Having never been to Avalon before, we relied heavily on Trip Advisor reviews to select a reasonably-priced hotel, and they were spot on! This place is a good value for pricey Catalina. The newly renovated hotel has an attractive lobby, with friendly staff. There's lemonade in the afternoon and excellent coffee in the morning. The hallways feature photos of old-time Avalon, and our room had a period-style poster as wall decor. Our economy room had no view, but we were never in the room in the daytime anyway. The room was small, with an excellent queen bed with nice linens. Small bathroom with no counter space to speak of, but that's a minor quibble, and there were nice toiletries.
The hotel is located only 1/2 block off of the main street, a very central location. Avalon isn't that big, so you can walk everywhere! We walked to the Wrigley Memorial (nice walk even if you don't go in the botanical garden, which is where the memorial is), the casino (take the tour inside - it's gorgeous), and up the hill to what used to be the Wrigley mansion (great views along that walk). We also took a two-hour tour to see the interior of the island and the "airport in the sky" which was well worth it as we learned a lot from the driver. The evening flying fish boat tour was so fun--we saw lots of these amazing fish which manage to "fly" several feet out of the water due to their extended gills.
We loved our stay at the Hotel Atwater and hope to return to Catalina someday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 1/2 a block from the beach, the historic Hotel Atwater was built in the 1920's and offers a wide variety of room types from Economy Rooms, Standard Rooms to Suites. This hotel fits any budget and is perfect for active couples, families, scuba divers and large groups. Offerings include: Complimentary baggage service from the ferry, Suites and Standard Rooms feature air conditioning / heating, iron and ironing boards, Suites and Standard Rooms feature hair dryers, basic-cable TV - free HBO and Showtime, senior, military and group discounts, complimentary storage room for dive gear, mountain bikes and luggage. Outdoor rinse-off showers for divers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atwater Hotel Avalon
- Hotel Atwater Catalina Island/Avalon, CA