Readers book into Hotel del Coronado through me more than any other hotel in San Diego. There are reasons for this, including that it’s our best full-service beachfront resort and one of the most historic buildings in California. Built in 1888, it’s been the top choice of U.S. Presidents, dignitaries, and the Hollywood elite for over 130 years now.

I’ve stayed at the resort multiple times and got married there. You need to know things to make sure it’s a good fit for your vacation, including how to choose the best rooms and suites, and I’m going to lay them all out for you here. It’s a lot of detail that is also based on reader feedback, but I promise it will help you plan.

Hotel del Coronado Reservations with Value-Added Virtuoso Amenities

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

  • Daily breakfast for two guests per bedroom at Sheerwater.
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit.
  • VIP status and check-in desk

*When searching rates on Virtuoso, do not input children ages 17 and under as they will be priced as adults. I’m notified when you book and will add them when I contact you about your reservation.

Outdoor booth and table seating at Serea restaurant.
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1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118


  • The new Terrace Fire Pit rooms in The Cabanas and The Views buildings
  • 700+ Rooms and suites across multiple buildings
  • Del Beach rentals with seasonal food and drink service
  • Newly-renovated Main Pool with cabanas
  • Multiple restaurants and shops
  • A haunted room (yes, really)
  • Robust holiday activities
  • Beach s’mores, clambakes, and movies
  • Beach Village at The Del and Shore House at The Del for larger suites and a more private experience
  • Ocean Explorers kids’ programming (daily during peak season and weekends during the off-peak season)
  • Virtuoso amenities and VIP status (get both through me)


  • A $400-million renovation is underway but nothing impacts the guest experience through summer 2023
  • The Victorian Building room renovations are date TBD
  • San Diego’s best full-service, beachfront resort
  • Four-star Curio Collection by Hilton property — DO NOT expect five-star service
  • You will read mixed reviews (room, service, renovation issues)
  • Prices usually increase closer to the date during peak season
  • People who aren’t staying in the hotel visit its shops and restaurants (common areas can be busy)
  • Expect to pay luxury hotel pricing for drinks and food
  • No room service
  • $50/night resort fee, $50/night self-parking, or $75/night valet parking
  • Early check-in and late check-out are nearly impossible to receive (4 p.m. check-in time and 11 a.m. check-out time)
  • Calling reservations may send you to Hilton central reservations who may give you the wrong information
  • A debit/credit card will be authorized at check-in for the full amount due and estimated incidental charges of $150 per day.
  • The ocean closes for swimming on and off since a stronger testing system was implemented recently. You can check (updated once per day) for the most recent updates.
  • Room location and connecting rooms can not be guaranteed.


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When someone emails in to say that they’d like to stay on the beach in a nice, big resort with lots of amenities, Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton is the only answer in San Diego. I will tell you everything you need to know before you check-in.

The Best Way to Make Hotel del Coronado Reservations


I can tell you based on the volume of emails in my inbox and from searching dates for readers that availability for summer breaks is getting very low. Book Hotel del Coronado and Shore House at The Del ASAP for all holidays to avoid disappointment.

The best way to make a Hotel del Coronado reservation, speaking from extensive experience with this particular hotel, is through Virtuoso.

Virtuoso is only accessible via a luxury travel advisor. It will give you special access to value-added amenities, including daily breakfast for two, $100 resort credit, possible room upgrades, and more.

Virtuoso Rate

I’m pleased to offer Hotel del Coronado with Virtuoso amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom at Sheerwater Restaurant
  • $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!
Tips: Please search rates for and book Hotel del Coronado online by clicking the button above. 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.

*When searching rates on Virtuoso, do not input children ages 17 and under as they will be priced as adults. I’m notified when you book and will add them when I contact you about your reservation.

If you are eligible for AAA, Military, or Hilton Honors or rarely discounted rates that may outweigh Virtuoso benefits, you can book through I’d check both sites.

The Hotel del Coronado Renovation Is Still in Progress — Not Much to Worry About

Hotel del Coronado’s $400 million renovation has been 18 years in the making and a multi-year project. I keep a close eye on how it impacts the guest experience (or doesn’t).

