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“Great place to get cozy” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #20 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
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4 hotel reviews
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“Great place to get cozy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

We arrived on a Wednesday it was peaceful & quiet part of town. Room was ready & well equipped with microwave, kitchenette, Jacuzzi tub & dishes. That way you can walk down to the store & prepare meals instead of having to eat out the entire time you're there. We stayed 3 nights & had no complaints.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Alpine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

As Eva M says, very nice and quaint. Nothing fancy, but full kitchenettes. New flat screen TVs, free WiFi. I did not think it was dirty. I think it may have improved since others stayed there because there have been upgrades--TV, stove, refrigerator. Nice deck to BBQ and hang out. Excellent staff who were very helpful. Room was ready early (when we got there). Shuttle service from their sister hotel.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Kathy D
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West Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Catalina Beach House. It has a cottage like feeling and is very quiet and quaint, just up the hill from the activity. It has a beautifu view of Catalina from the patio that everyone can share, just steps from your room. It has a nice table for two and a lovely bench swing and a barbecue area where you can gather with friends and barbecue if you'd like. The rooms were recently remodelled so everything looks nice and new and the bed was wonderful! It's also very affordable compared to other hotels in the area and the staff is very pleasant and accomodating. I would definitely stay there again!

Eva

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Eva M
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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This hotel is in a great location that gives you a great view of Avalon on a nice deck. Here is the negative of this place. The rooms have gotta be the smallest rooms I have ever stayed in. Its small for one person at best. Not to mention the TVs are 19" from late 80's early 90's. The rooms need to be cleaned a lot better. The place has potential just really needs a makeover and better maintenance.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank JCStolz
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HermosaHotel, Director of Sales at Catalina Boat House, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your experience. The rooms in Avalon, in general, are small, as our town in just over two miles large and space is limited. It sounds like you must have booked one of our Value or Standard rooms, which are our smallest. Next time perhaps try one of the Preferred or Mini-suite rooms, which have more space and more amenities and are still some of the lowest prices on the island. I appreciate the comment on housekeeping and will be following up to alert our housekeeping manager. Again, thank you for your feedback.
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Indio, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Signed up with a package deal which included several things to do but will stick to the room and staff for the review. The staff serves The Beach House, and the Hermosa Hotel and as for our interactions with the staff they were great and in fairness we did not complain about the items I will be listing because we got what we paid for. Now the room; we were upgraded because of off season to a room with a kitchenette and a king bed. The room although clean had more stuff placed in it than could fit the room. Others talk about the steep walk up hill which we did not find that bad. Everything was old which was to be expected but it did not look to be well maintained. The freezer in the small refrigerator was frozen over and the cook top was loose so cooking breakfast as we did each morning had to be done with care. Others mentioned the BBQ being in bad shape and it was but still worked, The bed was comfortable but flannel sheets in the summer really. The worst part of the room which I can not get beyond is the 1 hour timer on the air conditioner and in early September we needed air to be able to sleep, consequently I woke up every 2 hours to turn the dial due to the heat. In conclusion if you are there when it is cold enough to keep the windows open you might be ok but we would recommend you look else where.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The pictures are deceiving. The size of the room we had with one standard and one king bed and a kitchenette and bathroom with only a stand up shower was smaller than my children's bedroom at home. We could have got over the size had it been clean or safe. My three year old cut her leg on the toilet seat when it slid off underneath her. The black mold growing in the shower was gross. The screens and window sills were so dirty that when my two year old leaned against it and then laid back down on the white sheets there were black marks left on the sheets and his forehead. There was something undescribable stuck in the carpet near the restroom door. On our second day after the cleaning person had left, the drawer in the kitchenette was filled with water which accentuated how much dirt and debris was built up in the drawer. There was a huge spider that came running down that wall the first night we were there and there were roaches on the patio in the evening.
Oh my...not to forget one seriously disgusting aspect...there is a luggage room at the Hermosa down the hill...when we arrived there was a dirty diaper on the floor, when we left three days later that same dirty diaper was still there.
The desk staff was great. They were all helpful and very nice. The hotel was disgusting and for what I paid...even with a 25% discount, I will never stay there again, even with their offer of a free upgrade to a suite (a room with more space to be dirty). I would not recommend this place to ANYONE!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Cortez
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

My family and I recently visited “Catalina Beach House”, we spent 5 nights in rooms 10 and 11, they were located down a flight of stairs in the back of the building. It was what we expected, an older place with small rooms, small bathrooms and little kitchen areas with Clean plates, cups and silverware. TV was very nice, flat screen, didn't watch it much but it was nice. The patio areas were nice, grill was a little to “used” for my liking but worked. The Wifi, it was okay for most of the time, it worked best in the patio areas, from our rooms it was sketchy at best, no big deal we weren’t there to surf the internet but checking mail was important. I have an iPhone and hopping on the net with ATT was fast. Night time was quiet.

The hill wasn’t to bad, it will get your heart rate up for 30 seconds but it’s really a short walk.

The staff was great! They picked us up at the dock when we arrived and dropped us off for departure. We needed some extra towels and pillows after normal hours, called the # and within minutes we had what we were after. The maids were usually around if we needed anything.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank David A
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HermosaHotel, Owner at Catalina Boat House, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thank you, we're delighted you enjoyed your time on the island!
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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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