32 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2019–2020 Another upscale favorite is the Hotel Metropole, which offers waterfront VIP suites with fireplaces, chic décor and a rooftop jacuzzi. Among the Island’s other bay front hotels are Portofino Hotel, with a snazzy rooftop deck, Snug Harbor Inn and Hotel Vista Del Mar. For a large suite, try Hotel Catalina & Courtyard Garden Suites, which offers an 1,800-square-foot penthouse with sweeping panoramic views of the bay. The suite, one of the largest on the island, has a fireplace, kitchen, two bathrooms, and a walk-around terrace. The hotel also has two 900-square foot suites, both with kitchens and views. VACATION RENTALS MADE EASY If you’re looking for a vacation rental, choose one of Catalina’s rental agencies. Local companies know the territory. They can help you decide between a condo in a hillside development outside town and a house in downtown Avalon. Catalina Island Vacation Rentals offers nearly 200 properties, including beach cottages, condos and Hamilton Cove units. (310.510.2276, CatalinaVacations.com). For some families and groups of friends, vacation rentals make sense. You’ll probably score more space and the convenience of having a kitchen. Hamilton Cove villas, in a private cove near Avalon, offers special amenities, including a private beach, tennis and croquet courts, a putting green and workout facilities. A golf cart is often part of the rental, since Hamilton Cove is a bit off the beaten track. But renting in downtown Avalon can be fun, too. The cottages and homes on the flats and hillsides of town are close to restaurants, shops and beach facilities. Tucked inside the Steamer Trunk are unusual treasures... A SPECIALTY COLLECTION OF CATALINA TILES MARINE-THEMED ITEMS • CRAFTED JEWELRY CHILDREN’S GIFTS One of the first shops you visit at the entrance to Avalon, or a quick stop on your way out. 605 Crescent Avenue | 310-510-2600 Complete tile selection available at thesteamertrunk.com OTHER CATALINA RENTAL SERVICES: AVALON COVE 818.248.8793 HAMILTON COVE REAL ESTATE 310.510.0190 HUNT & ASSOCIATE REALTORS 310.510.2721 VACATION RENTALS BY OWNER VRBO.com Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island