I can't deny I am a sucker for Old Victorians but this hotel was more like a shell of a hotel. Its pretty to look at but I've stayed at better hotels for a lot less. We were in an oceanfront room ($700 a night) and every morning at 8am the bulldozer would start as they were redoing the walkway. I must have asked 10 times if there were any rooms in the main hotel (we were in the tower on the beach which is separate building and you don't even feel like you are at the Del) and was told I wouldn't be happy there bc rooms were smaller and it would be loud as it was Halloween and families with kids would be coming in. The first night we were awoken at midnight by a couple having a BLOW OUT FIGHT, it was loud and scary. We kept thinking it would end or surely someone would call security (wish we had) but it went on and on. The next morning after complaining we got a $50 credit toward breakfast. We went down for breakfast the next day but you can't just have eggs and bacon and coffee you have to buy the whole BUFFET. I don't mind buffets but sometimes you just want a bagel and a cup of coffee. No other choice but a starbucks inside for breakfast that costs as much as the buffet for a coffee/bagel! My other pet peeve about this hotel is that its got a beautiful view but they have no beach lounge chairs. Just these little rickety metal sand chairs you can borrow. My back hurt for two days after using one for two hours.
So you have this beautiful view but no where to lay out to enjoy it. The pool is behind a wall set down beneath it so you can't see the view. The only place to lay out is the spa. I did enjoy my one day at the spa and spent all day by the pool there (but its only for customers of the spa and ONLY for the day of your service). In addition, we asked for a king bed when we made reservation but when we arrived were told only double available. We were there for 5 nights and no accomodation to change our room even after the loud argument, the bulldozer and the fact that we had made the king reservation. Just kind of like take it or leave it. We ended up stuck there for two more nights due to Hurricane Sandy and we could have stayed there but we decided we had had enough and we chose to LEAVE IT. Ended up at a much cheaper hotel and were were so happy!!! Sorry Del you've got history but not much else! My advice...buy some beach lounge chairs, do construction in middle of the day not the morning and make your breakfast not buffet only.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The legendary Hotel del Coronado is located on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, The Del continues to maintain its rich history while also offering contemporary conveniences such as unique beachfront dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, recreational activities and the luxurious cottages and villas at Beach Village. The hotel's spectacular setting, impeccable service and award-winning cuisine also makes it the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Del Coronado
- Del Coronado