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“Fantastic hotel, right in the heart of Coronado.” 5 of 5 stars
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Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118   |  
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Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Coronado
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“Fantastic hotel, right in the heart of Coronado.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

I searched Trip Advisor for hotels in and around San Diego before deciding on Coronado, and this hotel was near the top of the list so we went and booked a Junior Suite. The hotel itself was far more affordable than the Hotel Del across the road, while offering bigger rooms. The Del is also massive and the Glorietta far more "boutique".

Arrival and check in was easy, and the staff were very helpful providing maps and directions as well as advice on anything required.

We stayed in the Junior Suite which was around the back. Although the car had to be taken around the back, it actually worked out better as not only were we parked only metres from our room, but the back entry to the lobby was just as close as the front one.

The room was great. The bedroom was large with it's own TV with cable. The living area had a pull out double sofa, and there was still plenty of room for a roll out bed. Two larger than normal screen TV's both with cable in each room helped a lot with the kids and parents "separation and quiet time". We all had good sleeps, so no complaining there. There was a couple of earlier morning flyovers from the naval base, but outside of that noise wasn't a main drama.

Yes, the pool isn't huge, but it's fine for having a quick dip. It probably also wouldn't get much use in the hotter weather as Coronado beach is only across the road.

The continental breakfast supplied was nice, and we all managed to overeat each morning !

The location of the hotel is excellent, opposite the Hotel Del and at the start of where Orange Ave really kicks off. Restaurants, convenience stores, etc, etc all only a short walk away.

Coronado itself is a beautiful place to stay and I'm very happy we choose this location over others in San Diego. The drive to the tourist locations such as Balboa Park, etc was minimal. We had a look around and we were very happy we did not choose accommodation in the hotel circle in Mission Valley as it didn't seem convenient to anything at all (ie restaurants).

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  • Stayed October 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, November 4, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience while staying with us. I’m happy to hear that our service and our great amenities made your stay more comfortable. Our staff strives every day to perform exceptional customer service to our guests. We hope to see you again! Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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San Jose, CA
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This place is Great. My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado and are checking out today. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. When I made the reservation, I informed the hotel it was our anniversary and reserved a junior suite.

The junior suite that we received was huge, extremely well appointed with 2 bathrooms, a separate bedroom with a very comfortable king size bed, 2 televisions (a 40 inch flat screen television in the living area and a 32 inch flat screen in the bedroom), pull out sofa, a kitchenette with a sitting area with a table and three chairs, and a balcony. The bed, as well as the pillows, was fantastic and very comfortable. When we arrived in our room, there was a very nice welcome card signed by the inn’s staff and a complimentary bottle of champagne waiting for us.

Both my wife and I totally enjoyed our stay here. All the staff was extremely polite, friendly, and very helpful. The location is great being right on Orange Avenue directly across the street from the Hotel Del Coronado and the beautiful long beach. There are many shops, restaurants, and stores on Orange Avenue within a very short walking distance. Our favorite restaurant is the Brigantine Seafood Restaurant and it is only about a 2 minute walk away. We went there for happy hour one night and dinner another. The food was delicious both times.

Our thanks to the staff at the Glorietta Bay Inn. You truly made our anniversary very special and unforgettable. We will definitely be coming back soon.

  • Stayed October 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, November 4, 2013
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us. We are so pleased to hear that you found your junior suite comfortable and spacious. We're happy to hear we could make you and your wife's 25th wedding anniversary memorable. 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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Glassboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I came to San Diego for a conference at the Hotel Del Coronado. I decided to save quite a bit of money by staying across the street at the Glorietta Bay Inn. I think I chose wisely. Though you do need to cross a busy street to get to "The Del," it literally is across the street. Though undoubtedly in a different category, GBI is nothing to sneeze at in terms of class. Besides convenience, what really distinguishes GBI is the quality of the staff, who are uniformly personable and helpful. Here are a few pro's and con's:

Pros - Continental breakfast. Free. Considering the tourist prices for food on Coronado, I certainly appreciated getting a break on one meal a day. They have a full range of cereals (I had granola every day... yum), pastries and breakfast breads, hard-boiled eggs, and they (at least on the weekend) have an automatic pancake maker. Now, the automatic pancakes I tried were not particularly good, but I had never experienced this before, so it was worth trying to say that I had! There is some subtle variety introduced from day to day, so this did not get boring (though I am easy to please food-wise). Breakfast opens at 7 AM, though sometimes it was ready a few minutes early (shh...)

