Hotel Del Coronado

San Diego, USA

The hotel

‘The Del’ as the Coronado is known as has been open for business since 1888 and is a designated National Historic Landmark! Indeed, it’s been the backdrop to many a Hollywood movie, including Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe. The last of California’s stately old seaside hotels, it is a monument to Victorian grandeur with virtually no two rooms alike and a sumptuous wood panelled lobby that has to be seen to be believed. Recent additions include a state-of-the-art spa and signature restaurant, 1500 Ocean, serving sophisticated ‘southland coastal’ cuisine. There’s also the amazing Crown Room with its intensely ornate décor serving the most delicious Sunday brunch – make sure you don’t miss out by booking your table well in advance! Other dining options include Sheerwater with its expansive outdoor dining terraces and the Babcock & Story Bar, named after ‘the Del’s’ visionary founders, where you can enjoy craft beer, signature martinis, premier Californian wines, coffee and light fare. There’s also Eno, a stylish oasis devoted to wine, and wood fired pizza – bound to be a firm favourite with some! If you’ve got kids, you’ll be delighted to discover there are kids clubs with a range of exciting activities to keep them entertained. Even teens have their own lounge with games, pool table and computer games plus there are water sport lessons for ages 6 and over and teen spa treatments! Whilst they’re busy having fun, parents can enjoy a well earned rest, lazing on that gorgeous beach perhaps, relaxing by the pool or simply admiring the splendid surrounds of one of America’s top holiday resorts.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Families
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

Set in 28 acres, it overlooks one of the state’s finest white-sand beaches and is just across the bay from downtown San Diego.

Hotel information

757 rooms in 4 buildings. All with air-conditioning, cable TV, phone, high-speed Internet access*, Keurig® coffee maker and mini-bar*. Victorian Rooms with 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Resort Rooms located primarily in the Towers and Cabana buildings, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Coastal View Room, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Ocean View Rooms, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

1500 Ocean Restaurant, Crown Room, Sheerwater (kids menu available), Babcock & Story Bar, Eno Pizzeria & Wine Room, Cabana Bar, Boardwalk Cafe, Splash Bar & Deli, MooTime Creamery, Sundeck Bar & Grille and Babcock & Story Bakery. 2 swimming pools, Jacuzzi, poolside cabana rentals*, spa with vanishing edge pool, 21 treatment rooms*, hydrotherapy and steam rooms. Kidtopia Camp (4-12 years)*, Vibz Teen Lounge (13-17 years)*. Shops at the Del. Salon at the Del*. Yamaguchi Salon*. 24-hour fitness centre. Babysitting service* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Concierge. 24-hour front desk. 24-hour room service*. Beach and bike rentals*. Self-parking $35, valet parking $45, plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has a resort fee of $30 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - 800, local phone calls and credit card access - High-speed Internet access - Daily newspaper available in the lobby - In-room bottled water, coffee and tea - Fitness Center access and classes - Coronado Tennis Center court access - Discounted attraction tickets. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Where’s the food??

Jan 25, 2021 Robert S Las Vegas, Nevada

We stayed at the Beach Villas as we have in the past. We knew things were limited because of Covid and we were glad they were taking precautions. We just didn’t think almost everything at the hotel would be closed. Nothing was open for breakfast except for the coffee shop any day we were there. Most nights nothing was open for dinner except the… Read more
We stayed at the Beach Villas as we have in the past. We knew things were limited because of Covid and we were glad they were taking precautions. We just didn’t think almost everything at the hotel would be closed. Nothing was open for breakfast except for the coffee shop any day we were there. Most nights nothing was open for dinner except the bar. While we knew that housekeeping wouldn’t be entering our room we expected towels to at least be picked up from in front of our room instead of left next to the door for days. We also expected that the employees would be properly wearing their masks. Several were not and several days in a row the concierge was not nor did she know what was open and continual gave incorrect information. The one dinner we ate in the restaurant they were out of their sake. The Beach Villas bills itself as a premier experience within the Del and the Del itself bills itself as an exceptional hotel and the prices charges are exorbitant. My wife loves visiting so I am sure we will return but before anyone considers a visit, confirm they are actually operating and not pretending to be operating while charging the same prices. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice grounds; severely run-down room

