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“Excellent Experience!!!”
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El Cordova Hotel
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Experience!!!”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

I chose to stay at the El Cordova Hotel to help celebrate my engagement to my, now, Fiancé! I had let the staff know at the time of booking that I was going to be proposing while out on a Gondola Ride in Coronado (What a wonderful thing to do in the area!) and that by the time I had checked in, I would (hopefully) be engaged.

From the check-in thru the check-out, this hotel was absolutely flawless. They really took advantage of the opportunity to create a memorable experience for my Fiancé and I. The front desk was congratulatory upon arrival, we were given an upgraded suite (No words can describe how amazing this room was!) and to our surprise, when we entered the room we found a lovely amenity waiting there with a hand written card... FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER! What a personalized touch that was.

I am someone who typically stays in branded hotels - Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, etc... And I was not sure what to expect out of this hotel. I have to say, at every turn, this property exceeded my expectations. From the unique and charming character that the property has to the genuine service provided by every team member, I was thoroughly impressed and cannot wait to return.

Thank you El Cordova team for the perfect stay to complete what was such a perfect day.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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NathanDonison, Front Office Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Congratulations on your engagement!! We are thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time and experience at our hotel. We take great pride in our high level of customer service. Please come back and see us again on your anniversary.
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Colton, California
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This hotel is not very noticeable if you are driving but definitely worth seeking out, We found this place online and will stay here again. El Cordova is across the street from Del Coronado and beautiful beaches and walkways. There is shops and restaurants next to hotel, we ate at Miguels (great Mexican food) and Fabrisons Creperie. The hotel has so much charm! We stayed in a suite with a full kitchen, bed was comfy and spacious rooms. The rooms had lots of windows, ours overlooked the courtyard. Monika checked us in and gave us a lovely room and she was always friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel for its location, accommodations, staff and cleanliness.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Albany, Georgia
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We were visiting Coronado Island for a family friend's wedding, and chose to stay at this property as it was one of those recommended on the invitation. When I called to make a reservation, I was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness of the person I spoke with on the phone. We arrived at the hotel via taxi from the San Diego Airport (cost was $31 each way). Our room was located up a small flight of stairs directly across from Miguel's Restaurant, which is located in the "courtyard" of the property. We had a queen size bed in our room, and the room was remarkably clean and comfortable, considering that this is more of an "historic" hotel. The first evening, we noticed a problem with the hot water, but it was quickly resolved by the helpful front desk clerk who came to our assistance.
The property is in a great location, and gift shops, regular shopping (Walgreens, Rite Aid, small grocery store, etc.) and beach are within easy walking proximity. The Hotel Del Coronado is literally right across the street!
We found the El Cordova staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. Someone is doing something right in the hiring and training department!
Our only complaint, which we did not mention to the staff because it is obvious there is nothing that can be done to resolve this, is that we were able to hear entire conversations (as well as other things) that were going on in the rooms surrounding us. Not a problem, as long as one does not plan to sleep soundly throughout an entire night! Also, the noise from the restaurant is quite loud, and the second night there my husband and I looked at each other and said that we never want to hear the song "Happy Birthday" again! The noise from the restaurant seemed to quit around 10 pm. However, the noise from the adjoining rooms is less predictable!
As a side note: The Wi-fi in this hotel is awesome!
Also, we were given coupons for a Continental Breakfast each morning, and it was great! The young lady in charge was very sweet, kind and helpful!
So, in closing, I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a CLEAN and COMFORTABLE hotel with an excellent staff!

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the pool. We observed that that it is far enough away from the restaurant that...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Albany, Oregon
1 review
Reviewed 15 January 2014

Very nice small hotel across from the Del. Not super luxurious but definitely very comfortable and reasonably priced. Great shopping & restaurants nearby - highly recommend Fabrison's creperie! Close to the beach and mass transit system which meant we didn't need a rental car at all and still were able to see almost all of San Diego and the best of Coronado.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Narragansett, Rhode Island
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Charming, attractive property in the best of locations on Coronado Island. Staff were friendly, courteous and efficient. On-site restaurants were fine and many, many more options for dining were well within walking distance. No parking associated with hotel but plenty of on-street spots available close by, with and without meters. Have already recommended this place to many friends, will book there again if in the area.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

My husband, 18 yr. old son and I spent Christmas week in the El Cordova. It is perfectly located in the center of Coronado Island, steps to the Hotel Del and the beach. The staff was very, very friendly and helpful. Our suite had a kitchen, which was great. The free continental breakfast was a pleasant surprise. The also have us $4.00 coupons to use in any of the 3 restaurants on site. We have eaten probably in every restaurant in Coronado and the 3 onsite of the El Cordova are the best! The crepe cafe, the mexican restaurant and the seafood restaurant are absolutey fantastic! The rooms are spacious, beds very comfortable, it has a great history and very quaint courtyards.

The only negative things I can say are the Mexican Restaurant downstairs is very noisy (can't be helped), and there is no parking. You have to park in the adjoining neighborhoods. That is typical of most of Coronado, though.

Overall, it was a fantastic trip, great accommodations, great staff. Will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

The two bedroom suite easily accommodated four adults and two children. The rooms were spacious and clean. However, the hot water in the showers were erratic in temperature and ranged from cold to very hot. The toilet in one of the bathrooms became clogged. The plumbing needs rennovation. The carpet seemed to be newly installed, although the furniture was dated. Positively, there were three HD televisions.

No parking is available on this property; you must park in the neighborhood streets.

In addition, Miguels Restaurant, in the same complex, is one of the best Mexican restaurants in which we have eaten. The food is fresh and plentiful. The flavors are excellent.

Room Tip: Choose a quiet room in the back of the complex.
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  • Stayed December 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:
#3 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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