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“What a great place to call home when on Coronado”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Cordova Hotel

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El Cordova Hotel
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence
Calgary
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30 reviews
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“What a great place to call home when on Coronado”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

Right from the moment we arrived we were impressed with the El Cordova. As requested, we were given a one-bedroom suite on the ground floor right next to the pool. Thanks, Mica--the kids (ages 4 1/2 and 2) loved the pool and hot tub.

The continental breakfast was a pleasant surprise as we didn't realize it was included with our reservation. It was mediocre at best for the first four days but what a treat awaited us on day five. A new caterer had taken over and what a change! Bass and his wife Anna presented us with a beautiful selection of pastries, fruit, cereal and coffee. Over the remaining part of our stay we became good friends with Bass and his wonderful family. In fact their lovely daughter, Emily spent some time with us on the morning before we had to leave. Again, Bass, my sincere appreciation for your kindness and friendship.

Room Tip: Being close to the pool and hot tub is a good thing, especially if you have children
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013

Our most recent stay at the El Cordova was our second and won't be our last, for sure! This visit was for our wedding. We got married on Coronado City Beach and stayed in the Casa Grande Suite, where we also had our reception. Most of our guests also stayed at the El Cordova and everyone just loved it! The staff is friendly and on top of things, the rooms are charming and spacious. The Casa Grande Suite is absolutely amazing! It was perfect for us and our 21 guests to have our reception. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with the suite and we love, love, love the bathroom! It's also so nice to have the kitchen and such a huge living area with great windows looking over the hotel entry and out to the Del. The balcony off of the bathroom is great, too!

I have to give a big shout out to Paula and Micah who pleasantly worked with us through 8 months of planning! They were amazing and helped our guests as well. Also a big shout out to Miguel's Cantina for catering our reception. Their food is excellent and our servers were top-notch! Thanks, everyone!

Our guests commented that our wedding was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to...the hotel, the beach, Coronado itself being a HUGE part of that, obviously! We are making the El Cordova our 'go-to' hotel in Coronado and plan on coming back for anniversaries and any other occasion we can manage. We absolutely love it!

Room Tip: The Casa Grande Suite is amazing!! Two king bedrooms and a huge living area, full kitchen, dining ro...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Laguna Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013

My husband and I recently celebrated our first anniversary at El Cordova April 19-22. We had a later check-in on Friday night and it went smoothly and quickly. The grounds of El Cordova are located in the middle of everywhere and everything you want to experience on Coronado Island. El Cordova is a cute boutique hotel and has a great relaxed atmosphere. They have a Mexican restaurant(Miguelito's) on location and at night is a fun place to get a drink and listen to music. Our room (1bedroom suite) was spacious and was like a time share. It consisted of a separate dining room, kitchen(apt.size fridge,stove), and living room. The bedroom has a large walk in closet and plenty of storage. Most importantly for me everything was super clean all of the time and the staff was attentive and friendly. The hotel is located across the street from the beach and the Hotel Del Coronado. Parking is easy. If you park at a meter it is .25cents for an hour(unheard of in Southern California.) and free after 6p.m.. If you can find parking on a residential street it's free all day. The El Cordova is quaint, full of charm and different from your typical large chain hotels. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and we are looking forward to staying here again.

Room Tip: If you are looking for quiet when you sleep, then I suggest asking for a ground floor room or a seco...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

Except for the fact that they very recently lost their parking arrangement with the nearest parking facility (leaving guest to fend for themselves), this is by far and away the most charming, romantic, boutique hotel on Coronado (it's really for adults). The un-advertized free breakfast vouchers for the onsite french creperie, the human sized pool and hot tub, the diverse dinning opportunities onsite (french, 2 mexican, American seafood/steak), meant we never really had to leave the confines of the hotel area except for sightseeing walks. Guests from Hotel Del and the neighboring Coronado Beach Resort were clearly visible crossing the road to come to our tiny (by comparison) bit of Heaven. When I discovered the TV remote was dead at 11PM, the hotel staff did NOT put it on the maintenance list for the next day but arrived at my door in minutes to change the batteries out. Wow. The kitchenette is not a kitchenette but a complete kitchen (only missing an oven). The building is the embodiment of Mexican Cantina complete with courtyard that the founder of Coronado built as his vacation home which was converted to this amazing jewel.

Room Tip: Ask for second floor room with a view of the pool.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

No parking for the cars.
They gave us queen bed, instead of King.
The curtains of the rooms were not covering the windows.
The unfriendly and rude behavior of the blond receptionist guy.
The yelling of the children swimming in the pool at the early morning hours.
The workers sweeping around the pool and cleaning the pool early in the morning.
The sounds of pots and pans in the kitchen just beside the room.

Room Tip: High floors.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Verona, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2013

El Cordova is reasonably priced, and it's very quaint, as it has a very Spanish feel to it-there's a cute courtyard with a pool, and it's very well maintained. The rooms itself are old and very basic, but it's good in the fact that there's a kitchen and a living room. We got a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit which was perfect for us four-2 adults and 2 children. The rooms facing the courtyard tend to be noisy in the morning. The workers are cleaning the pool and courtyard area, and they start at about 6:45 am. It didn't bother us, as we don't sleep in, but others could find it annoying. There is no air conditioning, which didn't bother us since it was cool at night. Also, there is no parking, so you either have to find residential parking or put money in the meter. After 6 pm, it's free. We took day trips to San Diego Zoo and Sea World (only about 15 min away), so the parking thing didn't really bother us-we put money in at 8 am, and it's only .25 cents an hour. In the courtyard, the pool was nice and heated, and hot tub was nice as well. You can walk to everything from the hotel. The Mexican restaurant, Miguelitos, was very good, and the margaritas are excellent!! Overall, the price was right, and it was nice not to be crammed into one hotel room. The beds were very comfortable as well. We would recommend this place, but keep in mind the no air conditioning could be a problem if you travel there in the warmer months.

Room Tip: the 2 bedroom, 2 bath is only $16 a night more than the one bedroom-worth it to get the 2 bedroom.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Bartlett, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013

What a great place. We planned this trip months ago and couldn't wait. It was worth the wait. We picked a great time to go as it was before the high tourist season and we were missing some awful weather in Chicago. The best of both worlds. So Cordova was awesome. People were friendly and helpful. Food was great...

Room Tip: We had the one bedroom which gave us some quiet time for the early riser and the night owl. Slept g...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Cordova Hotel
Address: 1351 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-2916
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Region: United States > California > Coronado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Coronado
#6 Family Hotel in Coronado
#7 Business Hotel in Coronado
#10 Romantic Hotel in Coronado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — El Cordova Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 43
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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