What’s been completed so far has been fantastic. It started with practical enhancements, like putting the parking lot underground and opening new dining outlets. The Main Pool was completely rejuvenated with new cabanas. The renovated Cabana and Views rooms are open for booking, and some have fire pits.

On the south side of The Views, the Shore House building is finished. Rooms in The Views don’t need to worry about seeing construction. Here’s what the next phase entails:

  • Beach Village is renovating its rooms but work is paused for the summer. Room renovations will continue after Labor Day. The new rooms have “Luxury” in their names.
  • The Victorian Building room refreshes are up next but the date is TBD.

Rest assured that my Virtuoso bookings will be placed in the best rooms possible to *usually* avoid any disruption.

There is very little that isn’t up and running, but two things come to mind. One is that you can have housekeeping, but you’ll need to request it. And, there still isn’t in-room dining available.

I am in direct communication with the resort nearly every day. I will continually update this post with how the renovation impacts (or doesn’t impact) the guest experience.

How to Choose Hotel del Coronado Rooms and Suites

Due to extremely high volume lately, we can not take phone consultations about which Hotel del Coronado room to choose. The information you need is below!

There are definitely things to know about Hotel del Coronado rooms and suites to figure out which building is best for you.

Some people choose because they want to stay in a particular building or neighborhood, while others choose based on price. I’ll show you how to navigate both scenarios.

First, I think it’s important to understand the resort’s layout. Hotel del Coronado has an online map you should look at before choosing a room. It will give you an idea of where the buildings and amenities are located. Here is a screenshot of the map.

An illustrated map of Hotel del Coronado.
Look at the property map when choosing a building.

Here’s a quick run-down on how to interpret the map.

  • Beach Village: Multiple small buildings on the left. The villas are in the second row, and the cottages are in the beachfront row.
  • The Victorian: The historic building behind the oval Windsor Lawn.
  • The Cabanas: Located under and to the right of the rectangular main pool (you can see the fire pit terrace rooms on the ground floor)
  • The Views: The two connected dumbbell-shaped buildings on the right of The Cabanas. This is the tallest building on the resort.
  • Shore House: The building wrapped around the pool on the far right of the map.

Quick Tips for Choosing a Building

  • If you like historic hotels or the rooms fit better into your budget, choose The Victorian.
  • If you want a centrally located renovated room, choose The Cabanas.
  • If you want the best views on the main resort or a quieter area, choose The Views.
  • If you require the most luxury or a multi-bedroom unit, choose Beach Village or Shore House.

Victorian Building Rooms and Suites

The Victorian Building will close for renovation. The exact closure date is unknown.

Hotel del Coronado rooms: King Junior Suite view from living room to bedroom.
An Ocean View King Victorian Studio Suite at Hotel del Coronado

Victorian Building rooms and suites have historic hotel hallmarks like creaky, uneven floors and smaller, single-sink bathrooms with shower/tub combos. There isn’t a lot of shelf or storage space in the bathrooms.

This charm, though, is why many people prefer these Hotel del Coronado rooms. No two accommodations are alike because this building is over 130 years old.

Are They Worth the Price?

  • Compared to rooms in The Cabanas or The Views, The Victorian rooms feel like they have wear and tear (some do, thanks to sea air).
  • Victorian rooms and suites do not feel new and can never, no matter what they do, feel as new as the renovated Cabanas or The Views rooms.
  • That’s the nature of the building, though. Some guests strongly prefer them because they appreciate historic hotels.

I enjoyed a recent stay in an Ocean View King Victorian Studio Suite. Victorian Building ocean view rooms and suites overlook the resort out to the ocean.

Hotel del Coronado rooms: Ocean View Victorian Studio Suite view looking over the spa pool and Windsor Lawn.
View from my Victorian Ocean View King Studio Suite over the spa pool.

I like sitting on the patio and getting lost in the buzz of the resort. If you want more ocean in your view, The Views Oceanfront rooms and suites have the best ocean views on the entire property.

