggage. Outdoor rinse-off showers for divers. ... more   less 
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Atwater Hotel Avalon
Hotel Atwater Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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