Hotel St. Lauren
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... in 2006 when the one and only Michael Stribley was living the dream and letting us tag along for the ride. I'd felt the warmness and genuine hospitality of his vast friendship group from the outset - fast forward some 8 years and I was heading back for more. Before I hit Newport Beach to soak up the laid back surfy vibe that is second to none, I was heading to San Francisco to catch up with Nick Travolta, otherwise known as Nick Dimattina. Now a recruiter for Google, ...
... on business; Marilyn took us shopping for a GPS (because we SHALL return...) followed by a delicious steak barbecue cooked by Jeremy. That night Marilyn and I discovered that not only did we love 60's music and horses but the film Mamma Mia! Jeremy just sighed and let us enjoy it once more.
The following day was dull and grey (the only one). We had another walk around Balboa Island where the Halloween decorations had mostly been ...
We arrived in San Pedro after dark.
I was a little disappointed as I would have liked to explore the city a little with daylight during our first day there.We had already booked one night at the Sunrise Hotel through expedia. The hotel was not fancy but it was clean and the staff was friendly (which is all we really need in a hotel). We are not fancy people plus the price was right.
After settling into our hotel (Sunrise Hotel), we decided to find a ...
... said the rest enjoy an unwritten privacy code that all islanders follow. Las Vegas is currently hyping the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” It turns out Catalina islanders were the originators of that expression way back in the 20’s.
If we’ve piqued your interest and you want to sell everything you own and move here we need to point out a few things. Land available to buy is nonexistent. It ...
... things and think about what I can live without for that time span. (Obviously my computer is going with me, but my phone will be left in the states.)
I hope you enjoy the stories and photos I post and hopefully become inspired to take up some traveling yourself!
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel St. Lauren Avalon
I stayed at the Hotel St Lauren for one night and got an excellent deal for a last minute trip. We went to the internet web site catalinareservation and got an ocean view room for $149. When we arrived we had to walk about four (short) blocks down Cresent Ave (the main drag in Catalina anyways) and made a left on Metropole up the hill about four blocks. It's a big pink, Victorian style building sitting on a hill. We were able to check in early and the room was great! Nice large king size bed in a VERY clean room. The TV was small but who cares, you are in Catalina. We were in room 309 which is in the corner of the hotel with its own balcony. We could see the beautiful ocean from our room. When we checked out, we were able to leave our bags at the hotel under the stairs and walked around the town without luggage. Although this is my first time staying at a hotel in Catalina, I give this Hotel an excellent rating for price, comfort, and cleanliness. I would definitely stay there again!!
Hotel St. Lauren is so cute and pink, a quaint Victorian a couple short blocks from the bay. Reserve one of the beautiful balcony suites -- it was roomy, airy, and romantic, and the mattress was the most comfortable I've ever slept on in a hotel! I noticed that the mini-suite had some of its view blocked and it shared only a small part of the Jacuzzi View Balcony Suite (5th floor), so I think we got the better deal not getting the suite. Important alert: also from our room we could hear the couple next door every moment they were amorous -- the walls must be paper thin. This was a bit embarrassing; bring a CD player to drown them out since the radio doesn't seem to get any stations without static! From our room we had a lovely high view of all over Avalon and the ocean. Note, though, that the "jacuzzi" bath is just jets in a round bath tub, nothing special and not romantic at all, especially with a few chips and stains. And the "included" cont.
We got an excellent bargain from Catalina Express called a paradise package which included roundtrip boat fare for 2, a night at theSt.
This was our first time staying and visiting Catalina Island. After a lot of research on hotels we chose the Hotel St. Lauren. Like most hotels on the island all are overpriced. But at the Hotel St. Lauren the amenities are of a modern quaint victorian hotel. It definitely is one of the prettier hotels inside and outside. Nice feature of the hotel is that it is one of the few that has both heat and air conditioning. Some hotels have one or neither. Their advertisement of offering a free continental breakfast is a little misleading. It only consists of one piece of fruit, a croissant, and a beverage of apple or orange juice, and coffee for each person. The breakfast is brought to your room. So, whatever is delivered is the quantity that they are serving. For $180 plus a night you would think it would be a little more of a traditional continental breakfast and served in the lobby. Overall, for first time to Catalina Island we were happy we had chosen the Hotel St. Lauren!
I found this Hotel to be very nice! Nice quiet location (except for the carts, no big deal), staff members were polite and helpful. Room was very comfortable and very clean (room 409, mini suite w/ view) Great View! I got a glance into one of the reg. rooms, it looked pretty small. I will stay here again!
Enjoyed our stay, we had nice view from the room. We were close to all the shopping and restaurants, but far enough away not to hear any noise from the hustle and bustle of the downtown. We don't know why it has gotten such bad reviews, it was a perfectly nice place to stay.
St. Lauren was a very pleasant place to stay
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary this weekend on Catalina Island and stayed at the St. Lauren hotel. At first we were very hesitant to go with the poor reviews posted on this site. However when we arrived we were greeted at the desk by Michael who was very courteous and informative. Our room was on the fifth floor and had a view of Avalon from a very nice balcony. The room was decorated tastfully and it was clean. We selected our choices for the contenental breakfast for the next morning and it was brought at 7am as requested and the coffee was hot and the croisasants and fruit were fresh. The hotel is close enough to center of town to walk were ever you need to, but is far enough away from the noise of the town at night. A very nice place to stay.
Sort of "quaint"
This hotel is rather bare bones. Nothing fancy. Nothing to write home about. Not much on service. Hallways are a bit on the plain side but rooms are ok. The one positive factor could be it is a little way out of the main center and quieter. (lot's of golf carts). It's kind of like a Victorian style Holiday Inn. Get a great rate here or look elsewhere.
If we could have swam back to long beach we would have, the hotel was that bad! stains on the curtains, a man passed out in our hallway at night, and the hotel had decided to put mattresses outside on the sidewalk, right under our room mind you, and all evening long kids were jumping on the mattresses and people were coming and dragging them away! awful awful awful!!! do not stay here, in fact i'm not sure you ever want to overnight in catalina!
To put it simply- the hotel is fine, the people are not. I have never encountered so many individuals working together at one location without dealing with someone who was at least pleasant. Not only that, several of the individuals at the front desk were rude and condescending. The hotel itself is moderate to fine, but the Metropole is so much better, and comparably priced. Really, the individuals working there are enough of as reason not to stay here.