We go to San Diego a lot, and like to come to the Hotel Del Coronado to hang out. It is a really cool, old hotel that has the dark wood paneled lobby and reeks of elegance. The lobby is particularly worth seeing, and the pool is right next to the beach. So one would expect an elegant, 5 star stay.
I was fortunate enough to get a "partial ocean view" room in the towers; the view was absolutely gorgeous, looking down the beach. The room was also nice sized; that was about all the good that can be said.
The decor probably was done recently, and looked new, but it was in the late 70's style, a sort of pale yellow that was so out of place I even noticed it. The bed was like a stone. Every time you called anywhere in the hotel you got a voice menu (press 1 for this, 2 for that, etc). You pay something like $27 for a "resort fee", which includes the fitness room (barely adequate), local phone calls and a newspaper. You would think for that sort of money they would give you something other than USA Today - not here!
I heard every word spoken from next door, under the door that divided the rooms. The service was cursory; the staff really did not seem to care. The only time I got good service was when I left, and the limo driver could not be found so somebody else drove me.
The hotel is beautiful, and definitely worth a visit. For the kind of money they charge you can do much, much, 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
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Del Coronado
- Del Coronado