Stayed in Aurora's Standard Room with no view, room 316, for one night on May 23, 2012. Check-in was not till 3pm, but we were lucky to have our room ready when we arrived which was like 10:15am. Although the room is described as no view, the room we stayed in had a small balcony you can step out into with a glass railing (not big enough to stand on, but not big enough to put a chair out there). The view we got from there was pretty much the hill side and view of the properties, but it was okay, cause all we had to do was step out of our room and walk a short distance down the hall, and you have a perfect view of the ocean from the roof deck.
Roof Deck: Beautiful View of Ocean. The roof deck closes at 10pm, but I believe they politely asked us to continue our conversation else where, only when we started to get a little loud. My boyfriend and I were on the deck with another person talking away past 10pm, and even when they were ready to ask us to leave, they gaved us about another 10, 15 minutes to let us finish up our conversation, which I thought was very nice. They only seem to kick you out to respect sleeping neighbors and possible hotel guests, which is totally understandable.
The hotel also allows you to relax on the roof deck on your last day until your boat is ready to leave, and they will hold your bags so you don't have to carry them around all day. Check out is at 11am.
Noise: My boyfriend and I are 27 and 28 and probably the noisest in the building.Hopefully, we didn't disturb anyone. It seems the walls are a bit thin, but I think most of the noises I heard was from the hallway, mostly from people coming in and out of their rooms. As far as any noise from outside, we didn't really hear any, the area was extremely quiet, it could be because it was only a Tuesday night.
Amenities: Queen size tempurpedic bed was very comfortable. Sheets were clean. Room mini-refridgerator inlcuded only two complimentary water bottles, which was perfect for the drinks we brought back from home. Flat scereen television was nice, and we checked out two free movies from the lobby. We didn't try the Keurig coffe maker because we aren't coffee drinkers, but they had an assortment of flavors to choose from. Air conditioner took a short while to kick in, but worked just fine. And the the heater worked just as well. Ice Machine found in Lobby.
Bathroom: Small. Shower area was very small. It reminded me of a cruiseship shower, a tad bigger then a cruise ship shower, at least for the ones I've been in which were usually the smallest of the cruiseline state rooms. It was very clean. The towels were clean, although one towel was not as white as another towel, it didn't mean it wasn't clean. But I'm not picky, I know it's not that easy to get towels super white. It was clean and usable. The sliding doors of the restroom I thought was neat. Someone I believe had posted a review saying it doesn't give you any privacy, I totally disagree. When my boyfriend was in there, with the light on and sliding doors closed, I could only see shadows. I couldn't really see him, unless you go right up to the door, but even then hard to see through.
Location: The Island is small, so everything is close by. It was a short walk from where we boarded off when landing on Catalina Island. The hotel is closer to the Casino then some of the other hotels, such as Avalon and Mac Rae. It was up a hill, but my boyfriend and I are young and workout about 3 times a day, so for us, it was nothing.
Continental breakfast: Orange juice, coffee, english muffins, bluberry muffins, scones, strawberries, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, peanut butter, jelly, butter, and etc. Not bad for coninental breakfast, simple and good.
Overall, hotel is clean, modern, looks pretty much like the pictures, the price was the best I found without giving up comfort and look of place. I did a lot of research and compared almost every hotel on the Island. The cheaper hotels seemed to have outdated rooms and not the best reviews. Although the look of the place is a modern, it adds to the experience, and I wanted to make this trip special since it was for my boyfriend's birthday. I paid a little extra, but not as much as I would have at another hotel like Avalon, Hotel Vista Del Mar, Pavillion, and Sung Harbor Inn. Yes, those hotels might offer a little more like afternoon wine and cheese, and etc, but your also paying the price for it. I was on a budget, so I decided I could just bring my own and not pay the extra $25 -$100 for those extra perks. I did the math. I would definetly stay at this hotel again!!!!
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