We stayed at the Del last week and loved the charm and history.
Service was wonderful - pleasant and anticipated every need.
We stayed in a newer tower which was good-sized and clean, but wasn't quite the same as staying in the "old" building. The architecture of the old hotel was really interesting, and hotel employees (particularly in the 1888 gift shop) were very knowledgeable about the history.
Food at the poolside cafe, ice cream at Moo Time, and cheese sampling at Eno were all very good (I loved the Asian salad!)
The beach was nice and not too crowded, although the hotel ran out of chairs early in the day.
Range of free activities was pretty good - yoga, beach yoga, family s'mores night, movie night.
At $400+ a night for a room with no view, we expected a little more luxury. I didn't price other hotels on the island so this could be in line - but the quality of the rooms, pool, etc was about that of a decent Marriott or Hilton - definitely not comparable to a Ritz/Four Seasons type hotel.
The resort fee was high at $25 per day, and they justified it by saying it covered in-room coffee (no-name brand), newspaper (local) and fitness center - these are generally free at most American hotels. On the plus side, it did cover beach chairs and towels (but not umbrellas)
Pool was extremely crowded - couldn't find chairs, and the hot tub was full of about 12 kids with boogie boards, swim noodles and Barbie dolls.
Noise level was pretty high
One other note - we had breakfast one day at Cafe 1134, a few blocks from the hotel at (you guessed it) 1134 Orange Ave. It was wonderful!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The legendary Hotel del Coronado is located on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, The Del continues to maintain its rich history while also offering contemporary conveniences such as unique beachfront dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, recreational activities and the luxurious cottages and villas at Beach Village. The hotel's spectacular setting, impeccable service and award-winning cuisine also makes it the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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