This was our 3rd time in Catalina and had never stayed at the Hermosa Hotel before. Previously, we spent approximately $600 for a 2 night stay, elsewhere but we heard about the Hermosa hotel from a local diver and called them up for this trip.... SWEET! We only paid exactly $347.2 for a summer 2 night weekend in one of their better remodeled rooms. (Still very basic. Don't think it had more than 1 picture on the wall, ha)
The unit we stayed in was called the B+, which had a new tiled shower like you'd see @ Holiday Inn. The rest of the bathroom was new as well, the floor was carpeted, the walls were white. Other amenities were a mini-fridge and a microwave (Coffee is in the lobby every morning).
This was the only hotel I've been to where I remembered the employee's names; Gina, John (Goes by 'Hub' and an amazing pool player), Mindy and Mark, the owner. THey Are All RElated! It's a family hotel- They made the stay for sure.
We paid half the price and had less luxurious room than our previous stays but we got more out of it. For a minute I actually got jealous that another couple at the counter was laughing with the employees. I was thinking to myself, "Hey, those are my hotel friends"!
I highly recommend this hotel; not because the rooms are fantastic because they are nothing fancy at all; but because of the environment, cheap rooms, awesome staff; the price is unbeatable.
I scored everything a 5 less then rooms. The rooms get a 3. We saved $300 on the hotel... We came in way under budget. Last trip we spent about $1200, but this time we spent about $700.
OH! And let the managers tell you where to eat! They are Right! Ask about dollar taco's and $4 margaritas- HOW COME NO ONE TOLD US BEFORE; It Was amazing. That's one way we stayed way under budget, haha. Only the locals know about it, so ask!
I could go on! We had a great time.