Historic Hermosa Hotel & Catalina Cottages - Avalon, CA

2-Night Stay with Optional Activity Package at Historic Hermosa Hotel & Catalina Cottages in Avalon, CA

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Late 19th-Century Hotel with Comfortable Cottages and Active Diving Scene

Though Catalina Island may best be known as “the island of romance,” it’s also a renowned watersports destination. Set just off the coast of Southern California, the island is surrounded by crystal-clear water, kelp forests, and abundant marine life. It's an especially beloved spot among scuba divers, who travel here from near and far. The Historic Hermosa Hotel & Catalina Cottages, located half a block from the beach, provides a casual, laid-back setting for exploring the area. It offers dive lockers and outdoor gear showers for those interested in spending time underwater. A sense of Catalina funkiness has been at the heart of the hotel since it opened in 1896, and that remains very much alive today.

Dotted with mountains, beaches, and coves, Catalina Island offers a range of recreational opportunities. Outfitters launch kayaking and snorkeling tours steps from the Historic Hermosa Hotel, and more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails wind through the surrounding hills. You can set up eco-excursions such as zipline tours through the front desk. With the activity package options (Options 2 and 3) available with this Getaway, you’ll get tickets to the Catalina Island Museum and the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden for two as well as bike rentals.

Villa arches and narrow stairways lead to the hotel’s private cottages. Preferred kitchen units feature full kitchens with refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves. Casual whitewashed furnishings fill the bedrooms. Standard rooms, located in the cottage area and the hotel building, have private bathrooms and one or two beds. Guests can take in views of the island’s beautiful scenery from the hotel’s second- or third-floor balconies or hunker down with books and coffee in the charming lobby area.

Catalina Island, California: Desert Foliage and Secluded Coves in the Pacific Ocean

The rocky Catalina Island is only about 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, but it’s a world away from the crowded metropolis. For starters, there are hardly any cars here; golf carts are the preferred way to get around. Much of the island’s interior is unpopulated, home to a vast array of native desert foliage and wildlife. Visitors can hit the many secluded coves that dot the landscape for sunbathing or snorkeling in temperate waters among starfish, sea urchins, and bright-orange garibaldi. Travel + Leisure called these coves “ready-made for romance,” naming Catalina one of the world’s most romantic islands in 2010.

Much of Catalina Island is accessible only by challenging dirt trails, but you can see many of its endemic plants in town at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Some of the featured vegetation can only be found here, including wild tomato and rare Catalina mahogany. The memorial itself was designed to incorporate as much local material as possible, including quarried Catalina stones, blue flagstone rock from the harbor, and hand-painted tiles from a local pottery company.

You can get to the gardens by catching a taxi or tour bus from nearby Avalon, the island’s only major city. This small village, with a surrounding backdrop of steep, amphitheater-like hills, occupies only about 3% of the island. Still, it’s where most visitors spend the majority of their time, thanks to a popular beach, a lively harbor, and a surprising variety of restaurants. The most famous landmark here is the art-deco-style Casino building. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the circular structure stands at the equivalent of 12 stories tall and houses an art gallery, a museum, and a theater.

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What You Get

2-night stay for two

  • Option 1: $99 for a standard room, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday; not valid for Friday or Saturday stays (up to a $200 value)
  • Option 2: $299 for a preferred room with an activity package, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday; not valid for Friday or Saturday stays (up to a $498 value)
  • Option 3: $349 for a preferred room with an activity package, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday; not valid for Monday–Wednesday stays (up to a $548 value)

Included in activity package:

  • Two admission passes to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
  • Two admission passes to the Catalina Island Museum
  • Two 2-hour mountain bike rentals
  • Boat trip for two
  • Transportation from boat to the hotel


Policies and Fees

Book by: 3/21/14
Travel by: 5/21/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 2/14, 2/15, 2/21, or 2/22
  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations and changes made to original booking subject to $25 fee. 7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 12% tax not included; tax is collected at booking

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Fully stocked kitchens in some cottages
  • Baggage room
  • Dive lockers and outdoor gear showers
  • Complimentary WiFi
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 3/21/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 5/21/14
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • Not valid 2/14, 2/15, 2/21, or 2/22
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations and changes made to original booking subject to $25 fee
  • 7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 12% tax not included and collected at booking.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Room layouts and details vary. Click here for a complete list of details. The hotel may grant free upgrades based on availability.

Standard Room

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2–4
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional charge

Preferred Kitchen Cottage or Preferred Landing Cottage

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2–4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 for each additional guest 2 or younger; $99 for each additional guest 3–11; $149 for each additional guest 12 or older. Add-on pricing reflects a 2-night stay and includes boat and museum tickets.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: available at boat port for an additional fee
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for $25 per night with management approval; Long Beach or Dana Point boats only. Call ahead with pet requests.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Option 2 of this Getaways includes boat travel from Newport Beach, Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point through 3/28. After 3/28, travel from Newport Beach is included and travel from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point is available for $30/person. Option 3 of this Getaways includes travel from Newport Beach for any date or travel from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point for $30/person.

Traveler's Tips

  • To reach the cottages, there are lots of steps to climb—and no elevators.

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