After reading many VT recommendations, I booked room 321 at the Metropole Hotel last week-end.Front desk very nice and helpful, not at all like some reports in the past. Nice balcony with a perfect view of Casino and waterfront. Great for people watching and a big plus for me, they were having Catalina's 51st Art Festival. Also, a Catalina Pottery exhibt and sale at the Hotel Metropole.
Hotel location is great. Right next door to Villa Portofino, where we had a delicious dinner. My husband likes his spaghetti with garlic and oil with meat sauce on the side, I had ravioli and we both had salads with tasty breads. Atmosphere and service was excellent. Dinner for both of us $35.00. Second night Anniversary dinner at Steve's Steakhouse. Nice window seat and very good steak dinner. They remembered it was our anniversary so we received a complimentary cake and ice cream dessert.
We walked past the Casino and had a drink and listened to music at Descanso Beach. The Location where the old St. Cathrine Hotel was where we stayed when we got married on the Island in 1959.
Hotel is very clean, good location for walking the local streets, Metropole Market Place is very nice, good shopping. Room has a jacuzzi tub, big towles, robes and slippers. 4th floor is open with good view and a hot tub.
Hotel has continental breakfast, coffee rolls, cereal. L.A. Times newspaper. Front desk very nice to tag our bags and hold for us until our Catalina Express left. Taxi or shuttle available to take you to the landing.
Wow. Nice place.
I liked the place from top to bottom. Luxury inn with all the nice old world touches of wood and art and the beds are so good.
Nice party place there in Avalon and this hotel is just far enough back from the "Crescent" to not have to hear the karaoke all night long. And the view from the top view deck is great.
Plan your trip for concerts at the old casino if you want the most from your vacation. There is Jazz in the fall or other events. Or just go mid week for a relaxing day away from the city crush.
Taking the ferry boat across is an adventure. Not a chore like going to LAX.
Wow. New and fabulous digs. Done in the California Craftsman style.
I like that the hotel is just far enough back from the Cresent to be quiet and not have to hear the karaoke when you are in your room. The various bars and eateries all in very short walking distance is very cool in Avalon. The views of the boats in the small harbor is way cool.
The regular tourist things are all there from Glass Bottom bottom boats and beach things or trails or tour buses up into the wilds and interior of the pristine mountainsides. But I like to get into and under the water. SCUBA etc is Way more fun when they rent you the gear and you just walk from the Casino (the big round building in all the photos of Avalon) into a pristine reserve where the sea is just teaming with things to see.
This works for Honeymooning or romancing or Long Hot Date with the wife type of a get away from it all. Only a short hop from the city of Los Angeles by ferry. Some ferry rides are now from Marina Del Rey too. (my departure point of choice)
Quality room finish and sheets and Internet and AC and bathroom and soaps and robes.
Camping at Two Harbos is pretty easy and fun! It costa $12.00 a day for adults $6.00 for kids. If you don't have any camping gear you can rent it for a cheap price. Four man tent is $16.00, sleeping pad $2.00, wood $8.00 etc.. (check website for more prices). When you get to Two Harbors there is a truck there that will take all of your camping gear to your campsite for free! The campsite is about a 10 min walk to the little town in the harbor. In the town ther are warm showers, bathrooms, fresh water, food and a bar.
Pleasant stay in a good location. Simple breakfast of coffee, donuts and croissants served in the morning. Rooms were simple as well. They had some nice picnic tables in the front as well.
My wife and I have gone to the Hotel MacRae a couple of times and plan to always go there when we visit Catalina Island. We have heard that there are a couple of other nice places that are inexpensive there, too, but we like our Hotel MacRae. It is right on the strip, clean, convenient, a GREAT price, the help is very friendly. They sometimes get a little bit of noise due to the obnoxious restaurant downstairs but we never hear anything when we're in our rooms. If you don't need to be overly pampered for an extra $150 a night this is the place to stay!
Video library for visitors. Walking distance from the ferry. Friendly desk help.
Most of the hotels in Catalina are not considered 4 or 5 star hotels. A good value for your money is this Best Western hotel. When you arrive by boat, a van/shuttle is ready to pick you up to take you to the hotel and bring you back (literally - all day long). The shuttle also takes you into town as well. Only two hotels have swimming pools on the island and this is one of them. They also have a hot tub/jaccuzzi, too! You can play ping pong and they claim to have wireless internet access, though I wasn't able to log onto it during my visit. Go to the front desk to get the login and password. Might want to avoid staying in Catalina during holiday weekends. The partiers are out in force and we heard them throughout the evening and early morning hours.
