Flat iron building has three sections: visitor center/shop, museum and cafe.
The visitor center has all the pamphlets and maps you would need. The 'genius' on duty is the one to ask for suggestions. She was very helpful.
The museum has limited displays but gives lots of history for the newbie. Watch the short videotape where locals dish out the gossip on famous visitors. Gives you a sense of the importance of the island as a resort destination, both past and present.
All these factoids are really the appetizers for the tours of the Hotel del Coronado. They are usually booked solid.
If you are left out just walk four blocks and see the hotel for real. Some areas have signs posting for guests only. But really, you are not visiting NSA headquarters, and discretion will get you far.
Photo tip: boost up the ISO for inside shots, or switch setting from beach scene to night or indoor. There is a very sharp contrast between the bright beach area and the dark, mahogany interiors.
Wiki tip for the armchair traveler: The excellent reference material is "Icons of American Architecture: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center" by Donald Langmead. Greenwood Press. 2009. pp 233-256.
Enjoy the trip.
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