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Hotel Catalina

129 Whittley Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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#14 of 20 hotels in Avalon
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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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Vending machine
Game room
Board games / puzzles
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Bokiva1 wrote a review Mar 2021
Wildomar, California1 contribution
We booked a birthday weekend at Hotel Catalina, to be honest because the price was right. Read a few reviews that it was not modern or fancy enough to some tastes, but for our needs it was just right. As their description states, it is an old original Victorian building built in early 1900s. Basic rooms are super small, compact, but clean, everything is there. Even found an extra blanket & pillow in the closet, so no need to bother front desk to ask for one. Rooms are decorated in a shabby chic style in keeping with the Victorian theme. Bed was small, but more comfortable than even my bed at home! The front desk staff was very friendly, explaining where everything was, how to get service for any reason, etc. Especially appreciated Ms. Nancy, you can tell she is proud to work in this historical landmark building. Appreciated the included breakfast, though just coffee, tea and continental-type, pre-packaged pastries, cookies, oatmeal packets etc, no doubt due to Covid. The whole vibe was laid back, quiet, with friendly people chatting on the shared balcony. It's about one block uphill from the main part of town. This is our first trip to Catalina, but we'll come back to this hotel for a longer stay once Covid restrictions are lifted so jacuzzi can be back in service.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
hitch wrote a review Oct 2020
Ventura, California192 contributions71 helpful votes
This is an old hotel that is in pretty good condition and has all the charm and shortcomings one should expect of a classic hotel. For example, there was no elevator. There is no AC but that should not usually a problem. We went on one of the hottest weekends in October and the open windows were nice. However, the ceiling fan was not located over the bed, while a light fixture was (seemed like poor planning). The third floor is nice. The few rooms that face the ocean get a great breeze and at least some view. The front porches are a nice place to enjoy your morning coffee or sit later in the day. Warning, don't take one of the rooms in the front. They're next to the porches and there were noisy each night of our stay. One night, a loud conversation went on until 3 AM. The bathroom was extraordinarily small - about the size of a closet. One could almost sit on the toilet and wash their feet in the shower at the same time! The front rooms also get all the street noise. In a town with so few cars, it is the golf carts that people own or rent that make all the noise and smell like lawn mower engines. The hotel is on a hillside so the carts are particularly loud when going up the road. The hot tub is in a strange location but was closed anyway. Morning coffee was reasonably good but the breakfast was meager the say the least. Hotel staff was nice, however.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Rooms on the third floor, but away from the street are best.
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arizona-mark wrote a review Aug 2020
verde valley725 contributions245 helpful votes
we had an unpleasant experience where a very loud and obnoxious couple got into some sort of domestic quarrel on the third-floor balcony. the LA county sheriff had to get involved because of the violence. the quarrel was something about the "F-ing child support", as the gentleman was screaming about it. The following night, the SAME couple is out there on the balcony again, SAME "F-- this, F-- that" conversation, smoking away like the Chernobyl disaster, etc. The hotel management decided in their infinite wisdom to let the domestic quarreling couple stay on the property, and continue to work out their domestic differences, rather than relocate them for violating some hotel safety policy. The hotel manager explained something about the guy going through a "rough time" or something like that (does that really justify letting them stay??) and relocated us (not the offending couple but us) to a supposedly "upgraded room" with absolutely no view. NOTE: repacking and moving all of our stuff is very inconvenient! We usually stay next door at the Villa-Portofino but they are remodeling and had no rooms available.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: get a room far away from the balcony when couples are out there fighting.
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Desert_Bella wrote a review Dec 2019
Gilbert, Arizona192 contributions22 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Catalina! The building is over 100 years old and it's a small boutique hotel, so don't expect the same amenities you'd get at a Hilton, but this place is packed with charm. The location of this hotel is perfect! We walked absolutely everywhere, and it's really convenient to hop on the shuttle bus also. We were on the 3rd floor with an ocean view room (#302, highly recommend!) and there is a beautiful shared patio on each floor also. We loved sitting out there with coffee or a drink! The room was much more spacious than we had imagined and the bed was extremely comfortable. We even had a full size dresser, table and two chairs, and a small closet. The bathroom is indeed tiny, but it serves its purpose efficiently. We got very cold at night and asked for a space heater, which we were provided right away and it worked wonders. The only drawback for us was that the friendliness of service was a bit lacking. I wouldn't call it rude, but maybe cold. The entrance/lobby is set up like a house and when you walk in the front door, an employee is directly in front of you at a desk not 5 feet away. Twice when we came in we were simply not greeted at all. In a boutique hotel like this, it's much more customary to have more interaction with the employees, so that was a bit off-putting, but by no means a dealbreaker. We would stay here again!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Kris G, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Catalina
Responded Jan 17, 2020
Hello AZ Desert Bella, Thank you for the awesome review and we hope to see you on the island again soon! Thanks Kris
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whenyoudream wrote a review Nov 2019
Torrance, California92 contributions71 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: October 2019
Sleep Quality
2 Helpful votes
Response from Kris G, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Catalina
Responded Nov 11, 2019
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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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Catalina
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Catalina?
Nearby attractions include Catalina Island Conservancy (0.3 miles), Catalina Island Museum (0.08 miles), and Golf Gardens Miniature Golf (0.2 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.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Catalina?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
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 Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co, Scoops Catalina Island, and Steve's Steakhouse.
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).
Does Hotel Catalina have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.