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Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Coronado
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“Mixed bag...but great if you can find a solid price!”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is better suited as a 3.5 star experience...Just not quite where I feel it to be for a 4 star rating.

Loews Coronado Bay is a resort style hotel situated on the Strand that runs between Coronado Island and Imperial Beach; not quite in town but the hotel appears to make all efforts to get guests into town via shuttle, etc. In other words, don't let the location keep you from staying here.

The hotel rates as a 4 on most sites, and rooms appear to run 180-200/nt. in January...We live maybe 200 mi. north of San Diego-it made it easy to plan a last minute getaway for my wife, our son and me. Priceline saved us over 50% on the room, making it a really great deal for staying 3 nights....Overall, I found the staff to be exceptionally friendly and outgoing; everyone from the front desk to the guy who poured my coffee in the am had a genuine interest in my enjoyment.

The remodeled lobby and bar is nice....great place to watch some weekend football with the large screen sports bar style screen. Decent beer selection including some local choices, and a bar menu that (while expensive) has a good line up of selections..

The pool is very kid friendly....three separate pools that surround an outside bar (closed on our stay) and a few jacuzzis. Easy access to seating, ocean view, plenty of towels and lots of sun! Ping pong was a neat addition...seems like a great place to spend if you have a couple of kids old enough to let loose to swim, etc.

Pros:
Patio off lobby bar. Exceptional! Plenty of room to stretch out around gas firepits, gorgeous views of the bay and Coronado bridge...landscaped with mature palms and birds of paradise. Almost as if the Mediterranean met a pacific island...really very nice. Great place for a cocktail and cigar if you're so inclined.
Large tub in room. Much like a jacuzzi...plenty of room to relaaaax. In fact, the entire bathroom was well appointed
Bed. Just firm enough, plenty of pillows...definitely great for a good night's sleep!
Staff. As mentioned, very kind and considerate...

Cons:
Unfortunately, the cons pulled this experience from a solid 4 star review...being someone who's stayed at the best any 5 star has to offer as well as being surprised by the hidden quality of a few of the 3 stars...I feel like Loews did come up short in a few areas.

Fees. Fees galore! I There was that commercial about banks a few years ago where the guy had to pay a fee for a fee, and a fee for complaining...remember that? Funny, but it felt the same way there...Internet 12.50 a day, valet parking 30.00 a day...While I'm sure that's par for the course in SD/Coronado...it just feels a little nasty...I'm not a fan of it, and make sure to mention it each time it comes up. 7.00 waters, 1.50 Keurig coffees, etc were a bit painful too...and with a starbucks or McDonalds not exactly around the corner...we were a bit of a captive audience.
Pricey food. The market cafe for breakfast served pretty decent food...in fact, better than most hotels in my opinion...the breakfast was well-made. Breakfast for four, however, was close to 80.00..no mimosas or booze. The bar food is also VERY expensive...15 bucks for 5 microwaved chicken wings...15 bucks for a quesadilla...3 drinks each and an order of wings for two people cost me 130 bucks the first night. BYOB!
No fridge to use in room. This would have undoubtedly offset some of the food costs, and I expected something there in a "family" hotel.

In the end, I think the Loews is a great stay if you can nail a solid discount on the room, and if you properly plan around some of the additional fees....Happy travels.

Room Tip: We had a "luxury room" upgrade that gave us nice views of the Ocean and hotel patio. Build...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a truly wonderful hotel. First off, the staff are amazing. Everyone was exceedingly friendly from arrival to departure. Check-in was a breeze and everyone we met along the way from the concierge to the restaurant and bar staff could not have been nicer or more helpful.

The hotel has both a kids pool as well as an adults pool so things were quiet for me while I read poolside - a big plus. The grounds were also well-maintained and clean. A quick walk to the adjacent dock will get you the opportunity to ride in a gondola. The food was also very good as well. We ate in the restaurants and ordered room service and everything from the service to the food was wonderful. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The hotel is large and surprsiningly isolated. The suburb of Coronado is about five miles north and Imperial Beach is three miles south. The hotel has a lot of pools but is not on a beach. There is a public beach nearby and nothing else. The food is so-so and overpriced. The rooms are a good size but nothing special. The lobby is large and there is a bar. All in all, it's not a place for a vacation and it's not a place for a city visit. It's okay for a conference but very isolating. There are public transit buses into San Diego from the highway out from the hotel and the hotel has an occasional shuttle

Room Tip: All the rooms have a water view. Parking is in a large garage under every tower. Tower 1 is closest...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I was at a conference here this Jan. An excellent venue with lovely staff, freat accomodation and a location I loved. You can rent a bike and cycle towards Mexico, or run along the seashore. A bit outside of San Diego, but only 30 min by car or 10 min to Coronado. Bit expensive though.

Room Tip: Get a room with evening sun, then you can sit on the balcony and enjoy your pre-dinner drink. :-)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Although off by itself in Coronado, this is a great hotel for couples, business and family. The rooms are spacious and comfortable (best nights sleep in months), the staff very friendly and the food great for a hotel. Meeting facilities are top notch. The fire pits outside of the lounge are warm and welcoming and a great place to enjoy a beverage served by knowledgeable and friendly bar tenders.

Room Tip: There's not a bad room or view in the place.
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is heaven, the property is 9 miles from the gas lamp area and a beautiful drive. We loved the resort atmosphere. We had dinner with our daughter and her dog, pet friendly a d very welcoming.
The staff helpful and very nice. Huge room with a balcony overlooking the pool.
A must for anyone visiting the area!

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the pools. If you don't have a pet, ask for the pet free building.
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We spent the day enjoying Sunny San Diego at the pool over looking the ocean . We wanted to relax, but there was tons for the kids as well. Try out the Kid's Club Room. They taught the kids how to do magic. Very cool. The room was very luxurious. A great choice of hotel. I will go back again and again. Also close to our favorite haunts, San Diego Zoo, Gaslamp District, Seaport Village.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Jason M, Front Office Manager at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your recent feedback regarding your visit to Loews Coronado Bay Resort. It’s great to hear you and your family had such a wonderful experience. In addition to Kids Club we also do family activities such as bingo and ceramics that during your next visit you can enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Property: Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Address: 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Rd., Coronado, CA 92118-3290
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Location: United States > California > Coronado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Spa Hotel in Coronado
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Coronado
#2 Business Hotel in Coronado
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Coronado
#2 Green Hotel in Coronado
#4 Family Hotel in Coronado
#5 Romantic Hotel in Coronado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Loews Coronado Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 440
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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