This was our first visit to Coronado Beach Resort, which has many positive attributes. The location is top notch - especially the location. Free parking in the basement and walk or bike to everything on Coronado. Easy on/off via the bridge to get to places like Legoland, Seaworld, the Zoo, La Jolla, Point Loma and the Safari Park, all of which we did. Directly across the street is the Del and a beautiful beach. Walk to restaurants, shops, library and parks in Coronado from the CBR. Short drive or bike ride to the Silver Strand beach for shelling and to the Loewe's for swimming in their 3 heated pools.
Other upsides: our unit was very clean and had plenty of space. We rented a 2 bedroom, which unexpectedly had a nice gas fireplace and a jacuzzi tub. Lobby was clean and welcoming, always had coffee. Free bikes to check out, helmets to borrow, free videos to borrow, decent small gym and lots of beach towels, chairs, and toys for loan. Nice roof deck with grill, sauna and hot tub. We used the hot tub a few times while there and enjoyed it.
Unexpected downsides to the unit: 2nd bedroom is a converted dining room with a pull curtain in front of it, not a door that closes. Fine for our nine year old who thought it was a cool "fort" but not fine if you were traveling with younger kids or a baby who needs quiet to nap midday or absolute quiet to go to sleep early when you want to be up watching TV, talking, etc in the living room. Another downside was the kitchen, which was not a full kitchen but rather a kitchenette. Had a full size fridge, pantry, dishwasher and microwave and was stocked with pots and pans and dishes, but oddly did not have a stove or oven but rather a 2 burner hotplate that you had to move in and out of the pantry due to very limited counter space. I have stayed in less expensive places with more of a full kitchen and true 2nd bedroom.
The biggest downside, however, was the traffic noise. I had read this on TripAdvisor so when I made my reservation in September 2012 for March 2013, I specifically requested a unit on an upper floor on the quiet side. I called the week before we arrived and reiterated this request. When I arrived on Saturday, however, the woman behind the desk seemed to have never heard of this request when she assigned us to the first floor on the Orange Avenue side. The first floor units on that side of the building are literally on the street. Cars drive by about eight feet from your windows at all hours of the day and night and make sleep virtually impossible. They start roaring by at about 4 AM and end about 11 PM every day. Every day we were there I was awakened at 4 AM by very loud traffic because of this.
The Resort staff did offer to have us move to another unit, but by the time they called to tell us that we had already gone grocery shopping and put food in the fridge, had unpacked all of our stuff and were out at LegoLand all day and could not move. So, short answer is that when you request your unit, INSIST on one of the quiet side or negotiate your rate way down. This really is a nice place with a good location, but unless you are prepared not to sleep (I am a city dweller and had not dealt with traffic noise like this), you will not be able to stay on the Orange Avenue side of the building, at least on the first floor.
Insist on staying on the residential or quiet side of the building, not on the Orange avenue side.
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We're so thrilled we could be the first to welcome you to Coronado Beach Resort. Our location is prime to many parks and attractions in the area. There's many great shops and restaurants as well, we hope you had fun checking them out. We hope that we can accommodate you during your next stay to Coronado! In regards to the traffic noise on Orange Avenue, this can be avoided by staying on the east side of the building. The third floor provides excellent reviews of Downtown San Diego.
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