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“Saved our trip, perfect service and overall experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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417 Crescent Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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Santa Barbara, CA
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8 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Saved our trip, perfect service and overall experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

We came to this hotel from a disastrous experience with another nearby hotel and the Hotel Vista del Mar saved our entire trip! The staff was excellent, the huge and clean room (splurge for the ocean view with king bed, double hot tub, fireplace and private balcony) was perfect, and the location can't be beaten!

Expensive but worth it, we could have spent another week in this hotel and enjoyed every minute of it!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Laguna Beach, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

The pull out couch wasn't very uncomfortable. The sunlight window in the bathroom was great until 5am when we wanted to sleep in and the room was lit. We loved the location the view from the lobby and fresh breeze from the ocean was great. Could use a better bike storage. Over all we love the place. And plan on returning next summer. Thank you for a great time

John

Room Tip: All rooms are great, if you can afford the room with ocean view you are in heaven.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Another year and another great stay at the Hotel Vista Del Mar! We went for a few days for the 4th of July holiday and had such a fantastic time. We stayed in the beautiful Avalon Suite again and all the amenities are top of the line. It was perfect for our family. We love this hotel, it's so lovely and the staff is very gracious and helpful. We have 2 teens and they love going to Catalina every year and the location of the hotel in perfect for us. The beach is right in front and the hotel provides towels and beach chairs. And did I mention the shopping? You have to go to Bouys and Gulls (right below the hotel) and Avalon Bay Company also has really great things.
Catalina is just such a great get away. It is so close (We live in Thousand Oaks), yet you feel so far away and removed from L.A. We have been recommending this hotel to all our family and friends for years and every single person that has gone loves the hotel as much as we do. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston,Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This was our 1st visit to Avalon on Catalina Island and we found this hotel to be a great place to stay. The hotel is an easy 10 minute walk from the ferry and right on the beachfront. The rooms are very nicely appointed and very clean. The staff was very nice and helpful. There are many little things to like with this hotel: nice bath robes, fireplace in the room, large flat screen TV, decent continental breakfast, complimentary DVD library, refreshing cucumber/lemon water in the lobby, and best of all chocolate chip cookies and milk @ 8 pm. The cookies were so good we didn't bother to get desert after dinner at the restaurants - we just wanted those yummy cookies! If you let them know you will be out at cookie and milk time they will leave you some in your room - that was really nice. The only complaint I would have is that there is no elevator and they are on the 3rd floor of the building - if stairs is not a problem then this is the place to stay! I also recommend the fruit crepes at the little ice cream shop next door - so good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chino Hills, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This was my first time in Catalina, so when I made my reservation online I didn't know what to expect. The hotel was awesome! Very clean, great staff, very accommodating, top of the line amenities. They also have a great continental breakfast and yummy chocolate cookies and milk at night. They have towels and beach chairs to borrow for the beach. It is centrally located to all the shops and restaurants. It was a wonderful first experience in Catalina!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orange, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 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, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thousand Oaks, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Vista Del Mar

Address: 417 Crescent Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Avalon
#2 Family Hotel in Avalon
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#4 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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, luxury bath robes, air conditioning, beach towels 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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