Jan 18, 2021 SDhohme San Diego, California

We live in San Diego and came here for a weekend staycation at the beach. The main lobby is currently under construction so the rooms are discounted, but frankly not enough. A good chunk of the grounds are closed due to renovations and covid; which was disappointing but not unexpected. The portion of the grounds you are still able access is very… Read more
We live in San Diego and came here for a weekend staycation at the beach. The main lobby is currently under construction so the rooms are discounted, but frankly not enough. A good chunk of the grounds are closed due to renovations and covid; which was disappointing but not unexpected. The portion of the grounds you are still able access is very nice. The pool area is great; clean and not overly crowded. The beach area is also great, but is open to the public so can get pretty busy during peak hours. The rooms are awful. We stayed in the Victorian building. We were aware that it is an old building and expected some eccentricity; but it was unacceptably bad. I have back-packed across Europe staying in hotels and hostels that we’re often hundreds of years old. I am not overly persnickety; I know what to expect in older properties. Never in my travels have I stayed in such a poorly maintained facility. Walking down the hallway has a “fun house” feel as the floors are so un-even they actually feel like a rollercoaster and different additions over the years have left every hallway a different width. The carpet is stained, pilling and uneven. The floor boards creak with every step. There is not a single wood panel or door jamb that is not chipped, repainted a dozen times and peeling. The furniture in the room is also chipped and peeling. All of the rooms are a slightly different size; which is to be expected in an older building. But, instead of purchasing furniture for each room individually so that it fit properly- they bought the same furniture for every room and shoved it in. As a result the space between our door, bed and desk was only about 8 inches and you had to physically lift your suitcase over the bed to get it into the room. The windows were swollen and almost impossible to open. The fixtures in the bathroom were literally falling off the walls. To put it bluntly- if I were staying at a motel six I would have complained about the quality of this room. Again- I understand that this is an old building. But this is a four star hotel. And even during the pandemic, with a renovation discount the rooms are north of 300$ a night after taxes and fees. This level of disrepair is simply unacceptable. If your planning a trip to Coronado, stay elsewhere and come to the Del’s grounds for a visit. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Go look but maybe don't stay

Jan 3, 2021 JamT66 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This is clearly more than a 3 star hotel but since I with many hundreds of other lookers only wandered through the public areas gawking at the magnificent setting I can't speak to the actual hotel stay. I would imagine that as a guest you would get sick of the tourists that pack the place during the day but hey its one of the iconic hotels in the… Read more
This is clearly more than a 3 star hotel but since I with many hundreds of other lookers only wandered through the public areas gawking at the magnificent setting I can't speak to the actual hotel stay. I would imagine that as a guest you would get sick of the tourists that pack the place during the day but hey its one of the iconic hotels in the US and very much worth a look. Lovely grounds right on the beach and I imagine 5 star service. Not that it's important but there was an alarming number of unattractive old men with stunning young women on their arms which gives you and indication of the clientele and affluence needed to stay at this lovely hotel. Not to be judgmental but I imagine the car park was full of Corvettes. Worth a look but not sure if its worth staying there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Renovations underway for 2021

Dec 31, 2020 wetsuitdrymartini New England

The hotel Del is a great historic property on the beach in Coronado just across the bridge from San Diego. Hotel is on a limited schedule. Not easy to navigate as you do need to do keep your bearings getting back and forth to your room. Gift shops and pool are open and patio seating was available for food and beverage. Patio was nice having… Read more
The hotel Del is a great historic property on the beach in Coronado just across the bridge from San Diego. Hotel is on a limited schedule. Not easy to navigate as you do need to do keep your bearings getting back and forth to your room. Gift shops and pool are open and patio seating was available for food and beverage. Patio was nice having fire. Service was adequate and is on a first cove first serve basis. You do need to keep an eye out for tables paying or you will not find a seat as it still Seems to be a busy time Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Come here when visiting San Diego, but never stay here!

