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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating histric gem with a lot of construction going on

Dec 12, 2019 SleeplessinSEA Seattle

We visited for the second time in mid November, assuming a quiet getaway. The main building is an historic icon, and normally just a grand experience. We had a view room on the main floor to enjoy the quiet of the amazing beach and it was spacious, and well appointed in a class décor. However, we noted a LOT of construction on the compound. All… Read more
We visited for the second time in mid November, assuming a quiet getaway. The main building is an historic icon, and normally just a grand experience. We had a view room on the main floor to enjoy the quiet of the amazing beach and it was spacious, and well appointed in a class décor. However, we noted a LOT of construction on the compound. All day on Saturday, we heard jack hammering that lasted until almost 4:00pm, and the sun set at 4:45-not a good experience. The next morning , looking forward again to sleeping in and relaxing, we awoke at 6:43 am (daybreak)to the beeping of trucks dumping materials for the ice rink. Then the air was filled with piercing sounds of electric drills, and banging of fence materials which went on all day. We called the front desk at 6:47 am , and they finally picked up and said that they did not know that the crew was schedule, and offered 15% off our room rate for Sunday. We booked their famous Sunday Brunch at the acclaimed and historic "Crown Room"($99/person). We stopped by to peak at the setup, and take a photo, and found it closed. We assumed it was part of the construction project. No, it was being set up for a routine convention. The brunch was moved to a nice ballroom, but a real "bait and switch" on atmosphere. We canceled the brunch and left, and the bell folks took 25 minutes to get our car, even though we pre-called for it. Looks like there may be plans to improve that arrangement in the future. Meanwhile, the hotel should post their construction activity as a "fair warning" to guests before they book, until these loud and disturbing projects are complete. Read less
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Dec 12, 2019 lbirns99

Having made reservations for rooms (with ocean views) in this historic hotel (months in advance), we were horrified to find ourselves in a separate building overlooking a construction site (lined with port a potty’s). Adding insult to injury, we were still being charged prime rates for “cheap seats.” We finally managed to have two (of the three)… Read more
Having made reservations for rooms (with ocean views) in this historic hotel (months in advance), we were horrified to find ourselves in a separate building overlooking a construction site (lined with port a potty’s). Adding insult to injury, we were still being charged prime rates for “cheap seats.” We finally managed to have two (of the three) couples moved, but the rooms were a far cry from our original request. Granted, the hotel is undergoing major renovations and will be for a few years, but we should have been told before, not after, we’d traveled across country. Also, we were charged $35.00 for a nine ounce glass of wine, $10.00 for one beer and $15.00 for the second. Then too, these drinks were purchased at the bar as there were no waiters to serve nor clear dirty glasses off tables. In sum, the Hotel del Coronado deserves a “Boo” rather than a “Bravo.” This Grand Dame, for now, is just a “dame.” Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointing Service from Management

Dec 12, 2019 soxinsav soxinsav

A little background: we checked in to the property on Saturday 10/26. Our stay was very pleasant until the evening of Tuesday 10/29 when around 9pm after our children were asleep the bath tub water began running at full power and would not shut off. It woke our children up while we waited around 30 minutes for maintenance to arrive to shut the… Read more
A little background: we checked in to the property on Saturday 10/26. Our stay was very pleasant until the evening of Tuesday 10/29 when around 9pm after our children were asleep the bath tub water began running at full power and would not shut off. It woke our children up while we waited around 30 minutes for maintenance to arrive to shut the water off. This was an ok result until later in the day on Wednesday 10/30 (my birthday) when we began showering to get ready for dinner only to find that we had no hot water in our bathroom. After cold showers for my family this day we came back from dinner to find the hot water fixed. Additionally we were prepared for construction, we were prepared for no pool and some other minor inconveniences. What we were not prepared for were construction workers directly on the other side of our patio fence at 7am each weekday morning. This hurt the charm of the Del for us. Upon checkout I informed the front desk of these incidents that detracted from our otherwise enjoyable stay. The associate at the front desk was kind and offered me a $150 credit back for my family's inconveniences. I was slightly disappointed but considered this at least an acknowledgement of my family's inconveniences. That was on Sunday 11/3. This is where my real concerns begin to occur. After paying for the bill my credit card company discovered fraud on my card unrelated to your hotel. They cancelled the card and issued me a new one right away. On Wednesday 11/6 the hotel attempted to charge me an additional $150, as opposed to issuing me a credit. The hotel used the card on file which was cancelled and my bank declined the charge. After getting this notification from my bank I first contacted the Del's accounting department on Monday 11/11 and relayed my story. It was an unusual situation they explained but they confirmed my email and phone # and assured me they would be able to fix it in "two to three days". After no contact from your hotel until 11/25 I called the accounting department back and spoke with the Sr. Manager of Accounting. I explained my story to him. He confirmed it was an unusual situation but said he would be able to handle it over the next two days. I asked him specifically to keep me informed/updated as that did not occur the last time I had spoken with the accounting department. He confirmed my contact info and assured me he would do so. After no response or contact through 12/3 I called again and spoke with an associate in billing. I explained my situation a third time. The associate confirmed it was an unusual situation and informed me she would need to speak with the accounting manager. I asked the associate when she did so to ask the accounting manager to contact me unlike he did the previous week. Unsurprisingly, we have not heard back. My family and I were disappointed with our experience during our stay but I felt like that was at least partially addressed at check out. Since then I am quite disappointed with the inaccurate billing (trying to charge me as opposed to credit me) and lack of communication and follow through from the accounting department. I have spent a significant amount of time calling, waiting on hold, explaining my situation, and then re-explaining it in subsequent phone calls. I understand this is an unusual situation but for it to last four weeks with no resolution and no communication or updates suggests that resolution on this matter and my family's experience on the property is not important to the hotel. Won’t be going back and if you have billing issues...best of luck to you. Read less
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Dec 11, 2019 mfcady2019

Smelly room w/o a functioning shower. Had to ask twice to get a different room. The first person did not even call me about a new room which she promised that she would. Wifi did not work. Woke up to jackhammers outside our window at 7am. Nobody warned us about construction at the del.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating I wanted to love this property so much.

Dec 11, 2019 fl0c0c0 Omaha, Nebraska

The history. The exterior look. The location. I had such high hopes. The lobby was beautiful and it was well decorated for the holidays. I loved the old school elevator with its operator. The shops were lovely. That's where it stopped for me. The room, maybe by old New York standards, was big, but compared to any modern hotels, it left a lot to be… Read more
The history. The exterior look. The location. I had such high hopes. The lobby was beautiful and it was well decorated for the holidays. I loved the old school elevator with its operator. The shops were lovely. That's where it stopped for me. The room, maybe by old New York standards, was big, but compared to any modern hotels, it left a lot to be desired. It was always too cold or too warm. It smelled and felt humid most of the time. The bed wasn't terribly comfortable and the pillows were terrible. Even adding the two from the closet didn't help a whole lot. There was no hot water in the vanity and many of my colleagues lamented the same thing. In the shower, there was a ceiling panel that was all bubbled and flaking paint on me. The faucet handle had to be to the warmest setting to get water that was sufficiently warm. There is a lot of renovation going on to the outdoor areas (pool, deck), but attention needs to be paid to the rooms. Read less