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Hotel Vista Del Mar
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 March 2013

Bf surprised me with a weekend getaway to Catalina Island (1.5 hr boat ride from Orange County). The hotel is right smack in the middle of the island fronting the pier and surrounded by restaurants, shops and water activities. We had room 102, one of the 2 suites in the building facing the water. We had a balcony, living room, jacuzzi, fireplace and a huge bathroom. Set him back $500 a night but we had a great time. It was hard to leave the hotel because of the amenities and fabulous view. We will be back for sure!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

My wife and I went out to Catalina with another couple for an overnight trip. We got a package deal with the boat ride over there and back included. Let me start out by saying that the Vista Del Mar is in a great location in Avalon. It's right in the middle of everything! The staff was all great from our check in to check out I felt like they did whatever we asked with a smile. The breakfast was great! They have a great checked bag service. We even needed some things out of our bags after checking out and they not only got our bags out for us but let us use their personal bathroom to change our clothes before the boat ride back. I have not stayed many places in Avalon but I know I will only stay here from now on!!! They do have no elevator and you need to walk up two flights of stairs to get there so keep that in mind. Did not matter in our party but just an FYI.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Not only is Avalon quaint and cozy, but it wouldn't have been as enjoyable if it weren't for our stay at the Vista Del Mar. We had a blast. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We had the fireplace go out one evening and the lady at the desk came and helped us herself. Between the 3 of us we figured it out. My wife and I just loved the fireplace, so getting it going again was paramount. lol Great ambiance with the hall and balcony with the signature fish tank as well as the continental breakfast and milk and cookies at night. Time just slowed down when we got settled in. Just what we needed and just what you need. Steve's Restaurant is a class act. I had the catch of the day and the key lime pie, which is otherworldly. You cant go wrong at Steve's. Bouys and Gulls on the ground floor was a class act also. Bought more things there than anywhere else. The HVDM is perfect for Avalon. Stay and cozy up or go explore the island. This is the perfect spot.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Beautiful boutique hotel right on the waterfront. It's a hidden jewel with just 15 rooms. We had no problem finding it or getting luggage up to the third floor. The staff is more than willing to help you with luggage or anything else you might need. We stayed in a courtyard deluxe room. Absolutely amazing use of space in the rooms and the reception area; efficiently used but doesn't make you feel like it's a small property. All finishing touches throughout the property are elegant and well-maintained. While a continental breakfast might sound plain, they kick it up a notch with a nice presentation and better quality offerings than most places. Would definitely stay here again. I could just sit in the lounge area looking out the window for hours! They also have a sister property just a block away (Snug Harbor) in case you find Vista Del Mar booked up.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Located right on the beachfront in Avalon, and close to everything, this hotel is really very relaxing. Though one has to walk up two flights of stairs to the main desk ( with bags ) it is well worth the final destination. With a sit down lunge area just off the main lobby with exotic fish tank the views are right there in front of you, the pier, the beach ( even a small and short as it is ), the tourist promenade and the harbor.
The stay is relaxing and uneventful ( perfect for a restful and relaxing stay ), the rooms really quite simple yet exquiste. Rooms have been updated to the point where it looks like they were originally built that way, not at all like a typical remodel.
My only complaint - the walls are thin and one can hear a little from adjoining rooms, but definitely not unacceptable. Bathroom is very nice yet small.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally good. The lobby and landscaped access hallway to the rooms are covered yet out...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We loved everything about this hotel. The rooms are beautiful, clean and inviting. The rooms are so nice that you slmost don't want to leave it. Every single staff member was friendly and helpful. We definitely will stay here every time we visit.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

This hotel was established in 1988 and that was our first visit( when our son was 1 year old), short of 4years (2007-2013) We have returned to this hotel each and every year at about the same time each year. Hotel Vista Del Mar, its amenities, staff and Owner, Jerry are the best and have only gotten better with time. The Ambiance is even more lovely with all the renovations Jerry has invested in and it is more beautiful than ever. No vehicle traffic in front of the Hotel (only walking allowed) so it is very quiet, Ocean Views and so close to everything!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, 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 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#2 Family Hotel in Avalon
#4 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price Range: £109 - £373 (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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