This was a business trip but I stayed on for a few days. This is (by US standards) an old hotel and they have not tried to modernise the original building where I stayed, so if you like "Victorian" then you'll be fine. I was fortunate and was in a second floor room at the front with a balcony and ocean view. Furniture and fittings are certainly not new, but decent quality and functional. The bed and bedding were fine and the room was kept immaculately clean by the courteous cleaning staff. Service, as much as I saw of it, was pretty much as described elsewhere, generally courteous and friendly but a colleague attending the same meeting was very unhappy with a bar bill experience and got a fairly dusty answer to his complaint.
There are some 93000 military personnel in the San Diego area so don't be surprised by military/naval activity, there are major facilities either side of the hotel and on one evening from my balcony I counted 2 aircraft carriers, a small flotilla of frigates, 3 fast jets and 5 helicopters in sight all at the same time - a very reassuring display of US military power.
This is a huge hotel in a military area which does what it says on the tin, don't expect a boutique hotel experience.
- 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
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