Most Popular Rooms

  • Ocean View Victorian: For a historic rooms and views over the resort to the ocean.
  • Victorian Studio Suite Two Queens: These sleep up to six people across two queen beds and a sofa bed.
  • Victorian Suite: The cheapest (and smallest) true suite on the resort.
  • Victorian Queen, King, or Two Queen rooms: These are usually among the least expensive on the resort which is mostly why people book them.

Some Victorian Building rooms have balconies or terraces, but you are not guaranteed to have one in your room. If a balcony is important to you, request it at the time of booking. Partial Ocean View Victorian rooms do not have balconies.

The Cabanas

The Cabanas rooms received a beautiful design upgrade. Some first-floor rooms feature outdoor fire pits, chaises, and covered terraces for soaking in the California sunshine.

The Cabana Beachfront Terrace Fire Pit rooms at Hotel del Coronado with nice lounge furniture.
How awesome are these fire pit rooms?

The Cabana Beachfront Terrace Fire Pit rooms are among my favorite Hotel del Coronado rooms. These rooms open up to your own covered terrace and grassy area with a fire pit.

Many families use the terrace as an extra outdoor room. Meaning, parents hang out here while babies and younger kids sleep in the room.

The sand is just a few paces from your patio, so it’s more or less direct Coronado beach access. Awesome.

A Cabana King room with refreshed decor at Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
A Cabana King room with refreshed decor

Rooms in The Cabanas are closest to the Main Pool and steps from the beach. This building is an excellent location for families and those who want to be close to the beach and the Hotel del Coronado pool.

The renovated swimming pool surrounded by black and white lounge furniture and the Cabana building.
The Cabana building surrounds the pool. You can see the Ocean Towers renovation in the background which has long since been completed.

Some rooms in The Cabanas border busy public areas, but some think this is a fair trade-off, especially if they have young kids who don’t want to walk very far to the pool or beach.


King rooms in The Cabanas now have full-sized sofa sleepers. Still, they have a three-person occupancy. If your kids are really young, it may be okay. Two queen rooms do not have sofa sleepers and can not have rollaway beds due to local fire codes.

Most Popular Cabanas Rooms

  • Cabana Beachfront Terrace Fire Pit King or Two Queens: These open up to grass and the beach boardwalk area.
  • Cabana Poolside Terrace Two Queens: Some book these instead of pool cabanas. You can access the pool entry gates faster from your terrace, and they’ll deliver food and drink to your terrace from the pool bar. There is no king version of this room.
  • Cabana Oceanfront King or Two Queens: Best views from your balcony.

Note that The Cabanas Resort View rooms may not have a balcony or terrace. There are also no bath tubs unless you have an ADA room with a tub.

The Views (Formerly The Ocean Towers)

View of the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows in an Oceanfront room in The Views neighborhood.
Ocean views from The Views Oceanfront room.

This building is off to the south side of the Main Pool (you can see it on the right behind black mesh behind The Cabanas building in the photo above) and is “a pre- and a post-adventure outpost for active guests” that is now open.

Its name, The Views, reflects what you can expect here — views through new floor-to-ceiling windows. Guest rooms offer white, bright sanctuaries with coastal color accents.

It’s the tallest of the resort’s buildings and closer to the beach than The Victorian Building, so you can expect panoramic ocean views from the top floors. There are also no bath tubs unless you have an ADA room with a tub.

Most Popular The Views Rooms

  • The Views Ocean View: We book this room the most recently because it prices well for what you get. It is actually a partial ocean view room.
  • The Views Oceanfront: Front of the buildings, some of the best views on the resort.
  • The Views King or Two Queens: These rooms have no views but people on a budget choose these because they don’t want a non-renovated Victorian room at a similar price point.


Ocean view rooms and suites actually have a partial ocean view. It’s a side ocean view or angled ocean view from the room and balcony. You’ll also overlook part of the resort on the way out to the ocean. In my opinion, these rooms offer the best value for your money because they’re renovated and have a nice view.

