Better than expected from the start! We got off the Catalina Express and they had a taxi waiting for us as part of the package deal they have on their website for $800 for 3 nights, which includes the boat ride over and a taxi. Note: I would advise anyone to take a taxi if possible, as the walk to the hotel is not that far but rather steep and we had 4 bags total.
Upon entrance into this recently redesigned hotel, we were impressed with the decor and cleanliness as well as the helpful staff. The concierge's name was Ruben and was more than helpful. He helped us with our bags to our room, recommended great places to eat, activities to do, and sights to see. Ruben's recommendations definitely made the most of our trip!
We ended up upgrading our regular room to a junior suite due to vacancy and it was one of the nicest rooms I've ever stayed in (I've stayed at the Ritz and a few five star hotels). Great views, size, closet space to unpack, comfortable tempurpedic bed, awesome lights with dimming switches, great curtains to block out the light if you want to sleep in, desk space for computer, free WiFi, couch/sofa in room, make up mirror outside of bathroom with lights, awesome jetted tub and bathroom, comfy robes provided, large flat screen TV on a swinging arm that we watched DVD's on at night free of charge, provided by the hotel.
The location was just a short walk down to the main street where most of the restaurants and activities/shops/tours are located and we enjoyed being away from everything when we wanted to be. We had a great view from our room and enjoyed the roof deck where you can cuddle on the sofas/lounge chairs and watch the sunset. Make sure to bring some champaign up there if you are with someone special. Great place to hang out while waiting for others in your group to finish getting ready, etc.
We looked at a few other hotels to stay at and this one caught our eye based upon the modern/contemporary/clean look and we weren't disappointed.
Our trip was filled with many tours and activity and we always looked forward to retiring to this awesome, clean, helpful, and highly recommended hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aurora Hotel and Spa, Avalon's newest boutique hotel, embraces guests with sleek style and modern sensibilities. The Aurora Hotel on Catalina Island features 15 rooms, two junior suites and a master suite. A roof-top deck with sweeping ocean views, a decadent spa room and a cosmopolitan lobby provide an array of public areas for relaxing and reconnecting. Guest rooms feature Tempurpedic mattresses, flat screen televisions and modern amenities. Our junior suites feature in-room jetted tubs and for the ultimate in luxury, our Aurora Suite features a fireplace, ocean-view six-head shower and a private sundeck. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aurora Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA