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... is a reference to Zane Grey, the author, John Wayne and Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Mickey Rooney, Laurel and hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, Humphrey Bogart and of course, the sad story of Natalie Wood's tragic death more than 30 years ago! I cannot believe it was that long ago. But the family that put Santa Catalina Island on the map were the Wrigley Family - that's right baseball and chewing gum! They owned ...
... Over 600 movies have been shot here and some of the beautiful locations around the island are the direct result of the sets that were built and the plantings installed by Hollywood.
Over the years many famous folks have hung out here. They still do. Their autographed pictures cover the walls of many of the local establishments. Our tour guide told us about a few: John Wayne, Zane Grey, and Norma Jean Dougherty (AKA Marilyn ...
... Kid's Dinner tonight and made the green slime again. This group LOVED it! We watched Rise of the Guardians until their parents came.
Noelle* had lost her I-95 earlier (it's the most important document for any non-American citizen to carry and if it's lost you could face a fee of up to $350! Yet it's the flimsiest piece of paper ever). She's SO lucky that security found it on the ground and got it back to her tonight!
... The only ones we wanted to see but couldn't find were Audrey Hepburn and Michael Jackson. It was a cool place to see! Then we drove through crazy L.A. traffic to reach San Pedro. The cottage here is a fantastic way to spend the weekend near friends! We are all looking forward to the beach tomorrow. Good ...
Last night when we returned to our room from dinner we had a letter from Carnival waiting for us with some surprising news. We are currently on a 3-night cruise to nowhere that stops in Los Angeles tomorrow morning. Mostly everyone will disembark the ship in the morning and this 3-day cruise will be over. Hubby and I are doing a back-to-back cruise and so we will stay on the ship and start the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Metropole Avalon
I've made a number of trips over to Avalon in the last few years (it's definitely a favorite place) and have had some great experiences with a few other hotels (Snug Harbor for a splurge is a must!).
Sadly, I recently had a not-so-good one. The Hotel Metropole bills itself as high-end, but even in one of their most expensive rooms (well over $200 a night off-season), the accomodations were very ordinary, the service half-hearted and everything seemed a bit grimy and shop worn.
Somehow in a deluxe room one expects more than a fiberglass tub and shower enclosure. Too many screaming children running through the halls at night too. This is NOT the place for a romantic weekend.
Catalina LOVED IT
I left NY Dec 15,2003, arrived in San Catalina in the PM, I could not believe my eyes, the town was lite up for the holidays and looked like a picture post card. The Hotel Metropole was a dream come true, I had everything there I could want, except for a coffee pot in my room. At this time of year there is not too much to do, but I met alot of people and made my own fun. I do NOT RECOMMEND the Best Western Hotel at all, it was a turn off, and so were some of the others, compared to the Metrople. Paula
Pleasant and convenient
The Hotel Metropole is very nice: clean, pretty, convenient. It is not "too die for," but it does the job. The location is excellent. The staff could be more professional and better informed (example: given that there is only one touring company on the island, the front desk should be able to provide tour times, if not book tours), but they were pleasant enough. One minor complaint: we chose a room with a fireplace rather than one with a balcony only to find a sign by the switch that said: "Open window slightly when using fireplace." We did, but the room stand of gas so badly that we renamed it "The Sylvia Plath Suite." If given a choice, pick a room with a balcony: the views are lovely, and the roof deck is much smaller than it appears on their web site.
The Hotel Metropole was the perfect spot for the "relaxing get away" trip we had planned! It's walking distance from everywhere on Crescent.
We walked from the dock on the first day; to the Casino; and even from Mt. Ada (all down hill)!! The room was darling - decorated very "Laura Ashley" and had full cable (but no movie options). It was a little noisey in the morning b/c of construction but it wasn't too bad. The continental breakfast was perfectly satisfying and the Touch of Heaven spa was just what the doctor ordered!! We found the the food in Avalon to be mediocre at best, but were extremely pleased w/the burgers at Mt.
Ada (the burgers/drinks are free...the view costs $25.00pp!! Totally worth it!). Great trip!
Loved the metropole!!!!!!
I Stayed at this hotel when it first opened and i would recommend that people stay there before they judge. I very much enjoyed myself and i doubt that it has changed that much! Just for the record when i stayed there i lived in NewPort Beach, California. Thanks Teresa
Traveleres beware, the hotel is not as pictured on the web, advertistments, or brochures which depict a much higher end facility.
They need to do some detailing and fine tuning. Also, the Staff as is ambivalent as the rooftop hottub area is underwhelming.The Metropole has gone down hill since our last visit 2 years ago. Many rooms are quite small and dark, so we recommend splurging on an upper floor larger room.Having said all of that, Catalina IS a great, casual island and there aren't many better places to stay. Location of Hotel is fabulous for main street access and shopping.
Wonderful Place, Would stay there again and again!!!
My boyfriend and I needed a getaway and decided on the Hotel Metropole-It was supposed to be one of the nicest on the island. So we tried it-It was fabulous. The rooms were beautiful, the staff was attentive and helpful. The bathroom was huge. We had the best time and are going back again in December to stay at the Hotel Metropole again.
The hotel is worth every penny!!!
The rooms are beautiful here! We loved the luxurious bed. We came here on a romantic Vallentine's weekend getaway and loved it. The hotel is in a great location on the island; close to plenty of shops and restaurants (the waffle place close by is great). It was really nice to feel like we had picked the nicest place on the island, but our pocket books didn't feel like it. This is a great deal for the money. We wouldn't stay anywhere else.
In a recent trip to Catalina, we came to your hotel in a bit of a frenzy. We had reservations at another hotel on the island and upon entering thta hotel were greatly dismayed by the welcome we received and the conditions in wich we as guest had to put up with. Shortly after checking in we went in search of another hotel. It was about 7pm that night. We walked through town and asked around if anyone could recommend a good hotel. We were directed to your hotel. Upon entering your lobby to the desk we were greeted courteously. Your manager and staff heard our story and were anxious to help us out by giving us rooms for the night at a comparable price. We are constantly raving about your WONDERFUL hotel and your impeccable service.
I was looking into staying at your Hotel Metropole Saturday night only, as my husband and I have a 2 year old son and are not able to get away that often or for long. I was told that there was a 2 night minimum stay for the weekend so I was willing to see if I could possible find arrangements for our son to stay the 2 nights but I was then told that we could not only stay for just Saturday but that we would have to change rooms if we decided to go ahead and make the reservations, (in either combination of Fri.-Sat or Sat.-Sun.) at that time I was even more disappointed and asked to speak to a manager (Daniel Moreno) who was rude and hung up on me!! Needless to say I am very disappointed in the hotel. It was recommended though another guest, who DIDN'T stay at Hotel Metropole on their first visit to Catalina because they also had a rude encounter on their first contact to your hotel.