Dec 21, 2020 Sandybell86 Spring Valley, California

Our family has frequented this resorts restaurants, bars, and hotel as day visitors since I can remember. With covid this year we have probably been to the hotel at least 20 times renting the beach chairs, eating at the restaurants, and enjoying the gorgeous atmosphere. If you are here to visit the hotel grounds, I would greatly recommend it. If… Read more
Our family has frequented this resorts restaurants, bars, and hotel as day visitors since I can remember. With covid this year we have probably been to the hotel at least 20 times renting the beach chairs, eating at the restaurants, and enjoying the gorgeous atmosphere. If you are here to visit the hotel grounds, I would greatly recommend it. If you want to stay as a guest, please STAY away. This is the worst hotel experience I have ever had. We travel a lot to luxury hotels with our young children, and have traveled to many during covid as part of work or for leisure so I am quite familiar with new hotel standards and what the current hospitality climate is. Let’s start with before our stay and the nightmare that was: Our company frequently uses 3rd parties to book. I don’t know what rate they paid for us to stay here, but it was booked 2 weeks in advance. Let’s just say 4 days before checking I started calling to request a 2 queen room since the standard room booked is a King. We have never had an issue with other hotels. With this hotel it was like pulling teeth. They couldn’t find our reservation for 4 days even with our confirm number. Once they found it, they said any upgrades are available at checkin only (other hotels at least note the reservation). Check in line at 3 pm was 15 customers and only one person checking everyone in. Freaking ridiculous! Seems like other guests ahead of me also had the “can’t find your reservation” runaround they gave me as I could hear them angrily on the phone talking to their reservation companies. I was given a room with a resort view. That means facing a garbage can and parking lot. ThTs in a hotel that during covid is under reduced capacity. Couldn’t at least give your guests rooms that face the courtyard or with a balcony? Come on! I asked how much an upgrade to a room with a cabana is. On their website the price difference between a standard room and the cabana was only $149 right before checking in. The receptionist offered me $449 with an annoyed tone just for the upgrade. No thank you. She was obviously mad that she had a huge line of people. Didn’t get a resort map. No directions to my room. No idea where the pool is. Found my room, and changed into our bathing suits, only to barely find our way to the pool (asked multiple hotel people on the way and they all acted annoyed and told us it was for hotel guests only). I’m sorry, with a room key in my hand what do I look like? Finally make it to the pool, where our keycard did not work. No life guard or attendant at the pool (isn’t this a resort charging a resort fee? Don’t get me started on that part). Finally make our way in and the jacuzzi is packed. We leave shortly after. We ordered 2 pizzas from Eno for dinner, both of which were fully burnt and we threw away. Fortunately there is a Brigantine across the street and their food is amazing and made up for the terrible Eno food. We took the kids to see the grounds, which of course, are spectacular, but anyone can see without a room. In the morning we took our kids back to Eno for some breakfast. Again a miss. Our coffee was so burnt and gross; and we threw away 2 breakfast sandwiches. The barista was actually very nice (only person at the property that actually smiled to us ) and made a second one which came out quite good. Did the WiFi work for me? No Did I make it to the free spin class that’s offered? Nope. Couldn’t find anyone that would show me the way and the worker I did flag down told me they don’t do it weekdays. Turns out they do, which I knew since I signed up for the class. What a bummer! By the way, they offer Netflix as part of the resort fee but you use your own account. What’s the point. WiFi doesn’t work. There is no resort amenity we were able to take advantage of. Would I come back? Absolutely as a public just walking around guest like most people. Would I stay here again? Absolutely not! What a nightmare. Not one employee aside from the barista smiled at us, our room was a run down nightmare with rug stains, bath tub stains, and hair on the toilet when we arrived. And good luck trying to Read less