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“Hotel Catalina 2 night stay”
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Hotel Catalina
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Reviewed 2 April 2012

The hotel old, but it looks like some new additions have been made to the old rooms. The furniture, frig., tv, bed, and bedding all look new. The carpet? Not too sure. Looks like it, but never know. I guess if you're not expecting anything fancy, this is the place. I'm glad the bed & bedding was new! Just some fall backs: the bathroom is very, very small; the shower lacks a light (a bit dark); the bathroom is also slippery when you get out, so make sure to put a towel on the ground; the walls seemed to be paited over molded, but again, not too sure; and not phones in the rooms to call the front desk or anyone for that matter.

Also, the 1st night we stayed in a mountain view room & the 2nd night in a standard room. There really isn't a difference in the rooms, only that you get a mountain view, which with all honesty, isn't much of a view. Besides, you're there to expore the island and not stay in the hotel. The mountain view also had an acutal closet w/a closet door. The standard room had a built-in, open closet, only thing, the hangers hit the wall, so it's leaning against the wall as opposed to hanging. The standard room also had a heater built in the wall, which is great because it seemed to be a bit more chilly when we entered.

One more thing to mention, the hotel does not have an elevator, so prepare to lug all your luggages if you get a top floor room, which I'm guess has the best views if you're to pay for it.

Room Tip: Between the mountain view room & the standard room, just save some money & get the standard...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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KrisGLBC, General Manager at Hotel Catalina, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2013

As of January 2012 we are pleased to announce that the Hotel Catalina is now under New Management. Come visit & experience our New European style Courtyard Garden Wing.

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Reviewed 18 March 2012

I really don't know what these reviews were talking about... I recently stayed at the Hotel Catalina Garden suites and got a brand new remodeled room, ocean view and a brand new kitchen in the hotel. Flat screen TV's and super good service. They must have changes something, from the other reviews, because I would totally recommended. By the way, my WiFi was fine too. It was super close to everything! And I would come back again! Oh yeah... I got discounts to some restraints from them too!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an ocean view
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank kevmoto
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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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5  Thank mlazenby
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about 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:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Price Range: £91 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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