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Hotel Metropole
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
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Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful room but small....”
Reviewed October 20, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Gorgeous room, quite pricey. Busy summer season, and front desk personnel not too friendly or helpful. In town for a wedding, and they were not accommodating at all to help us get the matron of honor a room in time to dress for the wedding.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bakersfield, California
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Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located in a small shopping center with coffee shops, arcade/ mini bowling alley, and retail shops. My husband and I went to Catalina for our honeymoon and we were able to book this hotel last minute. We went to Catalina on a Sunday and returned home on a Tuesday. We stayed in room 301 which has its own balcony right above the shopping area. I personally loved this because I like seeing all the action on the street below. Beware though, a golf cart rental station is right across the street and can get very noisy with the sliding door open. Once the door is closed the room gets pretty quiet. The room itself was really nice with a fire place and jet bath tub. The staff was always friendly and brought us a free bottle of champagne on our first night. The hotel is also located on the main street in Catalina. This made it very easy to walk up and down to where ever my husband and I wanted to go. We did not however eat the free breakfast. We were in vacation mode and went out to breakfast each morning. Overall this is a great hotel to stay at.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Long Beach, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2013

We were in room 320 which has a balcony and full ocean view. We paid $599 per night..so if you can get it cheaper it is a deal. The hotel is close to the action and beach. The morning continental breakfast was good and hotel staff were great. We strolled around town geocaching which took us to unique looking locations. All within walking distance from our hotel. We will be returning.

Room Tip: Room 320 if you can afford it.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colorado USA
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I stayed 5 nights at Hotel Metropole and was happy that I did. The location is close enough to everything to be very convenient, yet slightly away from the main avenue so it's quieter than many of the other places of lodging. My room overlooked the courtyard and had a very private balcony that was very nice for having my morning coffee. The staff was very helpful and very friendly. Anytime I needed anything they were there! The free continental breakfast is a great place to meet other folks staying at the hotel property. The Hotel Metropole also has an elevator! This may not seem like a big thing, but many of these buildings were built long ago and didn't have elevators. The Metropole has one! I'll gladly stay at the Hotel Metropole the next time I go to Catalina Island.

Room Tip: A great place that's well worth the money.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Paradise CA.
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2013

If you are in that age bracket that appreciates a quality place with a hint of artsie character and delivers on the romantic side, then this is the place. An upper mid priced hotel that has a cool San Fran type feel to it with typical laid back and helpful Island Homie staff. It is a bit pricey however you get what you pay for. I especially like the drive thru entry for quick in and out with your golf cart or luggage drop off. Very nice atmosphere here and close to everything.

Room Tip: Front facing rooms are few and cost more but worth it!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Victoria, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Stayed on Catalina Is for a wedding and Hotel Metropole was perfect. Right on the beach, rooms are newly renovated and very comfortable. Breakfast was generous and not expected for free. Staff were friendly and had a casual island attitude. Felt like we were on a movie set and loved every minute of. Other guests at the wedding commented that Metropole is the nicest hotel on the island and wished they stayed there. Highly recommended. Worth the extra $$.

Room Tip: Spend the extra and get an ocean view. Breathtaking views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We selected the Metropole from the info and photos on their website and it turned out great. They have a wide range of rooms...we selected a mid-priced one that was very clean and roomy. Sure there could have been some more little things like shelves and towel hooks, but all in all it was nice. The staff was extremely pleasant. Morning breakfast bar is included. I liked the location on the very north end of the main beach drag...quieter there and everything's just a short walk (5min) at most. Highly recommended!!

On a side note I lost my cell phone there in the public restroom and no one returned it, but Lucy and other staff members put in a great effort in trying to find it for me. As much as there are bad people in the world there are good ones too that help make up for it. Some of them happen to work at the Metropole :-)

Room Tip: Rooms on the street have excellent harbor views but may be a bit more noisy. Courtyard view rooms wi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Metropole
Address: 205 Crescent Ave., P.O. Box 1900, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Avalon
#8 Family Hotel in Avalon
#8 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Metropole 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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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