I am sharing this review because I have used tripadvisor in the past with excellent and accurate results, an as information is the best weapon I must arm potential travelers to Hermosa Hotel of the details of my stay.
Staff was friendly, a bit too relaxed, but that may just be an island type of attitude.
The room and premises however are quite another tale. I have uploaded pictures of my "cottage". My friend booked the room, as I would have used tripadvisor to review rooms before purchasing and would NOT have chosen Hermosa Hotel.
We stayed in a single bed cottage at the very front of the hotel. The first thing that attracted my eye way the years of accumulated use and wear. The website claims a flat screen and microwave in every room, we had neither. The frig was clean and worked well. As in other reviews in the room itself, there are no closets, no drawers. The bathroom (understand I'm kind of a germaphobe) had so many generations of visitors that area around the sink faucet had a constant stream of black flakes emanating from behind it each time water went back there and a ring from a faucet that had rusted there years ago. I acquired cleaning supplies and went to work on the bathroom so I could some what comfortably use it. I luckily found a great restroom in the lobby of a different hotel a few blocks away which was so very nice I used their sterling facilities instead of the one gross attached to my room.
The first evening I tried to catch a nap and I found the bed and pillows to be very soft and comfortable, however barely 10 minutes into the snooze I was shaken awake by a jack hammer right outside the window (see picture) which lasted over an hour. This construction carried on over the full three days I stayed on the island; my unwelcome alarm in the morning and dreaded companion upon returning in the evening. They did wrap it u after 5pm. So about that bed, comfortable, but I made the flaw of glancing under the sheet, where the drops and smears of hopefully not blood, staining the old mattress cover, confirmed my harsh review of this establishment.
I understand it is quite an old historic place and that certainly has its aesthetic appeal, however, the overall disrepair, unhygienic, uncomfortable stay and skin crawling sensation of once again stepping foot into that cottage confirms my rating.
This review is meant to inform, not criticize or debase. Will not book again with Hermosa Hotel.
- 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