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“Perfect place to stay in Coronado” 5 of 5 stars
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Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118   |  
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Ranked #3 of 19 hotels in Coronado
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21 hotel reviews
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“Perfect place to stay in Coronado”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Cannot say enough about this wonderful place to stay in Coronado. I have stayed here in the past with girlfriends and now came with family. Claudia was so gracious to upgrade us to a Junior Suite which was perfect for us. The room is so spacious, great living room area with pull out couch. Kitchenette is so handy to have. The bedroom and bathroom are so spacious. We were so comfortable there. Brought bikes and rode the bike path there ...16 miles on the strand. We are locals and do an annual staycation and this is now a part of the tradition. Breakfast is perfect - fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, pastries, pancakes. The breakfast area is also charming. All of the staff is so wonderful, polite and attentive. Great place, great value, great location! We are coming back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Public Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
We appreciate you taking a moment to share your experience with us. We’re happy you enjoyed the Junior Suite and that you were comfortable during your annual staycation. Thanks for making us a part of your annual tradition! We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tehachapi, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Public Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This hotel has a great location very good staff and large size rooms that are clean and well serviced. My family of four stayed here twice in the last several weeks traveling to and from Honolulu on the wat to and from the East Coast.

The Staff is excellent very friendly . We stayed in the one bedroom suites and later in the to bedroom suite which is very large and could accommodate two couples and two small children. I liked the two bedroom very lage for only approximately 500 a night . This is slightly less than one third the price of the Hotel Del for a one bedroom suite which we stayed at for 5 days last New Years. We had no views in either rooms but so what. Walk across the street to see the beach.

You cannot fairly compare the Hotel Del to the Glorietta Bay Inn. The Hotel Del is a total waste of money and during the crowded period is a complete mess with the visiting tourists. Regardless of your traveling budget if you want to stay in Coronado stay at the GBI. Admittedly it is not the Grand Del Mar but the Grand Del Mar is in the geographic center of nowhere in San Diego County. Coronado is a fun little town.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We have been visiting Coronado for several years and stayed at all the usual places: Hotel Del, Marriott, 1906 and Lowe's. Glorietta Bay Inn was the best for service, staff interaction, location and value. Glorietta lacked the pompousness of 1906 and The Hotel Del and outshined the guest quality of Lowe's and Marriott. Whatever management has done to inspire it's staff is amazing; our maid service (as well as all staff) was excellent each day, prompt, courteous and friendly. In general Coronado is expensive in the summer but GBI is well worth it over the other choices. We will be back.

Room Tip: All rooms do not have a "Glorietta Bay" view; ask for accommodations that do have that vie...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Public Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thanks for the lovely write up! Excellent service is at the top of our list and you are sure to receive friendly service during each stay with us. We highly value you as our guest and hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

So I still think this is a very nice place to stay, but choose your room wisely. This time we had to stay in the 200 building which faces the parking lot. The view is still nice of the water, but it is too close to the main road (Orange Ave.) and so very noisy! One afternoon my husband was trying to nap and we thought the people above us were being loud and obnoxious with heavy feet, loud talking and giggling. When I heard them slam the door and run down the stairs I looked out the window and it was the cleaning crew! Need some training possibly. Also, some of the rooms need to have new seals put around the doors as you can see the light in the hallways and outside, plus the noise carries through it! Had asked for room service for certain time-period due to toddler needing nap time. It wasn't done so had to go without room service one day. The next day we had to ask twice to make sure it was done!

The pros of this hotel is that it is smaller and you usually get more personal assistance. It's location is great. You can walk the town and get to the beautiful beach across Orange Ave.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from Orange Ave if you want sleep.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Public Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
We appreciate you taking a moment to share your experience with us. We love to hear our guest's opinion to improve upon ourselves. With that said, we have shared your feedback with our Managers regarding our housekeepers and the doorways. Again, thank you for your comments. We appreciate you being open to staying with us again, and look forward to welcoming you back should your travels bring you our way again. Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had a great 3 night stay at the Glorietta Bay Inn. This was our first visit to San Diego/Coronado island and frankly we couldn't of had a better location to see both. The inn is walking distance from the beaches and the shopping/restaurant strip of Coronado island. The jetty to catch the ferry over to San Diego is about a 20 minute walk at a steady pace.
Besides that, the room was very clean and tidy as was bathroom.
The bonus of the great (included) continental breakfast and the excellent wifi service (also included) didn't hurt at all.
Just to note we stayed in a queen room, on the top floor just behind reception and near the pool. This was a great spot, not sure if it would be as great in the other rooms further back from reception.

Room Tip: Rooms close to reception, on top (second) floor would be our suggestion.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Public Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at the Glorietta Bay Inn. I’m happy to hear that the breakfast, convinent location, free wi-fi service, and our great amenities made your stay more comfortable. We hope to see you again! Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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Phoenix
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We booked a last minute anniversary getaway and the staff could not have been more accommodating - from the bottle of wine they left in our room to making sure that we would not have to "switch" rooms once checked in, the staff was great! Breakfast was a bonus and offered a nice assortment of fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries and breads.. This is the BEST location if you want to park your car and enjoy the walkable lifestyle that Coronado offers. We would not hesitate to recommend GBI to our friends. Our room was lovely and the bed was quite comfortable, pillows were amazing! We will return - hopefully, often!!

Room Tip: We had an upper level corner room behind the mansion - not much of a view but ooooh so very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Public Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your anniversary while staying with us! We are so pleased to hear that you found your room and pillows comfortable and that you enjoyed the complimentary breakfast! We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel soon! Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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Address: 1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118
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Location: United States > California > Coronado
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Coronado
#3 Romantic Hotel in Coronado
#5 Business Hotel in Coronado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glorietta Bay Inn is Coronado’s best boutique hotel. One block to the beach and just steps away from shopping and dining, this Coronado hotel invites you to experience award-winning guest service, ideal location, and abundant history and charm. ... more   less 
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