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417 Crescent Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704   |  
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“Nice hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

The pics you see on the website is your actual room, very clean, nice size (my husband and I stayed in the Courtyard Deluxe room no view to the outside though), close to the shops and restaurants, very short walk from the Catalina Express dock. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

My entire family and I visited Catalina Island for Christmas. This hotel exceeded our expectations. It was beautiful, and centrally located, AND the customer service was superb. WE will definitely stay here again when we visit Avalon!

Room Tip: The courtyard rooms are small but so cozy! Next time, we MAY have to upgrade to an Ocean-view room...
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  • Stayed December 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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Buena Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We took the Catalina Express over to Avalon for the day to celebrate my wife's birthday. The weather was questionable, and after arriving on the island all return trips for the day were cancelled. We went in search of lodging and came upon the Hotel Del Mar. The staff immediately took care of us, providing a beautiful room, and helping us procure a few estentials for our stay. We found the room to be well appointed and in excellent shape. Our unplanned stay turned out to be the highlight of our visit.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

My wife and I visited Catalina for the first time this past week. We arrived to the hotel several hours before the scheduled check in time of 3:00 (we arrived at 11:15)....the front desk clerk provided us with discount coupons and an umbrella (since it was raining) and took down our contact number....after a hour the clerk called us and informed us our room was ready. Upon a speedy check in our bags had already been placed in our lovely room. The room was clean, modern and made for a perfect setting with the warm fireplace on a rainy afternoon. The daily breakfast and nightly cookie snack easily saved us cash on an over priced island meal. The staff and service exceeded our expectations (and we consider our expectations to be very high, as we never frequent hotels with less than 4 stars).....we took the morning ferry (11:00) and arrived back in Long Beach a hour later, however the front desk called around 2:00 and left a message saying the Catalina Express service was suspended due to weather and we could check back in at a discounted rate) - we were disappointed that we missed out on another stay at the hotel. If you choose a hotel for your trio to Catalina do not pass up this gem! You will NOT be disappointed!

Room Tip: Upgrade to the king bed! Perfect room for couples wanting to enjoy a quick getaway together and spen...
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  • Stayed December 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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

WOW! What a great place. Just a short walk from the ferry dock on Catalina Island to a beach front location in the middle of paradise. The rooms are elegantly appointed and the whole place looks brand new. The staff was amazing and very friendly. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back. We loved our visit to Catalina Island and our stay at Hotel Vista Del Mar. Thank you!

Room Tip: I think all the rooms at Hotel Vista Del Mar are probably fantastic! Just pic one. You can't go...
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  • Stayed November 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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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My wife and I recently returned (late Oct, 2012), from a short stay at the Vista Del Mar Hotel on Catalina where we celebrated the big 20. (along with a few college friends of course) By the way there is nothing like flying coast to coast to spend 4 days for an anniversary. Anyway we chose the Hotel Vista Del Mar by a referal from a long time Catalina Island resident/friend of ours. They were dead on. Perfect location, a short walk from the ferry landing. Central to downtown Avalon. Newly rennovated, this property is beautiful. Great tile work guys!! Inside the hotel is a quiet peaceful retreat that leaves you amazed the the "hustle" of Avalon is just two floors below your feet.

I suggest bringing/renting your snorkeling gear/ dive gear and get wet. The water around Catalina is amazing, kelp fields and brilliant fish, Garibaldi are the orange ones you'll see as you disembark the ferry on the island. Go visit Catalina, bring your wine from home if you like the good stuff (like my wife), super expensive there. Book your room at the Hotel Vista Del Mar a perfect lodge to top off a wonderful trip. So nice it was worth a 5000 mile round trip for four days!!

Room Tip: Use their beach chairs and towels. All the rooms are nice, quieter towards the back of the hotel...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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San Pedro, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We visited in November, as the weather cooled. We found the hotel rooms to be quite updated with luxurious touches such as the high sunroof in the bathroom, glass shower and rotating flatscreen TV. There is a library of DVDs to borrow for in-room viewing. Everything is very clean. There are less than 10 rooms and two suites (with ocean views), and a unique indoor/outdoor atrium which serves as the hallway. Great customer service and they will hold your baggage until your ship departs. One of the closest hotels to the boat dock and pier, where most attractions are centered. Note that the hotel is on the third floor and there is no elevator. One of the best restaurants in Avalon (Steve's Steakhouse) is on the second floor.

Room Tip: Only the two suites have an ocean view. They have a semi-private patio that is adjacent to the outd...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 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:
#1 Family Hotel in Avalon
#2 Best Value 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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