Hotel Villa Portofino
Located across the street from the beach in downtown Avalon, this hotel has Mediterranean touches like green-and-white striped awnings, a terra cotta roof, and a quiet sun deck for guests. The bulk of the rooms are courtyard-facing, furnished with wood bureaus and beds, simple-fabric chairs, and print bedspreads. Also available are a select number of specialty rooms with water views and extras like marble bathrooms and private balconies. Beach towels and chairs can be borrowed at the front desk, a complimentary continental breakfast is served daily, and small refrigerators are in each room.