Hotel St. Lauren has a very cute "Northern California Victorian" look to the outside, and the pink exterior just tops off the fun charm of this hotel. The hotel is much larger inside than it looks from the outside. We booked a stay for 3 nights in November 2012 during the off season and got a wonderful rate. The reviews on yelp and TA had me nervous about customer service, but really we had no issues whatsoever. The night desk girl was always friendly and smiled at us when we checked in and always said "Hello" to us as we were coming or going. I had envisioned a grumpy old ogre growling at us on our arrival, but perhaps the previous reviews have been read and customer service is being improved upon. The morning desk woman was also always kind and told us to "Have fun!" as we were leaving in the mornings on our adventures for the day.
Our room was "small" compared to what most people would think of when thinking of a hotel room and I wouldn't advise it if you are staying with someone you don't much like. You WILL cross paths and you will be forced to make eye and body contact with your roommate. This isn't always a bad thing if you are looking to enjoy some much needed relaxation time with your spouse. :) Most importantly, the room was CLEAN and our room was cleaned WELL everyday during our outtings. Day 2 we had tracked in some sand from the beach and there wasn't a grain of it left after housekeeping had visited.
The carpet showed some wear, there were two spots on both sides of the bed where it looked like an iron had landed. The tv was small, but we weren't there for the television. The bed was comfortable- and had your old school style of hotel comforter on it. The decor is frilly and Victorian like- this isn't your upscale contemporary resort, but it matched and everything kept with the older vintage theme throughout the hotel.
The location is great as it was just a short walk to Vons- the grocery store, or to the main street or beach areas. We walked to Lover's Cove each day hauling all our snorkel gear and wetsuits and had no issues. There is a hill but it creates a great view from the 6th floor balcony- take a few minutes and look out over Avalon. It isn't as dramatic as the view at Hamilton Cove, but it is beautiful and looking at all the homes and mountains was neat!
We picked this hotel because we were looking for "budget" and not frills during this stay in Avalon. We went into it knowing we didn't rent a luxery condo, but a low cost hotel. I think we were pleasantly surprised at our accomodations and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants budget with cleanliness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel St. Lauren L.L.C., in Avalon, California, is one of Catalina Islands' finest romantic hotels. The hotel features 42 luxurious guest rooms overlooking Avalon Bay, CA. Some accommodations include a private balcony or a Whirlpool tub and all rooms are decorated elegantly with rosewood furniture. The hotel serves complimentary coffee each morning.This Catalina Island hotel is close to swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, fishing and kayaking. Rent your own boat and explore Avalon bay or rent a rod and reel for ocean fishing right off the Green Pier. Our Avalon vacation packages feature lodging combined with boating, helicopter rides, or tours of Santa Catalina Island. Our specials page offers some great value discounts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St. Lauren Catalina Island/Avalon, CA