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Portofino Hotel

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great little hotel at the end of the boardwalk in Avalon! Close 10 minute walk to boardwalk restaurants and shops as well as Descanso Beach. Hotel rooms are on the small side, but I think that is normal on the island since most places were built long ago... The hotel room and bath were clean and fairly up to date....

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

What a gem to find this hotel. Looks like something yout would see in Italy! The ambience was amazing. Loved the location. The ocean is literally at your feet. Very comfortable bed! The front desk were so nice and accommodating. We will definitely be going back!

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Minnesota
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Our second annual father-daughter road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway took a short detour to Catalina Island for a two night stay at the Hotel Portofino in Avalon, CA. We took the Catalina Express from Long Beach which drops you off a short walk through Avalon to the hotel. The hotel is perfectly located on the end of the...

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EatDrinkSleepMgr, Manager at Portofino Hotel, responded to this review

Dear vacationMN - What a lovely trip! Thank you for making us part of your travel tradition. Warm regards, Stacy

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

At the end of the main street, nestled in the corner, sits Villa Portofino. Though the room (king size) was small, it was exceptionally clean and quiet. The hotel has an European feel to it. A central courtyard and sundeck provide plenty of opportunity to take in the ambiance and view. My husband and I spent quite a few hours...

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Buffalo NY
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps because of the off-season, the rates were very competitive but the rooms, amenities, cleanliness, staff were all as good as or better than most comparable chains. The hotel also has a view that can engage one for hours. A good restaurant of the same name next door.

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EatDrinkSleepMgr, Manager at Portofino Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Hewitty15 - Thank you for your visit. We try hard to give our guests a great experience at a good value. I hope we will see you again soon!

San Diego, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take a staycation from San Diego to Catalina. We chose the Villa Portofino (also called Portofino Hotel). Our room had a totally unobstructed view of the ocean and felt like we were in the Mediterrean. We awoke to this view from our bed (bed in the med) and found it exhilarating. It's an unusual time to visit...

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EatDrinkSleepMgr, Manager at Portofino Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Nellie0121 - Thanks for your visit. The winter and early spring are an amazing time to enjoy the leisurely pace of Catalina. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it with us. Warm regards, Stacy

Fort Collins, Colorado
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Portofino Hotel was a good place to stay! We felt that the room was very small and had some issues, but were expecting some based on other reviews. The room was very dark and was hard to get natural light into it. It was right off the courtyard and there was no way to let some light in and...

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EatDrinkSleepMgr, Manager at Portofino Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Katie K - Thanks for your visit. The rooms on Catalina tend to be a bit smaller, but I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the bed, breakfast and location! I hope to see you again soon. Stacy

Victorville, California
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a nice place for the price point. My husband and I were in a Courtyard King room (#211). The room is small, but that’s common in Avalon, and what we expected. Check-in went smooth even with four separate groups showing up at the same time. If your room isn’t ready when you arrive they easily and happily store...

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

My wife and I had a great stay at this resort for our Valentine's Day get-away. Everything was very neat and clean, and the people were very friendly and helpful. The only complaint I have is that they had deactivated the bathtub due to drought conditions. I understand them doing it, but I wasn't made aware of it until we...

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EatDrinkSleepMgr, Manager at Portofino Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you, Boyd S for celebrating Valentine's Day with us! We will look for ways to better communicate the bathtub information. I'm so happy you enjoyed our friendly staff! Stacy

San Diego, California
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Always refreshing to check in and help myself to a cool glass of cucumber water. Room is usually ready. After checking into the room we usually head up to the viewing deck. Oh how lovely! We usually celebrate a birthday while there so I hang out a birthday banner and have a meal up on the deck. The hotel offers...

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EatDrinkSleepMgr, Manager at Portofino Hotel, responded to this review

Dear MaryMartha8 - Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us and taking the time write a positive review. We appreciate your patronage. Stacy

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Footsteps from the water, the best of Catalina is just outside our door. Enjoy your island getaway in an ocean view suite or beautifully appointed guest room. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Portofino Hotel

Address: 111 Crescent Avenue, PO Box 127, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Price Range: RM646 - RM1,377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Portofino Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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Also Known As:
Portofino Hotel Avalon
Portofino Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA
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#4 Family Hotel in Avalon
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#7 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
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“Order up a King room”
 of 5 bubbles Hewitty15, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“We heard another couple complain of noise from the upper level. Luckily our room was the top level so it wasn't an issue.”
  • Room #211. Small, but nice.
  • Room #211 view onto the sun deck.
 of 5 bubbles CodyM528, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Upstairs court yard rooms are more spacious and private. Smaller rooms on ground level are good if you just need a bed and”
 of 5 bubbles marymartha8, 27 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask about the size of the room...they vary greatly! Check out the website: portofinohotel.net”
 of 5 bubbles jaxgrls, 13 Dec 2016 | Read review
“They have water, coffee in the rooms and also little buffet breakfast in the morning next to reception desk.”
 of 5 bubbles 875camiliaa, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
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