Luxury 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (two entries), Sleeps 4
Your Hosts, Mel and Leslie
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About Your Hosts, Mel and Leslie
Mel Dinkel and Leslie Baer Dinkel met on non-other than Santa Catalina Island. A few years later, we were married at Descanso Beach (highly recommended!) in Avalon. Catalina holds so many memories for us, and since we are not on the Island all the time, we wanted to create an 'affordable luxury' accommodation where people could make their own memories! Since lots of families come to Catalina, it had to be fun -- thus, 'La Casa Sirena' (The Mermaid House) which includes both Catalina and Mermaid themes. And now, we have two locations: This one at Hamilton Cove which accommodates up to 4, AND La Casa Sirena at Bahia Vista A-05 which accommodates 6! We wanted this property to be romantic for couples, and so, we added a super-comfortable KING bed, and a barbecue and lighting to take full advantage of the patio where while dining you will enjoy sweeping ocean views. In short, we wanted our properties to be comfortable enough to be our home away from home, and yours too!
Your Hosts, Mel and Leslie purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Your Hosts, Mel and Leslie chose Avalon
Our properties are well-accommodated and conveniently located. No big firms, no outrageous extra fees. Our units are our now privately managed and an excellent value!
What makes this Villa unique
Multiple condos in this complex make it perfect for family reunions or gatherings of friends. And of course, a GOLF CART comes with this unit, In addition: Secluded, pool, spa, workout room, mini-golf, private beach! We love it, and we know you will too!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
In consideration of those with allergies.
Children always welcome when well supervised
Minimum age of primary renter:21
We strictly enforce our NO-SMOKING POLICY. Guests who do not abide are subject to immediate removal without refund and are responsible for damages.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Nice place, but full of ants.
The place is nice. Great location, great views, great amenities, and all. The main problem were the abumdance of ants and the lack of communication and action to correct the situation. We stayed for a week for our honeymoon, and bought food for the week. We ended up having to throw most of it away because the ants got to most of it-including food stored in the fridge. We spent most of the week trying to battle them instead of relaxing. When we alerted the coordinator about it, she reluctantly came to assist with no more than a bottle of cleaning spray. She claims that this was never an issue before, but we doubt that very seriously since SO many of them infested our food in such a short time. She also claomed to let the owners of the house know of the situation and get in contact with us, but of course we never heard back. If we return to Hamilton Cove, we will stay in a different spot and work with a different coordinator.
As reflected in numerous 5-star reviews and our Premier status, we work especially hard to provide excellent facilities, amenities and service. It is true as our manager told you that we have never before had ants reported in the unit—a good track record for a decade. But there is a first time for everything, and we regret it happened during your stay. We have since had the property inspected and no ants or other unwanted insect guests have been detected.
That said, in all fairness, we feel we must note that when our manager responded to your call, she found in the refrigerator a bottle of orange juice on its side that had dripped out onto the kitchen floor and it was there ants had congregated. (Due to your request for a refund for your stay, she provided us with photos of the property to evaluate.) While we are not disputing that some ants were present in the spilled juice, neither our manager’s visual inspection, the photos she provided us, nor the exterminator’s report support the infestation you’ve described in your review.
After mopping the entire kitchen floor, our manager cleaned out the refrigerator, and though there were no ants present elsewhere on the property, she wiped down all the counters and cabinets for you for good measure. We felt that this was a fair and generous response, and that the refund you requested was wholly unwarranted. We regret that you were disappointed with our decision but we stand by it.
Leslie and Mel
A fabulous way to enjoy Catalina!
From check in to check out this was a wonderful experience and we hope to return soon!
Excellent getaway, as always!
We always love staying at this property! Mel and Leslie are so friendly and very easy to communicate with and Chela’s availability and responsiveness is awesome, as always! We’ll be back!
Hamilton Cove Condo
Overall the property was just as described. There were a few little ants on the counter. The TV was difficult to work at one point. Even our son who is tech savvy had a problem. He eventually got it going again. I wish there were some cleaning supplies as we stayed 6 days. Besides these small inconveniences, it was just fine.
Wow beautiful Santa Catalina
Just loved everything about our stay. The villa and golf buggy were fantastic. Amazing views and everything was exactly as advertised. We didn’t want to leave!
Rough start, beautiful hide away
Rough start....the instructions for the property were not followed. Texted by property mgr night before about names, sent to Leslie on May 3rd. Arrived and no keys in lock box. After searching for awhile found them in cup holder in golf cart. Went to front door and it was unlocked so not sure how long it was not secure. Had to search for items in condo (instruction book, Hamilton Cove sheet buried under 2yr old travel books in drawer). Roku not hooked up in living room. Cord in another drawer. No dish towels. 3rd day woke by smoke alarm in room sounding for "whole" building, not individual alarm in our room. Thought issue was room alarm since so loud. Security came since I removed to inspect. Security stated another room in building set off their alarm. This would have been good to know. Lamps not working, found screw driver in drawer to tighten handle on frying pan. To loose to use. Pictures on site need updated. Beautiful view. Spent a lot of time on balcony. Thanks for the fans in room. We used them everyday. Beautiful property and the golf cart helped a lot. We booked for our 30th anniversary and 1st time on the island so we enjoyed the island and would like to go back.
The keys not in the lock-box are a first, and we apologize! They were likely not replaced by the previous guests, so the housekeeping staff left the door open for you while they sought to rectify this. We replaced the full set of cookware at the beginning of the season and will replace any that are in poor condition as you've described. Thank you for letting us know. The housekeeping staff is crazed at this time of year, and must have overlooked the dish towels and replacing the Unit's book in an obvious location, and we have notified them. We were glad to read that beyond these goofs you loved the property, views and enjoyed the golf cart!
Sincerely yours, Leslie and Mel
The most visited tourist destination on Catalina Island is the city of Avalon, and La Casa Sirena Hamilton Cove 2-40 is a luxury villa located in a quite, gated community. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the mainland behind, Hamilton Cove is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year-round Mediterranean climate, it’s the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.
While in Avalon just a stroll or short drive in your included golf cart from Hamilton Cove, visitors enjoy swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, golfing, hiking, biking, shopping, strolling the museum and art galleries, a day at a spa, guided sightseeing tours or renting golf carts to explore the city on their own. You can also zip line, 'SNUBA,' tube, stand-up paddleboard -- or, just lay on the beach!
Avalon’s beachfront is lined with South Beach, Middle Beach and Step Beach—all are conveniently located in the center of town and within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and land activities.
The Descanso Beach Club, located on your way to Avalon, is another place to enjoy the sun, lounge on the beach, snorkel, kayak, cruise around on stand up paddle board, or swim in the crystal clear water. With new Cabanas and lounge chairs available you get the ultimate in beach relaxation. Restrooms, outdoor showers, dressing rooms and chair/umbrella rentals are available. This private beach also offers a seaside bar and restaurant in Avalon, so you can dine and enjoy your beverage with your feet in the sand. Or, enjoy the private beach at Hamilton Cove!
Another activity is to head outside the city gate to the beautiful interior of Catalina Island. One of the unique guided tours will provide you with history and amazing views of the undeveloped outback of the Island. Or explore the isolated coves, secluded beaches, miles of hiking trails, beautiful plants and native animals that abound just outside of Avalon.