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“MLK Weekend 2012”
Review of The Avalon Hotel

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The Avalon Hotel
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 January 2012

My fiance and I spent a wonderful 3 day weekend at The Avalon Hotel. The hotel was within walking distance (3-15 minutes) of everything we wanted to do on the island. Unfortunately, we didn't venture out to the island as much as we wanted because it was hard to get away from the plush and confortable room and it's amazing view (Room 306). We probably spent 3-4 hours a day looking over the pier from our balcony and concluded that it had to be the best spot in Catalina.

BTW.. They had a posturpedic mattress and pillows in our room. Having stayed at many 5star hotels that do/did not offer that before (Palazzo LV, Bellagio, Wynn Resorts, NYC Plaza, 4 seasons everywhere, La Fonda Santa Fe....) it was quite a treat.

Booking the room was incredibly easy. Having never been to Catalina before and being naive to the logistics of getting to island, the hotel's staff answered email fast and arranged transportation from the Long Beach Airport. They could have not made it more easy.
Not only did they offer an incredible place to stay, they pretty much helped plan the vacation.

The Avalon Hotel is the perfect destination for those who want to relax. We will definitely be going back!

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Reviewed 21 January 2012

We didn't know much about Catalina and had no idea where to stay when we started looking. We chose the Avalon Hotel because it was rated #1 by TripAdvisor. We are very glad we did. From the first phone call where they staff answered our questions to working with us to book our boat reservations, they were always helpful. When we got there, they took us up to our room personally and were avaiable and helpful the whole time we were there. We enjoyed our room, the breakfast, the patio, the koi in the pond, and the fire ring on cool mornings and cold nights!!! Come to Catalina, stay at this hotel, and you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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TheAvalonHotels, Owner at The Avalon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2012

I'm glad to hear we were able to make your trip to Catalina memorable.

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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Our stay was perfect from the first moment when Cindy showed us to our room to the last second when we left feeling as if we were leaving family! The hotel is immaculate, the patio breakfast was beautiful! If you're looking for a big box hotel, this may not be for you. But if you're looking for a lovely, Craftsman style boutique hotel with an amazing staff, gorgeous views and great location, you'll love the Avalon. Laurie, our friendly and helpful innkeeper, Cindy, Melissa, Ken and all the others made this one of our best vacations ever. And we've traveled a fair bit in the US and Europe. We're already making plans for our next trip to Avalon. This is a view of early California at its unspoiled best!

Room Tip: Room 301 has the best view and I believe is the most expensive, but we thought it worth the addition...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

My wife and I were lucky enough to celebrate our 30th anniversary at the Avalon last week. Our staff was perfect. Even though it was off season the Hotel was perfect. accommodations were just right and the staff was warm and helpful. Hope to go back again.

Room Tip: Try to get room 301! But even if you do not the roof top patio make the stay panoramic.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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TheAvalonHotels, Owner at The Avalon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2012

Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences.

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Reviewed 11 January 2012

What a great place to stay. Very quaint, not a big box hotel feel. Beautiful garden patio with koi pond and firepit. Great breakfast included with the stay. Rooms are nice, tempurpedic beds, flatscreens. One side of the hotel has huge patios with the rooms. One of the best boutique hotels I have stayed in.

Room Tip: All rooms have views. The north side rooms have larger balconies.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We picked The Hotel Avalon for a short vacation because it is TripAdvisor's number one choice for Santa Catalina Island. We stayed three nights on the mid-week winter package, and we could not have been happier. We loved the room, the bed, the toiletries, the robes, the view, the roof-top, the balcony, the fresh fruit in the lobby, the complementary water and juice, the breakfast on the patio between the koi pond and the fireplace, the binoculars we got to borrow, the lap-top we got to borrow, but most of all, we loved the staff. Everyone was not just nice -- they were FRIENDLY! We will definitely go back to Santa Catalina Island, and we wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else.

Room Tip: There are only 15 rooms. When you make your reservation, they will help you pick the best one for y...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

My new fiancé and I stated there back in June ... The place was very well manicured and the staff was amazing! The bedding is very very comfy and clean! Bathrooms are vintage "new" my fiancé proposed to me on the rooftop of this hotel which has amazing views.. When the staff learned of what happen they had brought up a bucket of their finest on ice.. along with strawberries.. They also inquired where we were having our dinner for the night and They suggested somewhere a little more romantic.. And thank god they did.. They suggested a perfect place! And where we were suppose to go we passed the next day.... Umm not so much.... I appreciated their honesty and friendly demeanor! Very helpful and genuine nice good people.. I wish I could remember the managers name.. But trust me she was amazing.. My memory is no reflection of what I do remember! And that is that I look forward to my next trip.. I wouldn't stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: No fitness center... But who works out on vacation, ? :)
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 124 Whittley Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#3 Family Hotel in Avalon
Price Range: £164 - £248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Avalon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Avalon Hotel offers premier boutique hotel accommodations in the heart of beautiful Catalina Island. We invite you to discover an environment of understated elegance, where luxurious bedding, unique artwork and hand-crafted hardwoods and tile combine to create an enchanting experience. Located just off the Southern California coast, Catalina Island offers a resort experience that is very accessible. Most of our Catalina Island hotel rooms have breath-taking ocean views of Avalon harbor and its scenic surroundings. The breathtaking views from our Rooftop Getaway are sure to be a highlight of your stay at The Avalon Hotel. With a 360-degree vista of Avalon and its charming harbor, the Rooftop offers the ideal spot to sightsee and relax. From classic Craftsman styling and modern conveniences, deluxe bedding and upscale bath amenities, to an all-around relaxed atmosphere, The Avalon Hotel offers a unique hotel experience to every one of our welcomed guests. ... more   less 
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