Stay: We stayed at the Loews Coronado May 16 - 20, 2011 in room 2214 ('luxury', king bed).
Staff: The front desk staff was very courteous and the bellman, Jeff, was outstanding. There was some mix up with our Southwest vacation package however, Jeff took initiative to do some research and ensure we were happy with the accommodations. I felt sorry for the valet staff as they were also very courteous but I suspect they don't receive many tips with the sky high parking fees.
As a side note-- we tried to get information from the concierge several times but they always had a sign up indicating that they were closed; make sure you do your research prior to arriving as I'd not depend on the hotel for any information.
Rooms: Overall, I'd say the hotel is okay but rooms were a bit smaller than I expected for 'luxury' (there was only one step up which were the suites). We understood 'luxury' and 'deluxe' were the same square footage but the views differed from 'bay' to 'garden/bay'. The bay allegedly had the better view but we visited one other 'luxury/bay view' with 2 beds that was more like a bay/dumpster view. We didn't care much about the view anyway but were more interested in a (comfy) king bed since we were traveling with our 17 month old (note they do have cribs available).
The bed and pillows were indeed comfortable which aside from cleanliness tops our list of requirements. The bathroom was quite dirty when we arrived but nothing my Clorox wipes couldn't correct. The rest of the room appeared to be fairly clean.
They did have newly refinished carpets in almost all the rooms and we heard this update would be complete for all rooms very soon.
Parking/Travel: I agree with other posters that the parking at $28/day (valet; self park is $22) is more than a bit ridiculous. There is currently a 'suite' special on the Lowes website where you receive free parking if booking online through them along w/$50/day food & beverage credit however beginning at $409 per night, you're likely paying for parking anyway. A rental car is a must as it's a 5 - 10 minute drive to Coronado (talk about your captive audience!).
Food: They have 24 hour room service and a stocked mini bar which were very convenient. There is also a little deli area downstairs for quick bites and morning coffee/lattes. We didn't eat at the hotel restaurants (they didn't look too busy).
Summary: For the great deal we received though Southwest Vacations ($2200 for 5 days/4 nights for 3 including hotel, air (direct flights), rental car, and tickets to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld), I'd say this was a good find and deal. If we were to receive discounted pricing, I'd stay at this hotel again. However, depending on activities planned and travelers, we may try the Omni, Hard Rock or another hotel in downtown San Diego next time.
As one more side note, we tried some featured Diners Drive In's and Dives restaurants (Hodad's and Hob Nob Hill) that were excellent!! The other food we had was mediocre at best (and pricier).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centered between the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort epitomizes the true Southern California lifestyle. . Taking full advantage of the resort's waterfront location, the hotel's new design artfully combines San Diego's sun and surf with the casual elegance of an oceanfront home, including a new lobby, Bay Terrace, Cays Lounge, Market Cafe, Market To Go and all 440 sea-inspired guest rooms and suites. Resort features include direct access to the Silver Strand State Beach, three tennis courts, a private 81-slip marina and panoramic views of the San Diego-Coronado Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loews Coronado Bay Hotel Coronado
- Loews Resort
- Loews Bay Coronado
- Coronado Loews
- Lowes Coronado
- Coronado Bay Resort