I have been staying at the Vista Del Mar before it was the Vista and it is more beautiful then ever. Randy has done a beautiful job remodeling with granite counters and a lovely fireplace
in each and every room.Even a live plant which is a nice touch. I stay for ten days and the only two drawbacks are the fridge doesnt keep cold enough to actually keep food. The continental breakfast is beautiful and served in the Atrium overlooking Avalon but after 3-4 days it becomes boring and we had to go out to eat. Sallys, Jacks, Pancake Cottage and Erics on the Pier are great. Nader is a newbie there but what a sweetheart and couldn't be more helpful. When we mentioned the fridge problem Nader said hed be sure to let Randy know and let us use another fridge. Juan is full of smiles and help and when you see these two on the street they are talkative and make you feel like a local. Same is true at Vons the only grocery store they call you by name.
I love October on the Island because it is not packed with tourists. It is a cool evening time of the year so you might need a sweater. My husband and just turned five year old take the Courtyard room and the same one year after year. It is small ( all rooms on the island are) but VERY doable w/double bed and pull out sofa but we are not in the room much as we find so much to do on the island. We checked out a few other hotels but you CANT beat the quiet, location and cleanliness of the Vista Del Mar with the beautiful rooms and not to mention the view and sweet smell of the cookies served at 7:30 with milk that Juan,Nader,Susanna and Crystal brought to our room if we were out hiking around still. Little things that mean alot when you are on vacation. You are only 13 steps to the beach and there is complementary chairs, towels and umbrellas. But remember its off season so things close early. We love to get our scoop of ice cream at Big Olafs right before they close at 7pm and its only a dollar just ask for the kid scoop. Then walk to the Casino or Zane Grey (lots of stairs uphill) for the beautiful views. Tha Channel house with Rosie and smiling Betty has great food and atmosphere. Steves has great food but we had a snooty blond waitress that ruined the atmosphere. I heard the same from others just wished I heard before so I could of asked for someone else. I would not stay any where else but the Vista Del Mar. Crystal is extremly helpful with reservations and accomodating. Carmen and Flor are the sweetest domestic engineers and are there with a smile in an instant. We ran into Donna every where on the island and she is so sweet. Ramone is full of smiles and a kind word. If you are looking for a hotel that is quiet and with a beautiful room, view, location and friendly people that pay attention to detail this is it.
My daughter nevers want to leave so we always have to take the last boat out even after 10 days. She is anxious to see Mr.Nader upon our return to the Vista Del Mar in April again. And we look forward to her having such a great time in such a nice hotel that feels like home to us.
- 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