We stayed at the El Cordova hotel on Coronado Island in San Diego a long time ago when our kids were younger. Since the 90’s the place has really burgeoned into a great spot for dining and shopping. Just across the street is the historic Hotel Del Coronado with upscale dining & shops, and the beach and beach walk are right there as well. But back to the El Cordova—an old estate complex that is converted into restaurants and shops on the lower floors, with a center courtyard containing outdoor grill stations, seating, and a small (heated) pool & hot tub. The upstairs accommodate a variety of hotel rooms & suites. We booked a 2-bedroom 2-bath suite to cover 4 adults and a child (on the sofabed in the living area) during our daughter’s wedding. It suited us very well, the outside stairway up to it began from the courtyard, very steep, and our suite was just above a Mexican restaurant, and a French creperie. The suite itself was furnished with very old furniture, not decorated or refurbished recently, I am guessing. But there were 3 flatscreen tvs, one in the living area, one in the queensize bedroom, and one in the 2-double beds room. The kitchen was small but useful, no dishwasher or ice maker, just a sink, small frig, microwave & cabinets with limited dishware.
Bathrooms are old fashioned tub/shower and tiny sink area. No exhaust fans.
Our suite had 2 separate closet areas, with an ironing board & iron.
The beds were comfy, but if your windows are streetside like ours were, be careful dressing—there are no screens, so when you crank open the windows in the bedroom or the bathroom, it’s all right there below you.
Pros: All you need to do is emerge from your room for a variety of activities within walking distance. Park once and you can shop, go to the beach, tour the Del Coronado, traverse the sidewalks to browse lots of eateries, etc.
The restaurants below & surrounding the hotel & courtyard are awesome.
Great for a wedding or reunion, where many different family members can book various accommodations at the same place and congregate
Prices more reasonable than the Del Coronado, and location was excellent
Cons: No elevators but Raphael was very helpful in lugging up our suitcases to the second floor room. If you cannot negotiate stairs well, this may be restrictive for some travelers.
Parking is $8 a day in the public lot, or streetside right outside the hotel for $0.25 an hour, 2 hours max. during the day, free overnight. We just kept quarters in our pockets and every time we walked out, fed the machines, cheaper than the lot option.
Restaurant noise early in the morning just outside, as all the rooms are connected with the courtyard which houses the restaurants. Also street noise with windows open at night as well.
Old, nostalgic Mexico décor, small bathrooms (TINY), and VERY LIMITED ELECTRICAL OUTLETS & MIRRORS—bring your own powerstrip if you want to use a curling iron or lighted makeup mirror while charging your phone or ipod or nook!