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“Not bad, but would suggest an upgrade!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Catalina Boat House

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Catalina Boat House
Ranked #19 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Laguna Hills, California
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not bad, but would suggest an upgrade!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

The staff here is one of the friendliest I have ever encountered. Very helpful and accommodating! We chose the place because it had a kitchenette, but to be honest, the room was so small that we never used it! Our friends booked one of the suites and that room was perfect (although obviously more expensive!) Next time we go back I will splurge on the suite. It is located up a hill, so we did get a great workout every time we went back to the hotel, but of you have no interest in that, this is not the place for you. We happen to be there on the hottest weekend of the year, which meant getting up every hour or so at night to turn the AC back on, but I am sure typically you do not need it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Natalie H
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Ana, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

The staff was nice, no doubt about it. But the room was very expensive (175 p/ night). It was a very small room (no issue there), but really dirty. The carpet stunk, the bathroom smelled like a bathroom and the mattress was dirty.


I would expect to pay far less for such a place and recommend to any interested visitors that they search hard elsewhere before they book here.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nate H
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

We booked this hotel as part of a package offered through a "groupon" type deal. It included 2 nights at the hotel, 2 round trip tickets on the ferry to/from Catalina, 2 hour bike rental for 2 people, 2 Casino Museum tickets, and 2 tickets to the Botanical Garden/Wrigley Memorial. It was a great value, and we used everything in our package. Our room was right off the patio, with a small kitchenette and a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows left much to be desired and should be replaced. The decor is dated, but everything was clean and overall the hotel is a terrific value. Scotty and Chris (staff) were extremely friendly, helpful and accomodating. And yes, the hotel is up a short, fairly steep hill, but we just considered it part of our daily exercise. Definitely would stay here again for the value.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DebbieN60
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Tujunga, Calif
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

I searched for months to find a place to go with my husband for our 36th anniversary.I picked the Catalina Beach House because it had a little kitchenette and jaccuzzi tub, nice views,has a very nice patio with a bbq to use. It is walking distance to main street. Also when I called to reserve a room I got a great package with ferry for 2 and some tours. Staff (Scotty) was super friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again as we enjoyed it a lot.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jeannie539
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San Diego
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

As long as you don't expect luxury accommodations, this is THE place. Nice views, great patio with bbq. We had a decent-sized room with a little kitchenette and jaccuzzi tub. The decor is atrocious, but the beds were like pillowy clouds of goodness. Staff (Scotty) was super friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jagergrrl
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

My boyfriend took me to Catalina Island for our 2 year anniversary. He got a "package" deal online which included 2 nights at the Catalina Beach House for 2 people, 2 round trip tickets on the ferry, 2 hour bike rental for 2 people, 2 Casino Museum tickets, and 2 Botanical Garden tickets. We used everything in the package over our stay. The Catalina Beach House is a short walk from the ferry landing. It is a short distance up a hill, but you can arrange transportation if necessary. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Scotty provided a lot of insight to local attractions and restaurants. We stayed in the only room with a view of the water. The room was very "mom and pop" style which included a king bed, stove top for cooking, a microwave, and a jacuzzi tub. Nothing fancy, but not necessary when you are only in the room for a short amount of time. We had 2 private lounge chairs on our deck and a private table which we used to eat breakfast each morning. It was a very pleasant experience. Scotty made us feel very welcome and because of him we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank amsena
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Toronto
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28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

Got a good deal online for 3 nights in Catalina at the Beach house and included 2 return tickets on the ferry, 2 two hour bike rental, 2 Casino Museum Entrance Tickets , 2 Botanical Garden Tickets.

I was expecting someone to pick us up at the boat from previous reviews, but no one was there so we had to walk it to the Beach House. Not a big deal, we'd be doing a lot of walking anyways. The place was very clean and well kept. Just the furniture was a bit dated. We got the preferred room which had a queen size bed and a twin, along with a gas mini-stove, bar fridge, microwave and sink. Flat screen TV was also in the room. Decor and bedding were a bit dated, but clean. Bathroom had a nice size tub.

Here's the run down (please keep in mind I have nothing to compare this place to in Catalina as it was our first time there):

The Good:
- Great package that included a lot of activites in the price
- Nicely kept property and rooms
- Staff was accomodating to requests and very friendly
- Common area/patio with barbeques
- In-room free wireless internet

The not so good:
- Location: It's located up a hill with a fairly steep grade so if you less than fully fit, you'll tire going up.
- Lack of on-site staff: Most (if not all) of the staff are usually at the sister hotel (The Hermosa Hotel). I had to call the sister hotel if I needed anything ... including checking in. Usually the wait is 15 minutes, but took more than an hour to get an iron.
- Ironing boards are in the room, but no irons ... but hey, your on the island who cares about ironing! (Unfortunately I do for those dress up dinners).
- Paper thin walls ... I could hear the conversation in the next room over, even when they were whispering to each other.
- No in-room phones ... good thing I had my cell otherwise it would have been a pain to try to call the staff for things.
- Lack of ventilation in the rooms ... it was stuffy and since it was cold outside when we visited, we couldn't keep the windows open. Not even the bathroom had a fan to move the air.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mr_Icu
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Additional Information about Catalina Boat House

Property: Catalina Boat House
Address: 200 Marilla Avenue, Mailing: PO Box 646, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704 (Formerly Catalina Beach House)
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming property is located one block uphill from the beach in a quiet residential area still walking distance to the shops and restaurants. Modern kitchenettes and our sunny patios set the scene for relaxing barbecues with family and friends. Store your bikes in our lush courtyards or enjoy lounging on one of our public or semi-private decks with sweeping harbor views. We have some pet friendly rooms. This is the perfect setting for intimate weddings and small events and celebrations. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Catalina Beach House Hotel Avalon
Catalina Beach Hotel
Catalina Beach Avalon
Catalina Boat House Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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