From the great water pressure in the morning shower to the fire pit for wine and cheese in the evening, the Avalon Hotel had everything I could have asked for in a reasonably priced hotel. When talking about the experience, I have to start with the staff. They were courteous, helpful, and up-beat throughout the process, even helping with reservations for travel to/from the island. They were knowledgeable about the area attractions, and were always looking for our feedback on activities so they could pass along information to other guests. The location was excellent, close enough to the boardwalk for convenience, but far away enough and high enough to remain quiet and peaceful. The upper (roof) deck offered an outstanding 360 degree view of the bay and the island from a comfortable and private location...great for sipping morning tea or some private sun bathing. The room itself was well laid out with enough space for people, luggage, and amenities (fridge, microwave, TV, and personal safe) without having to step over things to get around. They even considered the little things in the bathroom, like a heated/lighted mirror to avoid steaming up, bath/shower shelves in places that actually made sense and could hold your stuff, and even a robe for your convenience in going to/from the beach or up to the deck in your bathing suit. But don't just stay in the room. The hallways are full of historical photos of the hotel and the island and well worth wandering for a few minutes to take them in. Tough to decide what I liked the best, the views, the service, and the entire environment were all wonderful. But what I really liked the best was the peaceful, relaxed feeling I walked away with at the end of the weekend that comes from a stress free and well cared for experience.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Avalon
- The Avalon Hotel Catalina Island, CA