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The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island
124 Whittley Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 hotels in Avalon
San Diego, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful get away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I have lived in California all my life, but have never ventured to Catalina. My Husband surprised me with a trip for our fifth wedding anniversary. We had originally book at the Catalina Canyon resort, but became leery with all the poor trip advisor reviews. However we were willing to give them a shot. One of the reviews advised that you get your reservation in writing, however after many attempts to do so the staff at Catalina Canyon could not complete this "Simple" task. We canceled our reservation.

We are so glad they could not complete that task. We quickly shifted to the Avalon and are sure glad we did. We stayed in room 201. What a GREAT room and property. The gals at the front desk were amazing and treated us like family.

If you are going to Catalina, I would only consider the Avalon. I know it is a bit pricy but WELL worth every dollar.

Room Tip: Room 201, or Room 301 have amazing ocean views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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El Cajon, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The Avalon hotel is amazing. The staff was very friendly. They knew we were coming for our anniversary and left us a bottle of champagne in our room. The views are great and make for a very romantic setting. My boyfriend ended up proposing last weekend! We loved our experience here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

My husband and I just returned from a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Avalon Hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful grounds, rooftop deck, clean and comfortable room, yummy continental breakfast and snacks in the lobby and the amazing hospitality of the staff. It felt like a home away from home. We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: We chose a garden room, which was a better value and a little quieter than a balcony room, which wou...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Santa Monica, California, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My friend and I had our first visit to Catalina over the weekend. We took advantage of a promotion at the Avalon which included the ferry, and hotel transport. We arrive on Friday evening just after their wine and cheese happy your for guests. Laurie however knew we were arriving on a later, and happily poured a lovely Cab for us on the picturesque patio. Rosie welcomed us at our check-in detail all of the features and amenities we could expect including the breakfast schedule; the treasure trove of snick-snacks available anytime; the Keurig and its stash of coffee and fixins; and a description of food, beverage, and shopping places not to miss. The hotel is visually appealing with lovely wood treatments everywhere. It's maintained beautifully by a crack staff who are cheerful and helpful - especially when we needed that extension cord on the patio!. Loved the Avalon, and it's people. Made our first trip to Catalina a resounding success. Their $50 gift card to to us upon departure will be an added bonus on our next visit! Thanks again Rosie for the wine!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Leucadia, California
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26 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I have been coming over to Catalina and Avalon since I was a small child, more than 50 years. One of the remarkable changes in the last ten years has been the cleaning up of the City of Avalon. The Island Company and the local business owners seem to have found a balance of tidying the streets, encouraging some nice new businesses, and restoring some of the old ones yet keeping the quaint air of Avalon intact.
One of the true gems is the Avalon Hotel. Ask to see the remodel album if your interested in how they turned this old "divers" hotel into a lovely boutique bed and breakfast. True there are no elevators and you will need to lug your bags to your room, but thats part of the deal when you don't want to stay in a chain hotel. The attention to details such as the handmade "Catalina" tiles, the Koi pond in the garden, the more than continental breakfast make the Avalon special. Also,on a practical level, the Avalon's location just behind the Metropole at the quieter end of town is exceptional. Sometimes the promenade can be a little rowdy and sitting on the 4th floor deck overlooking the harbor and City is a great escape.
We traveled as three couples and we all stayed in garden view rooms. We liked each of them.Ours was on the third floor and had a view from the window of the garden and beyond to the green pier. We have already recommended the Hotel to friends.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego County
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Our 2nd stay at the Avalon Hotel, and the outstanding service, amenities, and room condition remains very high. (Consistency) Spent a day at the beach, and the Sun Screen provided with the bath amenities was a welcome surprise. Lorie & Richard were great . . . as usual, along with the entire staff. We stayed in first floor again to avoid the stairs, but the nice thing about the first floor at the Avalon Hotel is that its still elevated above the street level for added security and better view. The balconies are huge and plenty of room for the wife's scooter, which means its not in the way in the room. Thanks for another great stay.

Room Tip: Stayed in 103, last room on the first floor and close to the back door where there are only four ste...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Bonsall, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

In such a small community (Avalon Harbor) it might be taken for granted that every property is well located. That's not the case. The Avalon Hotel is situated far enough from the high density tourist area to enjoy real calm and quiet; a joy when you're sitting on your balcony, or on the fully furnished rooftop, or in the terrific "backyard" patio area where help-yourself breakfast greets you each morning. Surrounded by well manicured plants and privacy walls, the brick and pavers courtyard takes your blood pressure down by 10 points with its tranquil features including a Koi pond and fire pit - perfect for foggy morning coffee. Of course, the rooms and facilities are first rate, as other reviewers have mentioned. But, the most obvious amenity is the special care the staff takes to make your stay on the island a pleasant and relaxing one. No question about island activities or travel went unanswered. No personal need was left unattended. That's a well run establishment and reflects the leadership of the on site staff and owners. Well done.

Room Tip: If you travel to Catalina to hole up in a hotel room (and we understand that has its place), a balco...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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: 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:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#1 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
#3 Family Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Catalina Island's premier boutique hotel features breath-taking ocean views and classic Craftsman style. Amenities include a roof-top deck, garden courtyard, flat screen televisions, Supplepedic mattresses and an attention to detail that indulges hotel guests. We look forward to welcoming you at The Avalon Hotel. ... more   less 
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