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Hotel Vista Del Mar
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Round Rock, Texas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
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“Just What We Needed”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

We recently returned from a 3-night stay at Hotel Vista Del Mar. This was our first time to spend the night on the island (my husband and I had visited it about 5 years ago with our two sons just for the day) so we didn't know what to expect or where to stay. We just needed to get away from work and relax. I found Hotel Vista Del Mar on Tripadvisor and loved the pictures and reviews so I booked it and hoped for the best. It was way better than we expected and definitely just what we needed. Our room was beautiful and spacious and so peaceful. We never heard any outside noise while in our room. We felt totally relaxed and at home. The staff were very nice and helpful. We had to check out before it was time to leave on the Catalina Express but they were happy to hold our luggage for us while we did some last minute touring and shopping. It is conveniently located on the main street through town facing the harbor. Easy walk from the Catalina Express landing and to all the shops and tour companies. There is also a great restaurant, Steve's Steakhouse, just below the hotel. (Ask for Johnny for your waiter) We loved our stay and we will definitely stay there again if we are ever blessed with another trip to beautiful Catalina Island!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dana Point, California
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We especially like the beautiful orchids in the lobby. Great beds, great service, close to dining at Steve's, across from beach. Wonderful place to stay in Avalon. We have stayed here many times and always have such a romantic time. The beds are fantastic and there are scads of pillows. The towels are soft and fluffy. Lots of them. All amenities are provided. The staff is fantastic, very helpful in every way. The aquarium is so beautiful and clean. The hallway is like no other, more garden than anything, the orchids are beautiful and erotic!

  • Stayed September 2012
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California
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2012

With twelve rooms in a very convenient location, this boutique hotel offers wonderful atmosphere and terrific service. The rooms are large, comfortable, quiet, and well appointed with a fireplace. The continental breakfast is just right. The young staff are very friendly and ready to help with everything. The hotel is right on the beach and the desk will supply towels, beach chairs, and slippers.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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glasgow
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Right by the beach, room was amazing with good air con and bed was so comfy. Staff were so nice! Are planning to come back again as soon as we can.

Milk and cookies were good and they leave them in your room for you if you are out.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Clemente, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Hotel Vista Del Mar...romantic, beautiful and comfortable. Everything was so special and magical.
I fell in love at the Hotel Vista Del Mar...it will always hold a special place in my heart,

The warm cookies and milk at night are such a nice touch. Everything is at your finger tips.

Room Tip: You can sit down inside shower. Nice touch with the sensor lights for the bathroom. The beds are ext...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Westlake Village, California
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2012

My husband and I have visited this hotel several times, we love the location, the rooms are great and the satff and service are impeccable. We went for my birthday and found champagne and balloons in our room! they brought us warm chocolate chip cookies and milk each nite. we can't wait to return.

Room Tip: ocean front suites are great, thr courtyard deluxe rooms are good choice. if you go off season rooms...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Olympia, Washington
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2012

I have not been to this hotel for several years, so my comments may not reflect the current condition of this hotel (I selected the earliest possible date below for our time of travel but our last trip to this hotel was probably 10 or 12 years ago). However, my experiences here were so uniformly good I wanted to counter some of the negative reviews I have read. For almost nine years in a row, my husband and I took the ferry to Catalina Island on Valentine's Day to stay in one of the harbor view rooms at the Hotel Vista Del Mar. I recall these stays as very relaxing and enjoyable. We sat on the balcony watching the boats in the harbor, walked around the small town of Avalon and wandered around the Casino. The hotel is small and quiet. We never had a single bad experience.

Room Tip: The two harbor view rooms are the best. Even though they overlook Avalon harbor, they are quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kim H
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Additional Information about Hotel Vista Del Mar

Property: Hotel Vista Del Mar
Address: 417 Crescent Ave., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Location: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Avalon
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#2 Family 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, 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

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