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Hotel Vista Del Mar
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 July 2012

This hotel is a great place to stay on Catalina Island. It is right on the main street right in the middle. The rooms are nicely detailed with crown molding and nice accents. The continental breakfast in the morning is just right and the cookies and milk are a real treat in the evening. We called the front desk to make dinner reservations one evening and they offered to place the cookies and milk in our room. That was a very nice gesture. Steve's Steak House is right under the hotel and the food and service is really good. The hotel is small located on the third floor so if stairs are an issue for you this might not be the place to stay. The lobby balcony over looks the main street and the ocean and my husband and I had a glass of wine and watched the waves each evening before we turned in. They also have beach towels and beach chairs available for your use. They do seem to book up very early so if you are interested in staying there make sure you make your reservations early. I highly recommend this hotel our stay was really great.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Super nice hotel! Very clean and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff. A beautiful salt water aquarium, plants and flowers all about the hotel. Complimentary breakfast was a great way to start the day overlooking the boardwalk, beaches, and pier. The location is perfect with great eats, treats (Ice cream shop & candy store) and shopping all around you. In the evenings, fresh and warm cookies are served at the hotel. If you can't make it for the cookies, the staff will put some in your room at your request. I plan on staying at this hotel again soon and recommended this hotel to my friends. One more tip: Try Steve's Steak House next door to the Hotel Vista Del Mar. We ate there twice and loved the food.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Bagoboat
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the lobby of the hotel and saw that it had been completely remodeled! WOW! It's beautiful and very nicely done. This place is fantastic! We go every year to the island and stay at the Hotel Vista del Mar. It just keeps getting better! The rooms are immaculate. I love wearing my hotel robe and having warm cookies every evening in the foyer...Hey and the little breakfast is a bonus! My kids love it because they can walk out the door of the hotel and onto the beach! Can't wait till next year!!

Room Tip: Every Room is fantastic! The ocean view suites are incredible!
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank CaliforniaBusykat
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

Our annual trip to Catalina for the Fourth of July holiday was, as always, an enjoyable experience. Our stay at Hotel Vista Del Mar included the usual top notch service and accommodations we have become accustomed to, a relaxing place to unwind centrally located to many of the islands activities. The complimentary continental breakfast is delightful, with hot coffee and tasty pastries(especially the almond and chocolate criossants!). Recent improvements include a remodel of the bathrooms, with glass-enclosed, tiled showers as well as new carpeting throughout the property, including the open-air atrium. We look forward to returning soon!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank mrcreilly
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

The room was nice but the bed had a hump down the center. It's still probably the nicest room I've stayed in on Catalina island. Nice ocean view, the waves put me to sleep at night.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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2  Thank captE48
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

This is by far the best hotel on the island. I enjoyed the fireplaces in the rooms and will be going back soon...

Room Tip: Ocean views are great, but all the rooms are great. Only slight drawback is the noise from the room...
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

You will miss Hotel Vista Delmar if you are not looking for it. It's understaded entrance hides a small, relaxing, very well maintained property with outstanding service. The first thing you notice when you get to the hotel lobby is a beautiful salt water fish tank and a lovely sitting area (outdoor) facing the beach right in the center of town. The hotel itself evokes feeling of a tropical rain forest or a botanical garden. The corridor where the rooms are located is lit naturally via skylights the entire length. It is also the home of many lusch tropical plants lining the hallway in front of and outside of each room. Upon entering our room, we were welcomed by gold and silver baloons and a bottle of Champagne in honer of our anniversiary. Our room, which was the lowest priced available, included an electric fireplace, sofa, chairs, work area, super comfortable bed and linens and a beautiful upscale bathroom. All of this is provided with by a warm, welcoming, and unpretencious staff that is clearly motivated to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. When we woke up to go to the continental breakfast in the lobby, a landscaper was actually changing out plants in the hallway to ensure their freshness. This is my kind of hotel.....all of the fine service and amenities without any attitude. You really can't go wrong at Vista Del Mar. Should we ever return to Catalina, we already know where we will stay!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Vista Del Mar

Address: 417 Crescent Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Avalon
#2 Family Hotel in Avalon
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#4 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price Range: £107 - £365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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

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