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).

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.

Please note: A resort fee of $30 plus tax per room, per day is payable locally and includes the following benefits:

- 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.

Rating summary

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Jan 27, 2020 DaveF4603

The inconvenience of the construction pales in comparison to the lack of caring by anybody on the hotel staff for anything related to customer satisfaction. You don’t like the room, “you can pay for an upgrade or leave”. TV doesn’t work, hotels answer, we know. Rooms are old and dirty. If you want to experience the charm of this historic hotel,… Read more
The inconvenience of the construction pales in comparison to the lack of caring by anybody on the hotel staff for anything related to customer satisfaction. You don’t like the room, “you can pay for an upgrade or leave”. TV doesn’t work, hotels answer, we know. Rooms are old and dirty. If you want to experience the charm of this historic hotel, stay somewhere else and walk by. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unpleasant during construction

Jan 27, 2020 mbwbd

Overpriced and unpleasant during construction. Getting to room required a long walk around the back of the hotel. Very noisy from machinery during the day. Rooms should have been discounted due to the hassle of construction
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Jan 25, 2020 Jeff S Salisbury, Massachusetts

We were originally booked to stay at the Marriott resort in Coronado, but due to poor service and our room not being ready, we wandered down to town and onto the Hotel Del Coronado. Once there, we discovered we had made a mistake planning to stay at the Marriott. While more expensive, the room was a much better option and the resort offerings… Read more
We were originally booked to stay at the Marriott resort in Coronado, but due to poor service and our room not being ready, we wandered down to town and onto the Hotel Del Coronado. Once there, we discovered we had made a mistake planning to stay at the Marriott. While more expensive, the room was a much better option and the resort offerings far superior. The hotel staff were great at our last minute request and price was actually about 20% lower than any online discount booking program. That was a pleasant surprise. I am a long time Marriott Rewards Platinum member, but this was the choice we made and glad we did. Location was better than Marriott’s along with every other factor. Had a great snack of tacos on the beach with Bloody Mary’s while enjoying some corn hole. Dinner in town was great and easy to walk to everything. Next time, this will be our first choice. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointing room location.

Jan 25, 2020 Ray_from_the_Bay Livermore, California

Having driven by and walking through the Del Coronado a few times, we decided to stay for my wife's birthday. We booked a partial ocean view room in the Ocean Tower. Our belief was the this was the large round tower that is part of the hotel that you see in all the pictures and when you are looking at this beautiful hotel. Surprise! It's not! … Read more
Having driven by and walking through the Del Coronado a few times, we decided to stay for my wife's birthday. We booked a partial ocean view room in the Ocean Tower. Our belief was the this was the large round tower that is part of the hotel that you see in all the pictures and when you are looking at this beautiful hotel. Surprise! It's not! It's another building which is a three minute walk down the beachfront form the actual hotel. It looks like it was a former hotel bought by Hilton and then combined with the Del Coronado property. Also, massive construction is going on everywhere around the property with no disclosure on the web site or when we booked the room. We spent nearly $500 to check in at the Del Coronado lobby, and then have a room in a completely different building. We felt ripped off and that we had not stayed at the actual Del Coronado at all, which was the whole idea of the trip. Between the massive construction that was not mentioned and the misleading name of this remote building being called 'the Ocean Town', we felt very mislead and disappointed with our stay. We still feel like we haven't stayed at the Del Coronado. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Major and disruptive construction at the del Coronado

Jan 24, 2020 Virginia H Saint Paul, Minnesota

I have stayed at the del Coronado three or four times before, and have always loved the amenities, and of course the location. When i visited in mid-January 2020, I was quite disappointed by what seemed to be a disclosure failure. There is major construction going on at the hotel. The entrance has been moved from the south side of the main… Read more
I have stayed at the del Coronado three or four times before, and have always loved the amenities, and of course the location. When i visited in mid-January 2020, I was quite disappointed by what seemed to be a disclosure failure. There is major construction going on at the hotel. The entrance has been moved from the south side of the main building to the north side. We were staying on the south side. There was no cell phone service in our room. As a result, every time I had to make a call, I had to walk about a quarter mile to find somewhere quiet where I could talk. The problem was exacerbated the last day we were there. It was raining, and since there are no chairs in the lobby (??), the only place I could go out of the rain for a one hour conference call was to sit in our car in the underground parking garage. I appreciate the need for capital improvements, and i sympathize with a hotel which unfortunately has to disrupt guests while the capital improvements are being made. Construction is always painful. But shouldn't the del Coronado have advised guests in advance of the construction? It is not mentioned on the hotel website (I went back and checked in case I missed it). And shouldn't they provide a price break, when the facility is not nearly as comfortable and enjoyable as it was when it was not under construction? I would have booked somewhere else, and deferred my visit to the del to when it was not under construction. This was a major failure to disclose, in my view. I was disappointed, and will have to reconsider staying there in the future. Others thinking of staying there might want to factor this element into their hotel choice. Read less