I just returned from a 4 day, 3 night stay at the El Cordova. This review might get lengthy so be prepared.
This hotel is very cute, has lots of character. It used to be a mansion for the people who built the Del and then converted to a hotel sometime later. I booked a 2 bedroom suite for 3 women. There was plenty of room, though when we left in the mornings we sneaked peeks in the rooms that were being cleaned and the single rooms are small. Our room was up a set of stairs on the corner of Orange Ave, across the stree from the Del. Overall, our suite was very nice. There were 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and a sitting area. We really only had 1.5 complaints total, which I'll detail out below.
Bedrooms: I didn't stay in either bedroom but the people who did said the beds were comfortable and had no complaints. Both rooms had flat screen tvs, one room had a king and the other a queen.
Bathroom: Was on the small side but work-able. Counter space was hard to come by, especially for 3 women but we made it work. I read complaints from others about the water temp, I was worried but ended up not needing to be. Basically you get a squirt of very hot water, just enough for you to step away from the water and then it goes back to how you had it. Not a big deal. Our one huge complaint for the entire stay was there wasn't any ventilation in the bathroom and it was a big steamy mess. There was a vent but it never turned on, which made for an uncomfortable post-shower experience.
Kitchen: functional but relatively small. It had an oven, microwave and refrigerator with a little table and bench seat. Not a place you'll be cooking gourmet meals but it works, which is all we needed. The refrigerator was great to have and we occasionally made breakfast on the stove. Kitchen comes with utensils, plates, glasses, etc.
Sitting room: had 2 chairs, a couch, desk and flat screen tv. I slept on the pull-out couch, which was fine. It had a sheet on it and another one folded up inside. There were 2 extra pillows stored in one of the bedrooms but no other blankets so the next morning on the way out I stopped by the front desk and requested one, which was in the room when we got back later that day. It's a pull out couch, it's not hugely comfortable but I don't think any type of that "bed" is and I slept fine.
Overall, the room was good. It had central heat/air which was great but the best thing was all the ceiling fans. Those really helped circulate air and keep the rooms comfortable.
Our other half complaint was the noise. I had called before arriving and asked if our room was near the restaurant in the hotel and was told it wasn't. Well, most of the rooms have some sort of proximity to the outside restaurant patio and all those people drinking at night get loud. I'd say it was worst for us on Saturday night, as half our room faced the patio and we were right on the small alley that people entered and exited the restaurant. The restaurant area closed about 9:30 I think and I'd say by 10:30 it was pretty quiet. However, our room was also over the steak and seafood restaurant as well so we could hear all those people on the patio, plus after they closed there was lots of table and chair scraping as the area was cleaned up. Since we were on the corner of Orange, there was also a lot of noise from people waiting to cross and on the week day morning, A LOT of loud motorcycles/cars were driving around quite early (6a-ish). Not something the hotel can control I know, but it's good to know about. It wasn't a huge dealbreaker for us, just annoying to have people being so loud after we were exhausted from being out all day. Good quality double or triple pane windows would cut down on that I bet.
We received coupons for a free breakfast at the crepe place a few doors down and we were rather unimpressed. The complimentary breakfast consisted of whole apples and oranges, some sweet breads, packets of oatmeal and rice krispies. There was also juice and coffee. You could also order off the menu and get $4 off/person so we did that, which was a mistake. None of us are crepe-lovers anyway so they offered to make an omelet and it was tiny. Tiny tiny! We never went back as it wasn't our thing.
Parking is not a big deal like some people make it out to be. I parked on a side street just around the corner for free and never had an issue with finding a spot. There are also meters right in front of the hotel.
We really liked staying here, great proximity to restaurants and the beach. Can't beat the price either!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rich in history, natural beauty and a charming Spanish hacienda style. El Cordova Hotel stands in the heart of the Village of Coronado Island, one block from the best beach in San Diego. Shopping, restaurants, theatre and recreational activities are within walking distance and the Hotel has four restaurants and twelve boutique shops on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cordova Coronado
- Hotel El Cordova