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Glenmore Plaza Hotel
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Los Angeles
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Good for those who want value near water over prestine”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

I researched extensively via internet before choosing the Glenmore for my family of six. I chose it for location and value. Having just returned from this first trip to Avalon allowed me to see the comparisons first hand. Avalon seems to be mostly very old dated structures with a combination of charm, major staircases, few balconies, and limited amenities.... and then a couple newer mid-level and notably more expensive options. So I chose the Glenmore for the combination of value with room that would accept our family...balcony option...and central location. Because I knew the limitations of any similar priced places... I was glad for the choice. Without dismissing conflicts others may have experienced (and stated)...I found the whole team of staff to be really helpful. They did free pick-up and return shuttle to ferry...and stored luggage upon early arrival... just as they said. Avalon is so small that anywhere feels like a Los Angeles block distance from anywhere. The breakfast bar in downstairs isn't very charming...but it adds value especially given the high costs of food in Avalon. I would recommend this to anyone who is in reasonable shape (for stairs) and seeks good value.

Room Tip: Lower rooms may be easier on climbing but also nosier. We had 3rd floor room and it was fine.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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James A, Manager at Glenmore Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying at the Glenmore Plaza on your recent trip to Catalina Island. It was our pleasure to have your family stay with us. Thank you for highlighting some of the many amenities we offer at our hotel and our central location in Avalon.

We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Catalina! Thank you again!

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Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

We got married on the Island back in June. Our wedding party stayed at the Gilmore. Accross the board we were all very satisfied. When we arrived the owner Jim was there to greet us along with the bellboy to help with all of our luggage.y wife and I stayed in the Amilia Airhart room. What a great room WOW. It was very clean and as for the wet room shower and jacoozy tub supper nice. The view of Avalon bay was great as well. We look forward to spending our anniversaries in the coming years at the Gilmore Plaza. Thank you to the staff and Owners for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank JustinandPriscilla
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James A, Manager at Glenmore Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel on your recent trip to Catalina Island and congratulations on your recent nuptials.
It was our pleasure to have you stay at our hotel and share such a beautiful and memorable time with us.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Avalon! Congratulations again!

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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Upon arriving a couple of hours before Before check in time we called the shuttle which was free and the hotel let us put our luggage away meanwhile we explored the island which was perfect! When we checked in we realized that we were on the third floor and there was no elevator So it was a bit of a struggle pulling up the luggage on the staircases. It was a regular queen-size bed It was very clean When I checked the bathroom I seen we had a jetted tub which was great the only thing was that one of the small plastic boards on the outside of the tub was broken n kept falling off but anywho During the night When we would come after around 12 midnight There was a sign on the door that said open the hotel door with your room key because the hotel locks the doors after around 11 pm But we struggled because there was no keyhole So we tried getting in from the the side of the hotel by an alley and nothing so we went back to the front and I decided to pull the door and it opened how dumb that I feel. All in all the hotel was great I really enjoyed it being my first time in the island. we received a free shuttle right back to the port and back to Los Angeles we headed

  • Stayed August 2013
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1 Thank Abelito18
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James A, Manager at Glenmore Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying with us on your recent trip to Catalina. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us. We appreciate your review as it helps us to progress and maintain all aspects of our establishment.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Catalina! Thank you again!

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were in a king mini-suite on the third floor. The room was clean and new with a queen bed in the attached bedroom. Very comfortable bed! Continental breakfast was average with bagels, coffee, OJ and apples. Bathroom clean and new, but only hook to hang towels was the one on the back of the bathroom door. Front desk staff very friendly, welcoming and helpful!! Our room was beautiful and comfy and new, and the only drawback was the street noise outside that continued until 3:00 am...even with earplugs it was loud. I would stay here again, just not in a room with windows above the street. ( However it did have a view of the Casino and bay in the distance!)

Room Tip: Choose a room that's not above the street for a quieter night!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank crvd
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James A, Manager at Glenmore Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for you review of the Glenmore Plaza Hotel. We are pleased that your stay with us was enjoyable. Thank you for your comments on our recent renovations and amenities.
We are continually striving to update all aspects of our hotel and your feedback is essential to this process.
We look forward to seeing you again on you next trip to Catalina Island!

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Laguna Woods
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Glenmore has updated many of their rooms and we happened to stay in one of them. . The decor was crisp and open, with a partial view of the Harbor. We had one of the updated suites and it was lovely. The service was fantastic and staff friendly ! We were close to all the attractions ! One downfall about the hotel, no elevator , so be ready to climb stairs. The 2nd to 3rd floor has stairs that are very crooked and if you have a little too much too drink, it could be tricky!

Room Tip: I suggest you ask for updated room ! The street can be load depending on which festivity is going...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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James A, Manager at Glenmore Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel on your trip to Avalon. We greatly appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thank you again for your review!

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Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

We got married on the Island back in July. Our wedding party stayed at the Gilmore. Accross the board we were all very satisfied. When we arrived the owner Jim was there to greet us along with the bellboy to help with all of our luggage.y wife and I stayed in the Amilia Airhart room. What a great room WOW. It was very clean and as for the wet room shower and jacoozy tub supper nice. The view of Avalon bay was great as well. We look forward to spending our anniversaries in the coming years at the Gilmore Plaza. Thank you to the staff and Owners for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank JustinandPriscilla
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The owner climbed the ladder to my roof top room (the Clark gable) $800 room and invaded my privacy instead of calling the room with a heads your knocking on the door and proceeded to to cuss at me for being on the roof (which had an unlocked gate leading up there indicating that it was an added feature as a sun roof ) and then proceeded to call the cops on me for being on the roof.there is no sign posted to not do that and the gate is there and unlocked i was pleased when I got there thinking it was such a awesome feature that they also gave you a sun deck with an added view.NOT THE CASE! They instead invaded my privacy , publically humiliated me and called the cops on me! Keep in mind this was an $800 room.in addition my room was not ready on time ,not clean and the wiring on the hot tub was messed up and it did not work and the nozzle for it was not connected so when I turned the water on it shot off.i am leaving in tears planning to take legal action.

  • Stayed July 2013
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6 Thank LudaMala
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James A, Manager at Glenmore Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest

We offer our apologies for your dissatisfaction as a result of your stay at the Glenmore Plaza. We aim to provide our guests with the finest service, and your feedback is greatly appreciated as we continue to work towards improving all aspects of our establishment.

The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to all of us here at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel and unfortunately, rooftop access is limited to authorized persons only.

Thank you for your review! Hopefully we can improve your experience the next time you visit Catalina Island.

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Property: Glenmore Plaza Hotel
Address: 120 Sumner Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Glenmore Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 57
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