We extended a stay at a convention in San Diego by booking one night at the Del Coronado Hotel. It is on the 1000 places to visit before you die guide book. We left our San Diego Hotel, walked to the Ferry and took it to Coronado Island. From there is was a short walk to the 904 bus and $2.25 each we boarded and were off to the hotel. The hotel is magnificent, the staff is gracious and accommodating; it is a throwback in time.We walked the beaches and enjoyed the perfect weather of Southern California. We enjoyed a $120 lunch overlooking the ocean and an intimate $300 dinner in one of the restaurants.
Our room didn't have a balcony, but there were common balconies off the staircase, but unfortunately no chairs to use to enjoy them.
When you begin to think about the costs, its time to checkout which was our plan all along. Where is the line between "high end" and "price gouging?" The Del Coronado is at that line. What's more, the hotel was being renovated. Several of the grand rooms were shutdown. The smell of fresh paint was everywhere. Several of the courtyards were roped off. None of this was noted on the website or mentioned when the hotel called prior to our visit about making reservations for the spa, restaurants,etc. Perhaps a gift certificate handed out to guests for use at the hotel and its many shops and restaurants would have been a nice gesture for those of use who couldn't experience the full grandeur of this national treasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The legendary Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton 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:
- Resort Del Coronado
- Del Coronado