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El Cordova Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1351 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118   |  
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Ranked #13 of 18 hotels in Coronado
Palm Desert, California, Usa
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“3 nights 4 days”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This little hotel is an eclectic place with a variety of rooms. No two rooms are alike! Each has their own style. We were able to take a tour of some rooms. and liked each one. On the first day we stayed in room 15. Good views, nice little "patio" I would only recommend this for a couple. The kitchen is tiny, microwave could be better. Fridge is small. It had a wonderful table for four in the corner of the room, In the evening there was always a long line for the restaurant, Miguel's. Can be a bit noisy however, nothing a closed window couldn't cure. Living room was roomy. Could use newer furniture as the hide a bed was lumpy and worn out. The curtains had stains on them. Still the most unique room we have ever stayed. Christina was the best!!!!! Mica could be seen throughout the hotel and always asked how we were doing. DO NOT GO INTO THE STORE treasures of the heart!! although a great store with lots of unique gifts. The young man working there was standoffish and a snob. I really believed he judged us by the way we looked. No customer service from him! I went down the street and found same items (more expensive) with good customer service. It makes a huge difference. We fully intend on return in the off season. Great location, we found good parking in the residential area (Free) The Del is across the street. VERY CROWDED and expensive. The beach was beautiful, clean and their bathrooms were fully stocked! Great law enforcement presence. Had a wonderful time. A must go and stay there place.

Room Tip: The rooms on the side of the brigantine restaurant were quiet and had an extra security door.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The El Cordova is a must stay for anyone who doesn't want to deal with the high energy and cost of the Del. The location is prime... just a short stroll to the beautiful combed and manicured beach, restaurants and shops that line Orange. We stayed here for 4 nights the last week of July and it was perfect!! The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was charming and had everything we needed including a full kitchen. The windows looked out onto the enchanted courtyards with brick walkways with flowers everywhere. There was free coffee and tea in the lobby all day and night for guests. They have a nice continental breakfast (cereal, pastries, milk, OJ, coffee, apple & oranges) till 10am which is nice for us travelers who like to sleep in a bit. OR... if you choose you can use your vouchers for $4 off at the french crepe place on the property. Our room was quite close to fabulous Miguels so we were able to put our names in and go back to our room to relax for a few minutes before our name was called:)) Everything was so close, we walked and biked everywhere and never left Coronado Island at all. The room was quiet, the bed and linens were comfortable, and the windows were double pained and had great black out curtains. The only only thing I should forewarn of was the parking. There is none for the hotel per say. We checked in at 5pm after having driven from AZ, so we parked in front of the hotel and fed the meter (which are VERY cheap!! but can only be used for 2 hours) til 6pm when the parking is free and you can stay there till 8am the next morning. We actually waited till that night and re-parked down a residential street about a block and a half from the hotel (per hotel staff recommendation) and left our car there for the next 4 days and nights and it was just fine. The walk from the car was short and great for house drooling... so many lovely homes on this island!! When we left, we pulled our car up to the curb, fed the meter, loaded up our stuff and pulled away... easy as pie :)) We stayed mid week though... so... a weekend stay could be a different story. I loved this little hotel, We will definitely be back to the El Cordova.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Pacifica, California, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

This hotel was extremely clean and well cared for. The grounds were gorgeous. The restaurants in the hotel (Miguel's Mexican) were off the hook. I loved how close it is (walking distance) to everything! The staff was very helpful and nice.

A couple of reasons they didn't get perfect rating is the continental breakfast was all cold pastries and cereal. I would have preferred something warm along with the basic Danish and pastry bites. ALSO, they are trying to improve it, but sometimes our showers went all HOT or all COLD.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Clarita, California, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Conviently located to all that's to see in Coronado. Room was okay; a bit tired looking. Had a musty smell. Good enough for one night. No parking; at all. Unsat. Good enough for short stays of 1-3 days.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Our stay at the El Cordova was quite enjoyable. The rooms are a bit dated but clean and comfortable. We booked the 2 bedroom family suite for the 3 adults in our party and found it to be very spacious. The bathroom was small but adequate, the shower did need some playing with to get the right temperature but, once you got the hang of it there was no problem. Everyone associated with the hotel was wonderful and so friendly. The continental breakfast is a plus and if you don't want that you can use the vouchers for a discount at the crepe restaurant at the hotel. This hotel is located in a great place and we had a wonderful time. We would definitely go back the next time we visit Coronado!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Lake Forest, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for our friends bday party that was there. We loved the room and decor. The staff is really friendly and there are restaurants in the hotel mixed in with the rooms. It is really interesting how the setup is. The only thing that was a downside was that we had gone to bed late and we could hear the cleaning crew early in the morning talking and cleaning up the grounds. The walls are pretty thin.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I booked this hotel for my daughter and I two days before ComicCon. We have a one bedroom suite, which is very quaint (not so much like the picture on their site though). Our couch has a stain on it, the dishes in the cupboard were dirty, and it is impossible to regulate the temperature of the shower. Once you switch it from bath to shower it goes to full hot. We have both taken quick baths, since there is no stopper in the tub. Talked to the front desk, but they didn't seem concerned. The courtyard is sweet and the hotel is right across from the hotel del, which is a plus. For the money ( $301 per night), I would NOT stay here again.

Stayed July 2013
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MicaJackson, General Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you for the review. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay and would like to apologize for your experience. We have recently learned that there are water pressure issues in a few of our rooms. We are currently working with a local plumbing company to correct the problem.

I have personally doubled my efforts with the Housekeeping Department to ensure that all rooms are cleaned thoroughly. We strive to provide a clean and comfortable atmosphere to all of our guests. I invite you to contact me directly so that we can discuss your stay.

Thanks again for staying at the El Cordova Hotel.
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Additional Information about El Cordova Hotel

Address: 1351 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
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Location: United States > California > Coronado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Coronado
#9 Family Hotel in Coronado
#10 Business Hotel in Coronado
#12 Romantic 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):
Rich in history, natural beauty and a charming Spanish hacienda style. El Cordova Hotel stands in the heart of the Village of Coronado Island, one block from the best beach in San Diego. Shopping, restaurants, theatre and recreational activities are within walking distance and the Hotel has four restaurants and twelve boutique shops on site. ... more   less 
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