My husband and I chose to visit Catalina for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. The Hotel Vista del Mar was not our first choice, however, they were the only ones who had a vacancy on the dates we needed. We booked a room with a courtyard view, which I was disappointed with at the time because I wanted an ocean view. When we arrived, we were very pleasantly suprised. We were greeted as though we were old friends by the desk staff. The open air lobby offered a spectacular view of all of Catalina, and the courtyard is indescribable with hanging flowers and plants, large potted plants and trees lined the walkway, and wicker chairs throughout to lend a place of rest. Our room was immaculate, and a complimentary bottle of champagne was waiting for us in our room. The bed was plush and comfortable, the fireplace was the perfect touch, and the wicker chair and loveseat were perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. Each evening they served warm cookies and milk in the lobby. On the evening that we celebrated our anniversary, (in the restaurant just below the lobby called Steve's Steakhouse - the place to go for a wonderful elegant meal) we knew that we would not be back in time to enjoy the cookies and milk so we asked if they could place some in our room for us to enjoy later in the evening, and sure enough, when we returned to our room, there they were, warm and delicious. We arrived several hours prior to check in and on our day of departure our boat left hours after check out and they graciously offered to keep our bags secured in a locked room until we needed them. If you choose to book this hotel and they say they only have a couryard view, don't hesitate because, although, it isn't an ocean view, it is just gorgeous. The staff was kind and courteous, always ready to offer their assitance. I would say that the ONLY drawback to this hotel is that they are on the third floor with no elevator. But this would be the drawback at many of the hotels on the island because we visited several while we were there to find we had to climb flights of stairs every where we went. In visiting some of the other hotels, my husband and I have decided that Hotel Vista del Mar will be our choice for future visits. Thank you for helping us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with memories to cherish for years to come.
- 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