Hotel Del Coronado

San Diego, USA

Virgin rating

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

  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Wheelchair access
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box

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 $35 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 Do not recommend

Jul 1, 2022 beckymess Spring, Texas

Please read the 1 and 2 star reviews and believe what they say…we didn’t and regretted it. We booked an ocean view suite for $1,700 per night. It was part of our family vacation and we have older teenagers. Immediately upon arriving at resort, the valet was packed like sardines with no worker in sight. When we finally got into building,… Read more
Please read the 1 and 2 star reviews and believe what they say…we didn’t and regretted it. We booked an ocean view suite for $1,700 per night. It was part of our family vacation and we have older teenagers. Immediately upon arriving at resort, the valet was packed like sardines with no worker in sight. When we finally got into building, check-in was a line to the back of the hotel with a very slow wait. No service to speak of within first 30 minutes of the experience. When we got in the room, it was AWFUL. The room looked like something out of a budget motel. The bathroom was tiny, had a pedestal sink and dirty tub/shower combo. When we opened the curtains for the ocean view, window was filthy with fingerprints and bird poop and curtain rod was broken. Carpet is grimy, room smells like a moldy basement. These are not exaggerations. I’ve noticed the hotel general manager responded to the reviews with something along the lines of “it’s an older, historic hotel and renovations are planned.” These responses are disingenuous IMO. There are ALOT of things you could do without renovating. Here’s one - charge much less for these disgusting rooms. Here are a few more ideas that don’t include renos - clean the mold out of the bathroom tile, ensure windows are cleaned, replace the rusted out light fixtures, replace the nasty ten year old towels, clean the stains out of the carpet. If you decide to stay here, do not book in main hotel. My husband went down to front desk and told them something about room and she immediately hung her head and offered 50% off the stay, it’s like they know what they’re doing charging the prices on the front end. However when we got our bill it was only 50% off one night. I don’t normally write bad reviews and we are well-traveled but I could not let the opportunity go by without this review. Also, if you think you’re paying for the resort experience, you’re wrong. Everything is open to the public, you get nothing they don’t except for maybe the pool? You still pay $50 a day for beach chairs and $22 for a cocktail, $10 for a popsicle…you get the gist. Coronado Island is adorable and we loved our visit in general, but would never recommend staying at this hotel. Lastly, we came to LA for the last part of our trip, stayed at an actual luxury hotel that was cheaper and the service and accommodations were impeccable. We almost couldn’t believe what we left and then came to. Hotel Del should be ashamed of what they are doing. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Given wrong room twice, didn't fix it for days, and totally unapologetic

