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Hotel Catalina

129 Whittley Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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The historic Hotel Catalina is decorated in the Victorian style. Hotel Catalina combines old world elegance and charm, with all the advantages of a modern establishment. Strolling along the balustrade verandas at the front of the establishment, from sunrise to sunset you'll enjoy the refreshing sea air and splendid panorama views of the picturesque harbor. Recently remodeled in Thomasville furnishings.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Vending machine
Game room
Board games / puzzles
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Free internet
Public wifi
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Flatscreen TV
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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We enjoyed our time at the Hotel Catalina very much, but it must be said up front that this is an authentic historic hotel built in1916 and therefore not up to current building or accessibility codes and is missing some modern amenities (as you would have to destroy the hotel to make that happen). If you want to stay in a hotel that looks like a Marriott, there are other options. Also, accommodations and food are expensive throughout Catalina as it is a small island with limited resources, so any hotel will seem overpriced. I've posted a number of photos. We had a partial ocean view on the third floor that allowed us to see from the Casino on our left to the green pier on our right and the back of a commercial building in the middle. We enjoyed the ocean breeze and sun on a lovely fall weekend, very relaxing in our room,. Just wish we had more than one chair in the room. The room and bathroom were clean but some aspects were worn...carpeting, loose outlet at the sink, cheap plastic tissue box would not stay mounted to wall. There is wall-mounted electrical conduits and other items that were retrofitted in some awkward places and in different decades. We had wifi and TV, small fridge, no issues. Didn't try the old-timey furnace as the weather was warm. They kept a rollup bed and a vacuum cleaner in a corner of the hallway the entire time we were there. It all works, but it is not entirely tidy. There are verandas with wicker furniture on the upper floors that are not used much and we found the third floor veranda to be a nice place to sit and read. You are up at the level of the overhead electrical wires which we found quaint, seeing how the neighborhood worked out its infrastructure needs over the decades. We liked the location, far enough away from the main waterfront street to be away from the direct noise of the bars but close enough to still be "in the mix" and hear the hubbub in the distance, short walk to everything. Our room had a fire escape outside the window which was cute but...someone could walk out of their window, onto the fire escape and into another room's window if the windows are not locked. So, lock your window if that is an issue for you. There is a basic continental breakfast with donuts (very fresh from local bakery, good!) and oatmeal packets, coffee, tea and juice. You can use their microwave somewhere on the first floor. There is a very large, new Vons supermarket a couple of block away, anything you need or want, grab-and-go food, etc. There is no air-conditioning (many homes along the Calif coast do not have it). There is no elevator. You must walk up stairs to get from the street to the lobby and then more stairs if you are on the 2nd or 3rd floor. Also, the half-block up from the waterfront street is a steep climb for some. We enjoyed this very much as we are tired of hotels that all look the same. Some inconveniences but some really unique perks and charm
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Response from Kris G, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Catalina
Responded 1 week ago
Hello, Thank you for your review! You are 100% correct the Hotel Catalina is a historic Hotel. We do offer the Catalina Courtyard Suites that have all the modern amenities Thanks Kris.
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Our 2-nite stay at Hotel Catalina celebrating our 25th Anniversary was lovely! Nancy's welcoming smile was so appreciated! Bedroom ~ quiet, morning coffee delicious, 3rd floor balcony view spectacular!
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Response from Kris G, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Catalina
Responded Oct 15, 2019
Happy Anniversary! We are so happy that you were able to spend your anniversary with us on Catalina Island! Thanks Kris
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This room and hotel was misrepresented. The bathroom was unacceptable and not up to standard building codes, there was only one means of egress for a third floor room other than windows. it was also supposed to be a non-smoking building, yet guests were smoking right outside our window. The room was also supposed to have tile flooring, it had carpet. We will be demanding a full refund for this room, as we left and did not stay either night. And when trying to get another room or requesting this be worked out we were met with attitude and disgruntled employees. When we left Saturday afternoon, we asked for a refund and the clerk said they didn't have our money, booking.com had our money and to take it up with them. This is false. the luggage storage units were outside and very dirty , with cobwebs and dirt throughout
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Response from Kris G, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Catalina
Responded Sep 22, 2019
Hello Jerome, Hotel Catalina is a 100 year old Victorian historic hotel. The rooms and bathrooms are smaller than modern hotels you might be used to. We do offer the Courtyard Garden Suites which have larger rooms and more modern amenities. Thanks Kris
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I've seen some poor reviews, and I'm happy to say my experience was very good. I traveled with my teenage daughter and stayed mid week, so we avoided the cruise ships and higher weekend prices. We had a standard room with queen bed. Linens/drapes/carpet were lovely and appeared to be new. The bed was VERY comfortable. The room was a little small, however I understand it's a historic building. We simply unpacked our luggage and used the dresser and closet so we could stow our suitcases out of the traffic area. We took advantage of the morning coffee in the lobby and had no need of our coffee maker. We use hanging toiletry bags, so the lack of counter space was not a problem for us. If you require a counter, that could be an issue because our sink was a small free-standing vanity just 2 feet from the bed. Our shower/toilet area was sparkling clean and nicely tiled. There was no air conditioning, however the windows open at top and bottom to allow cool island breeze to blow through, so we were not uncomfortable sleeping. We didn't hear any noise other than a few guests enjoying the pool area before it closed. The ONLY improvement we could suggest would be more electrical outlets. There was only one at the sink which was connected to the blow dryer. We had to take turns charging our cell phones or unplug the lamp beside the bed. Again, old historic building. The location was terrific - less than a 10 minute stroll from the ferry dock, and 1/2 block from the main boardwalk and beach. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, and they offered to store our luggage after checkout so that we could enjoy the day until our ferry departed. We did not see signs of construction on site that previous guests had mentioned, so perhaps they are finished with remodels? We will definitely stay here again.
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Response from HotCatMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Catalina
Responded Aug 23, 2019
Hi Debra, Thank you for the awesome review. We look forward to see you again on the island!
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It was bad ! We heard noise all night long we couldn’t sleep! It was expensive for what it is ! We were 3 on the room and our bathroom was to small ! Don’t Come here if you are clostrofobic ! We couldn’t open or closed the Windows (if there was one) !
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Response from HotCatMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Catalina
Responded Aug 23, 2019
Hi Theaparakian, Sorry you did not enjoy your stay at Hotel Catalina. We do have a sister property that has more amenities and larger rooms.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Catalina
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Catalina?
Nearby attractions include Catalina Island Conservancy (0.3 miles), Golf Gardens Miniature Golf (0.2 miles), and Catalina Island Museum (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Catalina?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a hot tub, and meeting rooms.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Catalina?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Catalina?
Conveniently located restaurants include Steve's Steakhouse, Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co, and Scoops Catalina Island.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Catalina?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Catalina?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Catalina Island Casino Ballroom (0.3 miles).