The hotel feels more like a run down motel, and is definitely more comparable with a holiday inn, and at $260 a night, it was outrageously priced for what you get. Our room was tiny (despite being in an upgraded room class) and there were scuff marks on the ceiling and walls, a tiny bathroom, and a horrible old school tv with no pay per view movies. (you can rent a dvd downstairs for $8 if you want to watch a movie, or go down the street to Sugarloaf Bookstore and rent a new release for $4!) The in room coffee maker included maxwell house coffee, the bathroom needed some serious upgrading and retouching, and the a/c needed major cleaning. We asked for bathrobes twice and never got them. The continental bfast was mediocre at best and the rooftop hottub was definitely hard to keep clean and was covered in sand and dirt when we tried to use it one night.
The location is good if you don't mind being on top of a busy marketplace/shops/courtyard. On the good side, the bed was super comfortable and had fantastic sheets. They had great big bathtowels and l'occitane toiletries. I'd expect more of the hotel to be at that level, and just wish they'd add higher level amenities and more service.
All in all, I would not stay here again and would instead try the Pavillion hotel, which just opened down the street and has comparable prices but looks much nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Metropole is the finest beachfront hotel on the island. VIP Oceanfront suites, jacuzzi baths, balconies, fireplaces available, complimentary continental breakfast, 40" flat screen TV's, free wifi, L'Occitane products, Frette linens, slippers & robes, rooftop jacuzzi and sundeck, private 2-bedroom Beach House, A Touch of Heaven day spa. The Metropole Market Place is just downstairs: miniature bowling, XT theater and arcade, Metropole Cafe, Coney's famous eatery, M Restaurant by ZEST, full service beauty salon, jewelry, clothing, unique gifts, gallery, special coffees and freshly baked treats, natural products and holistic remedies. Our property has everything you need for an amazing vacating on Catalina island! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Avalon
- Hotel Metropole Catalina Island/Avalon, CA