I was not looking forward to staying here based on the reviews. However, I requested a room with a garden view in the main building and was very pleasantly surprised and happy because they gave it to us. I came here 16 years ago when the rooms had a floral gaudy green and yellow, I think, wallpaper and or bedspread. Now it is modern, neutral, and beautiful. We have a peaceful view of the inner courtyard, which is so pretty and relaxing.
Our room, we have no problems. It is very clean and maid service is pretty good. We have 2 more days here. There are a lot of families with kids here, and I think most of them are at the towers part of the hotel. That building is rather ugly from the outside and you can see people leaving their towels, boogie boards, etc on balcony.
I did not like the beach. It's pretty, but that's all it is. You can't even go into the water because there are tons of stinging jellyfish. Most people do not swim plus water is freezing. The complementary chairs they give to guests are a joke. They are the cheap ones that weigh like two pounds and you sit low on ground so elderly or overweight folks would have a hard time getting up and down. They need to have better beach chairs to give out or have a section of complementary lounge chairs on beach, which is manned by hotel staff where guests should have to wear wrist tags or bracelets. We are from D.C. area so we are used to 90s, and this beach has been in the 70s and I have to wear a light sweater. I have a small son and we dared to use pool once and we came out shivering. Main pool area was small and cramped with lounge chairs and wall to wall people. Not nice like pools in Cancun , Miami, or the Caribbean resorts we have stayed at, which are huge and areas are spread out. Pool area here was tight with a lot of people squished together. Not luxurious at all.
I like the look and ambience of the older part of the hotel, but the section called the Towers is ugly from outside. The shops and restaurants are crowded with non hotel guests, but it makes the place lively. However, I did not like the shops and restaurants around the hotel on Orange street. Weather is like early spring here and it's the end of July. We have spent more time touring San Diego than actually at the hotel. If the hotel guests were allowed to lounge on lounge chaises at the beach for free rather than paying $80, then we would happily spend hours on the beach looking at it. Beach is loud with a lot of helicopters and planes from Navy flying by or actually training in the waters.
The staff are very polite and friendly, especially the elderly elevator operator who already knows my husband's name and greets him every day. However, because I have a kid who likes the beach I am not likely to return to California again because beach water is cold here as well as it was in Santa Monica 3 years ago. I will stick to East coast and Carribean.
Haven't been to restaurants here yet. We have been eating at cheaper establishments in San Diego since the 5 day room stay is going to be about $1800, but we'll try a restaurant tonight or tomorrow. We did go to a seafood restaurant across the street near the harbor called 1887, which was decent, but pricey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The legendary Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton 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:
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