Jun 29, 2022 pennyblossoms Ronkonkoma, New York

What a nightmare. We stayed here for the last leg of our honeymoon. We booked and paid for an Ocean View King Room, several months in advance. When we arrived, they told us we were in a queen room (obviously a problem given it was our honeymoon...). So we waited a few hours for the King room we booked. We get to the room and there is ZERO view of… Read more
What a nightmare. We stayed here for the last leg of our honeymoon. We booked and paid for an Ocean View King Room, several months in advance. When we arrived, they told us we were in a queen room (obviously a problem given it was our honeymoon...). So we waited a few hours for the King room we booked. We get to the room and there is ZERO view of the ocean. Not one spec of water visible (see photo). Even the bellhop (who was extremely friendly and tried to help as best he could) said this is ridiculous if you paid for an Ocean View. I called and they said "we consider that a partial ocean view because you can see the beach." Seriously? It's called an OCEAN VIEW room, not a beach view room. I paid the higher rate to see the ocean. So the room description is just a lie (see other photo for what they advertise an ocean view as), at least for room #6616. So now I'm very upset, as the first few hours of our arrival here are consumed with room issues. I go to the front desk and the young man who worked there was understanding and tried to help. They could move us, but not for two more days, which was better than nothing so I said yes. However on the day we changed rooms, we were asked to leave our bags with the bellhop by 11am, assuming so they could get that room ready to give to some poor guest who also paid for an ocean view. Now we wait for the correct room to be ready, halfway through our stay at the hotel. And we wait. And we wait. And now its past 430pm, we have not had access to any of our things for the entire morning and afternoon at the hotel, and our dinner reservations are approaching. They have effectively ruined two of the three days we were already there. You would think, perhaps, they would figure that since they screwed up our room and didn't give us what we pay for and that this was an important trip for us, that perhaps they would have our room ready as early in the day as they can, right? Wrong. I go to the front desk to ask the status of the room and am just told that check in begins at 4. They don't know when the room will be ready. Nothing they can do. Just totally unapologetic about the entire situation - tough sh*t, your room isn't ready, keep waiting. In the end, we got the ocean view room that we booked and paid for months ago. They offered us 15% off the room we spent the first two nights in, which as I told them wasn't really a "discount" or a "comp" or anything - it was simply the price of a resort view room. They gave us 15% off the remainder of the stay after I pointed out this fairly obvious bit of logic, but it simply wasn't worth spending hours having to deal with an unapologetic and borderline rude staff to simply get the room I paid for... on my honeymoon. Oh and when I checked out and the front desk agent asked how my stay was and I said it was disappointing, she said "oh I'm sorry" and handed me my paperwork to sign and that was it. Bottom line - total effing aggravation. Was the hotel nice? Sure. But you can use almost all of the amenities even if you aren't a guest there (they charge you to use beach chairs whether you're staying or not), so it simply doesn't seem worth it to pay for the aggravation when there are so many options in San Diego. There were weddings and conventions going on while we were there, I suspect they only care about those and if you're just a regular guest on their honeymoon, they don't bother even attempting to make your stay enjoyable. You are a room number to churn. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Magical Place

Jun 24, 2022 CarlS292 Garland, Texas

Perfect in everyway. How can you beat perfection? Only a couple of times in your life do you go somewhere that you really don't want to leave. Friendly staff, clean and beautiful rooms and if you need something the staff quickly takes care on it. Impeccably designed hotel beautifully located on Coronado Island with great restaurants. a beautiful… Read more
Perfect in everyway. How can you beat perfection? Only a couple of times in your life do you go somewhere that you really don't want to leave. Friendly staff, clean and beautiful rooms and if you need something the staff quickly takes care on it. Impeccably designed hotel beautifully located on Coronado Island with great restaurants. a beautiful pool, and a spectacular beach. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very cool stay

Jun 24, 2022 philliprimpley North Platte, Nebraska

Very cool hotel and staff and always welcome to ask them questions about events and very safe stay and i would love to come back and stay with all my family and the rooms are great and property was very cool to be on the property.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating So happy we stayed here

Jun 21, 2022 IndianaTravelmom Indiana

We spent 6 nights here while vacationing with our college aged kids. I had asked the Trip Advisor community if we should split our time with a hotel in San Diego. Everyone said to stay the whole time at the del Coronado and I totally agree. First of all Coronado feels like an oasis from the big city feel of San Diego. It was an easy drive to the… Read more
We spent 6 nights here while vacationing with our college aged kids. I had asked the Trip Advisor community if we should split our time with a hotel in San Diego. Everyone said to stay the whole time at the del Coronado and I totally agree. First of all Coronado feels like an oasis from the big city feel of San Diego. It was an easy drive to the tourist sites of San Diego like Balboa Park and the zoo. There are several restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel and the surrounding area is walkable. The property is gorgeous with beautifully maintained public/common areas. There were numerous areas and restaurants with outside seating where we could enjoy the beach area. We loved the pizza place and the deli was a great option too. I would agree that the restaurants are super expensive. The hotel sits on a white sandy beach where you can take long walks where we saw lots of dolphins. Beware though that the second day we were there there was a sign not to swim because of high bacterial counts-yuck! I would not personally swim at this beach. The other thing to be aware of is there is “May grey” and in the morning and evening it can be overcast and really cold. We had not packed jackets or jeans. This property did seem to have a lot of business groups/trips holding events. We stayed in a suite in the original hotel. It was spacious but nothing special. An upgrade to these rooms would take this hotel to top tier luxury level. We were on main floor and there was a lot of activity in the courtyard so I would choose to stay on a higher floor. But overall we were happy with our stay Read less