Catalina Island Company today announced the reopening of the historic Hotel Atwater following a total transformation, bringing an exciting new guest experience to the beautiful seaside town of Avalon, just off the Southern California coast on Catalina Island. On the cusp of its 100th anniversary, the completely revitalized property, which originally opened in 1920, offers modern amenities and a revamped design while preserving its roots as part of the Wrigley family legacy.
“Hotel Atwater was the first major project undertaken by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. after he purchased the Catalina Island Company in 1919, and its reopening is truly a significant event in the island’s history,” said Randall Herrel, president and chief executive officer of Catalina Island Company. “Through thoughtful renovation, we’re excited to be able to offer an enhanced guest experience that stays true to Hotel Atwater’s historic beginnings, celebrates the centennial of Wrigley falling in love with the destination, and gives guests another compelling reason to visit Catalina Island.”
Hotel Atwater was named in honor of Helen Atwater Wrigley, wife of Wrigley’s son Philip Knight Wrigley. This family legacy is reflected in nostalgic elements throughout the hotel, from bud vases filled with fragrant carnations to complimentary splits of sparkling wine in every room, tributes to Helen’s love of flowers and glass of bubbly she enjoyed every evening before bed.
The new Hotel Atwater boasts island-inspired décor and updated amenities, all less than a block from the beach. The 95 guestrooms are bright and airy, with pops of bright coral and pale teal. The suites offer king beds, one and a half baths, a separate living space with a sleeper sofa, bar and desk, and views of the ocean, town of Avalon or mountains. Standard rooms offer king or queen beds. All rooms include high-tech modern comforts including high-speed Wi-Fi and smart televisions.
A nod to Helen Atwater’s legendary hospitality, the hotel’s inviting lobby features welcoming seating areas to encourage conversation and draw guests in from the moment they arrive. Decorative elements including the original Wrigley family safe, books of family history and an accordion and harp to reflect Helen’s love of music. New fully-equipped meeting and event space allows for gatherings of up to 49 people.
With rates starting at $199/night, Hotel Atwater offers guests a suite of amenities and access to Catalina Island Company experiences. Included in the $30 destination fee, guests will receive a $40 food and beverage credit per night to be used at Avalon Grille, Mt. Ada, Descanso Beach Club and Descanso Fresh; access to Island Spa Catalina’s Wellness Studio; beach towels and access to Descanso Beach Club; complimentary tickets for the Discover the Casino Tour and Glass Bottom Boat Voyage; use of bicycles to get around Avalon, and luggage service to and from the ferry terminal.
More information about Hotel Atwater can be found at visitcatalinaisland.com/hotelatwater.
About the Catalina Island Company
This year, the Catalina Island Company is celebrating the centennial anniversary of William Wrigley Jr.’s investment in the island. As the premier resort operator on Catalina Island, the Catalina Island Company provides exceptional guest experiences, with dining establishments, hotels, a beach club, spa, entertainment venues, and more than 20 land and sea activities. The debut of the newly-renovated Hotel Atwater will add to the Catalina Island Company’s other Avalon accommodations at Mt. Ada and Pavilion Hotel. Other developments made to the island over the years include Descanso, the current location of Descanso Beach Club, Zip Line Eco Tour, Catalina Aerial Adventure and the seasonal Catalina Falconry Experience; Catherine’s Terrace, an oceanfront meeting and event space; and Island Spa Catalina, the island’s only experiential spa. Additionally, the Catalina Island Company oversees the entire village of Two Harbors on the island’s west end, including Harbor Sands, the Banning House Lodge & Villas, Harbor Reef Restaurant, several campgrounds, and more. For additional information, please go to www.visitcatalinaisland.com.
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