We spent Labor Day week on Catalina Island and had a great time! It was an easy 10-15 minute walk from the Catalina Express ferry landing to the hotel. The hotel staff was very nice and accommodating during our stay. Our room #207 was on the second floor and had a king size bed, coffee maker and small fridge that was nice to have.
There is no elevator so if you need help with your luggage just let the hotel staff know when you check in. The only small issue was the room was a bit dark. There was only one window and a sliding glass door that also had a wood shutter panel. We weren't in the room that much during the day but when we were we kept the sliding door open to let fresh air and light in. We were right near the rooftop patio and that was a plus for this hotel. It was a good spot to have a glass of wine and enjoy the amazing view of the harbor. There wasn't any wine glasses in the room but the front desk was very agreeable in providing them for us to use when I asked them.
Another big plus, is that the hotel's restaurant, VP, is the "best" restaurant on the island in our opinion. We ate here twice for dinner - the food and service was excellent. We would have enjoyed lunch here but unfortunately they are only open for dinner. The VP restaurant has a small outdoor patio where you can sit at the tables when you are having the continental breakfast that the hotel provides. The hotel's small front lobby is also where you can get coffee, OJ, muffins/croissants/scones available in the morning. The hotel location is at the quieter end of the main street. It's next to a lovely walkway to the Casino/Theater and Descaso Beach (where people can swim) . There is a Von's grocery store and Metropole cafe/deli that is around the corner from hotel and nearby is Big Olafs ice cream - the best place for homemade waffle ice cream cones.
We would stay here again.
- 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