- Even outside of breakfast hours, you can always find complementary coffee, water, and fruit. I heard that they put out snacks in the afternoon, but I was always busy at those times.

- Pool. I did not partake. I was traveling alone, but as a parent, I know how important this is that the establishment has one. Not a lap pool, but it looks like kids would enjoy it. They have towels at the front desk. It has lighting, so it is open into the early evening.

- Staff. I had many good experiences here. They helped me set up travel to the San Diego Zoo and back to the airport. Both trips were a flat rate of $25 (for me... not sure if the cost is higher to bring more people). Compare that to the $45 I was quoted from a cab company to ride to the Zoo. The company whom GBI recommends (Flex) is prompt, professional, pleasant, and reasonably priced. Go with Flex.

- Free WiFi. It works great. Nuff said.

- For runners/bikers: I didn't get a response from management when asked in advance via e-mail about where to run (I'm training for a marathon), but I discovered the GBI has great access to the Silver Strand Bikepath. Go one block down the hill, wait for the Walk light, carefully cross the busy intersection, and you are there. It is apparently part of a much larger bike trail, though the longest I went out was 5 miles and back (and it looked to continue for the foreseeable future). It is divided by a dashed yellow line, which you should respect, because there are plenty of fast moving bikes on the path. I will very much miss running this, with views of the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. For those who enjoy this so much that they run more than they planned, GBI has 2 sets of coin-op laundry machines (4 quarters per wash, 4 quarters per dry load), and they have change at the front desk.

Cons:

- No restaurant on site. No big deal. There are dozens of places to eat within walking distance (many of which are down Orange Ave - turn right when you leave the GBI lobby). I enjoyed (in order of distance): Vigilucci's (authentic Italian), McP's (Irish pub), and had a couple of quick and good meals at Panera Bread. There are also plenty of places to eat at "The Del".

- Snug room. I chose to stay in a "snug room," which is in an area slightly peripheral to the "mansion". Think dorm room. I've had at least one dorm room in my life that was smaller, but what did bother me a bit was the noise from the street. Closing the windows and the bathroom door helps, and I did manage to sleep fine, but light sleepers beware. This room choice is less expensive, and is probably ideal for someone in my situation (i.e. traveling alone... or maybe a couple who do not want to be far). You have all the amenities: TV, DVD player, bathroom, sink, etc.; except for a table or chair (not sure where this would go). The practical matter there is that this complicates eating in or doing work in your room.

