The newly renovated three story Hotel Atwater on Catalina Island is now one of the island’s premier lodging destinations. Owned by the Catalina Island Company, they spent 18 months completely restoring the hotel’s nostalgia and historic past.


Built in the 1920’s by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., the hotel’s namesake Helen Atwater Wrigley, loved three things about Catalina Island: fresh flowers, the beautiful ocean views and a glass of champagne every evening before bed. The Catalina Island Company are honoring this stylish woman by offering her favorites to guests.


Some guest rooms have ocean views, a split of Napa Sparkling Wine is given to guests the first night of their arrival for toasting, and flowers are displayed throughout the newly opened lobby and beautiful wood accent reception area. Elegant upholstered furniture in color of blues, greens, orange and cream colors, and a grand staircase are some of the hotels new features.


Upon check-in, guest receive a destination value card worth more than $100 of things to see and do while staying at the Hotel Atwater. The $30 per day destination fee includes a $40 food and beverage credit at on of the Catalina Island Company dining options: Avalon Grille, Mt. Ada (lunch), Bistro at the Atwater, Encanto Cafe at Island Spa Catalina, Descanso Fresh and Descanso Beach Club. For Hotel Atwater guests who take the Catalina Express boat for a day trip to Two Harbors, this food and beverage credit includes the Harbor Reef Restaurant, West End Gallery, and Harbor Sands.


Guests receive complimentary tour certificates at the reception desk for a Glass Bottom Boat Voyage and a Discover the Casino Tour, as well as a complimentary fitness class at the nearby Island Spa Catalina.


One of the best ways to explore the City of Avalon is by bicycle. Hotel Atwater guests receive a certificate for two hours of complimentary bike rental at Brown’s Bikes. Receive a map of Avalon and a multi-speed cruiser bike to pedal along the water’s edge to  Pebbly Beach, up to the Wrigley Memorial, out to the Catalina Casino and Descanso Beach Club.


Guests receive striped beach towels to use while swimming in the clear water near Via Casino, the Green Pleasure Pier, Lovers Cove or Descanso Beach Club.


One of the easiest ways to arrive to Avalon is onboard the Catalina Express, which offers up to 30 departures daily and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Splurge and pay $15 extra for more comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating on the high-speed vessels designed for comfort and speed. Within one hour passengers arrive to a more laid back island, rich in history, and a multitude of water and land activities.

To learn more about Catalina, go to Visit Catalina.