My wife and I just completed a five night stay at the Hotel del. It was as totally as expected. The basic structure is aging well. Our room was not modern, but we did not expect modern. The slanted floors, oddly spaced steps, too-short handrails, faded carpets all added positively to the experience. The room and the property was clean. Service was A-1. The location is unbeatable, and the beach offered a bee-hive of interesting activity, including military helicopter exercises, naval vessels arriving, weddings and basic tourism.
Happily, we found basic systems, sometimes a problem in older properties, effective. Heating, cooling, hot water, etc. were all effective, quiet and easy to manage. The bed was comfortable, and street noise while always present was not horrible.
It's not cheap. While our room was reasonably priced, everything else demanded a premium. Coffee, beers, meals, the Sunday brunch, parking were all quite expensive. $15 margaritas. On the other hand, the basic internet package was complimentary. The good news, its not hard to find dining, drinking and other opportunities in the town of Coronado for much more reasonable prices.
Periodic private functions occurred while we were there, mostly business functions, taking portions of the property off-limits and adding a lot of foot traffic, and creating some internal dissonance - we at times felt under dressed!
We had a city view room. I cannot say we missed the ocean view, and we saved quite a bit of money. As other reviewers noted, it's better to watch the sunset from the beach anyway.
- 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