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125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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#11 of 20 hotels in Avalon
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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)
Coffee shop
Wine / champagne
Bicycles available
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Paid wifi
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Room features
Air conditioning
Clothes rack
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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JulieFabris wrote a review Nov 11
Waunakee, Wisconsin753 contributions91 helpful votes
What a beautiful Hotel, centrally located in Catalina Island/Avalon. Gorgeously remodeled, peaceful and very friendly staff. Easy check-in and we loved the Champagne/Sparkling Wine in the room. The bathrooms are stunning. Whoever picked the new design did a fabulous job of blending historic with modern elements. We even loved that you could open the windows in the room too. It was easy walk, with luggage, to the Hotel from the Ferry too, and made us feel like we lived there right away, lol. Just steps away from the lobby are shops and restaurants and we will definately be back. The El Galleon Restaurant transforms into an “on the beach” outdoor Cafe at night, (right around the corner from the Atwater), which I highly recommend as well. I realized I didn’t take many photos there, but it was worth every penny. Well done Hotel Atwater!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Catalina Island Company, Agency / Consultant at Hotel Atwater
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Julie, We sincerely appreciate your thorough review, and are thrilled you had such a wonderful time during your stay with us. We hope to see you again soon!
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Robin Ray Writer wrote a review Nov 5
Stanton, California15 contributions
This hotel was so nice. It is a historical hotel that has been upgraded. The rooms are elegant. I feel like I am in a fancy hotel in Europe. We have stayed 2 times in the last 3 months. Casey who works at the front desk, was happy to help .This is a great example of customer service. Thank you!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Catalina Island Company, Agency / Consultant at Hotel Atwater
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Robinraywriter, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! We look forward to your next visit! Take care!
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Michelle R wrote a review Oct 2020
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I stood at Hotel Atwater from 10/12 to 10/16. I loved the location and hotel decor. We had the Avalon King room 255. There was no view, the bed was very comfortable, the room was clean and spacious. Upon my planning, I saw previous reviews about fire drills but still took a chance. About an hour after the 4pm check in, there was a fire drill. The following day there was another one as I was in the shower getting ready for dinner. And the following day on our return from a sunset tour, we saw the lights from the fire trucks from afar in the same area so I will presume that was from the hotel again. Other than the fire drills. I would recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Catalina Island Company, Agency / Consultant at Hotel Atwater
Responded 2 weeks ago
Michelle, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Hotel Atwater! We sincerely thank you for your business, and look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Liberato M wrote a review Oct 2020
Tustin, California17 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a great stay! We went to celebrate our 20th anniversary with friends. We were excited. However when we arrived our reservation was not correct and there was no room for us! Fortunately Casie at the front desk saved the day! She was so calm and got to business. She moved some things around, called a manager and voila, we had the nicest room!!! Thank you Casie at the front desk, and thank you Hotel Atwater!!!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Catalina Island Company, Agency / Consultant at Hotel Atwater
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your positive comments about Hotel Atwater and Casey! We appreciate your business.
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Chrissy T wrote a review Oct 2020
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The renovations of the hotel are very nice, clean, and the bed is extremely comfortable. The Hotel's practices are deceptive, the customer service is poor, and they are not accredited with the BBB. The website lists included amenities such as tour discounts, a glass bottom boat tour, complimentary champagne in your room, bicycle rentals, towel use, and a $40 food and beverage credit. This is charged to you in the Daily Destination Fee of $30 per night. I had to inquire about these amenities at registration as they were not mentioned. The registration card is lengthy and buries the non-smoking fee policy of $400.00 if the staff detect the smell smoke in your room and does not state anywhere that hotel is "actively working to amend their sensitive fire detection system" per the hotel's General Manger. Consequently, after vaping minimally in the room, 3 vapor clouds set off the fire alarm. Hotel Staff came to our room, we confessed and apologized and had to evacuate along with the rest of the hotel as the fire department came to open the windows and put a fan in the room at 9pm. Upon reading other reviews we discovered that several other guests experienced similar false alarms and evacuations. One reviewer experienced 4 alarms and evacuations in one stay. The hotel did not detect the smell of smoke in our room because vapor is not smoke, but they charged our card without authorization for the $400 non-smoking fee prior to check out and locked us out of room.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Catalina Island Company, Agency / Consultant at Hotel Atwater
Responded 2 weeks ago
Chrissy, we regret to hear that you had a negative experience with us. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will use your comments to refine our efforts to ensure this issue does not happen again.
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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 (0.06 miles), and Golf Gardens Miniature Golf (0.08 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 Steve's Steakhouse, Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co, and Scoops Catalina Island.
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).
Does Hotel Atwater have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Hotel Atwater accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.