I would give it 3.5 bubbles. The Avalon is cute, more like a bed and breakfast than a hotel. It's got character and much like with houses, you pay for that quirkiness with some annoyance.
Ergonomic Foam pillow
Foam mattress (a little odd, but good sleep)
View from patio
Free wine and water
20 pound bedspread/ comforter; not functional, ugly, waste of space
Showerhead strong flow, but hard to keep hair dry if you don't want to wash it.
Nothing in room smells nice. Towels smell bad. One had a bloodstain. I had a slight fresh paint odour in my nose all evening, but no pleasant scents. Not allowed inscense or candles, so no way to create a pleasant olfactory ambience.
I slept really well, which is rare for me, so I would probably stay here again, but I can't give it too high a rating because it has flaws that could be fixed if they wanted to.
I can see how people would be very disappointed coming in with high expectations or for a special occasion, but there are enough good points that one should have a pleasant stay.
- 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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