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 Rooms in need of repair

Oct 14, 2021 dholman3 Washington DC, District of Columbia

Overall resort is very nice, but the rooms we stayed in were unsatisfactory. First room had ants all over the bathroom as we discovered the following morning. We requested a room change and placed in another room which again was in poor condition. Carpet bunched up all over floor. Bathroom basin was clogged up would take hours to drain. Very… Read more
Overall resort is very nice, but the rooms we stayed in were unsatisfactory. First room had ants all over the bathroom as we discovered the following morning. We requested a room change and placed in another room which again was in poor condition. Carpet bunched up all over floor. Bathroom basin was clogged up would take hours to drain. Very disappointed with rooms themselves but resort grounds and restaurants are very nice, Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Historical and amazing

Oct 13, 2021 E4803USphil Halifax, Pennsylvania

The staff will go out of their way to help you with anything you need. The place is full of historical sights and is true to its original beginning. The views from any room is worth the trip alone. The amenities they offer makes you not want to leave the hotel grounds.
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Oct 12, 2021 N3157ZNstevenp

Spent a long weekend at the Hotel Del Coronado in early October, 2021. Overall, it was a great time and I would recommend it to others. My thoughts follow, grouped into “pros” and “cons”. Pros 1. Outstanding location / setting. Few hotels in major urban areas can offer this type of beachfront setting. Not just ‘on the beach’ – on a huge… Read more
Spent a long weekend at the Hotel Del Coronado in early October, 2021. Overall, it was a great time and I would recommend it to others. My thoughts follow, grouped into “pros” and “cons”. Pros 1. Outstanding location / setting. Few hotels in major urban areas can offer this type of beachfront setting. Not just ‘on the beach’ – on a huge stretch of very deep, beautiful and well-tended beach. For comparison, at least a dozen hotels would be stacked on this much beachfront in Miami. And the waterline is a solid 5 minute walk from the back edge of the beach. If you want acres and acres of beach, this place is the top choice in the USA mainland. 2. History – a classic Victorian hotel built in 1888 with its own ghost would be cool enough….but one of the greatest Hollywood comedies of all time was filmed here: “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, is a wonderful movie. (the hotel stands in for a resort in Miami) 3. Buildings – the original Victorian building is the star, complete with ornate woodwork, extensive grounds and endless hallways and paths to get lost down. Newer buildings provide more modern facilities for those so inclined. 4. Dining – everything from a taco stand on the beach to top quality seafood at Serea. In four days, we had one meal away from the hotel. But if you want to check out other places, the Coronado business district runs right past the entrance of the hotel, with countless restaurants of all types, all within walking distance. 5. Pool / gym / spa, etc. – multiple pools, hot tubs, one of the nicest gyms in any hotel, and the Pacific ocean is hard to beat. Didn’t check out the spa, but I’m sure its nice. Cons 1. If you expect brand new everything, all the time, the Victorian building will present challenges. While the rooms are modern and well maintained, this is a 130+ year old building with some tilted floors, confusing layout, a mild amount of “smells like the ocean”, etc. If these are unacceptable, choose a room in one of the new buildings. 2. I will fault the hotel for too many up-charges; just one example – wanted to rent a beach chair. We were told that ‘due to a wedding” they were only renting the full beach package for $50/person. That’s a bit much for an hour on the sand. 3. Which brings me to my personal issue – too many events / events having priority over guests. Its one thing to rope off the great lawn overlooking the beach for a wedding. But to cancel live music at the bar, because the wedding band is 400 feet away? Also, anyone dining at Serea or Shearwater that night had to put up with the wedding band and their bad jokes / stunts / silliness for over three hours. The wedding PA system made it almost impossible to order food or speak with anyone at your table. Guests paying $65 for entrees ($300+ tab for a couple) should not find themselves in the middle of a wedding band playing bad 80s music. Events should be separated from guests by more that some hazard tape. (ask Four Seasons if you need tips on how to achieve this) 4. Finally, I’m as ‘green’ as anyone. If you don’t want to water and maintain real grass, pull it out and plant native vegetation. The hotel has replaced just about every lawn area throughout the complex with astroturf. Save the plastic grass for your high traffic event spaces. (away from the guests!) All guests with dogs found themselves lifting their dogs into planter areas; is that what the hotel wants??? Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wow - Bucket list item!

Oct 12, 2021 kevins795 Dallas, tx

Stayed for the first time in a while and was blown away with the huge improvements. Stayed in the Views building and surprisingly loved it - the rooms, balcony and bathrooms are sooo nice! The Views is the perfect distance from the main building - so you get to experience the life of the resort while being a 2 minute walk from all the traffic. … Read more
Stayed for the first time in a while and was blown away with the huge improvements. Stayed in the Views building and surprisingly loved it - the rooms, balcony and bathrooms are sooo nice! The Views is the perfect distance from the main building - so you get to experience the life of the resort while being a 2 minute walk from all the traffic. We had a great pizza from Enzo (tasted like east coast pizza!) and ate it on our balcony overlooking the beach while watching the sunset. Went back to the bar later, sat on the patio and listened to a talented musician. Next day we enjoyed the new pool area - nice that there weren’t many kids - and had lunch on the sun deck…which I believe is brand new. The front drive and lobby are much better than I remember from past visits too….this hotel is truly a special place. Worth every dollar - nothing else like it in SoCal. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful scenery and great place to hangout with friends!

Oct 10, 2021 KalaK2000 Birmingham, Alabama

We enjoyed an outside meal on the sundeck with friends. The service was fantastic! The food delicious and the scenery incredibly peaceful. Easy to walk around the main part of the hotel to view the design and artwork. Definitely recommend!