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“Great location - spacious rooms - we loved it!” 5 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 #11 of 19 Hotels in Coronado
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“Great location - spacious rooms - we loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2008

I just read the review from another guest that must have been there about the same time our family was (June 18 - 21, 2008) ; however, I am pleased to report that our experience was just the opposite.

We had a 1 bedroom suite. It was clean and spacious. Exactly what we wanted. The staff was courteous. The location was perfect. We could occasionally hear some noise from the kitchen of the restaurant that was located below our room but nothing to prohibit a wonderful and restful nights sleep. The air conditioning worked well. I loved our little balcony. The furniture was comfortable and the full kitchen was great. The only thing missing was a microwave.

The location was perfect. Our son is in the Navy and training on Coronado Island so it was the perfect place for us to stay. We will gladly stay at the El Cordova Hotel again our next trip.

  • Liked — Location and spacious suite
  • Disliked — set-up of the bathroom. It was small with a door connecting bedroom and a door to living area.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2008

We liked the idea of this place. The location is great. The outside is charming. The courtyard is charming. The whole layout is kind of cool with the stairways and alleys and little shops and restaurants. The room, however, stunk literally and figuratively.

Our flight arrived late at night and we took a cab to the hotel. Check in was courteous and the lobby seemed pretty cool. Our room was on the second floor towards the far left if you are looking at the front of the hotel from the street.

The place seemed to have character and I was digging it until we opened the door to our room. We were blasted with a mildew-like smell that we ended up realizing permeated most of the rooms. After the smell, the next thing we noticed was the absolutely filthy carpet in the room. It was honestly the dirtiest, bad-smelling room I have ever stayed in and at more than $200+ per night one of the more expensive.

The big screen TV was nice and it worked. The closet was huge. The bathroom was a little on the small side, but with the tile and stuff it was neat. Everything in the bathroom seemed to work fine.

There was an adjoining room and door that due to thin walls or crack under the door, we could hear everything that went on in there even with a towel stuffed under the door. That was my only noise complaint. The street and courtyard noise was not a problem if the windows were closed. You do, however, have to step over people waiting for seating at the Mexican Restaurant if you want to get up to your room during the evening.

The central air moved air but changing the temperature setting made no difference.

We did go to the desk the next morning and ask if we could check out another room to possibly move to due to the dirtiness and smell of our room. They gave the key to a suite, but it was just as dirty and smelly(actually a tiny bit less) and didn’t really have a closet, so we decided not to bother with moving. We even went across the street to the Del Coronado, but they had no available rooms. We were stuck at the “Del Smell” or “Smell Coronado.”

I did have lunch and spent a few hours at the bar in the Brigantine restaurant attached to the hotel and I ahev no complaints about anything there.

I really wanted to like this place. I have no problem with, and actually appreciated its character and quirks. If the rooms had not been so nasty with dirt and smell, I’d recommend the place to anyone open to something other than a generic chain hotel room. Clearly, other reviewers have had the exact same experience regarding smelly and filthy rooms, so I can’t blame it on the two rooms we encountered or on our over-pickiness. The last decent reviews are from 2006, so that may be the last time they gave the place a decent cleaning or even some Febreze.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Dirty, smelly room
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Millbrae, CA.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2008

The exterior and lobby of the hotel were lovely. That's it. We had one of the lower-priced rooms ($159). We were given no direction to our room which was off an interior courtyard and at the top of a steep flight of stairs. The courtyard would have been beautiful if a big Mexican noisy restaurant hadn't filled nearly the entire space. There was no privacy and lack of security as diners could watch you come and go, and there was another entrance to the courtyard that was not monitored. There were a number of times that there was no one at the front desk monitoring the entrance. Fortunately the restaurant closed at 10PM but between the courtyard noise and the unbelievable traffic noise from the street (near a big intersection) that the flimsy windows didn't muffle, it was not restful. The room was painted institutional green, had dark blue carpet, dreary curtains, cheap pine furniture. The bed had no headboard , cheap bedspread, two thin pillows, and a flat sheet on the mattress that became bunched and uncomfortable. There were no pictures on the wall. The bathroom was tiny with a worn vanity, cheap shower doors and drenching showerhead. The thin curtain over the window stuck to you in the shower. Unfortunately, the free internet didn't work and the $6.00 a day covered parking garage will only accommodate vehicles under 6 feet but there is plenty of street parking after 6PM. The room did have the required coffee maker, hair dryer, and big screen TV so it met AAA basics. The location was terrific and you could see the Del from the room. It would take very little to make the room look better but the noise and restaurant are still a problem. We loved our visit to Coronado despite the room. It was disappointing that AAA led us to believe this was an outstanding hotel.
Sandra, Millbrae, CA.

