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El Cordova Hotel
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence
Denair, California
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6 reviews
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“Will be back!!!”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

This was our first trip to Coronado and San Diego. We stayed there for a week from May 25 through June 1st. Check in was easy. The girl who checked us in showed us where to go because the layout can be intimidating at first.
Room was nice and clean. We stayed in a one bedroom suite. Two adults and two kids (3 and 6). They had everything we needed to sit down and eat in the room.
We ate breakfast in the courtyard about 5 of the days. They had a selections of a few different cereals, pastries, doughnuts, tiny eclairs, croissants, milk, orange juice, and the guy working the courtyard. I believe his name was Bass. He was an awesome guy that really livened up the morning. The kids loved eating outside with the birds next to the fountain. They also have free tea and coffee in the lobby 24 hours for guests.
Yes, they were doing some construction/ renovation. It didn't bother us. We were gone most of the time anyway at Sea World or the beach. When we were there we hung out in the pool for a day. The kids really enjoyed it. They were a little too scared to get in the water at the beach because they thought they were going to be eaten by a shark. Hot tub was nice too.
The location was great! Walking distance to all the restaurants and stores.
Overall, we will definitely be back to visit.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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MicaJackson, General Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this review, 10 June 2013
Thank you for the review of our hotel. I am really glad to know that you spent your first trip to San Diego with us. As you have seen, we offer a unique experience to guests visiting Coronado. Also, many of our guests seem to love our new breakfast layout. Plus, we are looking to expand the breakfast options soon.

I would like to apologize for the renovation at Miguel’s. I have spoken with their ownership and the project is expected to be completed by next week. So next time that you visit us, I recommend trying their famous chips and salsa (and maybe a margarita). The new Miguel’s will be better than ever!
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

I recently stayed for a long weekend while visiting my son, stationed on Coronado. The room was spacious, nicely decorated and clean. I appreciated having the small coffee maker in the room and was delighted that the windows opened! The front desk personnel were friendly and helpful and the couple who caters the continental breakfast were charming, friendly and efficient. My only suggestions would be: put a full length mirror in the room and offer a protein (maybe hard boiled eggs?) at the breakfast. I would definitely recommend this hotel and look forward to staying with them again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

The El Cardova is a nice place to stay in Coronado- it's nothing fancy, the beds are OK, nowhere near as nice as the surrounding hotels in the area, but it's a nice value for what you're paying for. But honestly- what (who) really stood out was Bass, the guy tending the breakfast buffet- he was OVER THE TOP nice, and so pleasant- he made me smile, which was hard to do since I was hurting from a wedding the night before. Thanks Bass for such a welcoming morning breakfast!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I paid more for this hotel than I have ever paid for any hotel in my life. I wanted to be close to Silver Strand beach, so I took the plunge.

The outside appearance of this hotel is very charming, and many of the rooms overlook a little courtyard area with small shops. The architecture and flowers made me feel like I was in Italy or Spain - very nice.

The hotel was only about 7 minutes from the beach, which was great. Sadly, it was too cold to swim when we were there in May, but we did collect some shells.

We stayed in a two-bedroom suite, which was very spacious. In addition to the two bedrooms, there was a living room, a kitchen, and (of course) a bathroom. It gave our family some room to spread out, which was great.

In the morning, we were awakened by A LOT of traffic noise, noise from people in the courtyard, and construction noise. That was quite disappointing. I would think that for all the money we paid, they could insulate their rooms from outside noise quite a bit better.

Other negatives: No mirror in the bedroom, no exhaust fan in the bathroom, bath/shower knobs were of a very strange configuration (again, I'm sure they could afford to fix these).

The rooms in this hotel are not all in one building. Upon our arrival, the man at the desk told us to go down the hall, outside and up some steps to get to our room. We walked out and thought, "HUH?" We were out in what looked like an alley, and we had no idea which buildings belonged to the hotel. It was a very confusing layout, and guests really should be shown to their rooms (especially in light of the high cost of the rooms)!

Breakfast was free and served in an outdoor courtyard. It was so pleasant to eat among all the flowers, including a giant bird-of-paradise flower near our table. The gentleman in charge of the breakfast area, Bass, was extremely friendly and did a great job.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Unique place to stay.This place seems to be more fitting for couples looking for a nice get away that offers a great location and unique places to explore. Very friendly staff especially the gentleman serving breakfast. If you do not want what they serve the breakfast coupon can be used as a discount for crepes are a adjacent restaurant. Felt welcomed and recommend this place to friends visiting Coronado :).

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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tucson, AZ
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

History and location, location location. We stay here every Coronado visit - We savor the personality of the historic building, love the courtyard, very good restaurants, cute and practical shops, small pool and perfect Jacuzzi and take full advantage of the fantastic beach 2 short blocks away - actually takes less time to get to the beach from El Cordova than from some parts of the Del :-) Of course we spend time enjoying the Del for lunch and sunset - again: location location.

Room Tip: re: upstairs rooms while charming require climbing steep steps.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

Just stayed 4 nights with 2 kids in a 2 bedroom suite for Mother's day and my son's birthday and we had a great time. The property is older, but I think that actually added to the fun of our trip, I mean how many times have you seen a walk through closet. The beds were comfortable, the room was clean and there is even a decent kitchen. That part is a bonus for us with 2 kids. Bass always took care of us for the INCLUDED continental breakfast. And finally the location is perfect, and your not spending Del kind of money. We will stay there again.

Room Tip: Hotel has discounts for the San Diego Zoo and Sea World
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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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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