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Catalina Island Inn Hotel Review: For budget-minded island hoppers (budget being relative --- think of this in comparison to a Ritz, not a Travelodge), this hotel sits in a prime location just steps from the beach. Guests are welcomed into a casual, intimate lobby, complete with contemporary beach décor. Each of the newly-decorated guest rooms, as well as the two-room suites, open onto spacious balconies awash in the invigorating Catalina sea air ... and the picturesque harbor views aren't too shabby, either. Shops, cafés and the harbor are just a half a block away, and the staff is well-versed in island bests, from kayaking and wildlife viewing to golfing and the top restaurants.