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Aurora Hotel
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Will return!!!!”
Reviewed 30 November 2011

Very nice hotel. I will be returning next year. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2011
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

We stayed for one night in this modern and clean hotel. The room was quite small, the roof-top patio great with a nice view, the complementary breakfast was much better than expected. The only bad think about thisbplace was that the shower was COLD, which i guess is not an issue in the summer but now with a windy boat trip and cold evening we really needed a hot shower. Apart from that the place was great, so saving 2 cents or whatever on not having hot water in the shower felt a bitbstrange.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Durham, NC
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

My husband and I decided to splurge on a 2 day/ 1 night trip to Catalina for our first wedding anniversary. I spent a great deal of time looking for a hotel that was really nice, but wouldn't break the bank. The Aurora Hotel offered us just that. We were spending a Monday night on the island in September. So we were able to get a really good deal on a nice room ($220 total for the top floor room 313).

The hotel is not much from the outside. In fact, we almost walked passed it. it is on a hill just past the main down town area. It is an easy walk from the boat dock as long as you don't have a lot of luggage to carry. The lobby was nice and beautifully decorated. They served breakfast down there. It was a a nice basic continental breakfast. Nothing overly fancy. they have a sundeck on the roof that was wonderful with great views. We were up there briefly after checking in, but decided that we would rather come back that night with our dessert and lounge while taking in the amazing views. it was a great idea except when we went up there that night, everything was wet. And there were old food plates that had been there all day without being cleaned up.

Our room was wonderful. We had room 313 which is the top floor on the street side overlooking the bay and Avalon. The view was spectacular! The room was small, but that was expected given the age and location of the building. The room is nicely laid out and makes use of every space to allow to maximum storage while not feeling cramped. The bed was super comfy, and there was enough room for a desk. The bathroom was tight, but again, they made the most of the space and did a nice job with it. The best part of the room was the balcony! We had a small porch off our room that overlooked the Avalon and the water that had a chair and small table. Since the sun deck didn't work, we pulled the desk chair out onto the porch and sat out there enjoying out cheesecake and hot chocolate. It was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy each other. In the morning, we sat on the porch eating breakfast and watching the humming birds zipping around. The street was not too noisy. In fact we slept with the sliding door open to allow the breeze in.

The staff was very friendly. They held our luggage for us before we checked in and after we checked out. They also recommend restaurants and other places to go.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at the Aurora Hotel. I agree with previous reviews that it has the nice upscale look and feel, but it does lack some of the nicer amenities that you would expect to find at a hotel that's $300-$400 a night. But for a 1 night deal, this was perfect.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

Loved the modern look and feel, but didn't think that amenities were extraordinary. Rather, just enough to be satisfactory.

PROS:
--Nice decor.
--Comfy bed.
--Good view from top floor.
--Close enough to town.
--Fantastic roof and even better view from there.
--Accommodating staff.
--Sorta noisy hallways.

CONS:
--No elevator, with a narrow staircase.
--Bathroom was hard to maneuver in.
--Rooms smaller than would be expected.

Overall, a decent place to stay if you're looking for a boutique hotel feel. On a separate note: One night in Catalina was enough for us -- the hotel was cute, but not so cute that we could overlook the mediocre food offerings on the island, or slim offerings for activities. We did kayaking, biking and hiking over two days, one night.

Room Tip: If you want a view, ask for a higher floor. Also, take advantage of the roof.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

We loved this little hotel! It had an amazing atmosphere and the staff were very friendly. We have been to Catalina a couple times and stayed at expensive hotels that offered poor customer service and few amenities however thanks to our research and the help of http://www.catalinacompanion.com we were able to find the perfect hotel for our vacation!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aurora Hotel
Address: 137 Marilla Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704 (Formerly Cloud 7 Hotel)
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Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Avalon
#5 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price range (per night): $280 - $1,063
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aurora Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aurora Hotel and Spa, Avalon's newest boutique hotel, embraces guests with sleek style and modern sensibilities. The Aurora Hotel on Catalina Island features 15 rooms, two junior suites and a master suite. A roof-top deck with sweeping ocean views, a decadent spa room and a cosmopolitan lobby provide an array of public areas for relaxing and reconnecting. Guest rooms feature Tempurpedic mattresses, flat screen televisions and modern amenities. Our junior suites feature in-room jetted tubs and for the ultimate in luxury, our Aurora Suite features a fireplace, ocean-view six-head shower and a private sundeck. ... more   less 
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