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Hermosa Hotel
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Reviewed 24 October 2010

I would not be writing this review if I had paid hostel prices for this hotel and expected bad hostel level accommodations This place is effectively hostel quality at a hotel price. The rooms are small and cramped, the mattresses sag and creak, the blinds on the windows are falling apart, the sheets were threadbare, grey colored, stained, and I found hairs in the bed I was sleeping in. The bathrooms are tiny and dirty, again I found hairs on the floor. There is dust everywhere, the fan was coated in it, as were the walls and ceiling beams. The walls are paper thin, so bring ear plugs. This could be a nice hotel due to its location but the standard of cleaning, maintenance, and beds/bathrooms is poor. On the plus side, the location is good (though it is on one of the busier roads), and the front desk staff were very friendly.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed 15 September 2010

My husband & I won a 2 night stay through a time-share promotion. The room was extremely small; the bathroom floor was not level; we had to ask for handtowels & washclothes. No air conditioner; to cool off the room, we opened the windows at night, but the noise pollution was tremendous! Golf carts are noisier than cars! We thought our room was near an interstate with 18 wheelers constantly running up & down the road. Things got quiet around midnight but the noise level picked up around 5 am. We will NEVER stay in this place again. If we ever go back to Avalon, we will stay in a nicer place that is not in the heart of the town. The fine dining & hiking offset this crappy room. Deb & Sam

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2010

If you want to stay at Catalina Island with a budget price range, clean rooms, friendly staff, and be in the heart of catalina downtown ---- Hermosa is the place to stay!

I had stayed in Room Style E - because it was the most affordable in the island during Labor day weekend.
I did NOT need a television and I do not mind using the community restrooms and showers. I would rather spend my money - on the outdoors - snokeling, kayaking, and hiking to spending money on nice restaurants and drinking ! The bathrooms and showers are VERY clean. The rooms are VERY clean. The location is in the middle of everything! There is a grocery store down the street - if you want to buy bottle water or snacks.

Please keep in mind, there are rooms with televisions and your own bathroom & cottages with kitchens too.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Thank Rosie4u
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Reviewed 6 September 2010

This review will not do the hotel justice!!! We stayed in the Family Cottage above the video store, it was very roomy had its own kitchen and livingroom.It slept 7 easily with 3 bedrooms including one bedroom having a set of bunkbeds,plus it's walking distance from the Lobster Trap ( which is a great local after hours hangout). The Hermosa sits right in the middle of EVERYTHING. The grocery store is next door, all the shopping and eateries you need and of course the main attraction the beach right there!
The staff accomodated our every need. We became friends with the hotel front desk staff ,who are so great, that along with enjoying Catalina and the Hermosa so much we changed our ferry tickets and booked another night! The staff found us 2 other rooms right away on one of their busiest weekends with no problem.
We are already planning next years romantic vacation getaway to the Hermosa's sister hotel.
For a quick sum up - large families stay in the family cottage-singles can stay in the hotel. Hermosa is very family and diver friendly. You definitly get your moneys worth!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 September 2010

We did spend almost $175 for a Friday night stay..but comparatively, it's less expensive than other hotels in Catalina and only required a one night stay. The room is not anything fancy, but it's clean with a 32" LCDTV, A/C and a newly rennovated bathroom. The hotel is in a great location a short walk to everything including a grocery store next door. We went straight to the hotel from the boat landing to let them know we have arrived and they allowed us to check-in at 11:00Am. I did not realize how wonderful that was until I met a mom on the beach with her cranky baby because it was too early for them to check-in to their hotel. We were traveling with our 2-year old daughter, and she was able to take her nap in a comfy bed because of the early check-in. I will not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 August 2010

I say the cost was good but room could have had some work done on it or maybe they did just never finished it , doors with no locks for security had to carry all valuables when you left room.! Close to everything was a plus, but noise level next to street very unsettling and people have no clue what quite means after 9pm. Also noise from carts very loud as the street is a main drag. Should ban carts from certain areas. Rooms could benfit from some uddates on what was left of windows ! Food on island was excelent but hotels need some help.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

We just stayed at the Hermosa Hotel this past weekend for two nights and it was fine. It is a value hotel, nothing fancy but in a great location and the room was clean.

If you want good value, I think we paid $140 per night, I would recommend it.

Staff was friendly.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hermosa Hotel

Address: 131 Metropole Street, PO Box 646, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Price Range: £104 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hermosa Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hermosa is Catalina’s friendly, quaint, economy hotel located in the heart of Avalon half block from the beach and a short, flat walk from the boat landing. The Historic Hermosa Hotel has been serving guests of the island as far back as 1896 and, as was the style then, our rooms are small and simple. No thrills or frills- ... more   less 
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Hermosa Hotel Avalon
Hermosa Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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