(If you read older Hotel del Coronado reviews, the unhappy people were primarily located in this building, which bordered renovations for quite some time. It was also dated and didn’t have the same character as The Victorian Building.)

Shore House at The Del

Shore House at The Del is a newer a private neighborhood of seaside residences that are brand new with beautiful, clean coastal design.

Highlights include the ocean view pool with a poolside bar, the communal indoor-outdoor living room area, and bistro. All of this is only accessible to Shore House guests.

Villas that have one, two, or three bedrooms also all have full kitchens and a dining table.

Resort view rooms and villas here can have noise from the adjacent event center.

Most Popular Shore House Rooms

  • Ocean View or Oceanfront Two Queen Rooms: These rooms can price the same or lower than rooms with similar views on the Main Resort!
  • Oceanfront Villas: Yes, they are the most expensive but have the best views.
  • Multi-bedroom Villas: The Main Resort can’t guarantee connecting rooms so people who need more than one bedroom book these.


Ocean view rooms and suites actually have a partial ocean view. It’s a side ocean view or angled ocean view from the room and balcony. You’ll also overlook part of the resort on the way out to the ocean.

A Summary of View Types to Choose From in Each Building

These are listed in order of typical price and can apply to rooms, junior suites, and suites or multi-bedroom units.

The Victorian:

The Victorian has rooms, studio suites (one room, just larger), one bedroom suites and one, two bedroom suite. No two rooms or suites are exactly the same due to the historic nature of the building.

  • Resort View
  • Partial Ocean View*
  • Ocean View

*Does not have balconies or terraces.

The Cabanas:

There are only rooms in The Cabanas and they are all the same size.

  • Resort View*
  • Pool View
  • Pool View Terrace (no fire pits — the terrace is separated by a low glass wall from the pool for privacy but it has easy pool access from the terrace via a nearby walkway)
  • Terrace Fire Pits (these have a resort view)
  • Oceanfront
  • Beachfront Terrace Fire Pits

*Every room in The Cabanas has a balcony or terrace except for some Resort View rooms.

The Views:

There are rooms and one bedroom suites in The Views.

  • King or Two Queens* (the no-named view category typically faces building walls, so there is no view)
  • Resort View* (better than the above but can border events on the lawn)
  • Ocean View
  • Terrace with Fire Pit (this is a resort view)
  • Oceanfront
  • Beachside Terrace with Fire Pit

Resort View in any building at Hotel del Coronado can overlook some lovely greenery but also a wall or a parking lot. If what you see out the window is important to you, book Ocean View, Oceanfront, or Beachfront. Even Pool View can be better than Resort View.

Beach Village at The Del:

  • Coastal View Villa (ground floor rooms and suites in the second row)
  • Ocean View Villa (second or third floor rooms and suites in the second row)
  • Beachfront Cottage (ground floor rooms and suites in the first, beachfront row)
  • Oceanfront Cottage (second floor rooms and suites in the first, beachfront row)

Shore House at The Del:

  • Resort View
  • Bay View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront

Best Hotel del Coronado Rooms

Ultimately which room you choose depends on price.

If budget is not a concern, I would book…

  • Anything in Beach Village or The Shore House luxury enclaves
  • Cabana Beachfront Terrace Fire Pit Rooms
  • The Views Beachside Terrace Fire Pit Rooms
  • Cabana Oceanfront Rooms
  • The Views Oceanfront Rooms
  • Cabana Poolside Terrace Rooms (if you want easier pool access, no fire pit)
  • Ocean View Victorian (only if you prefer historic hotels)

These rooms work at a lower price point

  • The Views Ocean View (partial ocean view angled from your balcony — BEST VALUE )
  • Cabana Pool View Rooms
  • Partial Ocean View Victorian Rooms (no balconies)
  • Victorian Rooms (these will say Victorian King or Victorian Two Queens without a view mentioned in the room name, but they have a resort view)
  • The Views Resort View or The Views King/Two Queen Rooms

MAIN RESORT ROOMS WE LIKE BEST: Renovated rooms in The Views or The Cabanas. Oceanfront and fire pit rooms are the best, then The Views Ocean View.

