The other reviews here have been pretty accurate. Having been to the island numerous times, we were already aware that the island is older & accommodations tend to be smaller in-scale than on the mainland, and that island plumbing is low-flow, so none of those things were surprising to us at all. What makes the Hermosa a gem is that it's one of the least expensive hotels on the island AND it's in a terrible location in the middle of Avalon with easy access to shopping, dining, beaches and activities.
We recently went to the island with relatives for a bit of a family reunion with two families staying in the main hotel, while my party was in one of the cabins. The main building has lots of character & old world charm with a spacious lobby, computer w/ internet access for guest use, a meeting room and a huge storage area for guests to store diving equipment or luggage if they are roaming the island before / after check-in/out. The rooms, while small, had everything we needed. When booking our trip, we weren't looking for bells & whistles - we wanted a clean, comfortable affordable place to stay whilst we explored the island and we we got exactly that.
Our cabin included a small kitchen which we used often, being just a few doors down from the Krogers market (very convenient!) We stocked up on beautiful California produce, healthy hearty snacks and, yes, libations, which fit nicely in the small refrigerator / freezer and cupboards of our mini kitchen (which included table, chairs, toaster, microwave & dishes / utelsils for both cooking & eating.
There was originally a mix-up on the charge to my account upon check-in, but the manager remedied it immediately & still allowed us to keep the upgraded cabin we'd been assigned (although we'd only requested a standard, which would not have included the kitchen). We very much appreciated the prompt attention and the gracious upgrade! That's the kind of service I will definitely come back for!
Going mid-week, during the high season only cost us $100 / night... do your research - you won't find this anywhere else! We had a wonderful time exploring the island with various members of our party snorkeling, scub diving, boating around the island or doing an interior jeep tour, not to mention enjoying excellent seafood at the local restaurants and picking up unique keepsakes at the shops. We'll definitely be coming back soon! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hermosa is Catalina’s friendly, quaint, economy hotel located in the heart of Avalon half block from the beach and a short, flat walk from the boat landing. The Historic Hermosa Hotel has been serving guests of the island as far back as 1896 and, as was the style then, our rooms are small and simple. No thrills or frills- ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hermosa Hotel Avalon
- Hermosa Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA