Located just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island is the tourist hub of Hollywood’s elite. The rocky island of Catalina is home to beautiful beaches and views of the mountain and harbor. 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 2,095 feet. The island was colonized 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, hunting otters, searching for gold, and finally tourism. In the 1920s, William Wrigley, Jr., the bubblegum magnet, popularized the island as a resort. The island is made up of the city of Avalon and the two more rural ports. The current population is just over 4,000.
Catalina is a popular destination for Hollywood’s elite and those looking for a quiet and picturesque resort off the coast of Southern California. When visiting Catalina Island, there are several hotel options for the best amenities in comfortable and luxurious settings.
These are the 5 best hotels on Catalina Island 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 atmosphere, excellent service, and high-end amenities. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the most beautiful views of the ocean and the city. The Rooftop Getaway is the perfect place to sunbathe, lounge, read, and share drinks and feet 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 places to sit amongst beautiful landscaping. The Avalon Hotel is just a short walk from the town of Avalon with its quaint restaurants and shops. It is also centrally located with easy access to the golf course, galleries and the harbor.
Classic California architecture and modern amenities at The Avalon Hotel are home to luxurious rooms and high-end amenities. Guests are treated with personalized service. Guests also enjoy access to a daily continental breakfast with fresh fruit, bagels, granola, muffins, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea, and more. Most rooms have 42-inch flat-screens and high-speed Internet access. Laptops are available at the reception.
Boutique rooms at The Avalon Hotel include rooms with garden and ocean views. Several rooms have private balconies with comfortable outdoor seating. Other in-room amenities include refrigerators and microwaves, as well as high-end bath products. The Avalon is one of the best resorts on Catalina Island.
Snug Harbor Inn
$ 225 – $ 495 per night
Snug Harbor Inn is a charming, modern Cape Cod-themed boutique hotel located in the heart of Avalon. The hotel offers personalized services and amenities including beach chairs and mats, free internet access, an evening wine and hor d’oureves event, and in-room continental breakfast service. Rooms feature hardwood floors, fireplaces, and sleek granite bathrooms with skylights and deep soaking tubs.
Each room at the Snug Harbor Inn is uniquely decorated and named after a different California Channel Island. The Santa Catalina is the largest room and has floor-to-ceiling 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 nautical accents in red and blue.
Other uniquely furnished rooms at Snug Harbor Inn include the San Nicholas Room with brown wicker furniture, white woodwork, and beach and lighthouse-themed artwork. The Santa Bárbara Room is serenely decorated in beige, green and sea glass. The room offers views of the coast and the mountains. The San Clemente Room is spacious and has a nautical theme. Finally, Sala Santa Cruz is a charming themed fishing room with large windows overlooking the mountains and Sumner Avenue. Snug Harbor Inn is within walking distance of Avalaon’s quaint restaurants, shops, and harbor.
$ 204 – $ 240
The Pavilion Hotel surrounds a beautiful courtyard and is located on the beach and Avalon boardwalk along the …