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.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stunning

Sep 26, 2020 drswayd Chicago, Illinois

My husband took me here for dinner and drinks. We are on a short getaway weekend. The place is beyond my imagination. It is classy and reminds me of Churchill Downs. It is simply about as beautiful as I have ever seen. We sat out on the elevated decks overlooking the ocean and watched the sun set. It was so nice. Overall it was a great experience… Read more
My husband took me here for dinner and drinks. We are on a short getaway weekend. The place is beyond my imagination. It is classy and reminds me of Churchill Downs. It is simply about as beautiful as I have ever seen. We sat out on the elevated decks overlooking the ocean and watched the sun set. It was so nice. Overall it was a great experience but it is extremely expensive. We each had two cocktails and a light appetizer and it cost $166 with the tip and $20 to park. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Iconic Hotel, EPIC FAIL!

Sep 22, 2020 Bidaiatzea Paris, France

We were celebrating our Anniversary, and it was the first time we were away from our 2yo son since he was born, looking for some relaxing time, sleeping in and some pampering. Not a single acknowledgement of our anniversary, no amenity in the room or even a card...one person in the hotel said Happy Anniversary (she heard us talking about… Read more
We were celebrating our Anniversary, and it was the first time we were away from our 2yo son since he was born, looking for some relaxing time, sleeping in and some pampering. Not a single acknowledgement of our anniversary, no amenity in the room or even a card...one person in the hotel said Happy Anniversary (she heard us talking about it). The place is rundown and tired everywhere you look, even the pool towels were raggedy. Our first morning at the hotel, the fire alarm went of at 7am, no apology or even acknowledgement of what happened, no one cared. The only restaurant that serves breakfast closed for service Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday... as I mentioned before no a Room Service, the only option, the overpriced to-go snack and coffee shop. (I am more than happy to pay for good product and good service, not the case here, mediocre coffee and very stale biscotti) Dinner at Serea was a hit and miss; the food was good, however service felt mechanical and forced. The glassware was dirty and we had to send it back, server said it was because of her mask she couldn’t smell the fish smell on the glassware. While the food was good, and the speed of service was appropriate, there was a HAIR BAKED INTO our dessert, server apologized and came back to let us know that the chef said not to worry because it was only a brush hair (Thanks!). We decided to enjoy the pool and we sat by the top area. The server came by, offered us drinks and after delivering the drinks (no where to set your drinks in the cocoon-chair) she told us to make sure we waved at her to get he attention because normally “she forgets she has guests up there”. No one came by after that. Then we found out that to enjoy the beach we have to pay the same as NON guests $85 for 2 rundown/old chairs and an umbrella (unacceptable that while staying at a beach resort you have to pay to enjoy the beach). I must say the young lady that set us up at the pool was an absolute delight she was friendly, helpful and super nice. No housekeeping service or room service (I understand that due to COVID things have changed, but there are alternatives for this events, other hotels have come up with some creative ideas to make sure service continues to be up to expectations) Added to all this the resort is under renovation, main building is closed and the place was Super Noisy. Overall an absolute disappointment, specially at the lack of service and the lack of care. Not the place it used to be, so sad. Read less
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Sep 22, 2020 Ted M

