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Hotel Atwater
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #13 of 20 hotels in Avalon
Seattle, Washington
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“Taste of classic old building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The stairs were a bit steep and the bathroom was tiny. However, the room was clean and bed was comfortable. I guess you couldn't ask for a better deal in the overpriced island. The concierge were helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Corona, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We had an issue with our reservation prior to arrival as when I called to confirm my reservation and discuss adding tours to my reservation; I was told my reservation was for a different date. After talking to 3 people I finally spoke with the manager and he was able to locate the reservation, what a relief! Still I do not know why the others could not find it. When we arrived at the hotel our room was not ready, so they stored our luggage while we went to have lunch. Once we checked in and got to our room, we found it nice and the people at the desk were very nice. We were upgraded for a fee that included tours and I was happy with the quality of the two tours we were able to attend.
Towels are thin but clean as was the room. No blow dryer, so I had to go to dinner with wet hair. If you want a basic room for a decent price this is the place.
At check-out time the hotel stored our bags until our ship left, because it departed at 4:30 and check out time is 11. I was glad because I saw people dragging luggage around town and I sure did not want to that. All in all it was a fun trip and we would stay here again as long as they keep the price down.

Room Tip: We were onthe 3rd floor with the window facing the water.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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tywyn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

A great little stay for our family trip.
A real good deal found by our niece Tracy.
Discounted tours and attractions which included a special Zip Line experience
Guided by Ben & Lorenzo who certainly made it interesting and great fun
The East End tour guide was Theresa she was the absolute best witty informative and knowledgeable thank you all for a great stay
Min's from the water, great for the divers and easy for the ferry.
We will try to make it back some day

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The hotel is two buildings away from the Crescent boardwalk. The location allows for a quieter stay, but is just a few steps from the action.

The third floor rooms with Harbor views are plenty good enough for a postcard shot of the Casino and the cruise ships that come in around 7am.

There is no lift and no wheelchair access. This deficiency could present problems for the disabled traveler, but it is well posted on the website.

The room is clean and pleasant, although spartan in its look. It does not have the over-decorated look of the B&Bs, or the sleek corporate look of the chains. But it does have a certain warmth with its minimalist approach.

Yes simple is good, but no desk, even a small one, counts as another deficiency. You will find it hard to try to write or do work on the Mac, unless you are the type who works sprawled on the bed.

Wi-fi is free and is quite stable, with only a few hang-ups during a three day stay. The speed is acceptable for basic web browsing but at a download speed of 120kb/sec, it will not do for live streaming or downloading megafiles.

Front desk is very friendly and professional. Ask and they will suggest plenty of valuable info. A majority of the tours could be purchased right there and the tickets printed on the spot. Tours start at the plaza, just a dozen steps across the street.

Overall the hotel is a good choice that gives a nice punch for your travel budget. A few blemishes are minor and could be fixed without too much effort.

Room Tip: No lift for disabled travelers. No desk.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

my friend and i spent 2 nites in room 201, which was quite roomy but sparsely furnished. 2 big queen beds, little table w/lamp in between, basic tv on a table, and a table with 2 chairs by a window. big closet and adequate bathroom no bath mat or face cloths. no elevator and no rooms on the bottom floor. they did have free Starbucks in the lobby in the morning, which was quite nice! the staff were all very nice and helpful.our room was right across the street from a bar, so it got a little noisy, but not that bad. also, skip the Chinese restaurant next door to the hotel. i saw a cockroach on the wall next to where i was sitting. i didn't stay. Loved Avalon and the hotel was a great value for the what u got.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the street and bar.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Simi Valley, California
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21 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed overnight while attending the Jazz Festival at the Avalon Ballroom. We arrived early so our room wasn't ready but we were able to check in about an hour later and they kept our luggage while we walked around town. Our room(221) was quite large with a King and a Queen bed and not much else except for a table, bedside tables & lamps and the smallest bathroom I've ever seen outside of an RV. That said, everything worked, the room was clean, the bath products were very good and the employees were helpful and pleasant. I could have used a hair dryer, but I'm sure if I'd asked they would have found one for me. We had a view of the air conditioning ducts, but since we weren't in the room much it really didn't matter. The a/c worked well and the Starbucks coffee in the lobby was appreciated. There's nothing romantic or special about this hotel but the location is good with an easy walk to the Ferry and if one is not looking for luxury then this might be the place for you.

Room Tip: Rm. 221 is very large with 2 beds, NO view, & a very small bathroom but not noisy.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Great customer service, especially Juan at the front desk, he takes pride in his work and it shows! Clean, quiet, nice hotel in a great location. Package adventure deal and zip line are offered at a discount here, do it and save much money and have a great time.

  • Stayed September 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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Address: 125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 hotels in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Atwater 2*
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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Also Known As:
Atwater Hotel Avalon
Hotel Atwater Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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