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
When you are coming in from out of state for sale wedding, it is just not considered Doing the Right Thing to try and charge $80 to attend the wedding. So now it’s Uber, then confusion and it’s late at night and you are a stranger. Your hotel hosted an amazing wedding. Glad we Ubered but would have liked to have been able to drive in and explore a bit.
I was so disappointed in the Del (a Hilton property), especially at the price we paid. Imagine your worst day at Disney, and this is it. Hoards of people everywhere, absolutely no service, shabby rooms, and construction going on all around the resort. And did I mention the price we were paying? The mediocre experience was particularly noticeable because we'd come from a 2 night stay at the Hilton San Diego Hotel and Resort on Mission Bay -- where we were contacted in advance by the concierge to see if we had any requests and where the service was excellent with multiple checkpoints during our stay even given its lower price point.
Even after noting "I see it's your wedding anniversary" when we checked in at the Del, we didn't get any kind of acknowledgment during the stay - no note, no chocolates, no free dessert, no bottle of champagne, no room upgrade, nada. I really can't say enough about the complete absence of service. I guess they figure with their thousands of guests each night, they don't need to worry about making anyone feel special or creating a repeat guest. So disappointed.
We booked two rooms in the older Victorian building after having read reviews on here that you can avoid construction that way. Unfortunately our room had a front row seat to the construction. I am baffled that they would book a Hilton Honors member into these rooms. Then, there were no other rooms available in that building so we chose to move to the Beach Village at the Del- which were about 3x more expensive.
Really every room in all the buildings is going to hear the construction which starts at 7am. I would suggest not staying here until the construction is done.
The Beach Village was definitely beautiful however some things were odd. In our room the fireplace and lighted mirror were broken. We were unable to control our own heat and AC. The days were hot and the nights were chilly so we wanted to be able to switch back and forth but maintenance had to do this from the outside.
The beds were very comfortable and when the construction was not happening the room was very quiet- the windows were very soundproof.
I have stayed at a lot of these old Grand Dame hotels and I have never seen such price gouging for food. The breakfast buffet was $40 per person for adults. At the pool nachos were like $25. A can of diet coke in our room was $7!
Overall a beautiful resort- just know going in that its very expensive and wait until the construction is done. The main pool is closed during construction also.