Historic Hermosa Hotel & Catalina Cottages

2-Night Stay for Two 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 be best 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 spirit 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 just 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 included with two of this getaway’s options, you’ll get tickets to the Catalina Island Museum and the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens, two-hour bike rentals for two, and boat transportation to and from the island.

Villa arches and narrow stairways lead to the hotel’s private cottages. Casual whitewashed furnishings fill the bedrooms. 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 in a cottage

  • Option 1: $139 to check in Sunday–Wednesday, valid through 3/20/15 (up to a $250 value)
  • Option 2: $279 to check in Sunday–Wednesday with an activity package, valid through 3/20/15 (up to a $459 value)
  • Option 3: $375 to check in Thursday–Saturday with an activity package, valid through 12/28/14 (up to a $509 value)

Included in activity package:

  • Two admission passes to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens
  • Two admission passes to the Catalina Island Museum
  • Two-hour bike rentals for two adults
  • Round-trip transportation for two on Catalina Express from Long Beach or Dana Point

Policies and Fees

Book by: 1/16/15
Travel by: 3/20/15 (or 12/28/14 for option 3)

  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations and changes subject to $25 fee; 7-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 12% tax not included and payable directly to property

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

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/16/15 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 3/20/15, or 12/28/14 for option 3
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • All cancellations and changes subject to $25 fee; 7-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 12% tax not included; payable directly to property.

Other Details

Room Details

Room layouts and details vary. Click here for a complete list of details.

Preferred Kitchen Cottage or Preferred Landing Cottage

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2–4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 for each additional guest 2 or younger; $100 for each additional guest 3–11; $125 for each additional guest 12 or older. Add-on pricing reflects a 2-night stay and includes boat ticket and activity fees.

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.

Traveler's Tips

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

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