This hotel was not the highlight of my trip to Catalina. We reserved their smallest room, a Queen off the courtyard, and as advertised it was small. The room and bath were both clean. The bed was a little lumpy and the carpet was nondescript. There is no safe or microwave, but it does have a small fridge.
The worst part was that it was noisy. The old structure has no concept of soundproofing. Windows and a large patio door face into the courtyard which opens onto to road which is the main route to the interior of the island, so it has lots of traffic. There may not be many cars on the island but they make up for this with an abundance of noisy two-stroke gas-powered golf carts that zoom up the street all day. (I saw notices that the island was implementing new noise regulation on all vehicles in the fall of 2014, I hope that helps). To make matters worse, the hotel was undergoing "emergency" construction while we were there, which included very noisy excavation into the hillside under the hotel. The hotel didn't forewarn us of this and barely apologized about it either.
Breakfast was OK. Croissants and muffins, tea and coffee - tasty if not diverse - which you could eat from the bistro tables out front overlooking the harbor. Free WiFi - make sure to get a few of the daily access code slips so you don't need to go to the lobby everyday and ask for another. The hotel is also right on the waterfront and near all the shopping. There is a nice sun roof with lounges overlooking the harbor. But ultimately, if you want peace and quiet, this may not be the best location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Footsteps from the water, the best of Catalina is just outside our door. Enjoy your island getaway in an ocean view suite or beautifully appointed guest room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portofino Hotel Avalon
- Portofino Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA