I was here for a meeting over a long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it but agree with many of the caveats mentioned by previous reviewers. It is a "destination" hotel - not one from which to base a trip to San Diego.
Pros: My room was spacious and updated tastefully with huge window onto part beach/part parking lot. The public spaces (lobby, front elevator, courtyard garden, ballroom, etc.) are beautiful and I found myself slowing down to admire them often Service was friendly and professional. Hotel shops are step above usual fare, especially in concourse below hotel. Gorgeous beach and sunsets. Food uniformly good - especially the upscale restaurant. We easily rented bikes on the beachfront of the hotel and did a wonderful ride around the island - highly recommend. We also watched some sort of practice rescue operation in front of the hotel involving a hovering helicopter, men and a raft - interesting to watch. (I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the morning jog of aforementioned naval personnel...)
Pro/ Con depending on your opinion: Being historic the hotel has characteristics that will charm/vex you - small elevators, long and winding hallways, confusing floor plans, some smaller bathrooms.
Cons: It is expensive - even at the casual spots within the hotel. And room quality can vary dramatically - from a quirky, romantic but tiny turret room, to a spacious picture-window room to the coveted beach-facing, terraced rooms, and many more I didn't view. The noticeable influx of tourists, not guests, during the weekend days is a bit bothersome but certainly understandable given the landmark status of the place. The casual bar closest to the ocean had very slow service at happy hour - they needed at least two more bartenders on hand.
Overall: Beautiful unique hotel on a gorgeous beach worth the splurge.
- 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