By Amy Nguyen
Avalon Bay has been through many wonderful changes since the 1880’s, making it one of the most unique island resorts in the country, and the Glenmore Plaza Hotel has been there to see it all! In 1891, work crews, fresh from completing the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego were transported to the island to build the Glenmore Plaza Hotel. As Catalina Island’s oldest hotel, and second oldest in the entire state of California, The Glenmore Plaza Hotel has a unique and fascinating history.
Most recently, a $2 million renovation added marble bathrooms and new balconies to the Glenmore Plaza Hotel. Now you can spot Victorian-style chandeliers hanging from wood beam ceilings all while taking in the history and charm of the oldest hotel on Catalina Island. Historical greats like Theordore Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and Amelia Earhart have engulfed themselves in the essence of Catalina Island at the Glenmore Plaza Hotel. A significant part of Catalina Island and California history, the Glenmore Plaza Hotel is unlike any other on Catalina Island! Most of the hotel has been outfitted with new double pane windows, kitchenettes, comfortable pillow-top beds, and 55” flat screen televisions for guest to enjoy. The addition of balconies to several rooms on the second floor now offer guests partial mountain and ocean views.
Beginning the moment guests step foot on Catalina Island, the Glenmore Plaza Hotel offer a hassle-free getaway. A courtesy shuttle greets guests at the boat terminal and brings them directly to the historic hotel. Daily complimentary continental breakfast gives guests the fuel to begin their adventure while the on-site day spa provides guests with the convenience and relaxation one should expect from a vacation.
Located on Sumner Ave, just steps away from the beach and in the heart of Avalon, The Glenmore Plaza Hotel invites new and returning guests to experience Catalina Island’s oldest and friendliest hotel.