I help people plan San Diego vacations. I can confirm that Coronado Island hotels are the most frequently requested accommodations. Why? Coronado delivers what most visitors are looking for.

There are gorgeous white sand beaches perfect for a quintessential California beach day filled with sunshine, swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, and more. It’s also convenient — Coronado is a short Uber ride from the airport, a quick ferry ride to downtown, and within a (usually) easy drive to popular attractions like Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. And, of course, there are fantastic Coronado hotels, resorts, inns, and bed and breakfasts to choose from.

The right information can answer the question of where to stay in Coronado. Truthfully, most people ask for Hotel del Coronado, and there’s a good reason for this. But you can find alternatives if a larger, busy resort doesn’t suit you or you’d like a lower price point.

Remember that during peak season, especially if you book last minute, prices of hotels in Coronado Island will skew higher than other parts of the county — including the typically budget-friendly hotels. It is always best to book as far in advance as possible, especially if you need a family room.

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1. Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

The first three options on this list are part of Hotel del Coronado but are listed separately because they are booked as separate hotels.

Red and white striped lounge chairs on the beach in front of Hotel Del Coronado, my top pick for Coronado San Diego hotels.

The San Diego hotel that my readers book the most is Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton. It’s one of the best Coronado hotels on the beach and one of the best beachfront resorts in all of San Diego County. The beach in front of the resort is regarded as one of the best in the entire United States.

Before you book, there is a lot to know, and I’ve gone to great pains to explain the pros and cons of each building. Please read my Hotel del Coronado guide if you are considering staying here.

The long roster of activities includes everything from private evening s’mores roastings to outdoor spin class steps from the sand. The breakfast (complimentary for two guests when you book the Virtuoso rate through me) is excellent, and the Serea sustainable seafood restaurant is popular with residents, too. They’ve gone to great lengths to improve the dining experience, and it’s paid off. The main outdoor swimming pool is newly renovated and the long list of holiday events is fun for all ages.

I have a lot of repeat guests who stay here at least once per year. Many feel they get the full San Diego experience without ever leaving this Coronado beach resort. I can confidently say that the best way to book it is with my Virtuoso amenities, and if you feel otherwise, let me know.

My Favorite Rooms

Note: The Victorian Building will be closed for renovation from January 2024–spring 2025.

The Cabana Beachfront Terrace Fire Pit guest rooms are fantastic. They come with a king bed and a queen sofa sleeper (great for families of four) or two queen beds (no sofa sleeper). The outdoor terrace is like an extension of your room and has a fire pit! Parents use the terrace to relax on after kids go to bed, for example.

The Ocean View Victorian King Studio Suite (while you can book it) has an awesome ocean view from the balcony (most have balconies but not all do) over the resort to the ocean. While its living room isn’t completely separate from the bedroom, it is nice to have the additional seating (plus a sofa bed) and space. Families of six can fit into a Two Queen Victorian Studio Suite with its two queen beds and queen-sized sofa sleeper.

The Views neighborhood south of The Cabanas is also a great choice. Refreshed rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean that pay homage to the building’s name. The Oceanfront rooms are by far the best, but The Views Ocean View rooms price significantly less because they actually have partial ocean views — I think these offer the best value on the resort.

Reservations

You have access to Virtuoso amenities at Hotel del Coronado that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom at Serea Restaurant (a la carte – $30/person per day for up to two people)
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Sign in or create a free Virtuoso account to see the discounted rate! When booking on Virtuoso.com use the number of adults traveling to get the correct rates. Kids may otherwise be priced as adults. We will add them after we follow up to collect your arrival details. If you see multiple rates for the same room type, choose the lowest rate. Check the status of ocean swimming in front of Coronado Lifeguard Tower as it changes. This is the testing station in front of Hotel del Coronado.

2. Beach Village at The Del

A Beach Village at The Del beachfront cottage exterior.
Photo courtesy of Hotel del Coronado

Beach Village at The Del is Hotel del Coronado’s private enclave of luxury villas and cottages. If you are a luxury hotel enthusiast and want the most five-star San Diego beach hotel experience possible, this is your choice.

Accommodations that range from one room to three bedrooms are outfitted like designer residences. Some have full kitchens. There are also guest rooms with two queens and a queen-sized sofa sleeper that sleep up to six people!

