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“What a memorable time we had staying at the El Terado” 5 of 5 stars
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El Terado Terrace
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   230 Marilla Ave, PO Box 1295, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Pahrump, NV
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“What a memorable time we had staying at the El Terado”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

Having Thanksgiving on Catalina Island was marvelous. The hospitality of the Owners, Mr. & Mrs. Ellison made our visit a most memorable and wonderful get away. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The view was spectacular. The staff at the El Terado was fantastic and the manager Ivan was very atentive to our needs. We definitely will be back to visit the Island again. Thank you again for your hospitality

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

I've rarely taken the time to critique a hotel but just had to this time! El Terado without a doubt is the most comfortable and clean place to stay at Catalina Island. The accomodations were second to none and the friendly people who work there went "overboard" helping us and making sure our stay went well. I would recommend ElTerado to anyone staying on Catalina Island for either business or leisure!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2009

The Mrs. and I had a splendid time at the hotel. It was a great location to explore the island and the lovely little village of Avalon. The was great. It had flat screens and granite kitchen. The staff was exceptionally knowledgable and helpful with places to eat and entertainment. They really made the trip. We love Steve's Steakhouse. The food was amazing.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alhambra, CA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

Ivan was a wonderful help when I made the reservations for the past weekend at Catalina a few weeks ago. He gave us a deduction on the room, and even had my room number assigned for me that very day, so I could see the pictures of the room right then. The room was spotless, clean, and had a fresh, light scent to it when you walked in. Only wish I got a response to my call re my request for more coffee fixings (I like my coffee a certain way, and he didn't call back to help me--LOL). But that's more insignificant than anything, because the rest was wonderful. My friend and I are already making plans for another stay in a few months. We WILL be back!!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2009

We had the greastest time ever when we went to Catalina for Thanksgiving. We saw the El Terado Terrace on Trip Adviser and we were were not disappointed. Our stay was PERFECT. The hotel is all new. big rooms big flat screens and great customer service. The manager was terrific. He set us up for thanksgiving dinner at Steves Steak House and it was great. Onr of our friends wanted steak instead of turkey, no big deal Steves had a traditional turkey dinner and a full menu. Her filet mignon made her Thanksgiving. My wife and I are coming back (sans family) are coming back in two weeks for a room and galf cart special. It's only $100 ALL DAY with our room at the El Terado. This is the best hotel in Catalina, and Our Best Time Ever.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

We just got back from the El Terado in Catalina and found it was not a B&B as advertised on Trip Adviser, rather a nice new hotel with big rooms and a full kitchen. When we asked about the breakfast the manager explained that something happened to Trip Advisor a few weeks ago and the listing shifted from “Hotels in Catalina” to “B&B in Catalina” by mistake. He then jumped into a golf cart and gave us a ride to the store where we got our own breakfast to cook in our Kitchen. We almost always stay in B&B’s where ever we go, But now we have a new island home in Catalina, The El Terado it’s just like home. We will be back soon. -Joanne

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

El Terado is a wonderful place to stay in Avalon, and I recommend it most heartily. Be sure to contact Ivan directly for a better deal than listed on the website. He was very hospitable and made sure we had everything we needed. The housekeeping staff gave us plenty of towels and anything else required. Be sure to let them know if you want your sheets changed each day. For internet folks, just ask Ivan for the password upon check in...it is a communal access page and it works flawlessly. Do not worry about the distance from the water. It is a very nice walk, which we did several times each day. The mild incline should not trouble most hearty folks. You get a free cab ride to and from the dock for those with baggage. We will be back next year and we will stay at El Terado! Thanks to all the other great reviews for steering us correctly!

Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 230 Marilla Ave, PO Box 1295, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Avalon
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#10 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — El Terado Terrace 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Catalina Islands Best Hotel Value, no other Catalina Island hotel offers full size suites & townhomes at hotel room prices. All new spacious suites. Deluxe Hotel Suites with granite counter tops, fully equipped kitchens with full sized refrigerators and stoves. Large 37 inch flat screen TVs and classic Catalina art by a local artist. Choose a king or two double beds. Simply the best value on the island. No other Catalina Island hotel even comes close. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
El Terado Terrace Hotel Avalon
El Terado Terrace Mini Hotel
El Terado Terrace Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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