This resort has an interesting history as the former home of the famed Spreckels family. The reception area (which offers a minimal afternoon tea and a much more extensive and busy complimentary continental breakfast) is tastefully decorated as are the grounds with nice landscaping featuring brightly colored flowers. The white buildings offer a picturesque setting located directly across the street from the Spreckels’ Coronado Hotel.
Our expectations were high given the website description and the steep room prices but we were disappointed with some aspects of our stay.
Parking is $10 per night yet is on a “first come, first serve” basis. Latecomers improvised several non-official spaces on our first night (which was sold out).
The pool and in-ground hot tub are too small for the heavy use they received when the weather was not beach-friendly (though they did offer complimentary swim diapers for babies). The number of chairs around the pool seemed to be inadequate for the number of guests the hotel can accommodate. In addition my wife contracted some type of rash which we suspect may have come from a very crowded hot tub.
The rooms have been upgraded recently with new furnishings and lovely flat screen tv’s that have hundreds of tv channels. Unfortunately the cable TV installer left instruction cards informing you to choose “Component 1” for television channels but wired them (at least in our room) to utilize “Component 2.” Our room worked with neither, so a helpful staff member re-booted the cable box completely (5-minute process) and told us about the mistake on the cards.
Our “snug room” was very small, as advertised, with only a tiny queen bed and one window facing another building only a few feet away. Every inch of Coronado Island is valuable so expect this when you visit the area. Our room had complimentary wi-fi (but very slow—maintenance man said they had the Cable guys out to check it and it was supposedly fixed), very nice mini-frig, 4-cup decanter-style coffeemaker (European Coffehouse Blend coffee packets), 2 glass coffee mugs, and Gilchrist and Soames toiletries. A combo DVD-VCR was also attached but the power switch was not working correctly.
Orange Avenue is a busy but lovely street adjacent to the hotel which invites evening strolls and many interesting restaurants and other shops. In addition, there is a nice sidewalk that parallels a wide sandy ocean beach in front of the Coronado Hotel (5 minutes from the Glorietta). Does the quaint location justify the steep prices and service inconveniences? Probably yes for one or two nights but I would think twice before a longer stay unless you have a family tradition of “doing Coronado” every summer or can afford the larger more luxurious rooms.
The more you are willing the pay, the nicer the room you will likely receive.
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Thank you for your feedback and for choosing our hotel during your stay on Coronado. Although we do charge for parking, our helpful staff is always here to assist in locating a parking space. We appreciate your feedback about the pool area, and will keep your comments in mind while we work to improve our guest experience. Your review will help us correct the cable issues in the future, we appreciate that you brought this to our attention. We hope that the next time you’re in the Coronado area you’ll stay with us again! Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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