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Buena Vista Hotel
Ranked #6 of 6 Avalon B&B and Inns
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4 reviews
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“set the bar low”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

It's not bad. It's not good either, but it's not bad. It's easy to find, if you know the lay of the land already, but be warned your phone's GPS might be thrown off a little due to the road layout, but if you simply walk the waterfront from the harbor to the via casino bus stop, then turn left at the roundabout and walk up the left steep hill to the Avalon Hotel. Walk past one hotel too expensive for you to stay at, then take the staircase to the Avalon hotel, another hotel too expensive for you to stay at, to a rundown place nestled straight between all the hotels too expensive for you to stay at (oh, and that hotels attached marketplace which is semi-reasonable, and has the only vegetarian restaurant/source of hummus on the island). I called this place the roach motel on the trip, though to be fair, there were no roaches or other insects past the occasional housefly. One room has an ocean view. Our room had a view of another building's AC unit and part of the rock carved out to make room for the building, and some PVC pipes. The room's layout was disproportionate, and one bed was in the living room/kitchenette, against the wall shared with the bathroom. My room was a closet, literally. It was originally a walk in closet/spare room back in the days when the building was an apartment building. The rooms have names instead of numbers, ours was Catalina, on the bottom floor past a passage in carved out rock with a drainpipe running across it which made noise every time someone ran any water on any of the floors above. Overall, it's a good place to stay if your poor like me. But remember you get exactly what you paid for, not a penny more or less.


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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Garden Grove
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Price is right but be PREPARED as the place is really run down. Room smelled of mold, stained industrial carpet, mold smell in room. The bed was hard and the bathroom light/fan was so loud you had to yell to talk over it (needed repair). Toilet backed up and there was no plunger in room. We stayed in the Lyle room.

Most disconcerting were the wires hanging from fire alarm which was dangling from ceiling and looked like it was not working.

On the plus side the location is good, price is low for Catalina, and we were allowed to check in our room before 10 AM.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

I was looking for an inexpensive hotel on the island, which I thought did not exist, until I found the Buena Vista. If you bring your own towels they will take $10 off a night, bringing it into the $60ish a night range. I got lucky with a room with a view of the ocean (the Sandy) for no additonal charge either!
This hotel is literally a half a block from the beach and main street, which is pretty important being as I saw some hotels way up the steep steep hills in town.
The room itself was clean but a little tired and dated, but who is staying inside when they are at Catalina Island!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Buena Vista Hotel
Address: 122 Whittley Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
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Ranked #6 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Avalon
Number of rooms: 8
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Buena Vista Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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