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Catalina Boat House
Ranked #20 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
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“what a surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2004

Enjoyed the visit Upon arriving in Avalon, we were greeted by the "courtesy van" for our ride to the hotel. We had been planning our trip to Catalina island for some time, and with all the Hotels to call and choose from, it was a confusing choice, some people were rude, some not helpful at all. We took our chances by staying at the Catalina Beach house, and our intuition served us well. The place was like a home away from home, the room had a small stove, refer T.V. VCR, and even patios outside to Bbq at... The staff was super and very helpful? Thank you Catalina Beach House! Mike & Susan

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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2004

This hotel is like having a little apartment. It was cozy, and very quiet to my new husband and I. Last minute honeymoon plans were accomodated the morning of my wedding. This little hotel will always be a yearly honeymoon spot for us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2004

Shopping around the many Hotels in Avalon, was NOT the easiest chore in the world. But I finally found a place that answered the phone friendly and polite. They answered all my questions, and kept their patience, unlike the other hotels I contacted. And upon arrival the courtesy did not change, from the driver of the free shuttle ride, all the way thru check in and check out... If you want a friendly, clean, comfortable place to stay, this is the best recommendation in Catalina.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2004

After calling about 20 hotels I talked to Diane at the Catalina Beach house. She was so nice to me (unlike so many of the other rude hotel operators!) that I decided to stay there. Their hotel shuttle was there at the boat to greet us, how welcome we felt!! Upon entering our room I was impressed by the cleanliness and the fresh smell.The room was very cozy and romantic,the decor was so colorful and pretty. We totally enjoyed the relaxing patio with all the beautiful plants and flowers. I will tell all of my family and friends that this is the best place to stay in Catalina!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2004

This hotel was the biggest dump I've ever stayed at. It was beyond
dirty. Beyond noisy. The bed smelled. The carpet and drapes look like
they've been there since 1970. The sheets weren't washed. The sheets
looked and felt like they have never been replaced. The towels were
scratch paper. Over priced room. You want my advice? Don't come near
100 miles of this hotel otherwise you'll hear me say "I told you so..."

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2004

my first trip to Catalina Island was great. Upon arrival the courtesy shuttle pick up was prompt, the desk service was very polite and prompt. thought the walk up the hill was a killer, i needed the excercise. all and all it was a great trip to Catalina

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Additional Information about Catalina Boat House

Property: Catalina Boat House
Address: 200 Marilla Avenue, Mailing: PO Box 646, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704 (Formerly Catalina Beach House)
Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming property is located one block uphill from the beach in a quiet residential area still walking distance to the shops and restaurants. Modern kitchenettes and our sunny patios set the scene for relaxing barbecues with family and friends. Store your bikes in our lush courtyards or enjoy lounging on one of our public or semi-private decks with sweeping harbor views. We have some pet friendly rooms. This is the perfect setting for intimate weddings and small events and celebrations. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Catalina Beach House Hotel Avalon
Catalina Beach Hotel
Catalina Beach Avalon
Catalina Boat House Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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