My husband and I were looking for a relaxing getaway this spring and found a great deal on Amazon Local. It was $189 for two nights which was great for the area in May.
The photos here are very accurate . This is a charming, cozy little place with an excellent location. It's a 5 minute leisurely stroll to all the shops, restaurants, and the little beach. There's a Von's express down the street as well.
Paloma is in a small little neighborhood tucked far back from the street. There is no parking so guests must go up the long driveway and all but one of the cottages are accessible only by stairs. We didn't mind this at all but individuals with disabilities would need to consider this upon booking.
The property itself was darling. There are lovely flowers everywhere and vined plants along the archways. We enjoyed wine and cigars under the stars on our patio outside our room. In the mornings we enjoyed our CONTINENTAL breakfast. I stress continental because for some reason some of the guests didn't appear to know what this meant, complaining about the offerings when we were there. They had yummy small homemade bear claws, cheese Danish, muffins, scones, bananas, coffee and orange juice. Sure some hotels offer more but I don't expect more when I see "continental" listed. If you want more and don't want to dine out take advantage of the kitchenette in room and scramble up some eggs and bacon. The kitchenette had the basic pots, pans, salt and pepper. There's a small stove, oven, and small fridge. Nothing gourmet but certainly sufficient for making up a simple meal if someone wanted. Or, take advantage of the lovely outdoors and use one of the propane BBQs available for use.
One important thing to note is that this cute, friendly little cottage spot is run much like renting a small studio cabin in the woods; there is not daily room service and you're expected to wash your dishes before you leave. Toiletries are very basic as well. In this sense it's neither a hotel or motel, more like your own mini home that you tend to while you're there. It's not a big deal for people like us who frequently rent cabins but it may be a big deal for guests who expect a more hotel like experience.
So long as guests go in understanding that they are getting basic but charming accommodations in an older property with a whole lot of beauty and character to it they will be satisfied. It's a relaxing spot and the office staff were friendly and helpful and there's even a resident rabbit hopping about. We found this place to be somewhat unique and very affordable Compared to other places during the same time period on Catalina which we greatly appreciated and we would happily return in the future. We would be mindful however of who we would and would not recommend it to amongst our friends and family based on their personal preferences and expectations.
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- Also Known As:
- La Paloma Cottages Las Flores Hotel Avalon
- La Paloma Cottages Las Flores Catalina Island/Avalon, CA