My husband and I have stayed at the Inn at Mt. Ada many times over the last 10 years. It is the benchmark at which we measure all other B&B's... and we stay at a lot of them all over the USA. So, far no other B&B even comes close.
I will never forget our first visit. We were picked up at the boat by Michael... he is the most loveable teddy bear I've ever met in human form. He welcomed us warmly with his great big smile and open arms.
Upon arriving at the B&B, Marlene came to the door and said... "Welcome Home, we've been waiting for you"... I swear I felt like I'd just arrived at my favorite aunt's home
We were then invited in and began our guided tour of this beautifully maintained Wrigley Mansion. The rooms are beautifully docorated and the interior's architectual details are a feast for the eyes.
We were then shown to our room which was very well appointed and decorated with cozy and warm furniture and fabrics. All rooms have an ocean view!
The home made cookies (not chips ahoy) brownies and lemon bars were served thrughout our stay and there was no limit to how many you could have (bad news for my diet :-)
We never eat out while there... the breakfast & lunch they serve are unsurpassed... and happy hour with the tasty hot and cold appetizers serve as our dinner... and the bottled water, wine, champagne and beer are complimentary (Yikes... there goes my diet again!). We often take our lunch outside on the very large wrap-around veranda. Also, should you want a picnic lunch... they will fix it for you to take along (golf carts come with each room... so you are free to roam at your leasure). Their veranda is furnished with all sorts of seating, tables for dining, rockers (well yes, for rocking), and other comfortable chairs... meant for you to sit a while and enjoy their breathtaking views.
There are also bowls of fruit and nuts placed throughout the house... like I said, not a good place to diet... but who wants to when you are in such a beautiful environment and all of the food is so yummy.
The staff go out of their way to make your visit wonderful (just like your favorite aunt would). The staff also takes great care in making sure the rooms are immaculate at all times... which requires constant vigilence on their part and thier effort (although rarely seen) is obvious from the way this home is kept.
Soft music plays during the day and in the evening the fireplaces are lit. (Just a side note, most rooms have their own fireplace :-) You can plant yourself on the sun porch... or outside and read a book, nap or snack. Or, you can head into town for a tour (land or sea), shops or night life. You can be as busy or as lazy as you like!
Clearly I could go on and on and rave about this place, but I hope you all will take the opportunity to experience Mt. Ada one day for yourself... it is devine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- - Complimentary Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Wine & Hors d'oeuvre Reception. - Complimentary Butler's Pantry available throughout the day, includes fresh fruit, mixed nuts, soft drinks, beer and wine, ice cream sundaes, popcorn, coffee, teas, and cocoa. - Complimentary golf cart for use during your stay - VIP access to Descanso Beach Club Cabanas, Access to Tennis Courts at the Catalina Country Club and Complimentary Green Fees at the Catalina Island Golf Course. - Complimentary access to Island Spa Catalina facilities including pool, hot tub, relaxation deck. (Spa treatments are additional.) - Complimentary Behind the Scenes tour of the Catalina Casino - Private van pick up from the airport, heliport, boat terminal or other properties - Daily housekeeping, robes, nightly turndown, High speed WiFi. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn On Mt. Ada Hotel Avalon
- Mt. Ada Catalina Island/Avalon, CA