It was our 36th wedding anniversary and we wanted to return to Catalina where we had gone for our first anniversary. After searching web sites of every hotel on the island we chose Vista del Mar.
We purchased tickets on the Catalina Flyer out of Newport on a Groupon but found out later that the hotel offered the same discount if you stayed with them. We went directly to the hotel after getting to the island at 10:30. Check in time was posted as being 3 o'clock so they checked us in and held our bag till they called us when the room was ready. We went for a short walk to the casino and had lunch near by. As soon as we were finished with lunch we got a call from the hotel saying our room was ready. We were taken to our room and upon entering we very impressed with the cleanliness and decor. When I made the reservation I mentioned we were coming over for our anniversary. There was a bottle of Champagne in our room with a Happy Anniversary balloon attached making us feel very special. We did not stay in one of the two ocean front/view rooms but as it turned out for us we didn't spend that much time in our room to make that a priorty. The hotel has a balcony area near the check in desk with two tables that give you the same view. We sipped our Champagne, ate our complimentary breakfast and had our milk and cookies at one of those tables each day. The staff was very helpful and always had an answer to our questions. The hotel offers free movies you can check out to watch on your in room flat screen t.v. while in front of your fireplace. The time went so fast and before we knew it check out time had arrived . After checking out we had about five hours to wait for the Catalina Flyer to take us back home and reality. The hotel held our bag again so we could walk around some more. We played minature golf and then got our bag and said our good byes to the hotel staff. We would definitely stay at Vista del Mar again. I don't think we will wait quite as long to return next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vista Del Mar is located on the beach, overlooking Avalon Bay, with rooms featuring: ocean views, jetted tub, continental breakfast, milk and cookies each evening, HDTV, DirecTV, DVD / Blu-Ray Player, complimentary Blu-Ray and DVD library, fireplace, wet bar with refrigerator, complimentary high-speed wireless internet, air conditioning, beach mats and beach chairs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vista Del Mar Avalon
- Vista Del Mar Hotel
- Hotel Vista Del Mar Catalina Island/Avalon, CA