Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del CoronadoDesignated 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, it's a member of the Hilton Curio Collection, a collection of unique hotels steeped in history, and you can expect 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.
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.
Historic hotel on Coronado Island
Hotel Del Coronado
Taking in the sunset
A moment of peace
There's something in the water
Fantastic Weekend Beach Getaway!
A Priceless Connection To Memories of Long Ago
I think our driver got lost. Not in San Diego, but way over in the desert. In fact, I am sure he took a wrong turn between our departure from Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton and the city of Temecula. Add to that the afternoon freeway traffic about 3 hours into our ride, and arriving in a relaxed frame of mind at the Hotel del Coronado was not in the cards. Or was it?
There is a V.I.P. check-in spot right under the port cochere. Its fast, they take your bags, and you are on your way up to your room. The Del is expansive and there are many wings. I walked across the interior garden courtyard, following a path through the tropical plantings to an original part of the hotel tucked under the eaves of the famous red roof. I found my room and flung the door wide. In an instant I was 8 years old and at my Aunt Dee Dee’s rambling oceanfront house: all white-painted wicker rocking chairs on the lanai, subtle design, and the sweet sighs of the ocean right out past the sand that rolls down to the Pacific Ocean. Even the closets had a familiar scent peculiar to fine old homes on the ocean-salt spray and fresh paint. Yes, a bit unusual to connect with this, but it was magic to me. Not wanting to lose this connection to the past, I sat in one of the rockers on the lanai and watched the waves roll in under a magnificent, blue sky. A seagull came by to see what I was doing. I was grateful for the company but decided to put on my swim suit and jump into the surf. Just like when I was a kid.
Alas, my aunt’s gracious estate on Oahu’s Kahala Avenue long ago fell victim to the developer’s bulldozer. But staying at Hotel del Coronado is a place that I can come and connect to those treasured memories of long sunny days spent swimming in the ocean and playing on the beach; to a simple, carefree time in my life. The Del is a priceless treasure that will always remain in my heart.
Notes: I found out that I have another connection to The Del in Hawaiian-born General Manager Harold Rapoza, Jr.. He certainly brings his easy style of hospitality and his love of days spent on the beach in Hawaii to the Hotel del Coronado here on Coronado Island. And I think he keeps his surf trunks in his office.
If you are wondering what Curio Collection by Hilton is- it's a special group of very individualized hotels and resorts around the world with their own special identities and amenities. As a curious traveler you can visit their site and find out which hotel or resort would appeal to the type of traveler that you are.