Guests of Beach Village and local members have access to an elevated level of concierge, front desk, and guest relations service. You also receive Del Beach access, including two sand chairs and an umbrella (that main resort guests would otherwise have to pay for).

Beach Village guests also have access to everything on the main Hotel del Coronado resort, but guests of the main resort can’t access Beach Village amenities. So, it’s less busy and more private in this neighborhood.

Be prepared to pay $1000/night or more for an entry-level room (that is renovated and incredibly nice).

Favorite Rooms

As mentioned above, the newly renovated entry-level villa rooms offer two queen beds and a double sofa sleeper. These are a good solution for families of up to six people. I also encourage you to check out the cottages with outdoor fire pits on the patio.

The Two-Bedroom Ocean Villa Loft Suite is also very popular for those who want extra space. It’s bi-level with a full designer kitchen and living rooms with pretty views.

Reservations

The Virtuoso amenities you can book in with through me at Beach Village at The Del are the same as Hotel del Coronado and usually more advantageous than Hilton Honors rates, especially if you will eat breakfast on the property. These include:

  • Upgrade is not applicable at this property
  • Daily full breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom at Ocean Concierge Club
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beach Village Virtuoso guests have all-day access to Ocean Concierge Club. Services outside of the daily breakfast for two are paid for a la carte. This is way better value than the daily rate that all-day guests have to pay!

Sign in to your free Virtuoso account to see the discounted rate. When booking on Virtuoso.com, use the number of adults traveling to get the correct rates. Kids may otherwise be priced as adults. We will add them after we follow up to collect your arrival details. If you see multiple rates, choose the lowest one.

3. Shore House at The Del

A living room at Hotel del Coronado's Shore House

Among the best Coronado hotels in San Diego is Shore House at The Del, a hotel within a hotel at the historic Hotel Del Coronado.

The luxury neighborhood features seaside vacation rentals with beach access and 5-star amenities in a u-shaped boutique hotel surrounding an oceanfront pool area only for Shore House guest use.

Other amenities include an outdoor lounge, an on-site restaurant, and an exclusive lobby with a private entrance. Each villa features a gourmet kitchen with full-size appliances, a relaxing bathroom with stone finishes, an in-unit washer and dryer, and plush linens on all the beds. You can book two queen rooms here as well.

Of course, you’ll also have access to the hotel’s other dining options, like the Sun Deck, Babcock & Story Bar, Smokehouse at the Laundry, and sustainable, fresh-catch eatery, Serẽa. Shore House guests also receive a private welcome, a separate valet entrance, daily housekeeping, VIP concierge service, and access to all dining options.

Additional resort perks include an on-site spa, specialty shops, and seasonal activities like surf lessons, beach bonfires, movies on the beach, art shows, and cocktail and music events.

FAVORITE ROOMS

While there are a handful of two-queen rooms, most accommodations offer one to three bedrooms, making Shore House the most popular choice at Hotel del Coronado for multigenerational trips.

View choices include resort view, bay view, ocean view as well as oceanfront villas to choose from. If no view is listed in your room or villa’s name, it has zero view (or one of an adjacent building).

The villas are a bit like puzzle pieces in that several can be combined to create multi-bedroom units. If demand permits, two queen bedrooms can be split off to create rooms available for booking. These rooms can provide amazing value as they can price similar to rooms on the main resort.

If budget permits, the Oceanfront villas offer panoramic ocean views and are our top choice.

Reservations

  • Upgrade not applicable at this property
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in Shore House Bistro
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Sign in to your free Virtuoso account to see the discounted rate. When booking on Virtuoso.com use the number of adults traveling to get the correct rates. Kids may otherwise be priced as adults. We will add them after we follow up to collect your arrival details.

4. 1906 Lodge Coronado

The breakfast area and courtyard at 1906 Lodge Coronado, a top Coronado San Diego hotel.
Photo courtesy of 1906 Lodge Coronado

If you’re looking for a Coronado boutique hotel with excellent service, consider the 17-room 1906 Lodge Coronado. You get quite a bit included with your room rate, from breakfast with bottomless mimosas to wine and hors d’oeuvres to complimentary beach gear (chairs, towels, bags, and umbrellas) and beach cruisers to use during your stay.

