Hotel del Coronado
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.
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.
This scenic peninsula is famous for its iconic Victorian red-and-white Hotel del Coronado (aka "Hotel Del"); its clean, scenic beaches; and its extraordinary bridge (extra tall to allow military ships to pass below). Coronado is the home of the U.S. Navy SEALs center and the North Island U.S. Naval Air Station. Make the most of a visit by walking the historic downtown and then exploring its pretty little neighborhoods near the ocean.