This old hotel has lots of charm, but lacks the luxury you may find elsewhere. The room had just the essentials: very comfortable bed (squishy pillows, though), an old but functioning television (who's watching TV for more than a few minutes on vacation, though?), a stall shower (with good water pressure) in a small bathroom, and a small closet with an iron and ironing board.
There is no hair dryer; reading reviews saved me from leaving mine at home, thankfully. I'm not sure if there was an elevator hiding somewhere (I sort of doubt it) and all of the rooms are on the second and third floors, so if you have an issue with a couple staircases, this is not the place for you.
Overall, my experience here was pretty great. We hopped off the ferry at 10:15 and walked a quick 5 or so minutes over to the hotel, just a block up from the water. We were planning on just dropping off our bags (they will store your luggage in a secure room before you check in and/or after you check out), but our room was actually READY even though check-in wasn't technically til 3pm. We were really only in our room to sleep and shower, and for that, it met our needs quite well.
- 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