We arrived at the dock early in the morning and Scotty was there to greet us. He took us back to the hotel, carried our bag to the room and took the time to make recommendations and suggestions about activities and restaurants that were specific to us, not general tours that they partner with. He drove us around town in his tricked out golf cart whenever he could, saving us from carting heavy bags up the hill.
The hotel is not staffed full time, with employees running between 2 locations, so you need to be a little independent and think ahead. Fortunately, Scotty and crew were 3 steps ahead and took the time to prepare with us. The hotel is an older building with a storied history and a lot of charm. In other words, the rooms are quite small and the walls are quite thin, but what you lose in luxury you more than make up for in quaintness and ambiance. Walking distance to everything. Small kitchen with utensils and plates, pots and pans and a shared bbq cut costs.
Again, and I can't stress this enough, it's really the staff that made our trip so special. Attention to detail and a willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty is something the luxury hotels can't match. Scotty, thanks again, brother. We will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This charming property is located one block uphill from the beach in a quiet residential area still walking distance to the shops and restaurants. Modern kitchenettes and our sunny patios set the scene for relaxing barbecues with family and friends. Store your bikes in our lush courtyards or enjoy lounging on one of our public or semi-private decks with sweeping harbor views. We have some pet friendly rooms. This is the perfect setting for intimate weddings and small events and celebrations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Catalina Beach House Hotel Avalon
- Catalina Beach Hotel
- Catalina Beach Avalon
- Catalina Boat House Catalina Island, CA - Avalon