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The Perfect Weekend Getaway --
There are so many 5 star reviews, I'm sure this one will be lost in the fold, but it bears noting what a delightfully perfect property this is. The staff is stellar, Bobby the Concierge is a true gem, loaded with tips and tricks on the city, and to boot, the Hotel Del is rich with history. The room was spotless and it was really neat to have Netflix streaming from their TV. The hot tub / pool was huge and delightfully heated. The seating right on the beach was amazing with the fire glowing over the water. Special note -- the eggs Benedict recommended by my waiter in Sheerwater was perhaps the single best versions of this heart attack on a plate. Every component of the dish was aggressively seasoned, the eggs cooked to runny perfection, the sauce a perfect balance of salt, acid, and butter, the English muffins were actually toasted, and buttered, the potatoes on the side soft with textured crunch through out. Funny to talk more about a dish on a Hotel review, but if you check in, you owe it to yourself to experience a world class breakfast. The landscaping of the property is stunning with flora and fauna that would make a green thumb swoon. If I wasn't 3-5 hours away, I would make this a more frequent stop. Highly recommend on all fronts :)
Not a good time to visit
First the good... location, location, location. When staying at the Del, you can easily take morning walks along the ocean with your toes in the sand or along the paved beach walk or cross the street to city center into the charming Coronado village. There are great restaurants and a theater, a variety of shopping and beautiful houses with pretty gardens to admire. Now for the disappointments. .... We’ve stayed here several times with great memories but the inconvenience caused by the current, massive construction project overshadows most of the positives. Corridors are cordoned off, the bar is closed, the main elevator was out of service for 3 of our 4 day stay, views are impeded by bulldozers and trucks, it’s noisy, etc. I’m sure the Del will return to her former glory when the remodel is finished. However, my advice would be to plan your visit until construction is completed in 2 years! And, as a final suggestion, it would have been nice to see some architectural renderings of the proposed property changes. We asked several staff members about specifics and never got any answers. The hotel receptionist said that management was being very tight-lipped about the whole thing. I normally hate to see my Del vacation come to an end but was actually glad to check out today!
Not the same Del Coronado
This was my 4th visit and by far the worst. The facility has gone way downhill. If you want a very expensive place to stay where guests are totally inconvenienced by construction work, book your stay immediately and you'll pay lots of money for a well below average experience.
There's still magic in Oz
The Del is a little pricey but the experience was as magical as foreign travel and a whole lot easier to get to. We upgraded to a king with balcony and it probably made a very favorable difference. We arrived for a 3-night stay on New Years Day when it was still decorated for the holidays and they had done a great job of turning Oz into a winter wonderland. The staff was very helpful, without being obsequious, and we were able to see everything we wanted throughout Coronado without transportation. They have all the dining experiences (breakfast/lunch on the boardwalk and dinner in the Crown Room), but the variety nearby offers up just about everything (all within easy walking distance). We wanted a short romantic getaway to begin the new decade and the Del turned out to be a perfect choice.
Beautiful hotel, but a very disappointing stay.
First, let me make sure to underscore this whole review: The Hotel Del Coronado is a beautiful, iconic, well-situated, and classic hotel! It really is quite a sight to see both during the day and spectacularly at night. We were so excited to visit such an amazing property! Entering the “Hotel Del” lobby, after a day of sight-seeing, was truly breathtaking; the dark, rich wood everywhere…the decorations…the historic photos…everything was so stately and tasteful. The Christmas tree and decorations were so sparkly and beautiful. However, check-in was a bit disorganized with the need for a “guest helper” directing guest check-in traffic. (What would this job title be?) Once check-in was complete, our visit went decidedly downhill. Unfortunately, we were not informed during the reservation process that the Hotel was going through major construction renovations. Instead of being able to park right outside the “Tower” room we had booked, we had to WALK with our luggage to our room since the construction encompassed the building between the main building and the Tower and the adjacent parking lot. So, my 91-year-old mother and I walked in the evening cold air and wind around the outside of the main hotel, across the ice-skating rink grounds, past the outdoor restaurant, down along the ocean cement boardwalk to the Tower building. Had I realized this was going to be the case, I would have cancelled my reservation immediately! The Hotel should have had a FLEET of golf carts shuttling guests to and from the Tower building. We were still hopeful that our special treat night would be a success until we entered our room. While the room was spacious, the lighting in the vanity area was dim, carpet frayed, some bathroom hardware was rusty and worn, reading lights were only on one of the queen beds, and no mini bar or microwave. Really? I’ve stayed at hotels that were significantly more well-appointed and kept up for a quarter of the price. We both enjoyed the nighttime view of the lighted hotel and Coronado bridge from our balcony, so that was a plus. Promptly at 6am the next morning, the construction noise began with fervor. Again, REALLY! I can’t believe that hotel guests weren’t up in arms about an unscheduled 6am wake up call. We regretted not paying the extra money for an ocean view room…until we left the hotel from the ocean side doors and found major construction being done on THAT side as well. Thankfully, our departure provided a spectacular San Diego day and we were able to leave feeling excited about what the day might bring…AFTER we paid our $40.00 overnight guest parking fee. I’m sure many wealthy guests will not be daunted by this review, but if you are a normal type of traveler, my best warning and suggestion is, unless you book in the main hotel or cottages, don’t bother staying at the Hotel Del Coronado until the construction is complete in 2022! Seriously, I can’t imagine anyone enjoying this experience until then.
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