We stayed here for 8 nights with our two small children and had a great time at a place that resembles a Mexican hacienda/resort.
We had a beautiful, recently renovated 2 bedroom with a kitchen, new wood flooring, comfy beds, decorative furniture and fixtures, 3 flat screen TV's, and a good, sofa sleeper. The unit was on the far end away from Miguel's, the central courtyard restaurant, with view of the Del, the amazingly grand old hotel of Coronado.
There are 4 restaurants; Miguel's, MIguelito's, a French creperie(where we had the included continental breakfast- made up of sweet breads, juice, cereal, oatmeal and crepe samples- and the Brigantine(steak and seafood). The kid's really liked the Mexican food.
There are shops dispersed in the floral, green alley ways; a clean, heated pool and a hot, hotub fenced off in the center as well as a bbq area with three grills(I used this numerously- the front desk will light it for you.) There are various fountains, and the rooms are spread out around the central courtyard. Staircases, some steep, lead up to rooms, others are around the pool and Miguel's, ours was in a building with a private entrance that locks at night.
The kids loved the place. Full of romantic ambiance and character, they enjoyed going to the shops and restaurants and especially swimming- the week we were there, we had the pool to ourselves. We met most of the staff during our extended stay and without fail, they were helpful and friendly. Once, our shower plugged up and within 10 minutes, they were there and remedied the problem.
The Del and the gorgeous, long Strand beach is across the street. One can walk along Orange Blvd. and visits shops, numerous restaurants, a small museum, a yummy gelato store, a Vons(Safeway) is 15 minute walk away plus RiteAid, and a great candy store; moreover, you can take a short drive to the ferry and the bay for more shops and an Albertson's.
Activities: we took the ferry across the bay to the USS MIdway, Seaport Village; drove to Balboa Park for zoo(must see Pandas) and the museums(science, natural history, Museum of Man and others; drove for a day to Disneyland(go early and during the week if possible), Legoland, SeaWorld if you want(we skipped it).
We saw "Around the World in 80 Days" at the local theatre(Lamb's)-5 minute walk, the unique candy store right next door- our 6 &9 year olds liked the show- they had bought some inexpensive but pretty dresses for the occasion at the t-shirt shop at the hotel; go to Del- look at there shops, watch a sunset, play on the beach, drive down the peninsula(We stayed out of Tijuana); they also have a 50 minute gondola boat rides at the Cay, just couple miles south of our hotel.
The El Cordova gets a big thumbs up from our family It was nice to come home to it and Coronado after a crazy day in San Diego or LA.
Final notes- our bathroom was small but with decoratvie sink and wall tiles; the kitchen had the bare minimum of supplies and no dishwasher, disposal. There was a fridge, gas stove, coffee maker(Although the front desk supplies 24/7 good coffee!), sink and microwave, table and 3 chairs. We heard no restaurant noise, but did hear traffic, although not obtrusive to us from the main street. Now, I say these things to be as critical as possible so one will know what to expect. But again, let me say this is an incredible place to stay, and we got a good price, especially if you book well in advance and use any discount, e..g., AAA.
Finally, we paid nothing for parking. Just park a couple, short blocks away in the residential area for free; also, the meter parking is only 25 cents/ hour and free on Sunday. Kudos to the staff for making our trip super!
Some rooms with steep staircases; if concerned about restaurant noise avoid rooms near MIguel's
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