Spent 5 nights at the Del over the last week of August. As is often the case, quite a dissentions list of opinions. I'll attempt to be concise. The physical hotel is beautiful to view, however as a result of the cherished landmark status you should not expect some of the more modern amenities and ambience of contemporary hotels. We reserved an ocean view junior suite, which was a comfortably sized room and a half. Unfortunately, our first room proved to be a handicapped suite, the bathroom of which lacked both a bath tub and a reasonable ... "bouquet" (the entire bathroom wreaked of feces and urine). So after some sincere threats of abandonment and with the exceedingly gracious help of a front desk manager, we were moved (upgraded) to another room which was a larger second floor corner suite (maybe 800SF) with a huge wrap terrace facing the beach. Annoying process but worthy result.
Unlike many 5 star resort hotels, the Del unfortunately lacks in several areas. Several reviewers have mentioned the issue of "day visitors" to the hotel. This is a SERIOUS choice of hotel management. Other than the beach, hotel amenities are typically ancient in design and construction. The pool area for example was built 80 years ago (my estimate), so it is relatively small for a hotel of this size (having been continually expanded over the years), the use of which is dramatically mitigated by the extraordinary number of "day guests" that are permitted use. It is so serious that during 2 days of our visit, there was not a single chaise or chair available within the pool area. Even towels were unavailable. Such circumstances are not accidental, rather they are the result of distinct economic choices made by the hotel management. The beach area is gorgeous, however if you'd like a beach chair and beach umbrella, you are offered a worn folding chair (those that leave only a sheer piece of canvas between your butt and the sand that are available at Kmart for $5.99) and a 4 foot high umbrella that might cover 1/4 of your torso. Even worse, there is no one to "set you up" on the beach and the umbrella use comes with a $13 charge. You'd think that a hotel of such prominence might hire some beach boys/girls?
The day trippers also migrate into most every other area of the hotel. Lines for breakfast, lunch, bathrooms and shops are just ridiculous and unnecessary. Common areas and walkways are like New York City sidewalks at lunchtime. Buffet breakfast after 9AM (which we avoided after the first accidental experience) is an absolute zoo, with children running dangerously amok and adults screaming across the dining room. Food staff is wonderful and gracious, but totally incapable to keep up with the onslaught. There was often more food on the floor under our table than on our plates from prior diners.
All the previous being stated (by me and others), our stay was still enjoyable. As a result of the general hotel turmoil, we spent far more time in our room and on our gorgeous terrace than we might ever otherwise had intended; which made up for a great deal.
So if you can keep your expectations in line and take to heart that you will find a beautiful looking hotel that suffers a great deal from its inherent age and management's insistence to run its establishment at 120% of capacity, you will enjoy your time. Generally speaking, on those (off season or off week) days when the overnight desks are in the majority, the experience reaches 4 to perhaps even 4.5 stars. But otherwise, your experience will neither be pretty or professional. Wish I could report far better.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Odigeo and Jetsetter so you can book your Hotel del Coronado reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Resort Del Coronado
- Del Coronado