The location a block away from bustling Orange Avenue means you’re set amid stunning residences, so it’s quieter. But then again, you’re also within about two blocks of Hotel del Coronado and the beach in front of it.

It’s also a historic property, built in 1906 originally as a boarding school, so no two rooms are exactly alike. There isn’t a restaurant, bar, or fitness center onsite, but plenty of nearby options exist. It’s actually one of my favorite San Diego boutique hotels.

The 1906 Lodge was awarded the 2022 Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice for Top 25 Most Romantic Hotels. It makes a perfect getaway for a married couple, newlyweds, or sweethearts planning their first weekend away together. 

It also won a Business Insider Award for being one of America’s Best 30 Boutique Hotels. Its signature charm, cozy rooms, and peaceful atmosphere make it one of the most relaxing places you could stay in San Diego. 

Favorite Rooms

Families will want to take a look at the Garden Double Queen Spa Guestroom, which sleeps five. The best room for couples is the Grand King Spa room, which has an in-room spa bathtub.

Reservations

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5. Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The lobby with view to the water at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, a top Coronado San Diego hotel.

Another question I’m asked frequently is what I think of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. What causes some to pause before booking is its location, about 4 miles south of Orange Avenue’s shops and restaurants. Don’t let that stop you from staying here, but here’s what you need to know.

This Coronado Island hotel’s goal is to make it so that guests experience the best of San Diego without leaving the property. They do this partially through the Flavor by Loews program, where they integrate locally caught seafood, locally brewed beers, distilled spirits, and more into their menus. Some of the produce is grown onsite in a lovely garden where guests can walk through or sit and read a book.

The property is on a secluded 15-acre peninsula, making it a great location for anyone who wants to enjoy uninterrupted beach time. There is also easy access to the water for sailing and water sports.

Silver Strand State Beach is a golf cart ride or about a 10-minute walk from the lobby. They have a seasonal beach stand there with chairs, umbrellas, and snacks. Lifeguards staff the beach, one of the best San Diego beaches. The ocean here was closed a lot during 2023 due to run-off from the Tijuana River. You can find the current status at sdbeachinfo.com.

They do run a free shuttle to Orange Avenue if you’d like to shop or eat lunch or dinner at one of the popular Coronado restaurants. And, they offer a long list of resort activities, from yoga on the beach to water sports.

It always depends on the season, but you will typically pay significantly less here than at Hotel del Coronado, which is important for people who prefer larger resorts. Part of the reason is due to a more remote location and also that most accommodations and facilities are not quite at the same level as The Del.

Favorite Rooms

Bay View King Suites have a fantastic view and a separate living room with a sofa bed.

Reservations

Usually, Loews has various promotions on its website to take advantage of, but my readers use online travel sites more often for this hotel.

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6. Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Outdoor pool overlooking San Diego Bay at Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.
Photo courtesy of Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

After driving over the Coronado Bridge to the island, you’ll find Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa on the right. This is the opposite side of the island from the popular Coronado Central Beach in front of Hotel del Coronado (many Marriott guests take out the hotel bikes to get to this beach), but it offers views of the downtown skyline and nice guest rooms.

It’s also a short walk to the Ferry Landing Marketplace, where you’ll catch or disembark from the Coronado Ferry. This small but fun waterside entertainment area has a small beach, shops, and great dining.

Recent renovations have drastically improved accommodations. The main pool overlooks the bay; a wellness facility offers classes, tennis, and more, and the spa is fantastic. If you are a Marriott Bonvoy member, it’s a good choice.

Favorite Rooms

I’m a fan of keeping parents in king beds if that’s what they’re used to, and all room types can sleep five, even the king rooms between the sofa bed and rollaway bed (an extra fee applies for rollaway beds).

The cottages are the nicest accommodations, but the Executive Suite is a (usually) reasonably priced way to get a separate living room and bedroom.

Reservations

Join Marriott Bonvoy (free) and book the discounted member rate.

7. Hotel Marisol Coronado

Hotel Marisol is a boutique hotel in Coronado.

