Hotel del Coronado, a KSL Property
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1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, California 92118
Other hotels in America must look at the Hotel del Coronado and weep with envy. First, there's the location, set on a sublime stretch of California coastline that Dr. Beach, Stephen Leatherman, named one of the top ten beaches in America for 2008. Look to the right of the beach and you'll find a spit of land that curves into the Pacific, home to the precipitous bluffs of Point Loma. Then there's the resort itself, one of California's grand dames, a seaside Victorian resort that dates back(+) More
Other hotels in America must look at the Hotel del Coronado and weep with envy. First, there's the location, set on a sublime stretch of California coastline that Dr. Beach, Stephen Leatherman, named one of the top ten beaches in America for 2008. Look to the right of the beach and you'll find a spit of land that curves into the Pacific, home to the precipitous bluffs of Point Loma. Then there's the resort itself, one of California's grand dames, a seaside Victorian resort that dates back to 1888. With its red-shingled roof, turrets, and white-paneled walls, it looks like a multitiered wedding cake from afar.
A National Historic Landmark since 1977, the Del has played host to FDR, JFK, and nine additional U.S. presidents. Other luminaries have included Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis, who stayed on property during the filming of their 1958 comedy Some Like It Hot, and writer Henry James, who noted that, "I lie awake at nights to listen to the languid lisp of the Pacific."
The effect of waves lulling you to sleep here will never change, but the Del has made some major renovations in recent years, refusing to rest its reputation on history alone. The biggest addition is the unveiling of the Beach Village, a selection of 78 two- and three-bedroom suites with spacious dining and living areas that are perfect for a family beach escape. Villas come with a full kitchen and a personal concierge who will go grocery shopping on request. Suites also have private balconies, Bose surround-sound stereo systems, and Wi-Fi.
Also new is the Spa at the Del, which made its debut in 2007 and is already reaping accolades from the likes of Travel + Leisure magazine, which recently called it one of the top 20 hotel spas in the world. The spa features a beachfront relaxation area with vanishing-edge pool and unique ocean-inspired treatments like the Shell Coronado Massage and the Shell Coronado Facial that use heated seashells to melt away stress. If that doesn't work, head to ENO, a new wine, cheese, and chocolate bar featuring about 60 wines by the glass.
Adjacent to the spa is the resort's new fitness center with the latest weights and cardio equipment, and studios for aerobics, spin classes, and Pilates. Yoga and meditation classes are offered on the beach. There's also a large heated pool, tennis courts, and surfing instruction on the beach. The mellow waves are perfect for novice surfers or for boogie boarding. The resort rents bikes to cruise the Coronado bike trail, which snakes along Glorietta Bay. Or opt for the Coronado on Wheels Bike Tour, a two-hour guided tour of this historic SoCal spot.
For dining, kids will savor the gluttonous breakfast buffet at Sheerwater, replete with fresh fruit, eggs any style, French toast, warm croissants, cereals, and juices. Mom and dad will want to dine al fresco that evening at the hotel's signature restaurant, 1500 Ocean. The restaurant features the freshest ingredients from Southern California, like the just-picked greens and dried plums in the salad, or the jalapeno jelly used for dipping the tender yellowtail sashimi. For entrées, try the large cut of lamb or the Pacific halibut in a buerre blanc sauce, all best washed down with a wine from the Napa or Sonoma regions. Like a good glass of Cabernet, the Del just gets better with age.(-) Close
A classic historic hotel, The Del was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, The Del offers travelers contemporary luxury in an enchanting Victorian atmosphere. Add the resort's beachfront location, and it's no wonder USA Today calls The Del one of the top ten resorts in the world. The Del offers a quintessential San Diego resort vacation experience. For those seeking a romantic retreat, the resort's magical architecture and island setting are perfect. In fact, the Travel Channel rated The Del the number-one wedding destination in America. The Del is also a wonderful family vacation destination, featuring abundant recreation, as well as seasonal teen and children's programs. And, for getting down to business, meeting and incentive planners can work with over 65,000 feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and exhibition space.
