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Catalina Island Inn
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Aliso Viejo, California
1 review
“Great Place to Stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

Short and sweet... Awesome place. Great rates, extremely well designed rooms, comfortable & quiet. The island itself is the perfect place for a romantic weekend. Overall, I definitely recommend Catalina Island Inn... hands down, best value on the island! Oh, and the cheese tortellini and cheesecake at the Portofino Italian Restaurant near by was really good. If you want Italian, try it out!

Room Tip: Was in room 101 by the front door. Cool patio and a great location. Was not noisy at all, even being...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rj H
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Jennnifer F, Manager at Catalina Island Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thanks for your enthusiastic comments about Catalina Island Inn ---- and who doesn't love tortellini and cheesecake? Our hotel's location gives guests excellent dining options just steps away. Our staff can assist you with finding island attractions such as shops, tours and entertainment. Catalina is the Island of Romance. We are glad you had such a great visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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San Clemente, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

My friend recommended this hotel, to me, and it did not disappoint. Well maintained property, clean and lovely. Front desk staff were very friendly. Smelled like it had been freshly remodeled. Rooms were very quiet. Could not have enjoyed it more! I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Acacia C
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Jennnifer F, Manager at Catalina Island Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thanks for your kind review of the Catalina Island Inn.
During winter guests can still experience everything the island has to offer--- balmy days, magical nights, quiet rest or rollicking adventure. And with substantial savings over summer rates ---- we love to give great deals! Thank your friend for recommending us and come visit us again soon.
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

We booked the king suite with a harbor view, it was the only room you could get for 1 night, so it worked out perfectly. We went in late February and the rate was half price, again great! The place is off the main drag less than a block, and a quarter mile or so from the dock, in walking distance with bags. We checked in and expected to wait until official check in time but our room was ready 3 hours early which was a pleasant surprise.
What was disappointing was that we were expecting a harbor view (you could just see the top of the palm trees) which was true however, the immediate view was the roof of the vons, and a run down building behind the vons and the roof noise. The sliding glass doors kept the noise out but that meant we had to have the door closed...
We had a couples massage which was a good experience, the ladies were very good but the room was cold!
If we went back we would try another place just for the experience, but this was a nicely remodeled place, friendly staff and an overall good experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank ntaylor99
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Jennnifer F, Manager at Catalina Island Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thanks for your review of the Catalina Island Inn. Our hotel is located 1/2 block from the harbor. There are buildings between us and the waterfront.
Our reservation staff is happy to assist you in selecting a room that best fits your needs, plans and budget. Operators can answer questions about the size, configuration and exact location of each room within the hotel . The harbor views vary from the 3rd to 4th floor. We are sorry if this wasn't clear at the time of your reservation. Did you tell the Simply Nirvana staff that the massage room felt chilly during your appointment? We are always appreciative of information to make your experience better.
Each traveler staying at the Catalina Island Inn can be confident that they will have a clean comfortable room and an excellent staff standing by to provide a memorable visit. We hope you'll be back again soon.
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Garden Grove, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

The Catalina Island Inn was a great hotel to stay in. We love our room with a king size bed and private patio. The room was clean and nicely remodeled. The Inn itself has a great location for those that don't like to be right on the main strip. Definitely a two thumbs up experience.

Room Tip: Rooms in the middle are quieter than those right up in front.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank GGLola
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Jennnifer F, Manager at Catalina Island Inn, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Thanks for your review. The Catalina Island Inn cares about providing clean, comfortable accommodations for every guest. We offer a wide range of room options to meet all budgets and needs. Your choice of a King Bed private patio room delights us. These are our newest rooms and suites on the ground floor which just opened last July. We think they are spectacular! We look forward to having you visit again soon.
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Aliso Viejo, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

seems like it's newly remodeled, got that new paint smell.
small room (expected, old building converted), but very clean.
friendly staff, very good location.

give it 4 stars was because its online system didn't let me book only 1night. But i called, and got it booked, the staff was very friendly and no problem at all.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chun-Tse C
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Jennnifer F, Manager at Catalina Island Inn, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thanks for your review of the Catalina Island Inn. Our owners are constantly improving the property and yes, we have been doing some painting. Our staff wants to provide clean comfort and top service. We also are happy to answer your questions or to help with special needs and reservations. Let us be your Catalina connection!
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Miami
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59 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

Very nice hotel, includes coffee and pastries in the morning. We stayed in a 'harbor view' room, other than having an open area outside of terrace with distant view of water you have to look over the next building's roof and air conditioning equipment. I would recommend it as it was very nicely renovated, very modern bathroom, great location, and reasonably priced.

