Being locals we don't get to try out Coronado hotels much, but we were homeless while our house was rented to tourists and couldn't leave town until the kids were of school. I had always been curious about the El Cordova, so I popped online and was thrilled to find a one-bedroom suite (with kitchen) for $200/night. (Priceline has never worked for me in Coronado!)
Location - perfect! A short walk to everything on the Hotel Del side of town (including the beach and lots of restaurants). Ferry Landing and the bay require comfortable shoes, a bike, or a return to your car.
Ambiance - Boutique hotel. Love the Spanish decor, especially the vibrantly colored tiles everywhere you look. Our room was functional, but very basic (I do wish they'd invest in some pictures on the walls and a bit more kitchen accessories). There was just enough space for the four of us - the bedroom with a queen bed (for my husband & myself), a fold-out couch (for my pre-teen daughter), and a very uncomfortable roll-away (perfect to torture my teenage son). Teeny tiny bathroom! My favorite place was the quaint courtyard (Warning: You may never leave here.) complete with fountain, large BBQ, and small pool and jacuzzi...the perfect place to relax and escape from noise (when the pool is not being used).
Service - Quietly efficient and helpful. Complimentary coffee & tea in the lobby is a nice touch.
Parking is cheap - only $6/night (with in & out privileges) at the underground garage across the street. Or, you can park on the street and keep filling up the meters (for 25 cents per hour) every 2 hours between 8 am and 6 pm.
If you want to avoid the restaurants and stores that survive only because of the ongoing influx of tourists, check out my Coronado list to find out where the locals go...
- 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