Ratings based on 29 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.4 out of 5
93% of guests recommend
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.7 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
4.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Nice

Posted Jul 24, 2014
Nice hotel but no pool or jacuzzi. Great view. I had a nice one night stay.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Huntington Beach

Boutique luxury, with comfortable charm

Posted Jul 18, 2014
Pros: It is off the main drag, so it's quiet, yet close to the Casino, Descanso Beach, and downtown. The staff are all delightful, and they offer coffee.
Location: The hotel is ideally situated near the downtown, and only briefly up a hill, which made it easy to return to throughout the day.
I have stayed in Catalina hotels several times, and know that many are "basic needs" at best, but the Aurora was a refreshing respite of luxury. Although there was a complication with the booking--through no fault of the hotel--the front desk staff, especially Romero, went out of his way to correct the situation and we were immediately shown to our junior suite, which had a large bath, with jaccuzi tub, modern styling, a large couch, bar set, mini fridge, microwave and heaps of space to spread out. It was the sort of place that made us want to spend more time in the hotel, than exploring the island. There is even a fantastic roof top deck with a stunning view of Avalon harbor, the perfect spot for an evening cocktail. The staff are so accommodating and welcoming and sincere, that we are certain to return.
2 out of 5
by Gary from California

Too pricey for what you get

Posted Jun 12, 2014
Pros: Location and view. Roof top lounge was nice.
Cons: Some refurbishing required - elevator would be big improvement - especially after walking up that hill
Location: Although up a steep hill that could knock your breath out, it was near all the shops and restaurants and activities.
As long as you upgrade to the ocean view, you get a great view. But, after staying in hundreds of hotel rooms over the years I found this room to be small particularly for the price paid. The only other room we ever stayed in that was smaller was one in Stockholm. Here in Catalina the depth of the bathroom was barely enough to sit on the toilet before your knees hit the glass door in front. The sink was a wall mount that was less than 12" deep from the wall and 16" wide with no place to put your toiletries. No bathtub, only a dark shower. The bedroom wasn't large enough to accommodate a king-sized bed, so we had to do with a queen. You had to push the vanity chair all the way in to the sliding glass door to the bathroom. The in-room amenities were nice: robes, free cold water coffee and tea, refrig, safe, DVD player, wi-fi. There was a spa room, but no pool, no fitness center, no restaurants, minimal lobby. Continental breakfast was less satisfactory than the low priced Hampton Inn so we skipped it. A good air conditioner made the room comfortable and the Tempurpedic bed was very good. Much of the furniture was showing wear and common carpeting needed replacing. Some of the similarly priced hotel provided shuttle service to the ferry; this one did not. Bottom line, way too pricey for what you get.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great hotel

Posted May 22, 2014
Had such a great time in Catalina and the hotel staff was fantastic. The rooms although small are very clean and comfortable. There is an outdoor patio on the 3rd floor that looks onto the harbor, very romantic! The Continental breakfast is really good and plenty of choices.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Cynthia from Los Angeles, CA

Modern Hotel near beach

Posted May 5, 2014
Pros: clean, and modern interior
Cons: Bathroom was a little small
Location: Location was near to the excitement of the main street but far enough to avoid the noise.
Staff was wonderful. They were most helpful in retrieving our lost luggage. Love the staff, love the facility
3 out of 5
by Ben from W

Small, overpriced room

Posted Mar 28, 2014
In general, the hotel was "tidy". VERY small room, with exceptionally small bathroom and shower. Noisy (construction next door), constant golf cart noise. Overall, "meh"... Wouldn't stay here, or visit the island again. PS--Carnival cruise port of call. Need I say more!?!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Good Time

Posted Mar 18, 2014
I loved it here. The staff was super friendly. The hotel was in good shape. The lobby had good coffee, cold water and fresh fruit. The deck up top was awesome and the rooms are nice.
4 out of 5
Recommended
by Shannon from Los Angeles

Quaint little find

Posted Jan 22, 2014 on Hotels.com
First, the people at the front desk were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the island. They made sure we knew all about the hotel and all it has to offer. The decor is a plus. The only downfall I saw with the hotel is....the bathrooms...they are very small and have a sliding glass door, it isn't very private. The view was amazing!! We will definitely be back!!!!!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Business Travelers
by Daniel from San Diego

Great experience

Posted Jan 18, 2014 on Hotels.com
Great view from room and the sundeck is amazing. Solid breakfast with awesome customer service. We shall return.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Jane from San Jose

nice hotel

Posted Jan 6, 2014
Pros: clean, well equipped, good service, close to all