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The Inn on Mt. Ada

Hotel Review - Romantic Inn on Mt. Ada


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Inn at Mt. Ada

© Betsy Malloy 2003

We recently learned that the Inn on Mt. Ada is scheduled to close in November, 2014. As of early June, they are completely sold out until then.

We are holding out hope that this situation will change, but until it does, your only hope if you want to stay there one more time is to call asking about cancellations. Or you can still have breakfast or lunch on their patio. They take reservations one month in advance.

About.com Rating:

We give the Inn on Mt. Ada 4.5 stars out of 5

The Bottom Line:

Everyone who visits Catalina Island's town of Avalon notices it. The "big white house up on the hill," former home of chewing gum millionaire William A. Wrigley, is now a bed and breakfast inn called The Inn at Mt. Ada (named for Wrigley's wife). With one of the most beautiful views in California and a staff dedicated to pampering their guests like royalty, The Inn at Mt. Ada is a welcome retreat for any occasion, but especially for a romantic getaway, anniversary celebration or wedding.


  • The best views in Avalon
  • Excellent, helpful staff
  • Lots of public space and places to sit on the porches
  • You get your own golf cart to drive (how fun is that?)


  • Breakfasts are good, but lunches could be better given the room rates
  • Daily rates seem expensive at first glance, but include two meals per day, as well as use of a golf cart (which rents for about $30 an hour in town)


  • 398 Wrigley Terrace Rd
  • Avalon (Catalina Island)
  • Phone: 800-608-7669 or 310-510-2030
  • Website
  • The Inn has six rooms. The Grand Suite has a private balcony and sitting room, the Windsor Room has views of both Avalon and the mainland. Some rooms have private balconies
  • The Inn's van picks you up and drop you off at the ferry terminal
  • 100% non-smoking
  • Free WiFi
  • Full breakfast and light lunch. Soft drinks, water, wine, beer, port and sherry available at all times, as well as cookies and snacks. Afternoon wine and appetizers.
  • Each room gets a golf cart, handy for zipping into town and even more welcome when getting back up the hill

About.com's Inn on Mt. Ada Review:

When Wrigley bought Catalina Island, the story goes, he sent workmen to find a perfect site for his house. They camped all over the island, in the hills above the cove, choosing a site on a hillside overlooking the town and harbor. In more than a dozen visits to Catalina, I've never found a spot that I thought was better.

While the house officially "faces" east, with a pleasant view of the hills from its entry, the west side is the star attraction, and a more romantic view would be hard to find. From the sun room's floor-to-ceiling windows or the veranda stretching almost the length of the house, the view of Avalon, its blue harbor dotted with boats and the art deco style casino building beyond them, draws and holds the attention. In the morning, the town is blue-washed and often misty, but by afternoon, the sun shines brightly on the Mediterranean scene below. At night, the city lights twinkle, and the casino is dramatically lit.

With such outstanding views, one might not notice anything else, but the Inn's service is as good as the view. The staff is dedicated to making each guest feel as if they were the lord (or lady) of the manor. If you go there more than once, they'll remember you and welcome you like an old friend.

Rooms are very comfortable and decorated in keeping with the time when the house was built. Beds are comfortable and bathrooms quite spacious for a property of that period. In a location like this, it's unlikely that you'll be watching much television, but if you're looking for a place with big, flat-panel televisions, iPod docks and other modern touches, this isn't it.

The only potential downside to staying at the Inn is that you may not manage to see the other island sights you intended to. We've talked to many people whose grand plans were abandoned in favor of just sitting on the veranda and relaxing.

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