Stayed April 2008
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Yuma, AZ
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2008

This hotel should be closed for impersonating a hotel. This was the WORST hotel experience of my life!! It smelled so bad in the room, that we had to change rooms!! There's a restaurant/bar right outside of your window, and the noise will keep you up!! The carpets are greasy and dirty, and there were bugs in the room. The fridge smelled bad, and the furniture is dirty, and smells even worse than the carpet. The locks on the doors are horrible, and the pics on the website MUST be from another hotel, because they are misleading. The rooms look NOTHING like what is advertised. This is a rip-off, and they have the nerve to charge $139 and up for a room!! DO NOT STAY HERE!! BEWARE OF FALSE ADVERTISEMENT!!!

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The nasty room, and the horrible smell in the room!!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2008

Just back from a business trip to Coronado and can not think of anything nice to say about this hotel. Upon check in I was "upgraded" to a suite, which was uncomfortable to say the least, from a security and safety standpoint. It had both a front and back door, both doors had a gap of some 2 1/2 inches at the bottom so that wind, debris, small bugs and someone's foot could easily pass under the doors. This ground floor suite opened on a small alleyway with businesses right across the alley, and the windows had only sheer (transparent) curtains, so there was no privacy from anyone walking in the alleyway. The front door opened on to the pool which was literally 10 feet away, so every splash, scream and shriek from the pool was readily amplified, even with pillows jammed into the door cracks. I felt so insecure that I jammed the two room chairs under each of the door handles. Complained twice to the front desk, was assured that the doors would be repaired, but they never were fixed. No other rooms available, according to the extremely indifferent desk clerk. Another member of our party had a room with no clock at all; another member had a room without even a sheer curtain to cover the windows, and this on the ground floor also. I definitely do NOT recommend this hotel.

Stayed March 2008
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Southern CA
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2007

The filth in this place was absolutely the worst I have ever seen. The children's feet became black within half an hour walking on the carpets, the kitchen floor had gobs of gunk stuck to it, the furniture had massive stains and spots on it and smelled so much you didn't want to sit on it.
The bathrooms were incredibly dirty with plenty of bugs both in the tubs and on the walls. We refused to take a shower. Far worst of all was the giant cockroach we killed in the room which made us take a hasty exit and book a room across the street at the Hotel Del. It may be more expensive but it was worth every extra cent to be in a clean, fresh-smelling, and beautiful room.
The staff at El Cordova was very nice, and the tile is certainly pretty. But I cannot imagine they will stay in business much longet with the abominable condition of the guest rooms. They still use keys and the flimy doors looked like a 5 yr-old could break in. Very very old and decrepit hotel badly in need of a total overhaul.

Stayed October 2007
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2007

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights (was supposed to be 4 but left early because it was horrible!). We were in town for a friends wedding who got married across the street at Hotel Del Coronado. One person from our family was in the wedding - total we had 3 adults and 2 kids. We booked a big suite so we could all stay together back in February but when we arrived they told us that all the suites had been given out and all that was available was a one bedroom standard room - for 5 people!! On top of that the kid at the desk helping us was SO rude and didn't even try to accomodate us! After speaking with a manager he assured me that we would be moved to a suite first thing the next morning. SO we stuck it out for one night in a room the size of a closet with so much noise from the outside it ws unbelievable. The next day around 1:00 (not in the morning) the mamager transfered us to our suite. At first we were relieved but then an hour later while we are all trying to get ready for the wedding the AC broke!!! It was horrible and of course they had no other rooms available!! Overall we had the worst time and the service was ridiculous! The rooms were old and run down and we were beyond disappointed. DO NOT stay here!!!

  • Disliked — didn't get the room we had reservations for and then the AC broke!
  • Stayed July 2007
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1351 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
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Location: United States > California > Coronado
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Coronado
#9 Romantic Hotel in Coronado
#9 Family Hotel in Coronado
#10 Business Hotel in Coronado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Cordova Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
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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