This award-winning coastal boutique hotel, nestled on a quiet street, is just one block away from the beach. When you’re done strolling the beach, there are multiple dining options and attractions within walking distance, making this one of the best places to stay on Coronado Island.

At just 15 rooms, Hotel Marisol Coronado is perfect for couples seeking an intimate lodging experience. If you are planning a trip with a large group, you can rent the whole hotel if you book it far enough in advance. 

After a long day of sightseeing, shopping, or beachcombing, you can relax and enjoy the coastal breezes in the secluded private courtyard. When it is time for bed, sink into the Casarovea Italian bed linens and luxurious pillow-top mattresses.

Favorite Rooms

The Junior Suite features a bit more space for those needing to stretch their legs with a King size bed and a wide sleeper sofa. It’s the only accommodation for up to four guests. 

Reservations

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8. Glorietta Bay Inn

The exterior of Glorietta Bay Inn, a top Coronado hotel, at dusk.
Photo courtesy of Glorietta Bay Inn

Glorietta Bay Inn is one of the Coronado Island hotels that is within a short walk of Coronado Central Beach. It’s just across the street from Hotel del Coronado and another good choice for people who enjoy historic hotels.

This Coronado hotel was once the home of John D. Spreckels, who is credited with putting San Diego on the map. Rooms are named for their position in the home but also after his grandchildren and even his yacht. A complimentary continental breakfast is included for all guests as there isn’t a restaurant on site, but guests are spoiled for outside dining options given its prime location. It’s also close to the Coronado Golf Course.

You’re also right across the street from San Diego Bay (some rooms offer bay views) and the water sports activities like kayaking, powerboat rentals, and more.

Favorite Rooms

If you can book into one of the Mansion Rooms, they have more charm with period furniture and original fixtures.

Reservations

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9. El Cordova Hotel

The entrance to El Cordova Hotel in Coronado.
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A little further up Orange Avenue from Glorietta Bay Inn, but still across the street from Hotel del Coronado, is El Cordova Hotel. People like this boutique hotel for its Spanish-style lobby and rooms and also for its location in the thick of the action on Orange Avenue. Again, walk across the street to one of the best Coronado beaches.

This is one of the best Coronado Island hotels for those who require kitchens, as most accommodations have them. You can go to Miguel’s Cocina onsite for lunch or dinner or take a dip in the courtyard pool.

Favorite Rooms

It can be difficult to sleep larger families in this part of Coronado, but this is one of the best hotels for it. I like the two-bedroom and one-bedroom suite options (and I think, if you’re booking in advance, that you’ll like the price).

Reservations

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FAQs About Coronado San Diego Hotels

Why should I stay in Coronado?

Coronado is among the most popular San Diego tourist neighborhoods for romantic holidays, family vacations, and staycations. People like that the affluent city has a small-town feel with its well-manicured homes and Orange Avenue main street. It’s also close to the airport, downtown (Gaslamp Quarter and Convention Center), and other major attractions.

The beaches here are a huge draw partially due to the mineral mica in the sand that causes it to shimmer with gold. Coronado Central Beach is wide and gorgeous — consistently rated as one of America’s best beaches. Many Coronado beach hotels provide paid parking and access to the beach, should you want to visit for the day.

Does the location of a Coronado hotel really matter?

Some make the mistake of assuming that since Coronado is small, it doesn’t matter what part of the island you stay on. This is true because you’ll have a great time no matter your location. However, when choosing between hotels in Coronado, it’s important to understand how far (or not) they are to Coronado Central Beach and the heart of Orange Avenue.

For example, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located on gorgeous Silver Strand State Beach but 4 miles south of Orange Avenue. Coronado Island Marriott is located near the Ferry Landing Marketplace, so you’d drive, ride bikes or take a long walk to Coronado Central Beach. Hotel del Coronado is right on Coronado Central Beach, and several boutique hotels on this list are within a block or two of it.

What are the best resorts in Coronado?

The two best resorts are Hotel del Coronado (and the Shore House and Beach Village boutique hotels within it) and Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Both offer easy access to stunning beaches, full-service spas, multiple dining outlets, swimming pools, and water sports.

Coronado Island Marriott is also a popular resort, but most guests ride bikes across the island to Coronado Central Beach for beachgoing.

Which Coronado hotels are best for families?

