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“The Del, a beautiful classic!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel del Coronado
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Coronado
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Kansas
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22 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The Del, a beautiful classic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2007

We were at the Del from July 25 to August 1 and had a wonderful time. Yes, the Del is expensive, but compared to other resort hotels we have stayed at during high season, we left feeling we got our moneys worth. We arrived early evening and check in was fast and friendly. We had specifically booked on the hotel website a standard non-view resort room and requested the Ocean Tower, as we did not want to stay in the Victorian buildings. At check in we were pleased to be told we were being upgraded to a full ocean view at our same confirmed web rate. The Ocean Tower rooms have been recently redecorated. Ours was emaculate with a contemporary design. Small balcony. Large flat screen TV. Marble titled bathroom with lots of wonderful amenties. Another reason one might choose a resort room in the Ocean Tower or Cabana building is that they are adjacent to the "adults only" Boardwalk pool. A nice feature for the Del, if you are traveling without children, as it is of course, a family resort. (And lots were there this time of year!) The main pool is noisy and full of youngsters. Pool side service at the "quiet" Boardwalk pool was wonderful. And the beach is just steps away. We ate at poolside, at the walk up fast food pool deck service and at all the on site restaurants and bar. Food and cocktails on site are very expensive, but we found the quality and service at all venues to be excellent. If one is willing to venture off site to downtown Coronado or into the city, more reasonably priced options are easily available. If your ideal vacation is a pool/beach side resort the Del is an excellent choice.

  • Liked — Service, climate, location.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Kansasman
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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2007

The property is stunning. Coronado is amazing overall. The Hotel Del is definitely overrated and expensive. I did not feel the staff was very friendly. They seemed overwhelmed by the amount of guests. It is outrageous that for $450/night ( no view room ) PLUS a $22/day resort fee that you have to pay additional fees for umbrellas and internet. The food at the pool was not what you would expect for this level of hotel. The rooms were very nice and the beds very comfortable. Housekeeping really did not do a good job . If they do not get their act togeter, they will continue to lose repeat guests. I do not see the value of staying here at all. You can visit the hotel and walk aorund, use the facility and pay a daily fee for the beach....you will come out ahead.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Greekchick
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MASS
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2007

After reading many reviews, I almost changed my plans to stay at the Del but I was glad I didn't. The Hotel has such history and the beach is beautiful. We stayed in the main hotel on the 5th floor. The room was very nice with a wonderul king bed. If you are looking for a big bathroom, ask for a different room. It was well appointed but very small. We did not mind!

The first night I called housekeeping because the sheets on the bed were a little bumpy. It would not bother someone else but I would not have slept. Within minutes, someone came and changed the sheets with a smile on her face. She understood!!!

We also ate dinner there the first night, the food and service were perfect. Have a drink on the deck or walk down to the beach and have a drink there. The sunset is beathtaking.

Two thoughts: the summer is the busy time of year. You know that when you go. Relax and enjoy. If you are in a rush go somewhere else.
Also, if you read the card with you key, you will know that the resort fee is for several services and you can use it as a discount to the zoo, etc. At least the Del tells you out right and does not hide the fees somewhere else.

The Del was perfect and I will go back someday!!!

  • Liked — the hotel
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CandyMass
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Glasgow
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2007

After reading a number of poor reviews earlier in the year we were a bit thoughtful about our stay at the Del. We were pleasantly surprised with what we found. The hotel looks amazing from the outside. Our two rooms in the Californian Cabana were very clean, freshly decorated and a good size. The beds were very comfortable. Our teenage daughters liked the large flat screen TV . The pool was busy but not overcrowded and the beach was just great both for looking out at and also for strolling along. The food was good in the Sheerwater, very good at 1500 Ocean and the ice cream parlour. The Sunday buffet in the Crown Room was an experience but not worth the money. We found the staff to be very attentive and personable. Appears they have upped their game from earlier in the year. Coronado itself has a number of shops and eateries including a great bookshop. We has just driven down the west coast from San Francisco in 7 days so really enjoyed chilling out here before setting off to New York for the shops (daughters' insistence).

  • Liked — The look of the place and its history
  • Disliked — Paying for car parking
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hopefulglaswegian
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Fleet, UK
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33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2007

We were really looking forward to our stay at this well renowned hotel but unfortunately it was a big let down. We paid a special rate of $295 + tax for one night in a room in the original part of the hotel. There is also a mandatory resort charge for facilities we did not use of $22 per day. The first problem we encountered was a blocked toilet which meant that we were delayed for our dinner booking which incidentally was at a fixed sitting time. We could not get an answer from the front desk to report our problem so resorted to ringing the hotel operator and eventually a man with a plunger arrived.
In the fine dining 1500 Ocean restaurant we were greeted warmly by the waiter and we chose the sampler menu. However due to a misleading text in the menu it transpired that the word "optional" actually meant "supplementary" in relation to the charge for one of the choices. Later, the waiter was a little overenthusiastic with mentioning his expectations for a tip at the end of service. Having left him a $20 tip he virtually threw my card back at me and walked off.
I think this hotel is living on its past reputation and there are far better and more economical places to stay in Coronado.
Basically it is a "rip off"!

  • Liked — Nice room
  • Disliked — masses of people, poor value for money.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank UKNiclak
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Bristow, VA
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24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2007

We just returned from our fourth stay at the Del. The hotel has recently undergone a major renovation which means that the victorian rooms are completely updated. Our room was ready the minute we checked in. We hadn't even finished unpacking when a bottle of wine arrived for our Anniversary, courtesy of the hotel. We stayed in a beautiful room on the second floor facing the courtyard. These rooms all have a wide balcony to sit and enjoy the peace & quiet. The spa and exercise area is completely new as is the new 1500 Ocean restaurant. (Formerly the Prince of Wales) Try the chipoltle chocolate cake. Fabulous! The service is fantastic -our room was cleaned everyday before lunch. When I happened to ask a server about the spicy cranberry snacks in the bar, she went off to find out where they were made, but instead brought back a large box for use to take home! If you are thinking about the Del keep these things in mind:
The Del is not a discount hotel. You will pay a resort fee, which helps pay for the upkeep of this beautiful place. It is a historic property, meaning the rooms are smaller than average.
The beach is clean and right out the front door. If you want to pamper yourself, go visit the Del - you'll love it.

  • Liked — Historic Hotel. Beach Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank East_coast55
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
71 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2007

My family and I stayed at the Hotel Del in October of 2005. My husband was attending an onsite conference so the children and I flew in to meet him and spend some time exploring the area. Our room was in the adjacent, non-historic building. It was okay. It was clean and large, but nothing remarkable. The hotel grounds, on the other hand, were beautiful and having access to the beach was very nice. We enjoyed exploring the tidal pools and the beach!

While it was a nice experience, I don't think I'd return.

  • Liked — The tidal pools on the beach, the big fluffy robes
  • Stayed October 2005, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank racerdog
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Additional Information about Hotel del Coronado

Property: Hotel del Coronado
Address: 1500 Orange Ave, Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, CA 92118
Region: United States > California > Coronado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Coronado
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Coronado
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Coronado
#5 Business Hotel in Coronado
#7 Romantic Hotel in Coronado
#10 Family Hotel in Coronado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel del Coronado 4*
Number of rooms: 757
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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