My family stayed in an executive suite March 18-23. We were attracted to Loews b/c of honors it had garnered for best family resort, etc. The property and its programs (or lack thereof) fell well short of my expectations. First off, you should be aware that this property is located far away from any other amenities on Coronada. Moreover, it is not on the beach. To access the beach, you catch a ride on a golf cart to travel to the other side of the road = you are on your own once there = no beachside service, etc. As for the pools, they are quite nice.
The overall property has a nice layout, though it is scrunched into small peninsula. We stayed in an executive suite. This room works well for familes traveling with small children b/c you can close the door to the adjacent room to allow for early bedtime w/o forcing the same for yourself. Note: the sleeper sofa is a joke of a bed, especially for an upper upscale hotel. Be aware as well that the front desk may assign you a handicap room w/o telling so--and the handicap room doesn't have a tub.
Be forewarned if you are choosing this hotel b/c Loews Loves Kids. This is marketing more so than truth. The Kids program did not operate during our stay (even though it is hyped on an info. page you receive with your morning paper) and no one there seemed to know why (or when it actually does operate).
Be aware, as well, that the property attracts business groups, which takes away some of the vacation vibe.
We had an unfortunate last night at the property. From 9 p.m. to just past midnight we had to deal with load noises from a crew loading trade show booths into a truck. The noise was excessive and disrupted our sleep and awoke our children more than once. We complained to the night manager more than once. He would claim ignorance of the noise and promise to get right to it, but it never played out that way. It is clear to me that management was intent on letting the crew finish their task and the guests be damned. So be forewarned: you are not a guest at Loews, you are a source of revenue.
One last complaint: I have to join others in complaining about the $17/night parking charge. There is no need for this charge; it is essentially a dishonest way of charging more for your room than the rate that you are quoted.
Conclusion: We moved on from the Loews to the Four Seasons Aviara. I expected Aviara to blow away the Loews and it did. But this was easy since Loews had set the hurdle so low. My reccomendation is to chose a different hotel than the Loews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centered between the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort epitomizes the true Southern California lifestyle. We are pleased to announce completion of a comprehensive redesign of our lobby, Bay Terrace, Cays Lounge, Market Cafe and Market-to-Go. Taking full advantage of the resort's waterfront location, the new design artfully combines San Diego's sun and surf with the casual charm of southern California. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loews Coronado Bay Hotel Coronado
- Loews Resort
- Loews Bay Coronado
- Coronado Loews
- Lowes Coronado
- Coronado Bay Resort