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“Nice Place to Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa Mariquita Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   229 Metropole Ave, PO Box 1021, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Burbank, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice Place to Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even after reading previous (mixed) reviews, I felt it necessary to post about our experience the weekend after Christmas. The room was a nice size and clean. The desk staff were friendly, and knowledgeable about the island and what to do, and what not to do.

We enjoy our 2 nights there, and they even held onto our bags in a safe locked location before we departed on the third day on the boat back to LA. It's tucked away up the hill so if you can't walk I don't recommend staying there, but the new museum is being built right next door, which looks pretty cool. When we go back for another visit, we'll definitely consider staying there again. For as much as there is to do and see on the island, you don't need the fanciest of hotels when you won't spend much time there.

Room Tip: not too many rooms have a "view" because it's off the beaten path but we booked a &quo...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tiburon, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If I had to be in sour then Ca for any longer the a week then Catalina is where you find me. We always sail down the coast in the spring but on a lark we decided to take a long over due trip to this Island. First stay at Mariquita and it was better then expected. The out side looks a bit cheesy but the room was nice if not a bit to small for my liking. The public spaces are vary nice and the staff was top rate and more then happy to help with any questions. At first we were on the top floor but wife insisted on a fast change after walking up the stairs as there is no elevator. But as I said the staff was quick to make the change as it was in the slow season. All the room amenities were nice and come with a great price. We will be back now even when we sail into Avalon bay.

Room Tip: get a lower floor unless you like stairs
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Duluth MN
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This was our second visit to Catalina Island and both times we have stayed at Casa Mariquita. The rooms are very well furnished and a bit small, but by Avalon standards, they are rather large. The hotel is two blocks off the beachfront walk which was fine by me. I know others have been less enthusiastic than I am, but I really don't know what people expect in Avalon.

We'll return.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sherrard, il
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Clean, modern, well-appointed rooms and friendly helpful staff. Spanish style hotel on hillside with modern outdoor walkways and patios. Rooms are plenty large with modern facilities. Highly recommended. Don't bother bringing your laptop. Wi-fi is intermittent at best plus hotel is uphill from the main street and there are multi-level walkways without elevators. So you will not want the additional weight, although the staff will help with luggage. Breakfast was minimal but coffee was good and small pastries and fruit were available to help absorb it. Overall a great place to stay in Avalon.

Room Tip: If you are not in good physical shape, ask for a lower room. There are numerous sets of stairs and...
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burbank, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Perfect weekend getaway! Location is ideal - a few blocks off the main beach area, within walking distance to everything (including ferry pier). Hotel is a little older, but fine for a weekend. Be aware that there is no elevator. We were on the third floor and the stairs are rather steep. Bed was comfortable. Glad to have air-conditioning as it was unusually warm for this time of year. Continental breakfast consists of instant oatmeal, coffee, tea and some fruit served in the very small front office, which then has to be taken by tray to your room (no place to sit). Unless you have kids, I suggest skipping this and going to one of the really good breakfast restaurants in town (Jack's or Pancake house).

Room Tip: First or second floor less of a climb, especially with luggage.
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This hotel was wonderful. The hotel is quaint, quiet and perfectly located within easy walking distance to everything in Avalon. The room was very clean, the air conditioner was freezing cold, and the shower was a great. The staff at the hotel was friendly and accommodating - although we never really needed anything. I highly recommend the Casa Mariquita hotel. We will definitely be staying there on our next trip to Catalina Island next year. The only bad thing at the hotel was that the Internet was really slow, but we were on vacation and really didn't need the Internet too much.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My girlfriend and I had a lovely night for her birthday here. The guys were super friendly and did everything they could to help us and make our stay the best they could. It was a relaxed, no worries check in and check out and they accommodated to any request we had with a genuine friendliness. Thanks guys. Can't wait to come back.

Room Tip: We had a room on the third floor. No view from the window, but right close to a small rooftop verand...
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Mariquita Hotel

Address: 229 Metropole Ave, PO Box 1021, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Avalon
#9 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa Mariquita Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When visiting beautiful Catalina Island, you will find a gem of a hotel called The Casa Marquita. Located a short walk from the bustling shops and restaurants on front street, Crescent Ave, the Casa Maraquita offers a quiet and comfortable place to stay. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Casa Mariquita boasts classic Spanish architecture keeping with the traditional charm of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island.Built in 1990, Casa Mariquita Hotel is among the newest built of all Catalina Island hotels. We offer a variety of Catalina Island hotel packages so that you can get the most out of your stay. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Casa Mariquita Avalon
Casa Mariquita Hotel Avalon
Casa Mariquita Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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