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“Great little place!”
Review of Catalina Lodge

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Catalina Lodge
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great little place!”
Reviewed 16 August 2011

We loved this hotel! It's perfectly located, cute, and very clean. The owners were incredibly helpful and friendly. They gave us great tips on all the best places to go/eat/drink (my favorite was their suggestion to check out the Sandtrap happy hour - yay!), and they kept our bags for us after we checked out.

There was a refrigerator and microwave in the room, which would have been very useful if we'd been staying more than a weekend. The room was very small, and the bathroom was tiny. But who cares? It's Catalina -- why would you want to hang out inside a hotel room?

This place is an amazing deal. We'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank LaLucia
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Sebring, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Catalina Lodge for three nights in June. Our visit actually began weeks before that when I called Roberta (the owner) to get information regarding the Catalina Express and the Super Shuttle from LAX. She was very friendly and helpful and gave me advice that helped to make the connections on our trip run smoothly. When we got to our room, we found it to be quiet, clean, and pleasant. It had a new mattress on the bed and the walls had been freshly painted. She even gave my husband a mug to use for his morning coffee so he didn't have to drink from a styrofoam cup every day and loaned us beach chairs free of charge so we could hang out at the beach. The location could not have been more convenient - only a block from the beach and centrally located on a street that was quiet and quaint. We especially appreciated having our room on ground level so we did not have to drag our suitcases up steps like when we stayed at a different hotel in Catalina last year. When we go back to Avalon we will be sure to stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank sgrosier
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Oceanside, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2011

This is a recently renovated, clean and very reasonably priced facility. It is very close to the beach and the main part of the charming village of Avalon. The owners are very hands-on, fully engaged managers and they're very courteous and helpful. All in all this is a great value and a nice place to stay. We'll certainly be back!

Room Tip: Fresh coffee every morning in the office!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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3 Thank TColling
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Whittier, California
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2011

What a great find in Avalon! Great room for someone that is looking for something affordable and clean. Roberta was great and such a pleasant person. The rooms are small, so if you are expecting a huge suite type room, don't book here. But if you are looking for someplace simple and clean with affordable rates, this is the place to be. I would definitely go back. The lodge is not far from the beach and she even offers her beach towels and beach chairs to use for free. It is also very close to the "tour alley" so it is close if you are going to be taking tours. Our room had a refrigerator, microwave, and flat screen tv with ample cable channels. Once again, nothing flashy, but the room was clean and the bed was comfortable..couple that with great customer service, and I will definitely go back!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank fxgjr
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2010

Upon arrival Roberta greeted me with flowers for my birthday. She continued to pamper us throughout our stay by giving us detailed directions, descriptions and tips for enjoying our excursions and with discounts around town. From beach towels to boarding passes, she was a personal concierge.
The rooms are small with a vintage feel that I personally love from the days of hometown motels. They managed to put in a fridge, microwave and flat screen
tv, a rare find in this town at a rate we could afford.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank alerisak
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SANTA ROSA
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2010

I discovered the Catalina Lodge on a day trip to the island. I was looking for an inexpensive place to stay during the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. I met Bruce and Roberta Black, the owners, and made a reservation for October.

Unlike many of the other hotels on the island, they did not raise their prices for the jazz festival weekend. The location was perfect, a few blocks from the beach and close to everything. My room was small, but clean and comfortable. The mattress was new and the room had a refrigerator, microwave, and flat screen TV with a generous satellite TV package. The rooms are on one level which was great for getting luggage in and out. (I talked to many people at the jazz festival who stayed in more expensive hotels and had to haul luggage up several flights of stairs.)

This is an older, "motel-type" structure, but the friendliness of the owners made it feel more like a well run B&B. Roberta and Bruce are in the process of updating the rooms so some of the furnishings and carpeting are older, but clean and functional.

There was coffee available in the lobby every morning and although there is no "business center", Roberta printed my airline boarding pass on the morning I was to leave and even drove me over to the Catalina Express. The lodge doesn't offer transportation and taxis are easy to get if you don't want to walk, but if the owners have time, this is an example of the type of extra service that you get here. They are also very knowledgeable about activities and restaurants on the island.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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9 Thank livinmay
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2010

We spent a night on Catalina Island and had chosen the Catalina Lodge on the advice of friends. It is a terrific find - friendly, pleasant, great location, very moderate price with a new mattress on each bed, and freshly painted rooms. Each room also has a refrigerator and a microwave - which is a real convenience given the high prices for restaurants and often long waits for a table. The young woman on the desk (a member of the family that owns the Lodge) was very knowledgeable about the island, and extremely helpful in advising on activities for a short stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank asg42
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Additional Information about Catalina Lodge

Property: Catalina Lodge
Address: 235 Sumner Avenue, at Beacon St., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently renovated, family owned and operated motel located one block from the beach. Flatscreens, heaters, wifi, hairdryers, microwave, and small fridge in all rooms. Steps from dining, shopping and activities. Beach chairs, towels and mats available for guests to use. All rooms are non-smoking. Coffee perked each morning in the office. With the water rationing imposed because of the severe drought, we are unable to accommodate single night stays. Thank you for your understanding. ... more   less 
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Catalina Hotel Avalon
Catalina Lodge Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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