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125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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#7 of 20 hotels in Avalon
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4.9
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5.0
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4.5
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4.2
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Originally opened in 1920, Hotel Atwater was the first hotel built by the Catalina Island Company under the ownership of William Wrigley Jr., who named the hotel after Helen Atwater Wrigley, wife of his son Philip Knight Wrigley. Today, the newly-renovated Hotel Atwater features a clean, elegant design that blends ocean-inspired finishes with hints of exotic Art Deco to create a relaxed ambiance that stays true to the hotel’s historic beginnings.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Paid wifi
Coffee shop
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Clothes rack
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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JWP wrote a review Nov 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
My hubby and I have never been to Catalina, so we thought we’d make a trip over to the island for his birthday. We couldn’t tell where to stay based on photos on websites, so we decided to risk it and come over without reservations and just walk around. The town is cute, and we wandered into Hotel Atwater. The Lobby was spacious and inviting and seemed recently updated. We thought this was a good sign and probably indicative of what the rooms looked like. Before taking the plunge we walked around and checked out other hotels….and then promptly came back. The front desk staff were so warm and helpful - especially Casey and Lilly. (They included a birthday drink at Avalon Grill around the corner - thanks!). I think the regular hotel price includes a daily $20 credit to their Bistro and a few local restaurants (another added perk!). The staff and the amenities made our birthday trip very comfortable and memorable - and we are already talking about when we can come back.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for choosing us for your first stay on Catalina Island! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and that our staff was accommodating. We look forward to welcoming you back and happy birthday!
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Darrell Eisman wrote a review Aug 2022
8 contributions1 helpful vote
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5-Stars for Hotel Atwater. August 2022 was the second year in a row here at the hotel, and just can't say enough about how warm, guest friendly and accommodating is the staff. We can hardly wait to return next year.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Aug 28, 2022
Blackfeather1, thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review!
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Caribbeangirl21 wrote a review Oct 2022
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This was my first trip to Catalina Island and I was extremely impressed. My only negative was that the island didn’t have the beaches I had expected, I suppose I am spoiled by the Caribbean beaches. LOL Hotel Atwater was a perfect place to stay! It was beautifully renovated, VERY CLEAN, in the midst of everything to do, delicious offerings for breakfast and an AMAZING and FRIENDLY staff. Kudos to you all! I have a feeling we will see you again next year!!❤️
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Caribbeangirl21, thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
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Anat wrote a review Oct 2022
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
Very nice and clean boutique hotel. Great location and very friendly stuff. The only thing I should recommend that the closet which wasn't exsist, just a rod over the refrigerator and the coffee maker will be located somewhere else, I couldn't not use it, I could hang anything there. Another thing, when I asked for a water view room, I was told that none of the rooms are facing to the water which I received an incorrect answer, few of them facing to the water with a view. I will definitely recommend your hotel to others. Thank you. Anat Inbar
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We appreciate the feedback!
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SharonfromSantaFe wrote a review Oct 2022
Santa Fe, New Mexico6 contributions2 helpful votes
Hotel Atwater is the place to stay on Catalina Island. First, the Staff were amazing: Alyssa, Cassi, Sarah and David really went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed. The hotel is lovely, with a beautiful lobby and classic feel. The location is perfect, in the center of this small town steps to the water. Ultimately, it was the staff and their service that made me feel I was staying in a nice hotel!!!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded Oct 19, 2022
Sharonfromsantafe, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Hotel Atwater and look forward to welcoming you back!
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Eli K wrote a review Sep 2022
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I sent last Saturday night at Atwater Hotel for a family wedding. Casey Bragg helped make it a great experience. I’d asked for an early check-in (since the wedding started at 3 pm), and although Casey could not make any promises, she said she would try. When I arrived at noon on Saturday, Casey was there with a big smile to welcome me. She had already set aside a room for me and was awaiting my arrival. Perfect! Thank you. E
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Sep 23, 2022
Elik874, we're happy you found our staff to be so supportive during your experience here at Hotel Atwater. We hope to see you soon!
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Yolanda R wrote a review Sep 2022
Riverside, California6 contributions
I’ve been coming to Catalina Island every year since 1969, with the exception during the time of covid. I’ve seen it transform into the most beautiful place in California. I’ve stayed at many other hotels and condos but the Atwater Hotel is one of my favorites. The staff is very friendly, very helpful, ready to please. The hotel is centrally located to everywhere you want to go. The best thing is they have baggage service waiting for you as you dock to collect your baggage to take to the hotel, this way you don’t have to be lugging it all over the island. Only thing missing is a coffee pot and exercise gym.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded Sep 23, 2022
980yolandar, we are so happy to read such a great review about Hotel Atwater! We hope to be of service to you again in the future.
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brooks m wrote a review Sep 2022
5 contributions
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Loved Catalina Island a nice weekend trip! Lots to do for families, we ate at some delicious restaurants recommended by our hotel the Atwater which I was very happy with! Old refurbished hotel beautifully restored, high ceilings, clean and bright with a great feel, staff were all amazing!!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 10, 2022
Brooksm864, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Hotel Atwater!
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catmalways4ever wrote a review Sep 2022
Nashville, Tennessee140 contributions79 helpful votes
walking distance to all shops/restaurants on the island. clean, beautifully decorated. daily resort fee but you do get water and sparkling wine on arrival. daily cocktail hour is complimentary as well. beds are comfortable and bathroom was large. a few blocks from the island grocery store VONS and walking distance to the Beach Club. a bit pricey, but so is everything else on the island.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Sep 9, 2022
We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!
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Jennifer Brooke wrote a review Aug 2022
Los Alamitos, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
The Island Co did a wonderful job renovating this hundred + year old iconic hotel. The interior design is beautiful and keeps to the Catalina Island vibe that I love so much. Our room was small, which is to be expected on the island, but the smart use of furniture for storage and the layout of the bathroom actually made it feel not so small. This was the first leg of our trip so we had way more luggage than the average visitor, yet we were able to put our bags out of the way! There’s even bathroom storage, which for some reason many hotels don’t provide. They make up for the small rooms with plenty of lounging area in the lobby. There are conversation groupings of comfy furniture and even larger tables for playing games or dining. The room was comfortable, clean and had a coastal decor. One of the amenities I appreciated most was the AC…something that most hotels and rental homes don’t have in Catalina. With the beach just steps away, the complimentary beach towels are a very nice touch. It also makes it easy to reserve your space at the beach in the morning before grabbing breakfast. We had our own beach chairs & floating tubes for the ocean (and there was even room to store this in our room!), but you can also rent them at the pier, as well as umbrellas. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but they do have a coffee/ breakfast spot that offers delicious breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Across from the hotel is the best pizza in Avalon, the original Antonio’s. And it’s a short walk to most of the other restaurants as well.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Come early in the day and store your bags at the hotel while you enjoy the island.
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Jenniferbrookek, thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review!
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$208 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaCatalina IslandAvalon
NUMBER OF ROOMS
95
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Atwater
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Atwater?
Nearby attractions include Catalina Island Conservancy (0.2 miles), Catalina Island Museum (0.07 miles), and Golf Gardens Miniature Golf (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Atwater?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and facilities for disabled guests.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Atwater?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Atwater?
Conveniently located restaurants include Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co, Steve's Steakhouse, and Avalon Grille.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Atwater?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Atwater?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Catalina Island Casino Ballroom (0.4 miles).
Is Hotel Atwater accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.