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“The best place to stay in Avalon!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Avalon Hotel
124 Whittley Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Los Angeles
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The best place to stay in Avalon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2008

The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island is one of those rare finds. From the moment we checked in, the standard for the experience was set. The staff are warm, friendly, and helpful. There are snacks and beverages available as soon as you walk in. At check in, the front desk person actually escorted us to our room and explained everything we needed to know. The rooms have a DVD player, CD player, refrigerator stocked with complimentary bottled water and Snapple, full-size hair dryer, hand steamer, safe, microwave, and complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and popcorn. Their bath products are unique and smell wonderful. The hotel has a quaint garden area where a nice complimentary breakfast is served every morning. There is also a rooftop deck with amazing views that is available for guests to use all day long. The hotel is the cleanest we've ever stayed in (and we're very picky about this). The cleaning staff is very meticulous. The room was extremely clean when we checked in, and the cleaning staff continued to thoroughly clean our room each day of our stay. It was great. We highly recommend The Avalon Hotel. We will definitely be back!

  • Liked — Amazing customer service.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Southern Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2008

Great place to stay - everything was so nice - nothing but positive adjectives to describe our stay here - Highly recommend it. From Southern Oregon.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lake Isabella
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2008

We chose this hotel based on reviews from Trip Advisor and were so glad we did. We stayed two nights for our 29th wedding anniversary and without a doubt, this was the best weekend getaway we have ever had. The room was emasculate and the staff was great. Due to weather, we could not check out on time. The staff let us check out late and even offered a reduced rate if we were stranded another night. We've been to Hawaii, Mammoth, and Europe, but we have never felt more welcome than in Catalina.

  • Liked — Great room
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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California
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2008

I just returned from a 2 night stay at this lovely hotel. Everything went flawlessly from check-in to check-out. The only minor issue I experienced was not being able to get a taxi to take us to the hotel when we got off the ferry.

The hotel looks just like the pictures posted on the website. The hotel has no elevator so if you have any mobility issues, either request a room on the 1st floor or you will need to stay somewhere else.

I was able to grab an awesome deal. Pay for 1 night, get the second night free. Winter in Catalina is slow, with tourists in town on the weekends or during the day by cruise ship.

I stayed in room 203 and had a partial ocean view. The view is from the balcony only. If you desire an ocean view from inside your room, you will need to spend some serious cash. While we were on the island, it was way too cold to spend any time on the balcony, so no disappointment here. The room had a safe, coffee maker, microwave, hairdryer and a clothes steamer. No irons here.

If you choose a room on the street-side, you may hear some noise, mostly from golf carts. The island has few vehicles and the common mode of transportation is the golf cart.

I think if I stay here again, I would ask for a courtyard room. You will not have a view of anything except the property next door, but you should not have any noise issues.

The hotel supplies wonderful bath products! I even bought some w hen I checked out.

I would stay here again on my next trip if I could get a good rate, but might also try the Hotel Metropole which is located next door.

It is a wonderful little island, a Shangri-La of sorts.

P.S. Start your trip off right and pay the extra $10.00 on the Catalina Express for the Commodore Lounge. It’s the perfect way to start and end your trip!

  • Liked — Wonderful atmosphere
  • Disliked — No elevator
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
2 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2007

Summary: IMHO, this is the best hotel you can find on Catalina Island if you're looking for a nice place with enough modern amenities to be very comfortable but you don't plan to spend your entire vacation at Catalina in the hotel. It's very cozy, rooms are modern and nicely furnished, friendly staff, close to town center but not in the middle of it. Get the ocean view (_01) or balcony view (_02) rooms but beware of the small _06 rooms.


This was my second visit to Catalina Island. The first was over 15 years ago while I was in college and stayed at one of the campsites (still a nice place). As much searching, comparing and reading reviews, I settled on The Avalon Hotel because it looked real cosy in the photos and not "stuffy". More importanly, it was located close enough the the center of Avalon but not right smack in the middle of it. I want to be close enough where I can walk to everything and party all night but can go back to a nice quiet room.

The rates included taxi transfer from the island ferry terminal (you need to find your own way to the island - the express is good). It's a coupon which is mailed to you in advanced which you and to the driver (tips - extra). It was just a short distance away but the island roads with 1-way streets and narrow alleys took almost as long if we had walked (if we didn't have bags) which was about 5-7 minutes.

