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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Our family enjoyed our time here, it is a great resort with lots to do. The location is amazing!The historic nature of the property was really cool. The food was yummy (although the birds were aggressive in the outdoor eating space). The ice cream shop was a cool experience too! We stayed in a suite and it was beautiful but the room was old. We had an issue with dripping in the bathroom and also our air conditioning stopped working on day two and it took them two days to fix it. For the cost to stay here, I expected a lot more of the rooms.
We had a horrible experience at the Del beach yesterday, 6/15/19. We stayed at the Del last year and enjoyed their beach so we returned this year. I brought my husband and kids and reserved AND PAID through the hotel for two daybeds on 4/25/19 and 5/23/19 (I decided that I wanted a second a month after my original booking), well in advance of our planned beach day 6/15/19. It was cloudy in the am, and after having lunch, we showed up at the Del Beach about 12:45 to begin using the beach and our two ($400 total) daybeds. I check in, and show the girl working there my two online reservation numbers, e-mail and provide my name. She immediately tells me that she doesn’t have my name down on the list and they “have been having trouble with (their) online reservation system all day.” I explained that I didn’t book online that I went through the hotel. She informed me that she did understand that I had already paid and had valid confirmation of my purchase but she had been told to only go by “the list” by her manager and that she could not honor my reservations. I told her that that was ridiculous because I saw 4 open daybeds as we walked up to check in. She told me she understood this but could ONLY give me the option of a refund, returning tomorrow (which we could no do as we were flying out the next am) or give me 4 chairs and umbrellas. I told her that this was unacceptable and that I wanted to speak with the manager. At this point, she states, “I’m trying to help you ma’am!” I told her that this was no help at all and please bring the manager out. She then called the manager and, after some time on the phone, informs me that I can have one daybed. This is the best they can do. There is now a long line of people behind me. At this point, I got ugly. I told her to get her manager out right now to speak with me. She starts to call the manager again and my husband looks in and sees that her “list” is for the next day, 6/16/19. He let her know that, presumably, this was the source of her “online reservation troubles.” Considering that they open at 10 am. It took 2 hours and 45 minutes with the assistance of an angry guest to point this out to she and the management team! She then called the manager AGAIN to tell them that “she’s still complaining” and “you gave me the list for the wrong day” and “she wants to talk to you” and there was “a line.” (As if I cannot hear this standing two feet away!). At this point she tells the two guys next to the both, “you know those4 daybeds I told you not to use, take them to two of them.” She never even looks at me or says another word to me. She says, “next!” The guys, who had overheard the entire exchange, after asking how many towels we want, set our beds up, in total silence then walk away. No sorry for the confusion, I hope you enjoy your stay, have a great rest of your day, just NOTHING! My husband and I had planned to get drinks and snacks but, honestly, were too afraid they might spit in our food! Did I ever have a manager come out to speak to me or apologize- NOPE! Was it totally embarrassing to me to have to get nasty in order to get what I had reserved AND ALREADY PAID FOR almost one and two months ago (that mind you was still AVAILABLE when we got there) in front of a long line of people, my husband and my children- YEP, IT SURE WAS! Did it ruin our day? YES, it did! Is that any way to treat a customer? It sure is not! I would like a management response, considering that I asked TWICE to speak to a manager and was not given the chance to. Absolutely the worst service of all time! I cannot imagine that we will return in the future!
Used Disney Vacation Club points to stay a couple days before a conference in SD. The property is amazing with a lot to do. Resort has great fitness center with outdoor options. The beach has amazing, soft sand. Lots to eat and do on property. Our room at the end of the California Cabanas is spacious with an amazing view. The carpet, furniture, and decor are dated but it’s clean. Service has been great. I love the texting function for help and information.
Nostalgic and charming! We stayed at this beautiful hotel 20 years ago and returned for another stay June 2019. Even though there were renovations in progress we were thrilled with our choice. It was like stepping back in time when customer service was the most important part of running a hotel.
Yes, the Navel helicopters fly by often but since I happen to be reading "War Story" by Steven Elliott, I praised God for the men and women that were in training to protect our country so we can enjoy such peaceful vacations with family.
I’ve stayed at this hotel many times. It’s a beautiful old historic hotel. The sleeping rooms need a bit of work, although I observed that they were doing quite a bit of construction around the resort. For the price, I’d expect a higher end room. Beds were very hard and the bathroom was tiny. We did have a safe, iron, ironing board, coffee maker, bottled water, small refrigerator, desk and a few chairs. Our room was in building 6 towers. It faced the ocean and had two small chairs on the balcony. It had a pool and beach area. It should be noted that you have to pay for chairs and an umbrella at the beach. The beach is perfect for walks. The sand is beautiful and sparkles with what looks like gold glitter. We also found quite a few sand dollars. There are plenty of restaurants and shops on the property, as well as, within walking distance. Highlight of the trip- we arranged for a 1 hr experience on the beach that included a bonfire and S’mores. It was really a fun treat!! This hotel is now owned by HILTON. It’s my hope that they restore it to its original beauty. Finally, it should be noted that it’s near a military base. Expect to hear helicopters and planes up until 11 pm. Our soldiers are training and their service is appreciated. Finally a “shout out” to the evening bellman named Bobby. He gave us a very warm welcome. He is passionate about the property and eager to share stories that will help you to feel at home during your stay.