First off, I want to start this review by saying that some nimrod in marketing has decided to call this lovely old hotel "The Del", which is like saying "the of". Hotel del Coronado (the hotel of Coronado) is a lovely historic property that still continues to deliver when it comes to lavish service. This property has often been heralded as California's most lovely beach property and is a National Historic Landmark.
Return guests are greeted by name. Servers in the onsite restaurants remember repeat guests' dining preference and will go to extraordinary lengths to accommodate any guest's needs. Check in service is efficient and as you are escorted to your room by the bellman you are given an overview of the property and a brief history.
If you can, at least for your first visit, stay in the old Victorian Building as it is full of wonderful details and history. The Crown Room, where they have their Sunday Brunch is a wonder to behold. The magnificent high-vaulted Victorian ceiling is made entire of Sugar Pine and was constructed without a single nail.
Because of its historical significance, the property is visited by many tourists who aren't necessarily staying at the hotel, so I would recommend you make reservations for breakfast and lunch. Even when crowded during peak season, you are never rushed through your meal and the table is yours until you decide you are finished with your meal. Breakfast on the patio at Sheerwater is delightful and not to be missed.
Walk on the beach, take surfing lessons rent a bike, shop in town or play golf at the Coronado Public Golf Course, there is no shortage of things to do. The Hotel del Coronado is a magical place and if you can, you should stay there at least once.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The legendary Hotel del Coronado is located on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, The Del continues to maintain its rich history while also offering contemporary conveniences such as unique beachfront dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, recreational activities and the luxurious cottages and villas at Beach Village. The hotel's spectacular setting, impeccable service and award-winning cuisine also makes it the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Del Coronado
- Del Coronado