The hotel did not look very impressive from the street but as you enter, things started to feel warmer. The reception area is small but adequate and the staff were very friendly. Check-in was very efficient and we were directed to our rooms on the 3rd floor in just a few minutes. There're always cookies/sweets and drinks (punch, water, coffee/tea) at the reception which is nice. The hallways and stairs are somewhat narrow but very charming. It looks like the hotel owners took this old building and remodeled it but retained a lot of the design but with "useful" improvements. The decor was just nice, not overdone with a few art pieces here and there. The useful improvement was the carpeting and sound proofing. Throughout our 3 night stay, we hardly heard the footsteps outside - quite a feat for an old wooden building.

We got to our balcony view room (you can see the ocean from the balcony) and felt relaxed rightaway. The room was just the right size (small by business hotel standards but we're not on business) and was very well laid out. The bed was comfy with extra pillows. A nice LCD TV on the wall, DVD player (you can borrow DVDs from the front desk) and CD player on the nightstand. Fridge, microwave and electronic safe available. Bathroom was simple but nice and very clean. Plenty of towels and 2 bathrobes were provided. The soap, shampoo and lotions were really nice custom brand stuff not the mass market types you get from the big chains. These are the best I've seen in any hotel (including W, 4-seasons, ritz, etc... - I travel a lot for biz). The balcony view was very nice though the room ahead of us (301) would've been better - I made reservations a little late so 301 was not available. Still it was nice outside and we could see bits of the city and the ocean. A small desk in the room was adequate for any little bit of "desk work" you needed to do but if came here with desk work, you might as well have checked into the Westin in LA.

Breakfast is served out by the garden just off the reception. They have a large fireplace which is great on cooler days and a fish pond with some very fat Koi that are always eager for a treat. The continental breakfast is pretty standard fare but if you want bacon & eggs, it's a 5-8 minute walk to many such options. No other food service options though you could have food delivered.

The roof top is open in the day for hotel guests. It's a nice place to hang out on the deck chairs, have a free drinks (free soda, flavored teas, water) in a self-serve fridge but you're welcome to BYOB. Nice view of the ocean and parts of the city - we're high but not nearly enough.

3 nights went by way too fast for such a great place and though we didn't spend a huge amount of time in the hotel, every minute there was pleasant and we'll definitely come back. Sure, the Avalon Hotel doesn't have all the fancy amenities that others nearby boasts of but I didn't plan my vacation at Catalina Island centered around a hotel. I had the whole island to go explore and other stuff to do. I already spend over 120 nights in hotel rooms around the world for work so I just wanted a nice, clean, cozy place with the necessary amenities to be comfortable and a great environment for my short vacation. That's the Avalon Hotel.

Stayed April 2007
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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2007

The Avalon Hotel was amazing and unique in so many ways. Exemplified by the custom light fixtures found throughout the hotel and the beautiful artwork (on the walls and inlaid in the floor), the attention to detail in exceptionally high quality were VERY evident. Also obvious was the staff’s attention to superior guest service. The gentleman who checked me in was very pleasant and friendly. He was very helpful with arrangements, recommendations and local information and really made me feel welcome and immediately part of the island culture (thanks Juan!). Add to that, the special, unexpected treats for guests including complimentary beverages on the roof-top deck (to be shared with your fellow guests enjoying the fantastic view) and I have to say, my expectations were consistently exceeded.

Thanks for a great stay. I will be back!

  • Liked — Staff/service and great art found everywhere on the propery
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

if your going to catalina for a romantic getaway there is no better place that this hotel very central to the town with stunning views of the harbour ....we got married whist on the island and the reception staff we more than happy to help us with eveything we needed ...... the breakfast is good two with drinks and biscuits available on the side table all day ...I would recommend buying some of their lotions too they are great.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 124 Whittley Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#3 Family Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Avalon Hotel offers premier boutique hotel accommodations in the heart of beautiful Catalina Island. We invite you to discover an environment of understated elegance, where luxurious bedding, unique artwork and hand-crafted hardwoods and tile combine to create an enchanting experience. Located just off the Southern California coast, Catalina Island offers a resort experience that is very accessible. Most of our Catalina Island hotel rooms have breath-taking ocean views of Avalon harbor and its scenic surroundings. The breathtaking views from our Rooftop Getaway are sure to be a highlight of your stay at The Avalon Hotel. With a 360-degree vista of Avalon and its charming harbor, the Rooftop offers the ideal spot to sightsee and relax. From classic Craftsman styling and modern conveniences, deluxe bedding and upscale bath amenities, to an all-around relaxed atmosphere, The Avalon Hotel offers a unique hotel experience to every one of our welcomed guests. ... more   less 
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