Top 5 Oceanfront Hotels in California : Catalina Express

Top 5 Oceanfront Hotels in California

Oceanfront view

Beautiful ocean views and remarkable sunsets are always at the top of the list when it comes to the perfect vacation getaway. Thankfully, the sunny state of California is home to hundreds of gorgeous beach resorts. There are, however, a few oceanfront hotels that are completely set apart from the rest. These unique havens are found on Catalina Island, and they are completely secluded from smog, noise pollution, and busy traffic. The exclusive island experience, breathtaking landscapes, and nightlife opportunities make Catalina Island the place with the best oceanfront hotels in California.

Hotel Mac Rae

Hotel Mac Rae is one of the more affordable hotels on Catalina Island. This family-owned resort is located in the heart of Avalon and is accompanied with fantastic ocean views. The staff does an excellent job of keeping the rooms attractive and clean. Guests love waking up early and grabbing their complimentary continental breakfast. Other convenient amenities include luggage storage, beach towel borrowing, free WiFi, DVD borrowing, and a security door that they close at night. It’s a cute, vintage styled hotel that’s wonderfully established to give you an amazing coastal vacation.

Pavilion Hotel

Consistently recommended as one of the most luxurious places to stay on Catalina Island, Pavilion Hotel is just 14 steps from the stunning beach in the heart of Avalon. The rooms are the perfect size, have comfortable beds and are easy to access. The hotel’s wine and cheese social evenings are one the most adored events for guests. Visitors rave about the breakfast included with their reservation because it serves made-to-order omelets, expresso drinks and more! The resort itself is located on beautiful grounds with tons of outdoor seating for reading or leisurely naps. Because the hotel is owned by the Catalina Island Company, guests also gain access to discounted activities and restaurants, such as the Avalon Grille. You can also organize all your discounted tours with them and get perks at Descanso Beach Club. Pavilion Hotel is a great choice for a romantic getaway for couples. Regardless, this resort is an excellent place where you can expect every staff member to be eager about making your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole is so overflowing with amenities that you might not ever leave the resort. The rooms are nicely decorated and clean. They have a wide offering of room sizes so it’s easy to find two bed rooms or rooms that are bigger than others found on Catalina Island. The accommodating staff puts out a delicious breakfast spread every morning. The hotel provides spa/massage services, a hairdresser, and a cobblestone courtyard with eateries and an arcade, which is great for families. Visitors love that the nearby Catalina Coffee & Cookie offers so many selections of brews and baked goods. Everything you need is right there at your fingertips. Because of its oceanfront location, many couples are attracted to Hotel Metropole for a romantic beach vacation. Visitors who have something to celebrate have the option of renting out an area for a reception or gathering. The majority of people who frequent this resort conclude that Hotel Metropole is “paradise on earth.”

Pavilion hotel exterior

Hotel Vista Del Mar

Vista Del Mar is a charming hotel that sits nicely on the beach in Avalon. The hotel is beautifully designed and includes an aquarium in the lobby and an atrium in the hallway, full of sunlight and exotic plants. The rooms are spacious with beautiful fireplaces and complimentary water bottles, tea, and coffee. Their courtyard suite has two shower heads, three televisions, and a bottle of champagne waiting for you when you make a reservation to celebrate a special occasion. This is a great place for a romantic getaway! In the morning, you will be greeted with a continental breakfast that includes pastries, yogurt and Starbucks coffee. In the evening, you will be treated to fresh cookies and milk in the lobby (8 PM). The thoughtful staff and accommodations arranged at Vista Del Mar will make all the difference in giving you a vacation you will never forget.

Portofino Hotel

A truly elegant boutique oceanfront resort, Portofino Hotel is a boutique destination with about a dozen rooms. The hotel itself is smaller so it’s not the best option for large families. Nevertheless, Portofino Hotel is home to some of the best views on the island. The suites include private balconies that overlook absolutely breathtaking views of Avalon Bay. Each room has a huge bed, a patio with chairs and table, a mini fridge, and a lounge area with a couch, chairs, fireplace and TV. Guests love the gorgeous sunsets and sunrises that can be experienced in the courtyard or rooftop lounge. The hotel also provides continental breakfast, towels for the beach, and convenient luggage storage. Visitors rave about Portofino Hotel’s clean rooms, exceptional customer service, personal vacation recommendations, and astute attention to details.

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