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BEST place you could possibly be.
Avaliou em 27 de Setembro de 2021
I have been coming to Catalina/Avalon for decades. Used to be on my Birthday when Catalina Express gave you free round trips and many businesses gave you discounts & freebies, which ended several years back. Now I come the third week of September during the long-running Festival of the Arts. It's always hard to get a hotel room at all during this weekend, let alone an ocean/harbor front room on the main drag (Crescent St or 'Front St'.) You basically only have The Mac Rae, and then there is The Edgewater, plus there are two other extremely pricy places such as The Vista Del Mar and Snug Harbor. All three are great but you'll never find a better place than the Mac Rae. One of the original hotels in Avalon and still in the control or that same family.
I have stayed with them three times over the past six years, most recently just last week, and have always stayed in one of their four rooms which overlook the harbor and front street. I have never had a problem and the staff is always friendly. Like 90% of all hotels it is up a flight of stairs. If you're coming for an 'event weekend' as I did you need to basically book several months in advance if you want an oceanfront room. These rates are the best for this type of room and when you walk out onto the street you are dead center in the middle of anything happing. One thing about Avalon some people complain about is the noise from bars on the front street. I can tell you I had my windows open and, yeah it was a bit noisy up until roughly 11 pm. Catalina is an early to bed town, most everything dies down in the 8 o'clock hour and the few bars/cantinas open are quiet by 10-11 pm. This is a great, economical spot to stay for a night or even multi-days. Due to Covid, they do not do daily room service, but anything can be requested from the front desk and easily accommodated.
Avaliou em 25 de Setembro de 2021
Bathroom paint chipped, coffee terrible. You have to go up 2 flights to office and don't think it was accessible. Did not dry the tables and chairs from rain the day before. Room just ok. Goid location, though.
OLD BUT ON BROADWALK WITH A VIEW
Avaliou em 20 de Setembro de 2021
Our first surprise was you had to climb twenty steps with all your luggage.. The check in was simple and the staff was nice. We had a room with a "view". We entered the room and found it very clean and quaint...UNTIL you took a shower and sat on the toilet. A strong sewage odor immediately came out of the drain. My husband jumped out immediately. When you sat on the toilet...it moved! I went down the following morning to notify the staff and to pick up our "breakfast"(coffee, orange juice and muffin) and noticed three flies on the muffin in which the plastic container was left opened. After notifying staff of our maintenance concerns, she politely told me she could not switch rooms due to being completely booked. Maintenance could not come out til Tuesday. We finally had to place two towels over the shower drain. The hotel view was fabulous and location as well, but will be staying at another hotel in the future. Once again, the room was very clean.
Remember where you are
Avaliou em 23 de Agosto de 2021
When I booked this hotel it seemed like most hotels had mediocre reviews. Catalina has been pretty much the same for a long time. No new hotels can be built and upgrades to existing hotels are expensive. The Mac Rae is 100 years old so don’t judge this as you would the Marriott in suburban Dallas. Yes, you can can get a first class hotel but it’s going to be $500+ per night. If the hotel is the most important part of your vacation skip Catalina and stay at the Ritz Carlton in Newport Beach
Old, but clean and great value!
Avaliou em 5 de Agosto de 2021
Yes, you will have to make it up a flight of stairs with your suitcase, but the rest far outweighs that drawback. We went at peak season mid-July, so average room rates were $350 to $500 a night. We got a king sized bed, huge closet, sitting table and across from the beach, the view was amazing! Short walk from the ferry and in the middle of all attractions for about $225. I was worried being across from beach might be noisy at night, but it wasn't. Room didn't have a coffee maker, but they had coffee out before 7 am with all the creamer and sugar options, so I didn't have to make it, along with continental pastry to pass on to my daughter to hold her over until we were ready to go out. There is a big patio area in the middle courtyard between the rooms that you could lounge at during the day and evening. They have nice A/C units, but we hardly used it except once after hours on the obstacle course in the sun, really helped us to cool down. They also have a suitcase storage for arrivals before check in, or those spending the day there after check out. I was leery about this because it's open, so upon arrival, we left our suitcases at the terminal storage area, however, upon checking out, I decided it's right beside the office in view of the manager, so we left our suitcases there while doing another tour and found them untouched on return to take them to the fairy. Great trip!