My second stay at this same hotel wasn't so great. The hair dryer didn't work too good. The room had a coffee maker with 1 packet of regular coffee and 1 packet of decaf. We decided to make a regular pot of coffee. When the room was made up, they didn't provide another packet of regular coffee for the next morning. We reserved a room for a king size bed but instead, 2 queens. Oh well, if we come back again, next time I try the Metropole. It's in town but looks nice.
I've only stayed there once, as I usally stay with family or friends when I go to Catalina. But all of my friends use this hotel and are always satisfied.
Good location. It’s off the main street but still close to everything. All rooms were redecorated pretty recently. Staff and owners are really nice and have all lived on the island for most of their life. Prices are reasonable, compared to most of the hotels in Avalon. I’m pretty sure there is a two-night minimum during the summer on weekends. But just about every hotel has the same restriction.
The Two Harbors campground is located on a bluff overlooking the Two Harbors bay. The views are incredible and inspiring. The cost was $12 a person per night. You can rent tent cabins for $35 more a night. We opted to pitch our own tent, only because the tent cabins were sold out. There are about 3 sites that are right above the water on a small cliff. Next time I go, Im going to try to get one of these.
There are pay showers(ie warm water) located a quarter mile away in the Two Harbors Village. If you really want to rough it, and dont mind a little exhibitionism, you can take an outside shower in one of the outdoor showers provided. Just be sure to wear a bathing suit as to not offend any boy/girl scouts.
Th toilet facilities were your basic porta potties. Dont forget to bring baby wipes!
Unique qualities is that the rangers offer to haul your gear up the bluff for free! Next time I will forget my back pack and bring a big suitcase. Also, rangers stop by and ask you if you need any firewood or charcoal. Not quite the Ritz, but it sure wasnt roughing it.
Unless you camp, this is the cheapest hotel you can find in Catalina. I've stayed here many times. The cheapest units have no TV, no air conditioning, and you have to use the communal shower and bathroom. But that's fine with me as I don't stay in the room that much. The cost of the room is about $35 to $50 depending on the season.
Although Hermosa Hotel is not by the beach, its location is actually better than many of the more expensive ones. It's on the same block as the Von's supermarket, and only 1 block away from the Island Plaza where all the tour buses gather.
This is an old boarding house that was turned into a hotel.
Old Victorian building with small rooms, and old mattresses.
The price is right. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Rooms start at $25 a night in Winter. The hotel is funky with lots of character. The bungalows are interesting and set in their own courtyard. No air conditioning, just ceiling fans, at least in the cheaper rooms. Great location and easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and beaches. The hotel welcomes divers, and families with children.
The Hotel Metropole is a large and comfortable hotel, centrally located in Avalon. This is a great place to stay while you're in Catalina, due to its proximity to the beach and the elegant decor at the hotel. If you stay at the Metropole, be sure to ask for a room that faces toward the beach. The rooms that face the other direction are not nearly as scenic.
Originally built in 1888, the hotel has been completely rebuilt and is now modern and inviting.
The Hotel Metropole has its own shopping and dining area, filled with little boutiques, an ice cream shop, an arcade, gift shops and several restaurants.
The hotel will also arrange weddings for you if you're interested in getting married on the island.
I've never actually stayed at this hotel, I've seen it from the outside and it does look very nice. This is the oldest hotel on Catalina, a turn of the Century landmark. It's right next to the Metropole Market Place. They also serve a continental breakfast and have a roof-top sun deck and day spa facilities. Some have listed it as one of the best 10 hotels in the L..A. area.
If it's off interest to you, the website is listed below.
My most most pleasurable stay on Catalina was at the Glemore Plaza Hotel. It was built during the turn of the century and our room was all wicker with yellow and white striped furniture cushions. They have ocean view rooms and for a better price there are partial -view rooms and mountain-view rooms. Some rooms have whirlpool bathtubs.
The hotel was part of a package which included the fare on the Catalina Flyer which was purchased through a travel agent.
At the present (winter 2003) the hotel is advertising a winter rate at $99 for a 2 day, 1 night stay and roundtrip transportation from Long Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point or Newport Beach.
They serve a continental breakfast, offer free transportation to all the terminals, and give you free beach towels.
Snug Harbor Inn is a beautiful hotel located right on the waterfront and featuring gorgeous views of Avalon Harbor. There are only six rooms at this little hotel, so you need to make reservations early. The rooms all have ocean views and adorable decor. The prices are high for Catalina, but it is really worth the money considering the quality of the property and the excellent location of the Inn. Many of the hotels on Catalina are not maintained very well, but Snug Harbor Inn is just lovely. They do offer mid-week specials and getaway packages.
The six rooms at Snug Harbor Inn are named after the Channel Islands and each features a different color and style of decor.
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