I don't think the Portofino is as great as these reviews say. For the most part, the rooms are dark and small and slightly funky. But Catalina is funky, and presumably if you are vacationing in Catalina, you are o.k. with things being a little old and run-down.
Having said that, there are two rooms that are great at the Portofino, possibly three, and those are the ones with balconies. Two are directly over the restaurant, and they are not bad for Avalon. And the best is the Portofino Room, which has a floor to ceiling sliding glass door and a big bed right in front of it. This is great because you can watch the harbor lights at night, the street scene below, and the morning sun come up, all from your bed. I guess everyone can see you, too, but we soon forgot about that.
I did not like the rooftop- too hot and tacky with a carpet (!?). The morning muffins, etc, also not so good, but, hey, free.
It's nice to be right on Crescent Ave. We didn't find the noise bad at all.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking