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“Excellent Stay”
Review of El Cordova Hotel

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El Cordova Hotel
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 June 2014

I cannot say enough about the price, quality and location of the hotel. We had a wonderful stay in a very charming suite. The Del is right across the street with excellent beach access. Many great restaurants and shops are within walking distance. Breakfast is essentially cold cereal, donuts and pastries, but they give you a coupon for a discount at other breakfast eateries in the area. Parking is somewhat difficult because you must find your own space on the street. Because an alley to several restaurants is right behind the hotel, the mornings can be somewhat noisy. We did not hear any nightly noise from the restaurants and bars in close proximity to hotel. The positives far outweigh any negatives and we plan to stay here each time we visit Coronado, which is about twice a year.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground level are larger and more accessible.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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NickCunningham, Front Office Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2014

Thank you so much for your review of El Cordova Hotel! Coronado Island parking is limited; however our guest services staff is more than happy to direct our guests to the best available options. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at El Cordova Hotel. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had a room that did not have much noise from the places below (we were upstairs in a two room suite with a small kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a living space. Love the proximity to the ocean and the shops along Orange. We will stay there again!

Room Tip: Ask about location relative to the Mexican restaurant as it could be noisy later in the evening.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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NathanDonison, Front Office Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2014

Thank you for your review of our hotel.

I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay. The beach being just a short walk away is quite a luxury here in Coronado that's definitely hard to beat and our centralized location along Orange Avenue is very convenient for all the great local shops and dining.

We look forward to your next stay with us here in the Crown City.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Here's the good:

The El Cordova has some charm in it's design and the early 20th Century building it occupies. There are several restaurants in or adjacent to the property, and most conveniently, the Del Coronado (and it's beach access) is directly across the street.

Here's the not-so-good:

Miguel's (Mexican Cuisine) which is located on the property, is average at best. More importantly, you'll read several critical reviews of the rooms that are next to, or above the restaurant. I can see why people complained and I would recommend that you verify which room you'll be in before you arrive.

The continental breakfast could use some work as well. The spread is a mix of out of the box doughnuts, pastries, cereal and (sometimes) apples & bananas. I would not recommend paying any extra for this, you'll be better off getting some breakfast foods at the VONS down the street and keeping it in your room if you want to save some money.

Although some have taken great issue with the lack of parking, I'll admit that its inconvenient, but not a deal killer. Just be aware that you'll have to park temporarily in front of the hotel and then move your car on to one of the neighborhood streets next to the property. We always found a place to park and you won't have to pay if you're two blocks over (everything next to the property is metered).

Here's the bad:

Several hours after checking out and while still on Coronado, we realized that my daughter's iPad had been left on the bed in our room. We contacted the hotel immediately and was told that nothing had been turned in by housekeeping. We went back to the hotel where the girl working the desk was very helpful and took me back to the room, which had been cleaned but NOT occupied by another guest. We double checked the room and verified that the iPad had been removed and that the room was secure prior to and after house keeping cleaned it.

The following day I had a less than helpful contact with another employee, when I called to double check and speak with a manager. I eventually received a call from the General Manager who genuinely seemed concerned and had done some research on his part (prior to his call) to verify if the device was still on the property and who had cleaned the room. I appreciated the effort, but kind words are little conciliation after having a $400 iPad stolen by someone who works at the hotel you just stayed in.

Ultimately, we left the El Cordova with an apology and a bad taste in our mouths (so to speak) about our experience. As of this review, the person who committed the theft is probably still employed there. This is a perfect example of one person who represents the hotel, changing what would've been a mostly positive four star rating, to three with concerns ( and a warning) about the security of belongings to other guests. To be clear, I kept the average rating (in spite of our experience) because of the other employees and the General Manager who assisted us.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms above or next to the restaurant. If your room faces the alley, keep your windows closed...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Overall a great value for Coronado Island. Older and has fairly bad sound proofing, but overall a nice place. Room was clean, service was great, location is almost perfect. Breakfast was included but fairly limited. The Mexican restaurant in the hotel was great though.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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NathanDonison, Front Office Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2014

Thank you for your review of our hotel.

I'm glad to hear you found the charm in our hotel. We are an older building but keeping it updated and fresh is always a top priority of ours.

We hope to see you again should you decide to visit us or Miguel's Cocina in the future.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Lots of places to visit very close by - great restaurants on site and within walking distance. Room was very clean and near the courtyard, and they are remodeling other rooms to improve them. We ate several times in two of the connecting restaurants and had good meals each time. We will go there again next year.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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NathanDonison, Front Office Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2014

Thank you for your review of our hotel.

I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. When you visit us next year we hope you'll stay in one of our newly renovated rooms. See you soon!

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was my girlfriend and my first stay at the El Cordova. It's in an excellent location almost directly across the street from the Hotel Del Coronado. The Spanish courtyard style is very nice. The one bedroom suite was very large and had plenty of closet space. I could tell it was once an apartment. The room was very clean and the furniture was is good condition. The kitchen had plenty of dishes and utensils for cooking in the room. But there are also may kinds of restaurants within a couple minutes of walking.

The downside to this hotel is similar to almost all Coronado-area hotels (except The Del). We had to park our car three blocks away in the residential area because there was no parking. The hotel does not have its own parking lot. There are two spaces for temporary check-in parking in front of the hotel, but these were occupied. We doubled back a couple of times while searching for a parking spot and the "temporary" spots had the same cars. So we had to walk three blocks with our luggage.

The other downside to the hotel is that the bedroom windows are open to a driveway. Each morning, the food delivery and garbage trucks made a lot of noise. It was so nice outside we wanted to keep the windows open, so the noise was even worse. To be fair, the windows cut off a lot of the noise if left closed.

But the parking and noise problems aside, the El Cordova is a great hotel at a reasonable price.

Room Tip: There are three suites in the center of the hotel (I think it was suites 82,83, and 85) that open up...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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NathanDonison, Front Office Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2014

Thank you for your review of our hotel. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us despite the few issues you had.

I would like to apologize for the parking inconvenience. We are fully aware of the issue and are repeatedly trying to find a solution. With Coronado being an island unfortunately space is at a premium.

We have taken your comment in regards to noise from the delivery trucks in the morning and notified the proper people to prevent this from being a future displeasure.

We would like to invite you to visit us again should your travels bring you back to Coronado.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Hotel was so charming and quant! I felt I was in a small Spanish town. Rooms were small but clean and had everything you need! Staff was more than friendly and helpful - they were cleaning/waxing lobby floor overnight but still got me a cup of house coffee before our departure at 5;30 am. Breakfast was so nice in outdoor setting! I would definitely stay there again. Price was right too!

Room Tip: Ask for room towards from as Wi-Fi signal not as strong in rear of hotel. It worked better second n...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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MarcFrancois, General Manager at El Cordova Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Allow me to first, thank you for choosing El Cordova Hotel. We value your business, and even more, your taking the time to share your thoughts with other perspective travelers. It's music to our ears to hear that your interactions with all of our team members around the property were of the highest level.

In your review, you'd noted that the wi-fi signal was a challenge at times. Thank you very much for your comments. We take them very seriously, and want to do everything we can to ensure that the hotel is of the highest quality in both service and amenities. I'm very pleased to inform you that we've since completed an upgrade of both our internet service and our wi-fi equipment to ensure that all of your devices are able to connect and keep you entertained while you join us.

We thank you again for staying with us and taking the time to share your comments with us. Please come back and see us again very soon.

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Additional Information about 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: £126 - £322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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