This was a great hotel - staff were friendly, quick to make up rooms and very informative. While we were there the weather conditions cancelled the ferries and the staff were all really reassuring and nice. (FYI, 50% off rooms if you're stranded on the island.) Also, unlike many other hotels I've stayed at, they seemed to genuinely want to stop for a chat with you...I read a review that poo-pooed the whole courtyard rooms having patio doors for front doors, but having stayed in one of those rooms, I can honestly say I felt safe and secure. Yes, the rooms were small, and if I could afford it next time, I'd get one of the fancier rooms with a sea view, but I really liked our room for this stay. The sun deck was virtually empty the whole weekend and it was an awesome vantage point for people watching. We took this trip as a first-family-vacation-with-baby and it worked out really well to hit the restaurants/shops and come back to the room for our baby's frequent changing/feeding needs.
- Also Known As:
- Portofino Hotel Avalon
- Hotel Villa Portofino Catalina Island, CA - Avalon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- European elegance on the oceanfront. A non-smoking property. ... more less