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“You get what you pay for” 3 of 5 stars
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El Rancho Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   370 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #15 of 19 Hotels in Coronado
Henderson, Nevada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

You get what you pay for. If you just want a place to sleep, for the lowest price on Coronado, this is the place. We stayed three nights. We kept telling ourselves that the money we saved was well spent at restaurants in San Diego and Old Town.

The motel is a about 10 blocks to the beautiful beach through nice neighborhoods and/or past the Del Coronado.

It is three blocks to a touristy shopping area and the ferry to San Diego, which is a great ride and puts you within easy walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter and the Horton Plaza mall, not to mention the carrier Midway Museum. We took the trolley to Old Town, which is a favorite. Don't miss the Mormon Battalion museum presentation.

I will pay a little more next time and stay somewhere with more comfortable beds, enough room to turn around in the bathroom without hitting an elbow on the wall or door, and perhaps a place with chairs and a table. I would rate is below average, but a bargain by Coronado standards though.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Coronado, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2011

The room was filthy dirty and gross! We stayed for about 10 minutes, and had to clean the bathroom before we could use it! We were charged $30 and laughed about it later, saying it was the first time we had to pay someone to clean their bathroom!
We couldn't get out fast enough! REALLY AWFUL!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Irene A, General Manager at El Rancho Motel, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your review.
El Rancho Motel is under a new management and ownership, we have worked very hard to repair and update all the rooms. Our staff is completely new. We would love to compensate your terrible experience. Please contact us mentioning this review, 6195376633, Irene.
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2011 via mobile

Dried, caked-in dirt in corners. Food (?) bits on floor. Used wrappers behind toilet. Unpatched holes in the wall. Cobwebs hanging over TV. Worn, dirty carpet under beds with lumps of something black near the wall. No wall molding anywhere- uneven edges of wall did not meet floor. Bathroom door not hung right- the bottom scraped and got wedged on the floor. The whole room needed a good vacuuming. Thin blanket on bed that was not warm at all-it was 40 degrees out! The AC/heating unit was UNDER the bathroom sink- impossible to reach! The room creeped me out with its dirtiness. However, excellent location, near shops, restaurants, and a 10 min walk to beach.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Irene A, General Manager at El Rancho Motel, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
We are so sorry to read your review. We are under a new management and ownership since August 2014, we have changed and updated every detail in the rooms. Our staff is all new, trained and qualified. We hope you can give this amazing location an opportunity to change your experience. Please feel free to call me directly to compensate in any way. 619 2069514 Irene
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Brussels, Belgium
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2010

the place is very dirty - floor, tables were full of dust and the whole place was smelly. The shower was full of hairs - walls in bathroom were full of crusty stains. The toilet was easily clogged - a plunger was placed next to the toilet, with stains proving that it had been used before.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
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Irene A, General Manager at El Rancho Motel, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Hello, and thank you so much for your review. El Rancho Motel is currently under a new management and ownership. We have repaired and updated every room. Our staff is trained and qualified. We hope you can call us and mention this review so that we can compensate.
Irene 619 5376633
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

We booked 4 nights here for our summer vacation at the last minute and needed a budget friendly place to stay. We thought this was the place. Boy were we wrong! The rooms are small, which is no biggie for us since you just sleep there, so we moved the double beds apart to make room for an air mattress for my son to sleep on. There was a meals worth of food under the beds, as if it had not been touched by a vacuum in months. The desk chair in the room had crumbs all over it. Dust everywhere, bathroom and walls! And we are not clean freaks at home by any means. The hotel is right on the main drag coming into Coronado and every car entering the island has to pass right next to the hotel, VERY LOUD! Barely could sleep. Lupe, the owner was sweet, which was some consolation. We only stayed 1 of the 4 nights, thankfully.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Irene A, General Manager at El Rancho Motel, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
We are so sorry to read your review. We are under a new management and ownership since August 2014, we have changed and updated every detail in the rooms. Our staff is all new, trained and qualified. We hope you can give this amazing location an opportunity to change your experience. Please feel free to call me directly to compensate in any way. 619 2069514 Irene
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Peoria, Arizona
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

On our last day visiting the San Diego area... we decided to visit the beaches on Coronado Island at the advice of a friend. We instantly fell in love and decided to find a place on the island to spend one more night so we could beach comb and swim. As a family of five on a budget, the most affordable place we could find on the island was the El Rancho Motel. This was a very cute, cottage like motel that was very clean and located right off of Orange ave. and 4th Street. There was parking available in the front of the motel and on the street, as well as in the back of the motel. There was lush vegetation, flowering bushes and gorgeous rose bushes on the property.

Although our room was very small... it was very clean and decorated with beautiful marble tile and simple, clean-cut IKEA furniture. The window had plantation shutters with large louvers. There was a small refrigerator and microwave available. The bathroom was also pretty, clean and maintained with fresh towels and supplies. There were 2 full size beds in the room - my children slept on one and my husband and I slept on the other comfortably. Unlike, the two negative reviews... towels were perfectly fine and A/C unit blew cold air. We were towards the back by the alley, so even though there was a lot of traffic on Orange street, we did not hear it like another reviewer complained about.

Shops and food are a short walk away. There is a very nice park for children a short distance down the street as well. The nearby public beach has restrooms and shower available and isn't as crowded as other beaches in San Diego. The beach located down the way by The Shores Condo's has a multitude of shells and small sand dollars to scavenge. My children were thrilled to see a pod of dolphins jumping about a short distance off the shore.

Our day at this hotel and Coronado Island was definitely the highlight of our vacation. We recommend this motel and we will return again ourselves next year. Our only regret was not spending our entire vacation here.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, IN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

For the price, this hotel can't be beat. It's nothing fancy, but it's clean, quiet and comfy; and the location is fantastic. Free wireless internet was also a bonus.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 370 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Location: United States > California > Coronado
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 19 Hotels in Coronado
Hotel Class:2 star — El Rancho Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Rancho Motel Coronado is conveniently located in the heart of beautiful Coronado Island, and offers 10 charming rooms full of amenities and warm hospitality that will make your stay a memorable one. Surrounded by attractions such as the Ferry Landing Marketplace, the historic Hotel Del Coronado, and the world famous Coronado Beaches, we know you will truly have a wonderful stay at El Rancho Motel. San Diego is also close by, just a drive on the majestic Coronado Bay Bridge. Explore the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and so much more. Access to the San Diego Airport is also close and convenient. Coronado is a peaceful island community and resort destination, with a world class golf course, a marina, parks and beaches. The weather is perhaps the best in the world, making it the perfect destination for families and seasoned travelers. With plenty of dining and shopping options within walking distance, we know your stay will be a pleasurable experience. We look forward to making your stay at El Rancho Motel as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Welcome to Coronado Island! ... more   less 
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