Located just 22 miles off the coast of southern California, Santa Catalina Island is the resort for Hollywood elite. The rocky island of Catalina is home to beautiful beaches and mountain and harbor views. The island is located in the Channel Islands and is easily accessible from the mainland by private boat, ferry or helicopter. At its highest point, Mt. Orizaba reaches 2095 feet. The island was settled by Native Americans and later became part of the Spanish Empire.
It has been claimed by Mexico and the United States, and was used for smuggling, otter hunting, gold digging and, finally, tourism. In the 1920s, William Wrigley, Jr., the chewing gum magnet, popularized the island as a resort. The island consists of the town of Avalon and the more rural Two Harbors. The current population is just over 4000.
Catalina is a popular destination for Hollywood elite and those seeking a peaceful and quaint resort off the coast of southern California. When visiting Catalina Island, there are several hotel options for the finest amenities in comfortable and luxurious environments.
Here are the top 5 Catalina Island Hotels to enjoy:
The Avalon Hotel
$195 to $649 per night
Located on Whittley Avenue in the heart of Avalon, The Avalon Hotel is a 5 star luxury boutique hotel filled with ambiance, great service and high end amenities. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the the loveliest views of the ocean and town. The Rooftop Getaway is the perfect spot to sunbathe, lounge, read, and share drinks and foot with friends. The scenic Rooftop is open from 8 am to 10 pm. The Garden Patio has a serene fountain, a cozy fire pit, and secluded spots to sit among beautiful landscaping. The Avalon Hotel is just a short walk to the town of Avalon with its quaint restaurants and shops. It is also centrally located in easy reach to the golf course, galleries and harbor.
The classic California architecture and modern conveniences of The Avalon Hotel hosts luxurious guest- rooms and high end amenities. Guests are treated to personalized service. Guests also enjoy access to daily continental breakfast of fresh fruit, bagels, granola, muffins, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea and more. Most guestrooms have 42 inch flat screens and high speed internet access. Laptops are available at the front desk.
The boutique guestrooms of The Avalon Hotel include rooms with garden and ocean views. Several rooms feature private balconies with comfortable outdoor seating. Other amenities in the guestrooms include refrigerators and microwaves as well as high end bath products. The Avalon is one of the finest resorts on Catalina Island.
Snug Harbor Inn
$225 – $495 per night
Snug Harbor Inn is a charming yet modern Cape Cod themed boutique hotel located in the heart of Avalon. The hotel offers personalized service and amenities including beach chairs and beach mats, free internet access, an evening wine and hor d’oureves event, and in-room continental breakfast service. The guest- rooms feature hardwood floors, fireplaces, and elegant granite bathrooms with skylights and deep soak tubs.
Each guestroom at Snug Harbor Inn is uniquely decorated and named for a different California Channel Island. The Santa Catalina is the largest room and features bay windows and a window seat to view the panoramic Bay. The room is decorated with yellow walls, white woodwork, light blue tones and wicker furniture. The second largest room is the Anacapa Room which features molded white walls, dark wood, and red and blue nautical accents.
Other uniquely furnished guestrooms at Snug Harbor Inn include the San Nicholas Room with brown wicker furnishings, white woodwork, and beach and lighthouse-themed artwork. The Santa Barbara Room is serenely decorated in beige, green and sea glass. The room features both coastal and mountain views. The San Clemente Room is large and has a nautical theme. Finally, the Santa Cruz Room is a charming fishing themed room with large windows overlooking the mountains and Sumner Avenue. Snug Harbor Inn is located within easy walking distance from Avalaon’s quaint restaurants, shops and harbor.
$204 – $240
The Pavilion Hotel surrounds a beautiful courtyard and is located on the beach and along Avalon’s promenade along Crescent Avenue. The luxurious hotel is family friendly with a friendly staff. The courtyard is relaxing. The 73 guestrooms are well appointed with high end bedding and down comforters. The Pavilion Hotel offers a continental breakfast and a manager’s reception.
The Pavilion Hotel is a popular destination for travelers to Catalina Island. It is conveniently located and despite its proximity to the town, it is quiet and relaxing. There is a bar and lounge, spa and complimentary internet service. The rooms include standard, double, supreme and deluxe.
Hotel Vista Del Mar
$175 – $595 per night
Located on the promenade of Crescent Avenue in Avalon, the Hotel Vista Del Mar is close to shops and restaurants, just a 5 minute walk to the harbor, and within minutes from the pedestrian only beachfront. The Hotel Vista Del Mar features high end guest service and luxurious guestrooms. Guests enjoy a double whirlpool, continental breakfast, and access to beach chairs and beach mats. Rooms are appointed with fireplaces, wet bars and refrigerators. Guests are treated to an evening snack of cookies and milk.
The Hotel Vista Del Mar features a large and airy atrium with rooms on the building’s third floor. The 12 guestrooms feature views of the bay. The hotel includes courtyard guestrooms and suites. The Oceanview Suite has a private balcony, deep soak jet tub and can accommodate 4 guests. The Avalon Courtyard Suite is known as the “Honeymoon Suite.
Hotel Villa Portofino
$160 – $485 per night
The Hotel Villa Portofino brings European and Mediterranean charm to the town of Avalon on Catalina Island. Personalized guest service and luxurious amenities extend the European charm to guests of the hotel. The Ristorante is one of the finest places to dine on the island with Italian and Continental cuisine and an award winning wine list and desserts. The hotel serves continental breakfast each morning and Hotel Villa Portofino features a relaxing and spacious sundeck for guests to enjoy sunbathing, cocktails and harbor views. Beach towels and chairs are available for guests. The rooms at the Hotel Villa Portofino are elegantly appointed and exude European charm. Each room