The Catalina Island Company reopens the historic Hotel Atwater following a total transformation. The hotel, located Avalon just off the Southern California coast on Catalina Island, originally opened in 1920. The property was the first major project undertaken by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. after he purchased the Catalina Island Company in 1919.
Hotel Atwater was named in honor of Helen Atwater Wrigley, wife of Wrigley’s son Philip Knight Wrigley. The family’s legacy is reflected in elements throughout the hotel, from bud vases filled with carnations to complimentary glasses of sparkling wine in every room, tributes to Helen’s love of flowers and the glass of bubbly she enjoyed every evening before bed.
The 95 guestrooms showcase pops of bright coral and pale teal. Decorative elements in the lobby include the original Wrigley family safe, books of family history and an accordion and harp to reflect Helen’s love of music. New fully-equipped meeting and event space allows for gatherings of up to 65 people.
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