My husband and I stayed at the Del for our 20th anniversary. It is a beautiful historic hotel with a fabulous location, but aside from that we were not impressed. We had high expectations based on what we had heard and the price of the rooms (very expensive). The Lobby was beautiful and it looked like it was starting off great.
When we checked in, we learned that it cost an additional $25 per day for parking, and $25 per day to use the hotel ammenties (pools, common areas, internet, etc.). We stayed in the Ocean towers which as we understand it are not part of the original hotel. We had a full ocean view which was great. The hallways and room however, were old and not very well maintained. It wasn't terribly clean either.
We were hoping for a wonderful experience, but were very dissapointed. We felt nickled and dimed and did not feel like we were staying at a high end resort. They are all about the name and the money...somewhere along the way they have forgotten how to create a wonderful experience for their guests. Pick somewhere else to stay and visit the hotel to see the grounds...it is open to the public.
We did have a couple of fabulous dinners though. If you visit Coronodo Island, both are a must. Candelas on the Bay is wonderfully romantic with a stunning view of the city. The food was amazing and the service even better. The other must do is Vigilucci's. Again, wonderful ambiance, and amazing food and wine. We had a mushroom pasta dish that was to die for. They also had phenominal service.
- 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