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.
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...
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.
- 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