Hotel del Coronado, situated along 28 oceanfront acres, is an elegant example of Victorian architecture and is considered one of America's most beautiful resorts. The Del has become a living legend with visits by celebrities, U.S. presidents and dignitaries from around the world. In fact, publisher Rand McNally credits the Hotel del Coronado as enjoying more fame and historical significance than perhaps any hotel in North America.
With almost 365 days of sunshine and an award- wining beachfront location, The Del is the premier West Coast leisure destination for family adventures or romantic getaways. The resort offers a variety of casual and fine dining restaurants overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests can enjoy year-round recreation activities including surfing, boating, biking or relaxing poolside or on the beach. There are two swimming pools, spa services, fitness center and over 20 shops and boutiques. The charming island village of Coronado is just outside The Del's front door and exciting downtown San Diego is only ten minutes away.The Hotel del Coronado's Self Parking is now $25 & Valet Parking is $35, per vehicle, per night.
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- Rent surfboards, portable beach cabanas, bikes, and more down at the beach. At the Boat House, guests can rent sailboats, jet skis, and paddleboats. Ask about daily kayak tours and surfing lessonskids six and up can learn how to ride the waves six afternoons each week.
- Take a break from the sun for an afternoon history tour. Learn about Kate Morgan, a young woman who checked into room 3502 in 1892 and was found dead a few days later on the hotel steps. Since then, guests and staff have reported countless oddities in the room and elsewhere: strange breezes, ghostly noises, and the pale figure of a young woman dressed in black lace.
- Hotel services are abundant. Among them are a car rental desk, childcare, guest transportation, and arranged tours.
Family Review of Hotel del Coronado, a KSL Property
A National Historic Landmark, the Hotel Del Coronado dates to 1888, an era when wealthy patrons came to the shore for months. The 680-room, 28-acre, grand dame propertycombining an older Victorian main building plus newer lodgingis located on a peninsula across the bay from San Diego. The wide, white-sand beach has great tidepools for little kids to explore and the resort offers boating, sailing, kayaking, tennis, and spa facilities. A new
A National Historic Landmark, the Hotel Del Coronado dates to 1888, an era when wealthy patrons came to the shore for months. The 680-room, 28-acre, grand dame propertycombining an older Victorian main building plus newer lodgingis located on a peninsula across the bay from San Diego. The wide, white-sand beach has great tidepools for little kids to explore and the resort offers boating, sailing, kayaking, tennis, and spa facilities. A new infinity pool overlooking the Pacific opens summer 2006. You can also rent bicycles and surreys to pedal along Coronado's bay and beachfront bike trail. Across the bay in San Diego, visit SeaWorld Adventure Park, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
Why Families Love It:
Tent City Kids, the Hotel Del's year-round activities program for ages four to 12, is organized into themed, three-hour sessions. At the Wild Animal Adventure, kids go on an animal scavenger hunt and make animal puppets. During the Hawaiian Luau, children fashion leis, have a limbo contest, and sculpt volcanoes on the beach. Check ahead with the hotel for schedules and rates, which vary according to season and meal requirements.
At the daily, year-round, one-hour craft sessions ($25), ages four to 12 make and fly kites, create their own Coronado sand candles, and collect shells for memory boxes. Teens 12 to 17 meet at the Coast Club Teen Lounge for video games and snacks. The resort also offers year-round activities for ages 12 to 17 such as teen-only kayaking, surfing, biking, and tennis, as well as spa offerings and summer pool parties.
Special Events & Activities:
Check out the Radical Reptile show, offered once a week in summer ($15).
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- Check out the Del's "S'more" package, which include a private fire pit on the beach, s'mores supplies, tea lights laid out in a heart shape, a keepsake blanket, and a bottle of Moet Imperial Champagne.
- The Del's list of past guests includes 11 U.S. presidents and a conga line of Hollywood royalty. Speculation abounds over Prince Edward (later Edward VIII), who arrived in 1920, the first British royal to see California. He probably met Wallis Simpson here, 15 years before their official introduction in London. Did their love affair, which climaxed with his abdication of the throne, begin here?