Hotel Villa Portofino
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Villa Portofino Avalon
My favorite room at the Hotel Villa Portofino is the Capri Suite with it's balcony offering views of Avalon Bay. The king size bed and huge soaking tub is ideal after a day of sightseeing. The on-site restaurant is one of the best on the island. We enjoy taking a bottle of champagne up to the sun deck and sit in lounge chairs during sunset. In the morning, they offer a continental breakfast up to 10 a.m.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Portofino Avalon
This is an awesome place to stay especially for first-timers!!!
I am usually very picky when I stay @ Hotels. I want the room to be clean, non-smoking, kid friendly, a friendly and accommodating staff and the location has to be away from all the "action" but not too far from it! Villa Portifino has it all!!! The rooms were a little small, but it was clean. Anyway, most of those who come here, I would assume would be out exploring the Island and going on tours!!! The staff was AWESOME!! I can't say enough of that.. they were very helpful and friendly!! This hotel location is perfect as well. They are not in the middle of all the excitement and nightlife, but it is still very close to everything (walking distance too) and it is quiet and private. I would highly recommend Villa Portifino!
Restaurant is superb
We went to the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary, and it was perhaps the best dining experience we've had in awhile. The food was sensational and the service was impeccable --- the waiter made sure we had what we needed but let us enjoy our time alone together. Highly recommend this place!
And the hotel is in a great location -- kind of on the outer edge of town so you'll get some quiet but will still be in the middle of everything.
A romantic place to stay
I wanted to write a review because when I was doing research on the Villa Portofino a while back, there were none posted, and I wanted to give this hotel the credit it deserved. It was such a pleasant stay; we even got a normal room with the view of the ocean (although it was slightly obstructed). They have small rooms, and the shower is standing room only. However, the room is just so cute and romantic; perfect for 2 people. The balcony area was located right next to our room, and had a gorgeous view of the ocean. It is also located at the end of the line of hotels along te waterfront, so it is more quiet. The plus side is that it is the closest if you want to walk to the casino at night to watch a movie; which I recommend anyone to do... the movie theater is just beautiful. I remember paying a fair for a night's stay (relative to what other places were asking), and they do package deals (however, it is not cheaper... but remember to ask for the AAA discount on the roundtrip boatride to Catalina). The receptionist was also very friendly when I called and she even recommended that room (she said it had an extra window... which turned out to have a view of the ocean!) All in all, we really enjoyed our time at the Villa Portofino, and we hope to go back soon.
Small but Nice
I just stayed at the Hotel Villa Portofino and I have to say although the room was very, very small, the location was great and the staff was very friendly. My room was located on the first floor and if it were a bit larger I know I would have found it delightful. The continental breakfast was rather nice. I only stayed for one night so, the close quarters didn't get to me too badly. From the other comments it sounds like I should have opted for a room with a balcony. Sure . . . I would say there again.
The rooms are small but romantic and the restaurant has the best Filet Mignon I have ever had. The balcony makes a great romantic spot int he evening.
Restaurant was great
The Villa Portofino restaurant is great! Best food on the Island, except for maybe the country club or the private Tuna Club and Yacht Club. Wonderful food, reminded me of dishes I had in Italy. The beef carpaccio was excellent, and the pan seared scallop dish was perfect.
Enchanting atmosphere, friendly staff, classy bar, good drinks, warm bread, good olive oil. Eat there!
Very Tiny Room
I stayed in a room that was so compact, you could barely move around.
The rooms are very clean and well maintained. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The location is second-to-none on the island. The view, especially from the patio, is breathtaking! We're going back again next month.
Villa Portofino So-So
The package deal we got (roundtrip ferry, taxi to/from hotel, two tours and accomodations all for two $160) through the Villa Portofino on Catalina was a bargain. Their sun deck is a nice touch. All but one of the front desk folks were nice. The room was small and worn, though and it's sliding door opened to the courtyard while our one window was on level with the sundeck floor. Next time I would stay farther from town, maybe up in the hills.
A truly wonderful place to stay.