Avalon >Lodging > Catalina Beach House
200 Marilla Ave, Avalon, CA | Directions 9070433.344809 -118.328808
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Stayed during 2nd week of December - quietest time of the year and great time to visit.
We stayed at this hotel because it is closer to Casino Point (although up a relatively steep hill) and was inexpensive. My husband and I are avid scuba divers that needed a nice place to stay and a good nights sleep. The whole hotel has been newly renovated/remodeled with fresh paint, carpet, fixtures, and bedding. On the top floor they have higher-end, larger family style rooms, but we opted for the queen sized bed economy room which are cozy and come with fridge, microwave, coffee maker, TV/Cable, private Bathroom/shower, Air conditioner & Heater. The roll of Paper Towels is a nice added touch. How many times have you needed a napkin/paper towel and instead all you have are towels? Chris, who provided us our helpful and friendly hotel service, was extremely accommodating to us and was able to accommodate us with our scuba equipment; allowing us to use their hose to clean our equipment and bring us to and from Casino point using their very cool "Pimped Out" 2-3 person seat motorized vehicle. There "sister" hotel called the Hermosa, which we have also stayed at, does cater more to scuba divers because of outdoor showers and places to store your equipment outside your room, but we wanted to try something different and a little closer to Casino Point.
My best friend and I stayed here for four days in January 2013 and we were floored by how perfect our room was. Perhaps we got a remodeled one? Nonetheless, we went with the standard room which has two beds and the bathroom with the big tub. (We didn't use the tub but it makes for a very nice, roomy shower.) Our room had hardwood floors, wainscoting, a well-stocked mini kitchen with nice glass door cabinets, a big stainless steel sink and lovely tile. Our bedding was comfy and modern. The bathroom was gorgeous! Beautiful tile and a neat-o "waterfall" faucet fixture in the sink. The overall property is really awesome too...we just stepped out the door to the patio and a few more steps took us to an amazing view of the ocean.
We have stayed at both the Beach House and the Hotel. Each was a great time. We enjoyed the bigger rooms of the beach house for our anniversary. it 's a bit of a hill, but worth every step. The deal was fantastic and was always enjoy seeing Scotty and the crew. Go explore this paradise…
I would just like to take a moment and say i would so refer any one to this place. the people, the cleaning crew, everyone was very helpful, clean, repectful, and made sure we had a great stay and we would definatly be back again soon.... thank you everyone who made our stay the best ever!
My wife and I stayed here for a weekend getaway and we loved it! The service was great, the room was comfortable, and we can't wait to go back. We did not have any problems with the staff or room, and you can't go wrong with the location, as we were walking distance from everything in town. The weekend was very affordable as well.
if your looking for luxury accommodations this is not for you. If your an adventurer, like it simple, don't mind walking up a hill to get to the hotel, & like inexpensive rooms, then this is the place for you. I always stay here when i visit Avalon because I don't spend much time in my hotel room when i'm there anyways except to sleep & shower. You can do both of those things comfortably. Its quiet, the staff is helpful/super nice, its quant, clean, & affordable.
My family and I recently visited “Catalina Beach House”, we spent 5 nights in rooms 10 and 11, they were located down a flight of stairs in the back of the building. It was what we expected, an older place with small rooms, small bathrooms and little kitchen areas with Clean plates, cups and silverware. TV was very nice, flat screen, didn't watch it much but it was nice. The patio areas were nice, grill was a little to “used” for my liking but worked. The Wifi, it was okay for most of the time, it worked best in the patio areas, from our rooms it was sketchy at best, no big deal we weren’t there to surf the internet but checking mail was important. I have an iPhone and hopping on the net with ATT was fast. Night time was quiet.
The hill wasn’t to bad, it will get your heart rate up for 30 seconds but it’s really a short walk.
The staff was great! They picked us up at the dock when we arrived and dropped us off for departure. We needed some extra towels and pillows after normal hours, called the # and within minutes we had what we were after. The maids were usually around if we needed anything.
Stayed here a few weeks ago and it was great!
Had to write a review to talk about this "hill". The whole island is a hill, except for the main street...THIS ISN'T THAT BAD PEOPLE. From the bottom up, it's at most a 2 minute walk up the hill. Just when you think it's "far", it pops up and is right there.
I really like this little hotel. Loved being able to store my luggage at the Hermosa Hotel after check out and the room was very clean! The bed was hard/sturdy, which my guy and I loved, best sleep ever! Nice to have a microwave and a tv, which we didn't use, but nice to have! And although it seems minor, LOVED that there was a fan in the bathroom! I feel like the majority of the hotels now don't have fans!
Anway, long story short...great place, great service, can't wait to visit again. Signs in the lobby were hilarious. Loved their little patio area. On Tuesday, just sat up there and watched the cruise ship leave and the sun set....it was lovely, relaxing and peaceful.
Yes, did use a Living Social deal and more than worth it! What a great deal to include the boat ride, tickets to the museum and a bike ride.
My husband and I also stayed here as part of the Groupon 2-night stay with boat passes and museum tickets. The groupon was originally for the Hermosa cottages but when I made my reservations Mindy told me that the cottages were booked. She offered to upgrade me to the Catalina Beach House for just $25.00/night. I was so happy I took the upgrade.
The Staff's excellent Customer Service started the moment I made the reservation and was consistent until the moment my husband and I left the island. Even when their boat unexpectedly decided to shut down before the groupons were to expire, Mindy and her staff made good by all of us by offering SEVERAL options including extending the end date for the Groupon. Since my husband and I were celebrating our 1 year anniversary we opted for the upgrade to the Catalina express at no extra charge. They also offered an entertainment package for two for $79 which included, a two hour bike rental for two, 2 10-minute chair massages (which were AMAZING), 2 admissions to the botanical gardens, and 2 tickets for the ghost tour. By our calculations that is a value of over $125.00 for just $79 AND they make all the reservations for you!
Mindy and her staff put us in one of the nicest suites they had. It came with a kitchenette, whirlpool tub, comfy bed and satellite TV. To save money, my husband and I went shopping at Vons (which is just a few streets over and down the street from the Hermosa Cottages) and get stuff for breakfast. It was so nice sitting on the deck, enjoying breakfast while watching the boats on the bay!
As Sophia L. stated in her review, the hill is really not that bad, even after a few "Buffalo Milk"s it was good exercise! Plus you never really have to carry your luggage up the hill because the hotel offer complimentary transportation up the hill. Personally, I felt like more of a local walking up the hill. As you will see, many of the locals walk everywhere and most of the houses are in the hills.
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