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“Good value at this historic hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Atwater

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Hotel Atwater
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Sunnyvale, California
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89 reviews
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“Good value at this historic hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

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!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

I just returned from my trip to Catalina, and this hotel was wonderful. I will DEFINITELY stay here again. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, the room was clean (and adorable!), and the location couldn't be better!! They even let us come back and shower after we had checked out! A great place to stay on the island!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newark, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed in this hotel for the weekend and we were move to another room, which is better than the first one. I left my shampoo and conditioner in the shower and forget to take them with me(special treatment for my hair). I asked one of the room service lady in the hallway to find my toiletries which I thought were thrown away. In no time they knock on my door and delivered them to me. What a quick response to customer request. I did not get the ladies names but I am sure they knows who they are.

Room Tip: The 2nd floor is better than the 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Generally, young staff members were expressive and approachable. However, Alex contributed a level of personable & caring service which made our stay memorable. The hotel's historical character coupled with the Eurocentric personalities of its staff was compelling. Deserves more than your consideration...

Room Tip: single king suite was roomy; A/C noise fades into background
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

Just leaving the Atwater hotel.  Our family of 18 had an incredible time.  Rooms recently renovated, the place felt clean and safe.  Staff were incredibly helpful including Dave, Juan, Alex and Jesus.  GET THE FAMILY UNLIMITED PACKAGE! it will keep you busy for the entire stay.  Tickets for expeditions are available after 7:45am, and on the package you can get up to 4 for each room. Green fees at the 9-hole golf course are also included (you can rent for $22). You are centrally located to just about everything.  Take the isthmus cruise and the east end tour.

If you need something, ask.  They probably can help.  This hotel is an excellent value, no frills.  Watch the website for discounts.

  • Stayed August 2012
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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

Atwater has the best deal in town with their unlimited family plan. There customer service is excellent. Alex was friendly, very helpful and helped us plan and make best use of 2 days we were their. Loved most of the tours. Will surely stay at Atwater next time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

I really had a great experience staying in this hotel. The rooms are very clean including the bathroom with extra towels. I really enjoyed staying in this hotel. I can't forget the names of the people who help me and wife when we stayed in this hotel because they made a lasting impression of how good customer service should really be. I would like to give thanks to the following staff in this hotel:

1. Sal - who helped us in our check-in process to go very smoothly.
2. Andres - helped us in our luggage. Although we can handle it ourselves, he still offered to help and picked some of the luggages.
3. Alex - our booked activities and tickets for the 2 days we are on this beautiful island.

I'm surely going to come back to this hotel in October/November - because I am truly satisfied customer.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Atwater
Address: 125 Sumner Street, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Atwater 3*
Number of rooms: 92
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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Atwater Hotel Avalon
Hotel Atwater Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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