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Hermosa Hotel
131 Metropole Street, PO Box 646, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #17 of 19 hotels in Avalon
Houston, Texas
1 review
“Wonderful Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

What a wonderful and relaxing place to stay! My fiance and I got engaged on Catalina Island and stayed in one of the small cabins with Hermosa. Everything was great; the room was clean, the people were friendly, and location was perfect. It is not a fancy 5 star hotel, but that is not the experience we wanted on Catalina. I recommend the zip line tour!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sunnyvale, CA
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

My Family and I have been staying at the Hermosa for over 10 years. Every April, hopefully not during Spring Break season, we make the pilgrimage with other anglers in our group to Catalina and fish for all sorts of great fish from the Cabrillo Mole. The Hermosa has been and continues to be our favourite and most affordable place. We always book their cottage with full kitchen. The place isn't fancy. But it's comfortable, reasonably clean and sooooo CONVENIENT!!! Just 100 ft from the local Von's Supermarket, and just two blocks from all the restaurants, Green Pier, ice cream and coffee house, beach, etc.... what else could folks really want? We've stayed at places further up in the hill, and those places also cost 2X - 3X the price and weren't as comfortable for our family. We've also invited Grandma and Grandpa to tag along and the big cottages have been more than accommodating. This April 2012 will be the family's 11th annual pilgrimage. It'll be my 12th. We look forward to staying at the Hermosa again, and hopefully, as they've done for us for 10 years now, they'll have a big cottage waiting for us. Book early! Word has gotten out that the Hermosa is a good deal and rooms are more filled.

Room Tip: Cottage C with full kitchen includes a small 4 burner gas stove, small frige and tiny freezer, toast...
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Great Price for an enjoyable stay. Package deal we found on the internet included 2 night stay, Segway rental, Miniature Golf, admission to Casino Museum an the Botanical Garden. We were in one of the cottages close to the street which served to get us up in the morn. Request something in back if you are late sleepers. The location is the plus here - central to everything and just cool to be staying in a historic hotel. This is one of the original built before the turn of the Century.

Room Tip: Request something in back if you are late sleepers. Rooms by the street get noisy in the morning...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Been staying at Hermosa Hotel for the past 11 yrs. I don't really need lots of amenities as I'm out all day running a race (Catalina Marathon or Avalon 50 Miles). All I need is a clean decent room. They have remodeled and increase their rate but still a good deal. Not enough outlets to charge your cell phones, etc.

Room Tip: I prefer the higher rooms although the neighbor next door play loud music during daytime. Quiet in t...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

My husband and I stay at the Hermosa 1-3 times a year...anytime we go to Avalon to dive. The hotel staff is always welcoming and they have an ample room to store scuba gear. The rooms are basic - but have always been clean per my experience. Location is great - about half way between the dive park and the Catalina Express. The Vons next door is great for snacks and wine! We appreciate having a reasonably priced hotel thus allowing us to spend our money on diving and eating. Thank you !

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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la la
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

last feb i took all the kids (18 and up) to catalina for three days. the hermosa was very helpful in getting great rates and transportation toand from the island via catalina express. we had a fantastic time while on the island and even the weather cooperated. it was a wonderful experience for our whole family. we had three rooms and really enjoyed time spent at hotel as all rooms were together on third floor. the staff was great and very helpful and free internet worked great . we were right in the middle of town walking distance to everthing. may not have all the frills but if you want want a good home away from home feeling i highly recomend the hermosa. ill be there again this year !!!!

Room Tip: third floor rooms offer more privacy
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Laguna Beach, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

I like to go over "off season". They have tremendous package deals including transportation. Because I'm retired, I can wait for some great weather and then call and book to take advantage of it. Everything is clean, the staff is friendly. If you're looking for a four star resort, this isn't it. If you can appreciate a "vintage" feel and don't need "fancy fixtures" and want to take advantage of being steps away from the beach, this may be your place. If you're on a budget and want to save on some meals, it doesn't hurt that the market is almost next door.

Room Tip: I like the cottages if they are available. No heat, but a nice feeling of privacy.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hermosa Hotel

Address: 131 Metropole Street, PO Box 646, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 19 hotels in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hermosa is Catalina’s friendly, quaint, economy hotel located in the heart of Avalon half block from the beach and a short, flat walk from the boat landing. The Historic Hermosa Hotel has been serving guests of the island as far back as 1896 and, as was the style then, our rooms are small and simple. No thrills or frills- ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hermosa Hotel Avalon
Hermosa Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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