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“We LOVE Hotel Catalina!”
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Hotel Catalina
Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Buena Park, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“We LOVE Hotel Catalina!”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

We were treated with genuine hospitality by all of the staff. Expedia had messed up our reservations at another hotel, and boy were we happy (after the typical disappointment). Our room was on the top floor with a great view. We WILL be back!
As an addendum to the above (I've been back many times since writing that), we LOVE Hotel Catalina. If you like gorgeously refurbished turn-of-the century architecture, Hotel Catalina is for you!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Caracas, Venezuela
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

The hotel was very clean, nice bathroom and comfortable bed. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
I travelled with a group of co-workers and had a great time. We got coupons for restaurants. Catalina island is a very nice place to spend some days off relaxing. The sightseeing of dolphins and sea lions is awesome.
Arianne

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

I decided to take a last minute getaway to Catalina Island. What better place to stay at then a hotel that has the same name as the island. I researched and found the Hotel Catalina. I spoke to Martha in reservations, she even set up a paradise package for us, That saved us some money. We decided to stay in the new part of the hotel, it is called Hotel Catalina Courtyard Wing. The room had a king size bed, a 55' flat screen T.V., it had a large world pool tub. The room was really nice and romantic. The girls at the front desk were very helpful. They answered all our questions and gave us coupons for 10% off on different restaurants in the town of Avalon. Five star service for sure. We are already planing our next trip, maybe in October for the Jazz Festival. I would like to thank the staff at the hotel for their friendly service and super clean room. Also the managers are really nice. I just needed to let people that have not stayed here know this do to the last comment.

Room Tip: Ask for the Courtyard Garden Wing. Courtyard rooms are completely new!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank William F
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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2012

We went to Avalon in January 2012 for a wedding. I found this hotel online, and choose it because it had gotten good reviews and the price was right. We stayed one night in the hotel. It's a restored Victorian, and has retained much of the charm. In our building there were three floors (no elevator, I don't think...not a problem for us, but maybe for some.) The room included a fridge, flat screen TV, wall heater that worked well, and an ocean view. Each floor had an outdoor balcony to sit and relax, as well as a general living room type area downstairs near the front desk. Coffee and (fresh, from a local bakery) donuts included. The staff could not have been friendlier. Check out time was 10 AM, but they let us keep our luggage in a locked locker downstairs for an additional 6 hours since our ferry didn't leave until late in the day. Easy walking distance to the casino (where we attended a wedding) and all shops and restaurants. Good quality room for a good price...we'd go back in a heartbeat. Thank you!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank kge97
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2011

This hotel was very clean, nice bathroom with large soaking tub/jacuzzi jets.The bed was comfortable,coffee in the room, staff very friendly and helpful with anything you ask for,ice available a short distance away.
They provided guests with coupons to various restaurants.I had breakfast at Jack's and found it delicious!
This hotel is near everything and although there was no computer available for customers to use, the staff allowed guests to use theirs.

Room Tip: Book a room in the renovated garden area!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Venice, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2011

Normally the rooms in Catalina are over priced and of marginal quality. But when we walked in the room at Hotel Catalina, boy were we impressed! Apparently there has been some remodeling done and the place looks amazing! Huge tub, comfortable new king bed, an updated modern bathroom. The room was decent sized and we really felt like we were getting our money's worth!

Room Tip: Ask Martha to put you in 503! It's the best room in the place!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank venicekel
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Cathedral City
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2011

Just spent three nights at the Hotel Catalina. As reported by other reviews, there is a somewhat funky smell. Though do have to say that Catalina smells in general. It was moist so there is an element of mold. The room we had, albeit small, was delightful. a great old claw foot bathtub, tastefully decorated, clean. The staff was very nice, welcoming, helpful, and attentive. Coffee and donuts every morning, though get there early for a donut. A great view from the balcony, and the balcony had chairs and tables so you could sit out and enjoy your time there. It is just a very short walk to the main street. If we ever go back to Catalina, we will stay there and request the same room.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank TeriandCynthia
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Additional Information about Hotel Catalina

Property: Hotel Catalina
Address: 129 Whittley Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Catalina 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic Hotel Catalina is decorated in the Victorian style. Hotel Catalina combines old world elegance and charm, with all the advantages of a modern establishment. Strolling along the balustrade verandas at the front of the establishment, from sunrise to sunset you'll enjoy the refreshing sea air and splendid panorama views of the picturesque harbor. Recently remodeled in Thomasville furnishings. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Catalina Hotel Avalon
Hotel Catalina Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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