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125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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#9 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
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Thomas H wrote a review Yesterday
Dana Point, California3 contributions
Ok, so Im walking through the indoor plaza in Avalon and I see a beautiful Harpe. So I mozey into the front desk and ask when the Harpist Plays? Marissa was adorable, she shared the best story on how the Ghosts come out at night and play. This Antique Harp was donated to the hotel and currently placed for show. Beautiful hotel lobby and greeted with such wonderful energy. Marissa shared how they have packages for the Jazz Festival in October this year. Such fun. Can't Wait!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Angela G wrote a review Jul 15
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After 15 years in LA and a stiff case of lockdown wanderlust, my daughter & I decided to stick our toes in the travel water by going to Catalina - we'd never been there. Hotel Avalon was delightful - freshly updated, great design, welcoming staff. The lobby is a perfect place for relaxing after visiting Avalon's many tchotke stores & offers excellent people-watching. And check out the wallpaper in the lobby bathrooms. Queen rooms a little on the small side, but the beds are absolutely fabulous. They retained the original 1920's floors in the remodel, so the hotel is a tad noisy, but it's a small price to pay for the comfort, charm and location.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Catalina Island Company, General Manager at Hotel Atwater
Responded 1 week ago
Angela, we are so glad you and your daughter were able to visit us. We appreciate your kind compliments about our updated lobby and design, as well as our welcoming staff. We hope to host you again in the future. Thank you kindly.
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Ken S wrote a review Jun 2021
San Jose, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
This hotel is very nicely refurbished. It almost looks like a brand new hotel. The only issue we had was the room is quite small. There is no sitting area. At least that seemed to be the case with the King rooms. The addition of a chair or two would have made this much nicer.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Catalina Island Company, General Manager at Hotel Atwater
Responded 4 weeks ago
Ken, thank you for choosing the Hotel Atwater. We appreciate your business and your feedback. The hotel was built in 1919 and completely renovated in 2019. Its original structure remains, and, unfortunately, the rooms were much smaller back then! Thank you for understanding.
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873Markus wrote a review May 2021
San Jose, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
Nice hotel with a"historic" flair, clean rooms and clean bathroom. Rooms and bathrooms are smaller than in newly built hotels, maybe also because of limited space on the island. It's directly located in the downtown of Avalon, so you can easily walk everywhere.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Catalina Island Company, General Manager at Hotel Atwater
Responded May 18, 2021
Thank you for choosing to vacation at the Hotel Atwater. We are glad you enjoyed our premier location, and our top-to-bottom renovation. We look forward to welcoming you back to Catalina Island in the future.
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Frqflier wrote a review May 2021
Brooklyn, New York452 contributions666 helpful votes
Quite simply, I loved this place. Last time I used Expedia points at a different hotel, I felt that I got a crappy room because it was a "free" stay for the hotel. But this time I had an ocean view room, although it was overlooking a roof. The room was the same size as everyone else on the floor. It's a beautifully renovated hotel and I can't imagine a more tastefully done property. Delightful front desk staff (Camryn or Cammie) who checked me in. And a really gorgeous looking room, albeit on the small side, but completely up-to-date. Room did not have a bath, but didn't promise one either, while it did have a great shower. Just an elegantly decorated room that was completely functional. A sore point of mine with other reviews has been the 'resort fee' which I resent. This property does charge a resort fee, but you also get a $20 food credit along with WiFi which takes the sting out of the charge. Location couldn't be more convenient, right on the main strip, right by the water and near every bar and restaurant. I'd tell you everything is in walking distance, but in Avalon everything IS in walking distance. It's about a 5-minute walk from the ferry and if you're schlepping serious luggage, they've got someone with a golf-cart to meet you and deliver it. There's no on-site bar or restaurant, but there is a coffee/pastry stand in the hotel. It's only open to noon, your credit is good there. Not sure if the noon closing is because of Covid, or if that's their regular hours. Definitely want to return to Catalina and while I should probably check out other properties, this first stay at the Atwater has me definitely wanting to come back.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: The hotel only has 3 floors. If you are facing the ocean, you'll be overlooking a roof, but...
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Response from Catalina Island Company, General Manager at Hotel Atwater
Responded May 17, 2021
Thank you for your glowing review of your island getaway with us. We are pleased to hear you had an overall fabulous stay with us, and look forward to your return to Catalina Island!
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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, Scoops Catalina Island, and Steve's Steakhouse.
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.