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“Great place to stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Catalina
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Cool, California
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49 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

The hotel offers a variety of packages with either tours or ferry service from mainland California included. We chose one with the ferry fares included. The hotel is like everything else in Avalon, a short walk from where ever you are in town. You can spot the hotel from the ferry dock due to the blue sign on it's roof. We stayed in room 301 which I would have to say is the best room in the hotel, although not priced significantly different from the other rooms. You have a view of the harbor right from your room, and the balcony is a mere six feet from your room's door. It being a historic building you have to realize the bathrooms are later additions and thus somewhat small, but realistically how much time do you spend in the bathroom on vacation? Seriously?!. They are more than sufficient for their purpose. The beds are soo comfortable, especially after a full day of walking. The staff are polite, courteous and professional. They were willing to assist us when needed. If you want to experience Avalon as Mr. Wright intended, this is the perfect hotel. We loved the historic ambiance of the building and it's decor. The balcony is a wonderful place to spend the morning watching the sunrise and enjoying some coffee and donut. The only negative I have to express is there is no coffee in the room, and the coffee in the lobby is not available until 8am but then not everybody gets up as early as me on vacation. Overall, a great place to stay, and would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Room 301 is the best; however, there are no elevators and this is on the 3rd floor. So if, you can...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Staff was friendly and attentive, and allowed us to check in way before our check in time. In addition they let us stay well past the check out time, which really saved our life since the boat left almost 8 hours after.

Unbelievably hospitable and easily within walking distance from the pier. Highly recommended and don't forget to say hi to Martha! She makes the place really shine

Room Tip: Spending a little extra for the courtyard rooms is worth it if you plan to spend time in the room
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Samuel H
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Corona del Mar, California, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

My recent stay at Hotel Catalina was one of the best times I have had in Catalina. My room was perfect, bathroom large, room with a view of the mountains, however the deck had a view of the ocean, which you could see the mainland lights at night from. The staff was very helpful, and the manager Martha was there to help with any additional questions or needs. The location is what you want while in Catalina, which Hotel Catalina is walking distance to everything. I travel on my own, and I feel safe and secure while at the hotel. You can even have your coffee or tea on one of the decks in your P.J'S.
I am already planning my next trip..

Room Tip: higher rooms have less traffic, corner rooms are larger
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Debra N
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

My girlfriend and I went early march for two days and had an amazing time not just because of the island but the hotel as well. The hotel made the trip worth while not only was the staff awesome but they were very accommodating. On the day we checked out and had 6 hours to kill they allowed us to use the facilities lockers got tub and bathrooms. If you are looking for a clean quiet and romantic get away this is the place.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sandysan7
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Santa Ana, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

My company visits Catalina Island regurlaly on business, and we have stayed at Catalina Hotel on every trip. The staff is very friendly, Martha tries to help one as much as she can with information and service. Clean rooms and bathrooms, fresh towels, clean linens and free wi-fi.
Great location for us to work and where our clients feel right at home while visiting us.
Hotel Catalina is a great place to stay and best of all is affordable. My company highly recomends Hotel Catalina for any one looking for a warm and great place to stay while visiting Catalina Island.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Hotel Catalina is a a very cute hotel. It has a Victorian look to it. The service is excellent, very friendly staff. They immediately offered us coffee and muffins when we checked in. Martha was very informative of the best place to visit especially to take advantage of the freebies I get for my birthday on the island. It's perfect for my 30th birthday weekend getaway! Martha was the best, my fellow Pisces!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Manguyen32
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HotCatMGR, Manager at Hotel Catalina, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our property

We are always happy to here that guest enjoyed their stay. Happy that you enjoyed our Birthday Island specials. We hope to see the two of you soon.

Manager,
Martha Flores
Hotel Catalina
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at the garden courtyard section of the Hotel Catalina for 4 nights in October. The rooms were newly refurbished. Very comfortable bed, mini fridge, clothes steamer, coffee and donuts for breakfast. The courtyard was lovely, and we felt like we had it all to ourselves. I would highly recommend this hotel and we will return again. For us, it was the best place we have ever stayed on Catalina Island.

Room Tip: There are sections to this hotel that have a lot of steps to climb. If you don't want to haul y...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KRISTINE G
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KrisGLBC, General Manager at Hotel Catalina, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
We are happy that you enjoyed your stay! Happy to hear that you will return. Hope to see you soon.

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Additional Information about Hotel Catalina

Property: Hotel Catalina
Address: 129 Whittley Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Catalina 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic Hotel Catalina is decorated in the Victorian style. Hotel Catalina combines old world elegance and charm, with all the advantages of a modern establishment. Strolling along the balustrade verandas at the front of the establishment, from sunrise to sunset you'll enjoy the refreshing sea air and splendid panorama views of the picturesque harbor. Recently remodeled in Thomasville furnishings. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Catalina Hotel Avalon
Hotel Catalina Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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