My family and I just returned from a Spring Break trip to San Diego. We received several referrals to stay at the famous Hotel Del Coronado. After investigating it online and finding that our standard room (with 2 queen beds) for four nights would cost us almost $1600 including parking, taxes and fees, we decided to consider other options. This fee was even based on a buy three nights, get the fourth night free promotion. From the website, the Del looked awesome and we had heard so many good things about it, so we strongly considered splurging.
My mom's good friend travels to San Diego a lot and she recommended Glorietta Bay Inn. She said it was right across the street from Hotel Del. So, I got online and checked out the specials. We reserved the Winter Escape (buy 2 nights, get 3rd night free) plus one extra night at an Internet special rate. Our total hotel bill including fees and taxes was $693 for four nights. That included free breakfast every morning and parking (which was $10 per day).
Breakfast is served family style - that is, you go into the dining room and grab whatever you want. They have cereal and milk, coffee and juices, peanut butter and jelly, bread, bagels, muffins and pastries. They also have hard boiled eggs and fruit. Our kids loved that they could go pick out their own breakfast each morning.
The room was great. We had Room 213 which was on the bottom level. It faced the parking lot and was 3 doors down from the main lobby and dining area. It was such easy access to our car and to breakfast. Our patio had a trellis covered with beautiful blooming bougainvillea. The room was clean and nice. Upon arrival we found a bottle of red wine, a box of See's Chocolate Truffels and a certificate for a free walking tour of historical Coronado homes. These goodies were part of the Winter Escape package. Our beds were really comfortable and were covered with down quilts and plenty of down pillows.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. They provided several great restaurant recommendations. One was Il Fornaio on the island. Another was Buon Appetito in Little Italy. Both places were fabulous! One of the staff also gave us some great tips about how to tour the zoo. She encouraged us to take the guided bus tour when we first arrived. That would allow us to see the whole park and then decide what exhibits we wanted to visit up close. With two young children in tow, this definitely was a great suggestion.
We loved having breakfast on the terrace each morning which had a view of the ocean. It was beautiful. When we returned to the inn each evening after trekking around San Diego and surrounding towns, we loved walking up to the beautifully lit Glorietta Bay Inn. Dad and the kids enjoyed the hot tub each evening.
We ventured over to the Hotel Del one day and it is neat but it is HUGE. We were so glad we were at our quaint little inn - much quieter and calm. We could use the Del's beach access which was just across the street from Glorietta Bay Inn.
If we go back to San Diego, we will definitely stay at Glorietta Bay Inn again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glorietta Bay Inn is Coronado’s best boutique hotel. One block to the beach and just steps away from shopping and dining, this Coronado hotel invites you to experience award-winning guest service, ideal location, and abundant history and charm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glorietta Bay Coronado
- Glorietta Bay Hotel Coronado