The moment my wife and I walked into room 3315, the room we were to celebrate our 28th anniversary, our eyes were quickly drawn to the large stain on the headboard above the pillow. We then notice the mattress had two large craters that had been formed from prior guests. It was obvious the mattress must be incredibly old to have such large… Read more
The moment my wife and I walked into room 3315, the room we were to celebrate our 28th anniversary, our eyes were quickly drawn to the large stain on the headboard above the pillow. We then notice the mattress had two large craters that had been formed from prior guests. It was obvious the mattress must be incredibly old to have such large depressions. The room did not have a pull-out couch, as we were informed by the front desk receptionist when we check-in minutes earlier. The runner below the mattress had what appeared to be a small oil stain; however, what was more noticeable were 21 different snags/small holes in the material of the runner. The bathroom tub had a rusty water stain near the drain that was being caused by a leak from were a water sprinkler should have been. The bathroom wallpaper was also peeling away, and the light fixture was rusty and corroded. I immediately went down to the front desk and informed the gentlemen of my concern. I told him that this room is not a $700 a night standard or quality. It does not feel clean. I want a different room. His response was, “All of our room are clean and sanitized”. I am sorry, yes, this room is clean and sanitized. Yes, it is a clean stain, but it is disgusting. He said I can not give you another room because we do not have one, but I can give you a $100 credit. I went back to the room and explained to my wife the response by the front desk. We had to then our two youngest children that they were not going to be able to join us to celebrate our anniversary because the room did not have the pull-out couch we were promised. My wife and I also remembered that room 3315 was not the room we had chosen the day before on the Hilton Honors App for early check-in. The room we selected was on the 4th floor next to the stairs, room 3445, from what we remembered. We only had three chooses, 1 on the 5th floor and 2 on the 4th floor. So, I went back downstairs and asked for a manager to explain all that I have previously mentioned. Sophia apologized and stated that they were not able to provide us the room we selected the day before but would change our room the next day to an oceanfront view. I just asked her if she could make sure to room was delivered to us as soon as possible so we could enjoy it. She said she would try. She was true to her word. We were given an oceanfront view, room 3135, but I had to go three times to the front desk to see if it was ready. We were finally given key cards after 4:10 PM. I have stayed at numerous Hilton Hotels before and after becoming a Hilton Honors member. Hotel del Coronado is the worst experience I have ever had at a Hilton hotel. Souring our whole anniversary weekend. I’m not one to write bad reviews. I give the hotel and the corporate office a chance to respond to my complaints. What you have read is what I emailed the hotel and corporate. The corporate offices finally responded to me almost 3 weeks later and said stated that the local Hotel del Coronado had reached out to me concerning my letter. The hotel lied to corporate they have never once reached out to me since leaving the hotel that weekend. I would’ve never written this review if the Hotel Coronado would have just reach out to me. Read less
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Sep 20, 2020 inkabella1

Sad to say that our stay was very disappointing. This place could be so cool but housekeeping was horrible. The bed was made but that's where it stopped. Hair stuck to shower wall and on the floor, splattered mirror, gunky nightstands between the glass and table top, vomit on carpet and dirty windowsills. We were moved to the Cabanas which is… Read more
Sad to say that our stay was very disappointing. This place could be so cool but housekeeping was horrible. The bed was made but that's where it stopped. Hair stuck to shower wall and on the floor, splattered mirror, gunky nightstands between the glass and table top, vomit on carpet and dirty windowsills. We were moved to the Cabanas which is like new but dirty room there also. Had to ask for soap... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Low Key 40th Bday in COVID times

Sep 18, 2020 Gina499 Las Vegas, NV

Always dreamt of staying at the historic Hotel del Coronado and was surreal to finally happen. I read the reviews prior to travel so had a heads up on the construction. They could do a better job having 1 way foot traffic in and out of the hotel, but they only have 1 entrance/exit that I could tell due to the construction. Even though had to… Read more
Always dreamt of staying at the historic Hotel del Coronado and was surreal to finally happen. I read the reviews prior to travel so had a heads up on the construction. They could do a better job having 1 way foot traffic in and out of the hotel, but they only have 1 entrance/exit that I could tell due to the construction. Even though had to walk in crowded tight hallways, briefly with masks, didn't catch the Covid. The Pool was nicely set up, but way too many kids screaming and yelling. (sorry kids are only cute if they are in your party). As other reviews posted, cocktail service at the pool sucks, but saved me money not buying watered down $$$$ drinks. The prime location along the beach is what you are paying for. A historic hotel means the rooms are old. Even though they have been modernized, kept up, still an old room for $350++ per night. Was nice easily accessing the beach and bringing own alcohol. The wild kids yelling and playing on the board walk/turf quiets down around 10/11pm. To clarify, I'm sure there are some rules about alcohol on the beach in Coronado, but they seem more laid back than San Diego. Just don't cheers the lifeguards and use plastic or reusable inconspicuous cups. Of course no one likes a dirty beach. If you are a rebel, can even get away with smoking at the beach/boardwalk area, but don't worry if you hate smoke, you shouldn't come across any. Due to the limited outdoor only seating, we never ate at the restaurants (make sure to make a reservation in advance), but the Taco Shack had good tacos and great Margaritas. The bartenders were chill/cool. The staff seemed nice and even saw a front desk agent move a guest who needed limited walking/no stairs. They seem to exhaust every effort to accommodate requests while maintaining friendly demeanor. . If you are looking to save on parking, there is some in walking distance along the curbs along the beach/adjacent neighborhoods. Most of the metered parking ends at 8pm and becomes free until the next morning (and easy to find parking adjacent to the property along the street/beach early morning before crowds arrive). We only experienced 1 instance with a hard time finding parking, but it was close to sunset on a Saturday evening. We saved $120 by not using the hotel parking as they charge $40 per day and stayed 3 nights. There is a Vons in walking distance and mini fridge in room. Also, a wine/liquor store in walking distance. Alcohol prices were about 10%-20% higher than home. Read less