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“Beautiful Coronado” 4 of 5 stars
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El Cordova Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1351 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118   |  
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Ranked #12 of 19 hotels in Coronado
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Coronado”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Great location, good service, and clean rooms. The place is old, but quaint and comfortable, and reasonably priced for the area. The staff is excellent. Biggest problem is the lack of parking. Had a bit of trouble regulating the water temperature in the shower, old pipes I guess. All in all, a very good experience.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the street are a bit noisy.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Temecula, California, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Everything was good. Prices are way too high for the accommadations. Everything is old but comfortable.If you have any problem with stairs make sure you get downstairs as stairs are steep and small. Staff is great but if they give you a voucher for free continental breakfast beware as restuarant waitress is VERY unfriendly and seems like she does not want you there. She treated people ordering off the menu a whole lot better. All-in-all a nice experience.

Room Tip: Make sure you stay downstairs away from mexican restuauant...VERY noisy till late at night
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MicaJackson, General Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Thank you for reviewing our hotel. I am glad to hear that you had a comfortable stay. I would like to apologize for your experience at the French creperie. I have forwarded your comments to the owner of the company and he has assured me that the issue will be addressed. The entire team at El Cordova wants to ensure that you have a positive and relaxing experience with all businesses on property.

Feel free to take advantage of the many promotions we offer during the off season. We offer very competitive rates for Coronado. Thanks again for staying with us and we hope to see you again.
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Carlsbad, CA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stayed here during the 1st weekend of January 2013. The location is perfect, right off the main road and across the street from the Hotel Del and ocean. Stayed in a larger room (suite) on 2nd floor facing west that had great views of ocean and Hotel Del. The decor is slightly outdated, but the huge flat screen TV and comfy bed offset any negatives. Great place to serve as a home base while you go explore. Not a resort like experience, don't plan to spend a lot of time on the property. Service was decent and parking was challenging but reasonable. If you want full service and high-end, stay at the Del. If you want a good place to stay in a great spot, choose the El Cordova.

Room Tip: West facing room on 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, CO
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you love the feel of a nice, comfortable, clean yet affordable location, stay here at the El Cordova. Previously, this hotel was home to the architect and help who built the beautiful Hotel Coronado, the Grand hotel across the street. As far as proximity to the beach, this has it all. We stayed in one of the efficiency apartments here with our children and we were pleasantly surprised!

Room Tip: Rooms not too close to the restaurant for noise control are better. The lower level apartments are r...
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  • Stayed October 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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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

You can't bet the location, close to everything (food, the beach, shopping and the Del). But don't except a 4-5 star room. Nice, comfortable and clean but nothing fancy.

Great with a family because the rooms have separate bedroom and small kitchen.

Would stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The couple of recent reviews have had a similar experience to me. We stayed in a suite, room 59, and yes, the plumbing leaves something to be desired, namely good pressure and good hot cold mixture. The shower was alternating between scalding hot or "refreshingly cool" which is not what I was going for at the end of December. The electrical outlet in the bathroom didn't work and yes, I tried resetting the GFI. I spent our first night in the room fully dressed and I wore my coat to bed over all my clothes. It was very cold in the bedroom even though we set the heater in the room to 80 degrees. The temperature in the room never made it past 65. In the morning my husband went to the front desk and requested a space heater, which helped a lot. The hotel is picturesque, has nice amenities and the location is hard to beat. There are many restaurants and shops nearby and the beach a short walk way. It's worth staying here so long as you have realistic expectations. The breakfast place has amazing crapes and they are open for lunch too.

Room Tip: Choose room away from the main walk way and if you don't mind having to be upstairs, choose an...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

My friends and I didn't want to travel far but wanted to feel like we were on vacation so we decided to stay at El Cordova Hotel in Coronado. And I'm so glad we did!! Before we even booked a night there, we decided to check it out first. Right when we stepped foot onto the hotel, one of the staff members Maria, graciously offered to give us a tour of the property. She told us the history of the hotel while showcasing a few of the rooms in which we decided to go for the best one they had (in my opinion). When we checked in the following weekend, we felt so welcomed! Christine at the front desk was very accommodating. She recommended a place for us to go out to dinner within walking distance to the hotel that was simply delicious! I can only say great things about this place and I can’t wait until we stay here again! Thank you El Cordova!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about El Cordova Hotel

Also Known As:
El Cordova Coronado
Hotel El Cordova
Address: 1351 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
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Location: United States > California > Coronado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Coronado
#5 Romantic Hotel in Coronado
#9 Business Hotel in Coronado
#10 Family Hotel in Coronado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Cordova Hotel 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in the turn of the century, El Cordova’s historic charm continues to excite guests from around the world. El Cordova is located in the heart of The Village of Coronado, just one block from Coronado beach,and across the street from the world famous Hotel Del Coronado. The Courtyard features barbeques, patio seating, a heated pool and whirlpool perfect for fun and relaxation. ... more   less 
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