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Portofino Hotel
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Bakersfield, CA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“absolutely fabulous”
Reviewed June 28, 2011

The photos on the website do not do justice to this beautiful hotel. We were in the Portifino room which has a spectacular view of the waterfront and is very comfortably furnished. The restaurant is also great!!!! We highly recommend the Villa Portofino to all.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Very comfortable room. Great service from the staff; they truly made us feel at home. Great observation deck with view of Avalon harbour. Good complimentary breakfast and fantastic coffee. Would have liked more variety of fruit. It is nice that they provide a tray to take food to your room, tables in the courtyard, or the sun/observation deck.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Park City, Utah
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

Second time staying here and the staff is just as friendly and attentive as they were the first time. Easy walking distance to the beach club and casino. Well, it is Catalina, so it is within easy walking distance of everything yet it is a bit out of the fray of the pier area. Comfortable rooms. They had a nice gift waiting in our rooms for us thanking us as repeat customers. We'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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California
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

We upgraded our queen room to the Portafino Room overlooking the street. This room was spacious and had double doors which opened looking out over the turnaround area on Front St. We spent many hours admiring the view and people watching from our room. The staff was friendly and professional. The Continental breakfast wasn't great, just orange juice, rolls, muffins and apples. At the price of the room I would have expected a higher grade of toiletries but since we brought our own it wasn't an issue. They have a large upper deck available to all guests for relaxing, sunbathing and smoking. Beach towels and sand chairs are also available for guest use. Since this hotel is right on the turnaround it can be very noisy in the front rooms. Overall, we loved our stay and will be back again.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

Location is great. I came to the island for some fresh air. Could not enjoy the courtyard or roof top due to the smokers. Any suggestions for non smoking hotels in Avalon?

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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HotelVillaPortofino, General Manager at Portofino Hotel, responded to this review, September 22, 2011
9/22/11 UPDATE:
Hotel Villa Portofino is becoming a non-smoking property. With this new policy, the Hotel Villa Portofino is to intently follow our guest’s demands and provide them with everything they need for their maximum convenience and exceptional comfort. Following numerous requests of our guests, we have taken this initiative to implement a 100% non-smoking policy in our property.
Our goal is to keep healthy and fresh atmosphere at Hotel Villa Portofino and protect the health of our guests and employees.

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Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

We planned a trip to the west coast and I had been to Catalina Island in 1979 and knew it was somewhere I wanted to see again. I found a package online that allowed us to take a helicopter over to the island and then our return trip was by ferry. We had originally only booked one night but loved being there so much we asked the hotel if we could stay an additional night and luckily they were not booked and we were able to do that. EVERYWHERE you would want to stay is expensive, so it is not fair to compare the size or quality of the room to somewhere else, but I was very happy with what we had. Also, the rooftop deck gave a wonderful, relaxing view of the harbor.
There are several places in town to choose from, but the location of Villa Portofino is just perfect. It is directly across the street from the ocean (nothing is oceanfront there ) and near the casino. Most things in town are within walking distance and most vehicles are golf carts which makes this island so charming.
Our room was a regular king and it was small, but so are most places on the island. The interior courtyard of this hotel is quite pretty and everything seemed to be very clean and well kept. The front desk personnel were always nice and polite and the continental breakfast was pretty much your stand fare. The hotel did offer free drinking water in the lobby with fruit slices which was a really nice touch. We ate one meal at the Italian restaurant located next door and it was a good meal.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel without hesitation and on my next trip back to Catalina, which hopefully will be within the next few years, I plan to stay at Hotel Villa Portofino again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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13 reviews
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Reviewed May 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for our 20th anniversary. My husband surprised me with trip and made all the arrangements. He said this was one of the cheapest hotels that wasn't a dump. He was expecting way more than what we got. I'd say the room was an average size room for a hotel along the lines of doubletree, maybe smaller even. It had a queen bed, two nightstands, a small dresser, a vanity, tiny closet, dinky table, and dining room sized chair. The bathroom had a small shower stall, toilet, and sink. It was plenty big enough for us, we were just expecting more. We stayed in room 209 and even though it was in a dark corner it was quiet. The rooms were very clean and the staff was very courteous. They even let us store our luggage there until our ferry took us back. Oh, and the breakfast was pretty ordinary. But they advertise it as continental so don't expect much more. There was some fruit, orange juice, muffins, croissants, yummy cranberry scones, coffee, hot cocoa, and tea bags. I still can't believe it was $250 for a Friday and Saturday night, and that was a bargain.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Property: Portofino Hotel
Address: 111 Crescent Avenue, PO Box 127, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Avalon
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#7 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Portofino Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Footsteps from the water, the best of Catalina is just outside our door. Enjoy your island getaway in an ocean view suite or beautifully appointed guest room. ... more   less 
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