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“pitch-perfect choice” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Snug Harbor Inn
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“pitch-perfect choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

We stayed at the Snug Harbor Inn for a brief honeymoon after a big wedding celebration....exactly the right choice for a relaxed, slow-down couple of days. Our visit was exquisite - charmingly decorated room and bath, sumptous bed, great amenities, thoughtful staff, and lovely continental breakfast (fresh-out-of-oven banana nut bread to die for!). The location is ideal to the center of town, but somehow feels secluded and quiet. Could not recommend this more.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank patina95
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Upland, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

I was a little apprehensive after seeing warnings about the noise from the neighboring bar, but was delighted with my stay. My husband and I stayed in the Santa Barbara room, which is directly across the street from the bar. Friday night we had almost no noise from the bar. Saturday night the noise was louder, but I couldn't say it was from the bar but rather from the foot-traffic along the street. (it does get lively in Catalina) Even at its loudest, I had no problem sleeping. They hotel gives you ear plugs and a "sound" machine. The room was fantastic! Clean, tidy and well decorated. The beds were very comfortable. The breakfast was lite, and we prefer a more hearty breakfast, but it was good for being included in the fee. The location could not be beat!! I would return to this hotel in a heartbeat!!

Room Tip: I would recommend getting reservations as early as possible.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Cristy M
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San Diego
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

This place is PERFECT. We stayed for a long weekend. The rooms are clean and cute. The inn is in the center of town, everything is close by. The service is excellent. They bring a yummy breakfast basket to your room everyday. I do not think there is a better choice on the island. We will being staying here again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Melissa L
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Santa Cruz, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

The room was beautiful, the staff amazingly helpful, and great location. It was a bit noisy on Friday night due to the parties going on the promenade ...but it was happy noise and we'd stay there again without a doubt!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kathy F
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Bellevue, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2011

I travel all the time for business and stay in all sorts of hotels. My experience at Snug Harbor exceeded them all.
- most hotels have hundreds of rooms, Snug Harbor has only six rooms...very intimate and personal
- most B&B have NO amenities...Snug Harbor has videos, fireplaces, ice machine, soda machine, beach supplies, cheese and wine happy hour, and breakfast!

As far as I am concerned it is the perfect marriage between a hotel and a B&B. Every morning we were awakened with an amazing breakfast of lemon poppyseed bread, yogurt with granola, fruit, juice, milk, and tea/coffee. It was very nicely appointed, and the whole room was in great condition.

We really enjoyed staying here and will definitely be back many times.

Room Tip: All rooms have fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs...can't go wrong with any room.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mtchapin
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Fountain Hills, AZ
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

First off, for the money we spent, I really wanted to like this place. This is NOT a B&B with a caring resident couple running the establishment. This is a corporate ran enterprise (in fact some of their web links will direct you to another property) and would be charging about 40% less any where else. Management was rigid and totaly uninvolved, however the room staff were excellent and caring. Rooms were very nice, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was as detailed by other reviewers. We stayed multiple nights and couldn't wait to leave to get some sleep. When making reservations, I had asked about noise and the only response I got was that they weren't on the main street. They didn't mention the night club right outside the windows and the main drag is only 75 feet away replete with drunks till around 3 am.. We didn't receive all of the aminities as described in our package and there was no response to my queries until I entered a dispute of charges with American Express. Please consider how you are spending your monies, at $300/night this may or may not be what will work for you.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank d90
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IslanderAvalon, Owner at Snug Harbor Inn, responded to this review, August 20, 2011
Thank you for you response. We are sorry about the noise you experienced from visitors outside on the oceanfront street. We appreciate your feedback and impressions of the room staff which you found “excellent and caring” and the rooms which were “nice, clean and comfortable”. We have gone to significant extremes to soundproof Snug Harbor Inn but unfortunately on a busy weekends people may become a too loud on the front street. Our night manager is always available to either assist or contact the local authorities to help with any noise issues.
In reference to your, dispute of charges, as we mentioned when you stayed in June, we are unable to trade a complimentary bottle of champagne for a tour of the island per your request and we have refunded you the dollar amount of the champagne via American Express.
Snug Harbor Inn is a family owned business not a "corporate" business and has been family owned and operated for 15 years. We do refer guests to our sister property, Hotel Vista Del Mar, when we are unable to accommodate guests at Snug Harbor Inn. Hotel Vista Del Mar is rated the #1 hotel on Trip Advisor in Avalon.
We thank you for your comments and input as these always help us be a better hotel in the future.

Sincerely,

Jerry Dunn
Owner
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Santa Clara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

My husband and I decided to visit Catalina for our babymoon. Staying at the Snug Harbor Inn was the best decision we could have made. We stayed in the Catalina Island Suite which overlooks the ocean and absolutely loved it! Not only was the room immaculate and incredibly adorable, the service was impeccable. My husband had a scuba class on one of the mornings and was going to miss their lovely breakfast. The manager packed a nice breakfast for him the night before and kept everything cool so that he'd have something to eat before his class. The location is also perfect. Right in the middle of the main street. We just loved the Inn and will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Book well in advance.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Deborah Y
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Additional Information about Snug Harbor Inn

Property: Snug Harbor Inn
Address: 108 Sumner Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Snug Harbor Inn is located in the heart of Avalon and just steps from the beach overlooking the ocean. Each room includes: ocean views, deep soak jetted tub, continental breakfast served to your room, wine and hors d'oeuvres each evening, king size bed with goose down comforter and pillows, high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, HDTV, DirecTV, complimentary Blu-Ray / DVD library for use on your Blu-Ray / DVD Player, fireplace, turn-down service, complimentary high-speed wireless internet, complimentary slippers, air conditioning, in-room safe, beach mats and beach chairs. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Snug Harbor Hotel Avalon
Snug Harbor Inn Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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