We spent almost a week on Catalina Island last summer, at the Aurora. We had a wonderful time, and contrary to other reviews, thought that there were plenty of activities and good restaurants to fullfil the 6 days we were there. The staff at the Aurora were excellent at providing recommendations on things to do and places to eat. They recommended the Lobster Trap, which ended up being our favorite place - we ate there for dinner once and lunch twice! We took a boat trip over to the other side of the island, which was also recommended by them. There are lots and lots of water activities, and you can take a tour into the interior of the island. I think Catalina Island is a beautiful, quiet, small, relaxing vacation destination. So laid back, and so nice not to worry about driving anywhere. We just loved holding hands and walking back and forth through town checking out the shops and walking up the hills for the views.
Okay, now what we loved about the Aurora. Quiet boutique hotel, very modern and tasteful furnishings, perfect continental breakfast to get us started every morning, lovely little roof-top deck, and a superb staff. A lot of the hotels on Catalina are up long, steep hills - this is just a short one, and we joked that it only took us 5 minutes to get anywhere in town. We bought some wine and cheese at the Vaughns grocery store to keep in our room since there is a nice little fridge and a microwave in case you need it. In the afternoons before dinner and after our daily activity, we would take our wine up to the rooftop deck and just sit and enjoy the view. Almost everytime we were up there, we got involved in nice conversations with other guests doing the same thing. I don't know about any of the other hotels in Catalina, but I am so glad we picked the Aurora. They know how to make you relax and enjoy your vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aurora Hotel and Spa, Avalon's newest boutique hotel, embraces guests with sleek style and modern sensibilities. The Aurora Hotel on Catalina Island features 15 rooms, two junior suites and a master suite. A roof-top deck with sweeping ocean views, a decadent spa room and a cosmopolitan lobby provide an array of public areas for relaxing and reconnecting. Guest rooms feature Tempurpedic mattresses, flat screen televisions and modern amenities. Our junior suites feature in-room jetted tubs and for the ultimate in luxury, our Aurora Suite features a fireplace, ocean-view six-head shower and a private sundeck. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aurora Hotel Catalina Island, CA - Avalon