We were married at the Del and have been frequent visitors over the years. We enjoy staying here very much. However, over the last 4 - 5 years the renovations that have taken place have not stayed true to the fact that this hotel is indeed a historical landmark. The modernizing of the hotel seems to lessen it's charm. That being said, the rooms are well appointed with the exception of the mattress (in dire need of a new one!) and each room is unique with it's layout and size. The room we stayed in did renovate the bathroom floor in a way that was reminiscent of the original floors, which we did appreciate. We had an excellent view (worth paying for) and were very comfortable.
Breakfast was a 2 for 1 deal. Which comes out to about $15 per person after tax and tip. Which frankly, is still expensive. It's a decent buffet with ample selections, but the quality was mediocre. The views however, are stunning. We did not order room service as it was ridiculously expensive. We ate most of our meals off the property, and we highly recommend the Rhinocerous Cafe which is a very short walk down Orange Ave. The ice cream place (Moo Time) is delicious and fun. We also visited ENO (their new wine, cheese and chocolate bar). They had a Tuesday Tasting which was 10 wine tastings for $10. it was a great value and a lot of fun. However, you get to your 4th tasting and start looking at the cheese and chocolate. A flight of chocolate is $12, and you get three bites of chocolate (although they were awesome, we got the caramel flight). A cheese flight was $18 and definitely had more to it. You get a chunk of 3 different cheeses, 2 types of bread, and some delicious almonds. It was all very good, we totally recommend it.
The shopping at the hotel is very fun, as is the shopping along Orange Ave. and at the wharf.
The best part of the trip was our balcony. We had a full ocean view and it was absolutely stunning. The beach in front of the hotel is also amazing. The sand glitters as if there are flecks of gold in it. There is a lovely board walk and we even enjoy walking through the local neighborhoods. We also visited Wag's N Tails which is the Island pet store. They have an awesome selection of dog collars, bowls, toys, etc. We highly recommend this to any pet lovers!!!!! We also make sure to head over to the wharf and visit the Clayton Galleries and walk through the shops over there. You can also catch the ferry over to San Diego from there.
The hotel is beautiful, and for us very sentimental. Visitors should be aware that it can be a very very very noisy hotel. The value isn't quite there (the resort fee includes internet access and access to the fitness room, but parking is $25/day for self park!), but we would still recommend the stay and we will be returning again.
- 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