It's true, the rooms are nonsmoking, but that can't be said for anywhere else in the hotel. The place is architecturally lovely but there are multiple ashtrays in the courtyard on every level and 5 or 6 on the small sundeck alone! All have tables and chairs next to them. I can't remember seeing that # of ashtrays in such a small space in California in years, and other guests made the same comment.
That's not an accommodation to smokers, it's an engraved invitation to smoke in every inch of the place that isn't in a room.
The building is visually lovely but the design and the concentration of "you are welcome to smoke here" spots leads to smoke getting sucked up through the entire building. The sundeck is effectively unusable to people who can't tolerate tobacco smoke, and any number of people who were up there with us complained that their experience was marred as a result. It definitely ruined my stay, and the excuses were extremely lame. Nonsmokers pay as much as smokers for rooms here, and we should have equal access to the amenities. If this place wants to set itself up as a smokers' paradise, it should advertise itself as such. They did not directly lie on their web site, but it wasn't exactly full information either.
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- 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