My mother-in-law invited us all to the Del for her 85th birthday bash. It was everything she wanted. She rented a villa, ocean front, complimentary breakfast, pool and beach area for the Villa guests, with the servers passing by on a very regular basis to offer to take her order. She even got to sit in the pool, margarita in hand. "Paradise!"
The grounds are beautiful. The beach is manicured every morning and is in pristine condition. There are activities, including morning yoga on the beach and Sunday s'mores. The staff are all very nice and accommodating. My mother-in-law would have given an excellent rating in every category.
We stayed in the Ocean Tower. The room was nice, but I kept wondering how I would be feeling about staying at the Del if we couldn't be making our meals in the Villa, and instead were spending our hard earned dollars at the rapid rate required. Still, this is a resort vacation, and I should have been prepared for the kind of costs associated with a resort vacation.
One of the nice things is that the Del is just a short walk from Coronado's main drag. We walked over to Vons, Walgrens, and fun places for ice cream to get supplies at a price that didn't include the hotel's convenience fee.
All that being said, we did have a wonderful time. It was great to sit on the beach and catch up with family flung across the United States. So, if this is the kind of vacation you like, there can be few places better than "the Del."
- 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