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 visited the Del with my parents in late July for my cousins wedding. This is not a resort for your "regular" tourist. It lies to present itself as an higher end resort for those with money that don't mind paying extras to stay at a place with lots of history. We had a California Cabana double queen for a Friday/Saturday night stay, with the discounted wedding rate it was $400 a night, including taxes and fees just for the room. Expect to pay extra for a lot of things. Burgers run $30, drinks $16 plus the extras down at the beach. As many reviewers have pointed out, the check in process needs a lot of work during peak hours as they only have 5 computers and usually only have 3 people working desk. One to two of them will take care of Diamond Hilton award customers first. When we arrived we were 3rd in line and it took about 15-20 minutes to get checked in. The room we got had a front door that would not close all the way and the backdoor would not close properly from the outside. It was kind of annoying that there was no way to access the room from the back "private" patio if you did close the door. The patio we had overlooked the courtyard and was walking distance to the beach. The workers staff were top notch at all the functions and we had the same bartenders at two of the events and they remembered me at the 2nd event from the one the night before and made drink suggestions. The food I did have was good which was catered by the hotel. The island is not that big and it took be about 20-30 minutes to walk from the hotel to the ferry at the other side. The island is like walking into a time slip and there are a lot of little shops and restaurants scattered around. If money is no object and you don't mind paying the extras I can see the Del being a place you would like to stay. However if your a budget conscious traveler looking for a relaxing place on a budget I would recommend using the money to book a cruise or a all inclusive resort that would be cheaper than this!
We checked in on Tuesday night after Vegas and had to wait for about 20 minutes in the queue for reception. When we finally got our room, we walked in, and literally, we were shocked at the size.
The room was barely bigger than the bed and the bathroom was so small there was no room for any soap or our things.
Being English, we thought we would give it a go as the main thing was chilling out in the bar and on the beach, so we looked out of our window which had been advertised as a coastal view and we looked out onto a building site. The hotel was building a huge fixed marquee in the car park with diggers, drills etc. There was no one there at the time so we figured hopefully it would be quiet.
Of course, the next morning at 6.30am we were woken with drilling, lorries etc.
The bar area was woefully understaffed, like the reception, and we waited 30 mins for service both for expensive drinks $19 for a watered-down cocktail, and for 30 mins for the check. The seats were very uncomfortable and even if you wanted to wait 30 mins for a drink, your bottom hurt so much after waiting, you had to leave any way.
As vegetarians, there was little for us to eat, which is true of most San Diego Hotels, and the pizza restaurant would not even add different toppings to the menu pizzas.
The next evening we were kept awake by the family next door who were just talking but we could hear them through the paper thin walls.
The adult only pool was a bonus for us, so we headed there and found it the home for ducks and the pool was covered in faeces, so we could not swim there.
We did complain and were given $200 off the total cost for the holiday, but at $2800 for 4 days for no sleep, no bar, and no service, we would never go here again.
The Hotel Del is a great place to visit for the day, and maybe have a bite to eat or walk the historic grounds and the beach. BUT....... staying there is a whole different story. The "upgraded" room was horrible, very worn, stains in the bathroom, mold, I could go on and on. Big disappointment since we had very high expectations. We wanted to make this a special occasion and rented a cabana by the pool for $350.00 and boy the disappointments didn't stop. The pool is so old, and run down, there is absolutely not excuse for this not keeping this up. As an Hilton Diamond member, I was hoping for more. The price at this hotel is very expense (which is why we were expecting so much more), I use Hilton Honors points for the room, so most of the room charges were free, 2 rooms, 4 people, with dinner and the rest, the bill was over $3,000.00 I would not have minded the expense if the experience was worth it. In my opinion, it is NOT. Finally, we were charged a "resort" fee of $30.00 for the room that I partially paid with points, but the funny thing was, they also charge you a resort fee for the second "morning" that you are in the room. I thought this was just icing on the cake. Go for the day, enjoy the grounds, and stay elsewhere.
My family and I traveled from the East coast through Southern California for our summer vacation, with Hotel Del being our last, and most anticipated stop. The main building and grounds are absolutely gorgeous. When we arrived, a well-appointed employee, Cody, graciously welcomed us and even gave us a tour of the Crown Room l, and educated us on the history of the hotel, which we all found to be quite interesting.
We had arrived a little early, and our room wasn’t ready yet, and we were told we would receive a text as soon as it was (which never happened). As we waited for our room we walked the grounds and stopped at the on grounds pizzeria, Eno. There was plenty of available seating , but we still had a wait to be seated. Ok, maybe they were short staffed, which I understand. The pizza we had was delicious, but extremely overpriced and the service was lacking; not at all what I would expected from such a highly rated resort. Note to self: find somewhere off grounds to eat. Check ✔️
As we still didn’t receive a text that our room was ready, at 4:00 which is check in time, we went back to the desk. Yes, our room was indeed ready. For how long I don’t know but as least it was ready. We were so excited to finally get to our room and when we walked in, WOW! such a disappointment.
We were located in Ocean Towers, which is a bit of a walk from the main building. I’m not sure if this was an old hotel the Del purchased at some point, but it definitely lacked the “old world”, historical charm of the main house. When we opened the door, there was an odd smell, like stale cigarettes. The view we had from our room was very nice, but outside there was an awful smell which we later learned was from the seaweed. 🤢
The room and building we were in was run down. There was hair in the tub, stains on the curtains, I’m not sure when the last time the table was cleaned, and the electrical outlets were questionable. One outlet was even pulled out from the wall. Just overall, extremely disappointed with our room. But again, the grounds and the history of the hotel were intriguing.
And I have to say, Bravo! to the ad agency that is working with the Del. The guest experience on the web site looked incredible, but we clearly experienced something different. Also, the Del is having an identity crisis. Are you historical and Victorian, or new and modern? The brand identity is not clearly defined. Overall, we were just disappointed.
Our first time in Coronado we stayed at a different hotel but hung out at the Del. We fell in love with her then. The beach, especially at sunset is outstanding. Love wandering through the downstairs and looking at the historic photos. Love the antique elevator complete with an operator in a traditional uniform. Love the staff and their enthusiasm and attention to detail. The brunch is incredible (but beware, so is the price). We had an outstanding birthday getaway. Loved it! We got a good deal, so I’m giving 5 stars for value. It can be a bit pricey.