The Avalon Hotel is the kind of island style home-away-from-home that you’d expect in Southern California: elegant, comfortable and thoughtful with a B&B vibe, but close to the beach and far from pretentious. This beautiful Craftsman-style hotel is small (only 15 rooms), which makes the amenities that much more enjoyable. Take a bottle of wine up to the rooftop patio at sunset (coffee in the morning is just as delightful) or relax with a book in the garden courtyard (complete with a koi pond, if you’re into that sort of thing). There’s a free continental breakfast, and the front desk loans out laptops, GPS units and binoculars, too. The hotel staff are friendly and full of good local recommendations. Make sure to ask about the local artists whose pieces hang on each floor of the hotel.
If you're after that idyllic holiday destination, look no further than Catalina Island. There's a range of hotel options in Avalon, its main (and only) city, ranging from stunning luxury to hilltop charm. Perhaps the plan for your getaway is to escape the hubbub of a metropolis? Or maybe you simply want to explore Catalina's gorgeous terrain? Regardless of what's driving you, you'll find something here that will tick all your boxes.
Whether you prefer being nestled in the hills or you're after a sandy retreat on one of the best beaches in California, we've found the six Catalina hotels that best encompass this little island's vibrancy and warmth.
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