Catalina Island is very nice, lay back and so far every meal has been great. It's quaint and, my favorite part, no Gaps, Banana Republics or Starbucks. Just local, friendly and homey places.

Room Tip: Harbor views have next building's A/C equipment in view. But a brighter and sunny.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank udannefitz
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Jennnifer F, Manager at Catalina Island Inn, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thanks for your review of the Catalina Island Inn. We are always upgrading the furnishings and accessories in our guest rooms ----everything from blankets to bottles of shampoo are selected with care. Unfortunately we can't help our "overlook" from the 3rd floor onto the roof of the neighboring building . The view is nicer from the 4th floor but our harbor and ocean are best experienced by walking the 1/2 block from the hotel's front door. Avalon has a charm to it that extends to strolling along the bay front and taking time to enjoy the views from the pier or Casino Point. Come stay with us again soon.
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Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

My wife and I stayed in the junior suite #311 for a birthday getaway. It has a nice ocean view balcony and a sitting area with lots of windows - very bright and very clean. The down side is that there is major street construction from dawn to dusk. To top that off, there is a busy Vons and a post office on the street. The sound of constant golf carts late into the night is really annoying.

I made the reservation just a couple of days ago. I think the hotel should have let us know. Having said that, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was ready when we arrived on the 10 am Catalina Express,

Room Tip: I would not recommend 311 because of the noise from street. There are some great rooms on ground le...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tc3trainer
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Jennnifer F, Manager at Catalina Island Inn, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thanks for your review of the Catalina Island Inn. Your stay probably coincided with some utilities repair work being done by Southern California Edison. We apologize for their disturbing you. Matters were made more critical when workers uncovered a native burial site and the area became a beehive of activity with archeologists, native tribal representatives and even school students who were invited to be present to witness how specialists extracted and protected the remains. Catalina is such a unique treasure and you never know what adventure or discovery you'll make. Feel free to ask our staff about the soundproofing recently installed in our ground floor rooms and suites. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to serve you.
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Property: Catalina Island Inn
Address: 125 Metropole, 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 ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Avalon
#2 Spa Hotel in Avalon
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Catalina Island Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spend the night at one of the best Catalina Island hotels, the Catalina Island Inn. Catalina Island is only a short sail away, twenty-two miles, from the California mainland, but a world away from the hectic pace. Catalina Island Inn hotel is located in the heart of Avalon, California, steps away from restaurants, shops, tours and the beach at Catalina Island. Walking is a wonderful way to explore our safe and charming town. Visitors don’t need a car to get around. Almost everything is within walking distance. Enjoy a special Catalina Island vacation in one of the Catalina Island Inn family rooms that accommodate up to five people. Catalina Island Inn is large enough to host family reunions & weddings and intimate enough for a romantic getaway.Whether you are on a solo-adventure or traveling with a crowd, the Catalina Island Inn has something for everyone. Rooms ranging from moderate priced twins or queen bed to luxury, harbor view, kings are available. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a clean, contemporary island motif. We are one of the most romantic Catalina hotels. Treat yourself to a relaxing getaway at the Catalina Island Inn hotel.The Catalina Island Inn is pleased to announce the opening of its new ground floor Patio Rooms!!! 5 spectacular new King bedded rooms and private patios with custom fireplaces, nurturing textures, spacious tiled showers, free wi-fi, flat screen TVs, quiet comfort, and lush contemporary décor. A handicap-accessible guest room is also available. It features unique luxury and also meets all ADA guidelines for wheelchair guests needing special conveniences. It includes easily accessible thresholds, widened doorways in addition elegant amenities. ... more   less 
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