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Hotel Mac Rae Information


Best Prices on the Beach! The Hotel Mac Rae offers our guests well priced accommodations right on the beach in the very center of Avalon. Our name is on the building and it is our goal to make you comfortable while you enjoy the best that Catalina has to offer. You can decide to be as calm and relaxed or as active and adventurous as you choose to be. Enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in our open-air courtyard before walking downstairs to cross the boardwalk to the sand of the calm clear Avalon beach. We also provide complimentary beach towels, luggage storage, and after check-out shower facilities to freshen up after a day on the beach before heading home. When booking your reservation, choose our Beachfront Relaxation Package and allow us to arrange your round-trip boat reservations for you. The Mac Rae Family looks forward to having your as our guests! Please be advised that all guest rooms are located on the second and third floors and we do not have an elevator.

Herbert Dewey Mac Rae arrived in Avalon in 1906. The second generation Mac Rae born out of Scotland, he worked as the accountant for the Banning Brothers who owned the island at that time. Following a disastrous fire, the Banning Brothers tried but were unable to recover and sold the island to William Wrigley, Jr. Prior to that sale, the Banning Brothers asked their employees if they would like to buy any land. H.D. Mac Rae stepped up and bought two lots of land on the beach, in the center of town. It was there that he built the Hotel Mac Rae in 1920. Four generations and nearly 100 years later, the Mac Rae family still operates the hotel and welcomes guests to Avalon.

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing
  • Staff protective clothing
  • Barriers in main areas
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Masks for guests
  • Gloves for guests
  • Guest protective clothing encouraged
  • No shared stationery
  • Common area doors left open
  • Outside air ventilation
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • First aid kit
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature checks (staff)


  • 24h reception
  • Air conditioning
  • Baggage store
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Ice machine
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Subtitles
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • 24 hour security
  • Express check in
  • Express check out
  • Sun terrace


  • Continental breakfast
  • Free breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Fine dining
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet-ski
  • Karaoke
  • Mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Theater
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Adventure
  • Backpacking
  • Beach activities
  • Concerts, music
  • Entertainment
  • Family fun
  • Fitness
  • History/science museums
  • Special interest
  • Watersports
  • Wild life
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    3:00 PM (Reception open 24 hours)
  • Check out
    11:00 AM
  • Child Policy
    No preference
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


The guest rooms in our hotel are all located on the second and third floors and we do not have an elevator. Unfortunately, ADA compliant guest rooms are not readily achievable.


  • Boat from Dana Point, Newport Beach, Long Beach, San Pedro (26.0 miles)

    Book a Beachfront Relaxation Package with our hotel and allow us to arrange your roundtrip boat transportation from Dana Point, Newport Beach, Long Beach or San Pedro.  Once you arrive at the island, the hotel is just a few minute walk along the water.  The Hotel Mac Rae is located in the center of town, on the beach near the base of the green Pleasure Pier.

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