Just stayed one night at the Banning House Lodge this August. I was scuba-diving for two days in Two Harbors. The Lodge is charming and very nicely decorated. It has a wonderful view from the hill top and it is an easy little hike to and from the pier, restaurant and grocery store in Two Harbors.
A few reviewers mentioned that they didn't like the service, but I found the service to be great. I accidentally fell off the boat before we departed from MDR and they were willing to let me wash and dry my clothes on the evening I arrived because everything was soaked. They don't serve breakfast until 8AM, but there was a very nice gentleman in the kitchen/dining room by 7AM and he made us coffee and also gave me a little to-go carton of ham/cheese and bread since I had to leave by 7:30AM.
The building is very old (part of it's charm), so you can totally hear your neighbors walking around on the wooden floors in their rooms. There's also no insulation under the door connecting your room to your neighbors either, so you have to hope for quiet neighbors. But Two Harbors is pretty rustic, campground type of environment, so everyone seems to shut down for the night fairly early.
I would definitely stay here again, a perfect place to for a night or two if you want to unwind and be peaceful, or you are for diving, boating or fishing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the West End of the island, the Banning House Lodge was built in 1910 as the summer home for the pioneering Banning brothers, who owned Santa Catalina Island. Now a charming, Craftsman-style bed and breakfast, the Banning House Lodge offers sweeping views of the Isthmus of Catalina and Catalina Harbor from its romantic, hilltop perch above Two Harbors A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily in the charming dining room. Van shuttle service between the lodge and Two Harbors village is included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banning House Hotel Two Harbors