We just returned from a weekend stay on Catalina at the Metropole. All in all, it is a good hotel but could still use a bit of work.
The hotel appears to be in an older building that was updated somewhat recently. However, the updates were not comprehensive so although some aspects of the hotel and rooms are nice, it still feels a bit old. For example, the room was updated in a nice neutral manner with more modern furniture, iPod dock, neutral colors, crown moldings etc., but the hallways are still quite outdated.
The location was good but then again, Catalina is small so wherever you stay, you are generally close to everything.
We were in a Deluxe room which overlooked the courtyard. I would recommend ocean view if possible as our room did get a bit loud at times.
I did have a few complaints. First, the bed was not particularly comfortable - a major issue for me. Second, the air-conditioning unit was quite loud (again, old unit, part of the hotel that was clearly not updated). Finally, the rooms do NOT have safes, which these days I expect in just about any hotel.
For our purposes, the hotel was fine but I admit I was expecting more based on the website.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Metropole is the finest beachfront hotel on the island. VIP Oceanfront suites, jacuzzi baths, balconies, fireplaces available, complimentary continental breakfast, 40" flat screen TV's, free wifi, L'Occitane products, Frette linens, slippers & robes, rooftop jacuzzi and sundeck, private 2-bedroom Beach House, A Touch of Heaven day spa. The Metropole Market Place is just downstairs: miniature bowling, XT theater and arcade, Metropole Cafe, Coney's famous eatery, M Restaurant by ZEST, full service beauty salon, jewelry, clothing, unique gifts, gallery, special coffees and freshly baked treats, natural products and holistic remedies. Our property has everything you need for an amazing vacating on Catalina island! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Avalon
- Hotel Metropole Catalina Island/Avalon, CA