Catalina Island Inn
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... was being killed! Found out in the morning that our "neighbor" had a bit too much to drink ringing in the new year. Whew!
We spent the last 2 days/nights in Laughlin, NV and we met a nice couple next door and shared Matt's (our son) delicious cookies with them. They were from Minnesota and were fascinated to hear about our cruise. She wrote down info as I talked and he kept asking questions. They ...
... cafeteria in the world, seating 1,500 people at one time opens in the Atwater Hotel. (Just shows you how popular a place this was back in the day).
1921 - California's largest diesel-powerred generator fires up in Catalina.
1921 - 1951 - Chicago Cubs (owned by Wrigley) comes to Catalina for Spring Training.
1929 - The Avalon Theatre - the world's first theatre offering sound and silent movies opens.
... stop was at Isthmus Cove on the northwest end of the island. It, as well as many other coves and bays on the island, are filled with buoys. The island is 30 miles off the coast of California and is located right in front of the Los Angeles area. With all those folks close by this is a very popular place to vacation. The buoys are unique in our experience. The bow of the boat is tied to a buoy and the stern is tied to an anchor. This ...
... the people behind me needed detangler when they arrived. On the first boat this was the fourth row in the middle, but on the way back it was a different boat with different seating, thus my vague description.
Now if you are going to Hamilton Cove you must first stop at their office in town to pick up the key. We arrived quite early and made the mistake of calling ahead which they recommended. They didn't answer so we put our luggage ...
... by the verbose and uninformed Gavin to suffer through. However, in Gavin’s defense, during the crew talent show dance routine we learned that he could perform a fine summersault.
The apparent wind speed on deck is as high as 40 miles per hour so caution is called for when walking.
And now for a story of hand painted war masks. While shopping in Hilo, before their helicopter excursion, Mark and Keith came across ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCatalina Island Inn Avalon
The recent renovations give the hotel a great spruced up look and feel. New furnishings, fresh paint and a good decorative touch everywhere. To get the best view, you must earn it. Climbing staircase after staircase from front to back of the hotel is not for the weak of limb or heavy of luggage. But once to the top floor, well the view has to be the best in town. The top, 4th floor, has three rooms overlooking the harbor. We were in the middle room. A fantastic view. Better yet would be the corner room which also would view the mountain side. I'm guessing the 3rd floor is a great view too. Top floor costs a bit more - probably for a reason.
Not much in the way of services or information to be found in the lobby The desk staff were very friendly and helpful. But there was a notable lack of information regarding the area and the desk staff seemed to keep to the basics of check-in, check-out and room maintenance/support requests. The phone in the room was broken, so I had to run down the stairs a few times to report problems with the new heating system, request a blanket, and report that despite the wonderful renovations, the older sliding porch door had a gap in it at the top of 2 inches and the wind was blowing into the room. I saw some new porch doors on the ground - so hopefully these will be installed soon.
Bottom line - my wife loved it and rewarded me for the great pick.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.