Any of these Coronado hotels will suit families. However, most families prefer to stay in Coronado beach hotels like Hotel del Coronado and Loews Coronado Bay Resort when visiting San Diego with kids. These two also provide family activities like beach s’mores (Hotel del Coronado) and family movies (both resorts).

Larger families should take a look at the usually reasonably-priced one- and two-bedroom suites at El Cordova Hotel, which is just steps away from Coronado Central Beach. Learn more about the best kid-friendly hotels in San Diego and best hotels on the beach in San Diego.

When is the best time to visit Coronado?

There isn’t a bad time to visit Coronado, California, but it is most popular in summer, thanks to the gorgeous sunshine and lack of humidity. During this time of the year, people sunbathe and enjoy the ocean most on area beaches.

If you prefer smaller crowds, try visiting in the offseason, which is early spring, fall, and winter outside major holidays. Speaking of holidays, the historic Hotel del Coronado is the place to check into between roughly Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day with all its holiday activities, including an oceanside ice rink.

People still use the beach, albeit a bit differently, in non-summer months. You can still swim and sunbathe if the weather permits, but the ocean temperatures might be a little chilly.
You can enjoy the shopping and beautiful architecture of Orange Avenue year-round. Learn more about the best time of year to visit San Diego.

How do I get to Coronado Island hotels from the San Diego Airport?

Most people take an Uber or a car service from San Diego International Airport to Coronado. Crossing the famous Coronado Bridge, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline.

Without traffic, the drive should take about 20 minutes, shorter if staying at Coronado Island Marriott, which is located at the base of the bridge.

Should I take the Coronado Ferry to Downtown?

Yes! Plan to take the Coronado Ferry at least once. It is easy and recommended when going between downtown San Diego and Coronado for sightseeing. It’s particularly pretty at golden hour or after sunset when the nighttime skyline reflects on the bay.

A ticket is just $8 each way, and it’s the oldest working wood ferry in the country. Keep in mind that it’s not usually a practical solution for an airport transfer considering you’d need to take an Uber or taxi to the ferry, ride across the bay on the ferry, and then likely catch another Uber to your Coronado hotel with luggage in tow. You may also consider other San Diego harbor cruises.

Do I need to rent a car?

Coronado is one of the best places to base yourself in San Diego if you don’t want to rent a car. Not only do you save on parking — it’s difficult to park on Coronado, to begin with. Plus, most Coronado, California hotels charge handsomely for the privilege. Biking and the use of golf carts to get around are highly encouraged.

The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park museums are reached in about 15 minutes. If you’d like to sightsee in North County, you may want to consider a car rental.

Can I walk to restaurants from Coronado Island hotels?

Yes, you can walk to some of the best Coronado restaurants from all Coronado hotels on this list except Loews Coronado Bay Resort, located about 4 miles south of the heart of Orange Avenue. They do operate a complimentary shuttle to Orange Avenue.

Coronado is also an excellent spot for foodies. Most of the restaurants are casual in nature, but a few fine dining experiences are sprinkled in.

Can you visit Hotel del Coronado?

Yes. If you are not an overnight guest, you can and should visit Hotel del Coronado. Its shops, tours offered by the Coronado Historical Association, Del Beach, and restaurants are open to the public.

You’ll need a spa appointment to use the spa facilities. Only overnight guests can use the main pool and access some of the accommodation areas.

Which Coronado San Diego hotels are best for water sports?

Loews Coronado Bay Resort has an onsite water sports rental facility that rents jet skis, kayaks, boats, and more. You can learn how to surf in front of the Hotel del Coronado.

Glorietta Bay Inn is just across from Seaforth Boat Rentals, where you can take harbor excursions and rent equipment.

WHICH CORONADO HOTELS ARE PET-FRIENDLY?

Loews Coronado Bay Resort is one of the most pet-friendly hotels in San Diego with its Loews Loves Pets program that welcomes cats and dogs with special bowls, toys, beds, and helpful accessories that make a stay with pets easier. Hotel del Coronado welcomes dogs and cats under 40 lbs. Check hotel policies before booking.

What are your favorite Coronado San Diego hotels?

See also: Best Hotels Near San Diego Zoo and Best Downtown San Diego Hotels

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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