OK, I admit I'm slightly biased because we (myself, husband and five-year-old son) stayed here last July and were pleased enough to book again for 5 days in August.
All I can say is that it was a dream to stay here. This is a very unusually successful combination of family-oriented hotel with an elegant, comfortable and relaxed feel and superb customer service. The facility itself is picturesque. Extremely well-maintained and clean. Recent updates to rooms since last year. Tons of blooming plants. Parking spaces are a little small, but there was always one available.
It is obvious that all staff (from front desk to housekeeping to groundsmen) are trained to be friendly, approachable and helpful at all times. They strive to satisfy every guest's needs as quickly as possible. For example, if you approach the front desk and the staff is with another guest, someone from the office hustles right up to the desk so you don't have to wait. They are expecting you when you arrive for check-in, and everything was ready at check-out. Very streamlined. Front desk staff had good recommendations for restaurant (best burgers) and beach rental. They also gave us chairs and a mat to use free of charge. My son was given TWO beach balls.
As far as amenities, there are washers, dryers and soda/ snack machines. The laundry facilities are a lifesaver, especially with wet bathing suits (and having a small child). I believe there are fridges in every room-- we enjoyed having fruit, cheese & beer/wine in ours. The daily breakfast was a time-saver, though the fare was about standard.
Concerning the rooms: if you are a a couple or individual without children, I would book a mansion room rather than a hotel room. This is a family hotel and, while not noisier than average for families, it may annoy you to hear little ones running about or splashing in the pool. If you don't get a mansion room, ask for a room on the upper level. The pool closes at 10 pm and we had no noise issues even with having a poolside room. The room furnishings are better than average. The beds were supremely comfortable. Air conditioning very efficient. Flat-screen TV with tons of channels. Large tiled shower, no bathtub in hotel rooms. Unlimited clean towels for beach and pool.
We had a room with 2 queen beds. It was decent-sized. The rooms with one bed only look rather cramped to me. There is an option of one queen- or king-bed and one sofa sleeper. This felt roomier to me when we had one last year.
Parking is now $10/night; that's still cheaper than in the city. You might get away with parking on the street, but it could be a pain at times.
In summary, I was extremely pleased with the service, amenities, appearance and value for what I paid for peak season. We can't wait to stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glorietta Bay Inn is Coronado’s best boutique hotel. One block to the beach and just steps away from shopping and dining, this Coronado hotel invites you to experience award-winning guest service, ideal location, and abundant history and charm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glorietta Bay Coronado
- Glorietta Bay Hotel Coronado