That's about it. I do recommend this hotel/inn. Families and anyone expecting luxury: stay in the mansion.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, November 4, 2013
Thank you so much for the writing about your stay with us. We are happy to hear you liked the variety at breakfast, our friendly staff, and our convenient location to the bike trail and restaurants. You are right in that the Snug Room is ideal for business travelers traveling alone for a few days. The music room and outdoor verandah is open to all guests 24 hours a day to sit a relax. We hope that the next time your travels bring you to our area you’ll stay with us again. Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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Fair Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Once you drive over the bridge you know you've entered fantasy island for the length of your stay, so arriving at this Hotel (picked by locals) was the right choice. Across from the Del (which is on the beach), this smaller boutique hotel wins in size and charm when you walk into its Old World, 'era gone by', lobby. Then you realize you are in So CA because you might not find parking....regardless the location is prime; walking distance to restaurants, beach, hair salons, rental bikes and nestled in a beautiful residential area, I would definitely stay there should we come back. The breakfast area continues the delicate lobby theme, in that it reminds you of a european country estate, with large piano and all. The lovely terrace outside to enjoy generous breakfast is the finishing touch; overlooking the pool and the water.
Now I must warn you, once you leave the Lobby, you transition into what seems to have been the 'purchase of the next door condo's to expand the property', with outdoor carpet to walk on. Freshly painted white, you wander around open hallways into your room. Small is the best description, on how we maneuvered around our tight quarters. The room had a CD player (which operated on a time delay), but the atmosphere was killed by the energy efficient lights, which make you look like a martian when you look in the mirror. Not good either was the water pressure, very low (maybe we can thank the coastal commission for that one, or maybe they are just saving on their water bill... regardless with sufficient water, we might take shorter showers). Also,the trendy heavy glass shower doors were hard to open and close...unless you choose to walk out over the toilet..., despite all this, the good wins over bad, and all very well scented with their upscale soap/ shampoo/ lotion brand. The bed was extremely small as well, and we had a loud group next door, but not too late. Coronado has a lot to offer, so you wouldn't spend too much time in your room anyway...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Public Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We’re happy to hear that you loved the old world charm of the mansion and the walkable location. We also wanted to thank you for your feedback of your hotel room experience regarding the lighting and water pressure. I would love to look into the situation in more detail, could you email me directly so I can address the issue? I can be reached at kelsey@gloriettabayinn.com Thank you!
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Lexington, Texas, United States
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Beautiful rooms and really good breakfast. Close to beach and shopping area. Historical Hotel Del Coronado just one block away. Staff very friendly and eager to help. Parking was not the greatest. We would stay here again and will recommend the hotel to friends.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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, November 1, 2013
Thank you so much for the writing about your stay with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our location and friendly staff. I apologize if it was difficult to find a parking spot during your stay. Our staff is always here to assist in finding a parking spot 24 hours a day when the lot get tight. We appreciate your friend referrals and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

- Fantastic location across from the Del
- incredibly pleasant staff
- beautiful interior lobby
- very nice grounds and landscaping
- decent continental breakfast

The problem is the rooms. They are VERY small (I have no idea on mansion rooms, I am talking about the annex rooms) and nothing nicer than you would see in a Motel 6 or Red Roof Inn. I reserved a balcony room and was initially placed in a room slightly larger than a walk-inn closet. When I complained they moved me to a room with a "balcony" which in reality was a patio overlooking a busy road. The sidewalk was literally 5 feet from the sliding door the went into my room and I got to say "hi" to everyone when they walked by. Lousy

The bathroom was clean and I could tell was recently updated (unlike the rest of the room).

I was only there for a short stay but I would NOT go back if I was to stay in one of those rooms vs one of the nicer, larger mansion rooms.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GloriettaBay, Guest Relations Manager at Glorietta Bay Inn, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
It was a pleasure speaking with you on the phone this afternoon. Again, we are so sorry for the inconvenience you experienced. We really appreciated the feedback regarding your stay in your room. We are currently in the process of updating the room with new furniture, and you are correct as we recently renovated the bathrooms. I hope that the next time you’re in the Coronado area you’ll stay with us again. Please contact me at kelsey@gloriettabayinn.com so I can personally set up your next stay. Thank you, Kelsey McCabe
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Fresno, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed at this hotel because our wedding sight was right down the street at the Coronado Community Center. It definitely had the best breakfast and location! The costumer service was great. They gave us a bottle of wine, we don't drink alcohol but loved the wonderful gesture :) Such a beautiful breakfast sitting area. The only downside was the room was kinda small, very nice and clean but very small. I'm not sure whether the bed was a full size or queen. My inlaws stayed on the other side of the building and they said their bed was really small too. Well that's the only downside.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, November 1, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review. We're so happy we could help celebrate your wedding day and that the service you experienced was excellent. We have many room types that come with different size beds, from a full size bed (snug room) to a king size bed (bay view king room) that we offer guests upon making a reservation. I apologize if you were not given to correct information and will improve upon this in the future. We hope to see you again for an anniversary in the future! 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 ( WiFi ) 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): $$
Number of rooms: 100
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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