Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
What We Love
- Six restaurants and bars mean there’s a venue for every taste
- Sublime setting on 28 beachfront acres across the bay from downtown San Diego
- Hotel fits the bill for both family vacations as well as romantic getaways
- Striking 1880s architecture
What To Know
- Reservations are required for the spa
- Both self-parking and valet parking are available for a fee
- Most pets are allowed – indeed encouraged — with a host of furry friend amenities; charges start from $100
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A magnificent example of ornate Victorian architecture, this 150-year-old Coronado Island beauty was constructed of Douglas Fir and Californian Redwood and set among lush tropical gardens. Guest rooms today eschew the nostalgic vibe of the public spaces, instead offering breezy, light-filled white-on-white settings accented with pops of tropical color. A glamorous pool lined with swaying palm trees is the main hub of the property, featuring cabanas and views of comely Coronado Beach, considered one of California’s best. The Spa at the Del offers a range of treatments both pampering and results-focused, from Vitamin C-infused facials to Thai massage.
In the Area
While the legendary Hotel Del itself is one of Coronado Island’s main attractions, other reasons to explore do exist, namely the community’s sublime parks and beaches. Hop on a bike and traverse the 15 miles worth of paths spanning the town, stopping by Spreckles Park to check out the Art in the Park twice-monthly open-air exhibition, showcasing San Diego artists. Then catch a flick at the cool Village Theater, an Art Deco gem that was restored and reopened in 2011 and now screens of-the-moment movies.
How to Get There
I have traveled several times to the Dell for a business conference. It is truly a bit of heaven in an otherwise hectic lifestyle. I appreciate the Dell respecting the history of the Dell and while modern, maintaining the ambience of a by gone era. Service is excellent!
Fabulous service, great views, wonderful area for beach walks and great nearby restaurants! Don’t just visit the hotel - take a walk down Orange Blvd and check out all the local bars, restaurants and quaint shops! There is a great ice cream shop inside the hotel!!!
Stayed here for four nights in mid-January. While the hotel employees were all very nice and accommodating, the value for money was very poor. My room was in the Victorian building and had sloping floors, damage (missing pain, nicks in the walls and furniture) throughout, a bathroom where the door couldn't open fully (due to the placement of the toilet), and a lack of hot water. After speaking to several guests, I discovered the hot water issue wasn't limited to just my room. A clean, well maintained property is something I expect of any hotel, even more so at a hotel with rooms regularly costing $300/night.
Also, note the high prices around the hotel: breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant will run $87 + tip (and not worth that kind of money), espresso drinks from the coffee bar were $6, and alcoholic drinks at various venues were $15+. If you have a car with you, be prepared to pay $50/night to park.
Ultimately, I think you can find better value for your money elsewhere.
The reason to come here or just to look at the place is the beautiful structure. It's a classic and from a bygone era, but skip the restaurants and hotel, which are sloppy, over-priced and not worth it.
I recently stayed here and basic amenities like WiFi do not work. In much of the resort it just don't work at all (you cannot connect) and where it does connect, it's too slow to use. Fine, it's old, but then they have the audacity to charge you like $25 a day for it! It's that sort of place. I'll post some speed tests so you can see for yourself, but if you need WiFi for business or something, beware that their WiFi does not work.
The restaurants are super expensive and so so. $30 hamburger sort of thing. Which is fine, but it's not that great.
They don't respond to email either, which is frustrating if you want to get a copy of your hotel receipt for example.
The place needs to get new management and come up to modern standards for hospitality.
I love our Hotel Del experience. This monumental Hotel made our vacation in San Diego really memorable. Aside from crossing the Coronado bridge seeing the San diego skyline Hotel Del service at the restaurant and coffee shop are excellent.