First I have to wonder about T.A. reviews drenched in enthusiasm but lacking in travel experience. But this isn't about how to write a review . . . it is to warn unsuspecting travelers who like some quiet and privacy to stay far away from this hotel. Yes, it has what others mention -- cozy, well located, etcetera, etcetera -- and Catalina is still loaded with charm. But for $425 a night, the hotel should have told us there was construction underway in an adjoining property, that children raced along the halls and up and down the stairs (located under our room) constantly, that the walls are paper-thin and the noise of scraping chairs and tables being rearranged is loud and clear as the adjoining restaurant cleans and sets up, and that if you keep your windows open to the sea breeze what you hear are people chatting, loudly, (or skateboarding) right under that cute balcony you see on their website. No consideration was offered for 2 sleep deprived days and nights. As for the rooms, only 2 have views and balconies; the others open onto a landscaped interior corridor. On the plus side, the personnel are mostly courteous, informed, and try to be helpful. The room was nicely appointed, the bed comfortable. Just bring your earplugs. Or head for someplace in the hills.
- 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