There's a reason 1906 Lodge is rated #1 in Coronado - well, actually there are several reasons. Topping my list is the service we received. Their service starts with the well designed website. The charming property and rooms are showcased beautifully and the amenities and policies are clearly communicated. I found the Lodge and our room (Tent City) to be as charming in real life as it was in the photos. I was impressed by the innkeeper's helpfulness and warmth as I had questions and a few requests for our stay. Each request was kindly accommodated. Policies were again clearly stated both in our phone conversation and follow up emails - great communication!
One of the hallmarks of excellent service is how things are handled when there's a glitch and I was impressed again when we arrived to check in. Sue had emailed me the day before our arrival about needing to change our room since the air conditioning in Star Park (our original choice) was acting up. Unfortunately, we were making the drive in two days and had already left so I didn't get her email as I can only access my email on a computer. In moving us to another room Sue not only considered our comfort (we stayed in early October when it was unseasonably warm) but also my request for a quiet room, a sofa, king bed, and a table. Although for a moment I was a tad disappointed not to get our first choice, (hope it didn't show), Tent City was an excellent substitution and I was very much impressed that we were given a discount to make up for any initial disappointment. That is top notch service!
We found such top notch service throughout our stay. From the innkeepers to the kitchen staff and housekeepers, everyone was helpful and friendly yet not intrusive. They provide a nice breakfast buffet and hot cooked dish daily but kindly cooked a special breakfast each morning for me to accommodate my food allergies. I was there to rest while my husband had business in San Diego and the Lodge was perfect - our room was quiet, charming and comfortable. Since my husband's class lasted all day, not only did they arrange a late checkout time (for a modest fee) I was also welcome to hang out in the parlor and dining room until he came.
The Lodge is loaded with charm - delightful touches not only in the rooms but everywhere, even by the door in the parking garage (the free underground parking was a fabulous amenity). The entire Lodge is beautifully restored and decorated with attention to detail and quality - a delightful tribute to the past. I loved the old photos throughout the lodge, especially the photos of the original Tent City in our suite. Each of the individually decorated rooms are themed and named to reflect part of Coronado's history - how clever! All the innkeepers are helpful and knowledgeable so I was comfortable asking questions and I got to borrow a book about Coronado's history which enhanced my visit. They were also gracious about helping me find my way around town on foot and btw, the location is fabulous - just around the corner and mere minutes walking distance from shops, restaurants and the beach but away from the noise in a peaceful and pretty neighborhood.
Tent City is a charming, romantic, spacious suite with a comfy King bed and a cozy fireplace, which warms up the room nicely in the evening - I kept forgetting to ask how to work the thermostat. Have to give a shout out to the housekeepers for the clean room and the white fluffy towels. Also, thanks for keeping the water bottles stocked in the mini fridge.
Just a note, when I made reservations I explained about my food allergies however I didn't think to let the innkeepers know in advance that my husband wouldn't be eating breakfast during our stay. So if you have special needs or you won't be eating breakfast, it's a good thing to give them notice.
The only drawbacks were minor. Other reviews have mentioned the spotty wifi but once they gave me cables, the computer worked in the room just fine. There were plans for improvements so that may no longer be an issue. Also, I prefer to unpack and put the suitcase out of the way but the closet was too small so we had to leave it out in the sitting room on the luggage rack. The website is great but adding a map of the lodge so you can see where the rooms are located on the property and be able to select by location as well as decor and amenities would be nice. But these are very minor details considering the major charm, comfort, and service you'll find here. The 1906 Lodge deserves its reputation as Coronado's best hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a truly relaxing getaway, choose the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach. Complimentary gourmet breakfast, Free parking, 5 PM wine, spa robes, internet, loaner beach chairs, TV/Cable/DVD, local calls. Walk to the beach and dozens of restaurants and shops. Luxury suites have a king bed, fireplace, spa tub, fridge, wet bar, porch or balcony, safe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1906 Lodge At Coronado Beach Hotel Coronado