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Catalina Canyon Resort and Spa Hotel Review: Lacking the historical charms that radiate from many of Avalon's hotels, this contemporary property compensates with a large conference center and a full spa, featuring an ever-evolving array of beauty and health treatments. It's popular with large groups and conventioneers who'd rather enjoy the charismatic streets of Avalon or a yummy massage than the malls of Orange County during their free hours. Expect at least one herd, whether a wedding party or tech convention, stampeding through the property during your stay. This large Mediterranean-influenced villa houses guest rooms that were completely renovated in 2006. Private balconies overlook island views, wireless Internet access is free and pets are welcome. A large outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, spacious sun decks and garden courtyards are ideal for savoring Catalina's mild, year-round temperatures. The Canyon Bar & Grill is open seasonally. As if to make up even further for its lack of (relatively speaking) character, the hotel is situated a short walk from the beach.