If it were not for the hotel's beautiful and convenient beach scene, I would rate it a 3 star instead of 4. The hotel's beach location cannot be beat.
This historical old victorian hotel is well kept but tired. There are long lines everywhere! It took about 20 minutes for our car to get to the front hotel doors due to traffic and then there was a very long line to check-in. The staff was efficient but not hospitable: from check in to every part of the hotel. The Sunday brunch was very nice and the service there was excellent, unlike the rest of the hotel. Although, the Sunday Brunch food selection was nice, it was not that varied. We also ate breakfast buffet and dinner at the Shearwater restaurant. Dinner food was good; the seabass plate was particularly good; the children's menu has good selection and for $10 you can get a children's meal and dessert! The breakfast brunch at Shearwater was average at best; the selection was limited and the lines were exceptionally long; the service was again subpar. Everything in the hotel is expensive, even by hotel/resort standards, from parking to meals to drinks to ice cream.
The best part about the hotel is that you are right on the beach! The kids in our party loved playing in the sand and the adults loved having dinner/drinks right by the beach. When we visited around new year, there was an ice skating and our kids really enjoyed that as well. The swimming pool area was nice and the water was reasonably warm. You can borrow beach toys and chairs in the pool counter area.
Rooms were fine but not special for the rate we paid. The bathroom is a little small. Housekeeping was very good about bringing our requested toiletry extras.
If you are staying in San Diego, and want immediate/convenient access to the beach, this is the hotel to be at. Otherwise, there are better accommodations in San Diego with better pricing.
- 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:
- Resort Del Coronado
- Del Coronado