Designated a national historic landmark in 1977, Hotel del Coronado has played host to a number of notable people, including presidents, celebrities, and dignitaries, over the years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the hotel several times, including for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935, and Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like It Hot on the hotel’s beach in 1957. Today, you’ll still get the same service that has attracted the famous to this massive property for more than a century. Rooms come with Keurig coffeemakers, bottled water, and free Wi-Fi. Free summer shuttles whisk guests down Coronado’s main street and continue to the ferry landing. You can even download a hotel app that makes requesting services and planning activities as easy as a few taps. Take a dip in the 80-degree pool, where kids will rejoice over kickboards and water toys, or rent a paddleboard and head to the ocean. Other activity choices abound; consider arranging a bonfire, golf outing, or sailing excursion.
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While the entertainment options at the Del are seemingly endless, an easy off-grounds excursion is to Coronado Central Beach, located right in front of the property. Take your beach experience a step further and sign up for a yoga class with ocean views thanks to Yoga Loca. For dinner don’t miss out on the views of San Diego’s skyline at Peohe’s, where you’ll find such tropically inspired dishes as Thai coconut-ginger soup and Pacific Island ahi. Another option with memorable vantage points is Candelas on the Bay, which serves modern Mexican fusion fare that ranges from street tacos to filet mignon with grilled poblano peppers.
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Rooms: 536 rooms, 221 suites. From $400. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Open for dinner, 1500 Ocean serves coastal cuisine, including local Cortez halibut with heirloom tomatoes, but also inland dishes such as California rack of lamb. More casual fare can be found at Sheerwater, which serves a breakfast buffet and lunch and dinner on a patio overlooking the ocean. A gourmet, all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch is available in the Crown Room and features carving stations, a Bloody Mary bar, and housemade charcuterie. Eno Pizzeria & Wine Bar turns out Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, while the Coronado Sun Deck Bar & Grill serves ceviche, fresh guacamole, and cocktails. San Diego Babcock & Story Bar does signature drinks and upscale finger fare like a white cheddar burger and smoked pork sliders. Finally, at the outdoor Sunset Bar you can toast a day well spent with a blackberry margarita served by the fire pit. Spa and gym details: Spa at the Del emphasizes the ocean’s healing power with such treatments as the Vitamin Sea facial and the signature massage that combines heated tiger shells with Swedish techniques. A hair and nail salon has serviced the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. In addition to gym equipment, the 24-hour fitness center hosts an array of classes, including Zumba and Pilates, and even offers private sessions with a personal trainer.
Who's it for: Families who want access to a wide variety of activities on the property, and couples who seek a beach retreat. Our favorite rooms: The king bedroom Signature Suites include a balcony with Pacific Ocean views. The 1,200-square-foot Crowne Suite has two bedrooms and overlooks Glorietta Bay. Nibbles and bits: The Del offers arrival treats, chef-prepared room service, and grooming for all four-legged guests. You can also request leashes and special bedding, and a nearby dog beach is a canine’s dream. Every Sunday brings “Yappy Hour” at Sunset Bar & Grill with free Evian and gourmet dog treats. Owners can also partake with such pet-inspired drinks as the Greyhound and the Hair of the Dog.