The Hotel del Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado’s is referred to as the #1 Best Beach Resort in America, which is high praise indeed, but the breathtakingly beautiful oceanfront property is so much more. Located on picturesque Coronado Island in San Diego, the hotel is cozy yet huge, modern yet very historic, relaxing…yet everything you could want to do on your family or couples vacation is available to you.
With the Hotel del Coronado’s signature soaring, red-roofed turret welcoming and beckoning guests to come in and enjoy, this makes it a great place for a spring getaway splurge and after this winter…who wouldn’t want to head to southern California?
This historical seaside resort of movie lure is rightfully hailed as a national treasure. Stunning views and rooms and perfectly groomed and maintained grounds create a vacation that is more like an active movie set, all that is missing is Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. It is mentioned consistently as the country’s most romantic hotel for countless good reasons. The resort property and island are great places for romantic strolling, with pristine streets that are lined with flowers all year round.
The iconic 127-year old Victorian main building has 368 guestrooms and suites; they are luxurious, yet they retain period style and timeless luxury. Rooms with balconies have the most extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean and Glorietta Bay. Glorietta Bay has extraordinary sunsets that are perfect to enjoy from your balcony as you sip a cocktail or stroll along the beach and take in Mother Nature’s light show.
The “Del” Coronado has exquisite restaurant choices, but a short and pleasant drive or walk away nets you some wonderful San Diego cuisine. The Del prices can be a bit prohibitive every day, but rest assured more reasonable choices are nearby. The choices for lunch and/or dinner outside the hotel are plentiful and unique. Some of the best new chefs like Gavin Kayson, trained at neighboring New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT, is at El Bizcocho in San Diego. He was recently named one of Food & Wines Best New Chefs.
There is another glamorous on-site option to the historic hotel called Beach Village, which offers a level of complete luxury with cottages and villas (78), as well as beach-front suites and guestrooms if the hotel itself does not offer the service and seclusion you desire. The Beach Village is over-the-top in luxury and comes with cozy fireplaces, Wolf appliances, personal concierge services, spa-style bathrooms and surround sound. The main hotel is luxurious enough for most and it makes me chuckle to think that anyone would crave something more than this.
Before you leave, be sure to stop into the hotel’s gift and retail shops. They offer many unique items that will help you remember your trip long after you return home and many are designed for only the “del”, as well as the newest and chic clothing trends to indulge your fashion sense.
You can be as quiet and relaxed or as busy and physical as you prefer at the Hotel del Coronado, which is what I loved most about visiting the resort. A great spa, swimming pools, ocean fun and activities galore make this a must-do anytime of the year, but May is just awesome in San Diego.
For more information visit www.hoteldel.com
Did you know?
- “Some Like it Hot” was shot at the “Del” in 1958, but did you know that “The Stunt Man”, “Wicked, K-9” and “My Blue Heaven” were also filmed there? There were also many television shows that were either shot or had episodes filmed there, including one of my favorite “I Love Lucy” episodes.
- Presidents Taft, Harrison, Roosevelt, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and each President Bush stayed and enjoyed the facilities during their presidencies.
- Not quite as impressive, but certainly a very long-term, noteworthy guest was Kate Morgan. A young beautiful woman who checked into the hotel in 1892 and never left. She still haunts the halls looking for the young man who was supposed to join her. I had a great time at the hotel on a ghost hunt for Kate!