Common Room Selection FAQs

One of our most frequently asked questions is which room to choose at Hotel del Coronado. It really does come down to price and whether you prefer a renovated or historic building room. Here’s some advice.

If The Views King or Two Queens is pricing near The Victorian King or Two Queens, we’ll suggest that you go with the former if price is your biggest concern.

If a room at Beach Village or Shore House is pricing similarly to a room on the main resort, we’ll *usually* suggest that you go with Beach Village or Shore House. (It depends on the room and pricing.)

If The Views Ocean View rooms are pricing just a tad higher than The Views Resort View or The Victorian Partial Ocean View, it’s worth stretching the budget a little bit.

Cabana Pool View rooms are great if you want a pool view, or a central location since the next category up in that building is Oceanfront and quite a jump in price. They can have ambient pool noise but I haven’t had anyone complain about it.

The rooms with the best views on the main resort are The Views Oceanfront rooms and suites on high floors (location on a high floor can be requested but not guaranteed) with The Cabanas Oceanfront rooms in slight second place. Oceanfront rooms and villas at Shore House at The Del have similarly great views as do Oceanfront Cottages at Beach Village.

We can offer a one category room upgrade at check-in subject to availability as part of your Virtuoso package. However, we suggest that you book into the room category that you like. This is a big, busy hotel that often sells out, making upgrades unavailable.

Ocean view rooms and suites are incredible. However, you will see plenty of ocean when walking about the resort so don’t stretch your budget for the view if it is uncomfortable budget-wise.

Hotel del Coronado Rooms for Larger Families

The maximum occupancy for rooms at Hotel del Coronado is three people (king rooms) or four people (two queen rooms). If your family is larger, look to these options.

Connecting rooms: They can be requested but are not guaranteed and are difficult to achieve during peak season. Connecting rooms can be a king room to a double queen room in the same view type. The Cabanas building has very few connecting sets, so you’ll want to look to the Victorian and Views buildings for the best chances of a connection. For a guarantee, you need to book a multi-bedroom unit at Shore House or Beach Village.

If you want to request connecting rooms, it must be a nice-to-have not a must-have. They can block your rooms off as connecting initially, but there are various reasons why this connection could get broken.

Studio Suites (one-room junior suites): The Hotel del Coronado has one of the best rooms for families with two adults and four kids. The Victorian Studio Suite Two Queens can sleep six people across two queen beds and a queen sofa sleeper. This junior suite is also popular with families of four traveling with two kids who don’t want to share a bed. Victorian Studio Suites come with Resort Views or Ocean Views.

These junior suites are one-room suites and do not have a wall separation between the living area and bedroom. Junior suites are in high demand, so it is best to book them as soon as possible.

I recommend the Victorian Studio Suite King (king bed and a queen sofa sleeper) to families of four with parents who prefer to sleep in a king bed. King rooms in The Cabanas and The Views also now have full-sized sofa beds in them, but they have recently changed the maximum occupancy to three people in these rooms. If your kids are young, two on a sofa bed is likely okay — we can discuss it.

Suites: If you prefer a fully separate bedroom from the living area, you need to book a one bedroom suite. This includes the Victorian Suite with an ocean view or resort view. These larger suites (about 600 square feet) can also suit families of five between a sofa bed and rollaway in the Victorian Building.

The Views offers gorgeous suites with king beds and sofa beds that sleep up to three adults or two adults and two kids. The Views suites can have rollaway beds and they are larger at 800 square feet.

Rollaway beds: $25/night fee

Cribs: Complimentary


They can’t. Seriously. You’ll see websites like Suiteness and others guarantee connecting rooms or multiple-bedroom suites. Even can not guarantee connecting rooms here. If you book through one of these websites thinking that you have guaranteed connecting rooms you may arrive at check-in to be disappointed. Hotel del Coronado can not guarantee connecting rooms – this is an ongoing struggle for in-house reservations as they do not have the inventory.

Beach Village at The Del

Designer living room interior with kitchen and dining area inside Beach Village at The Del.
Interiors are similar to designer residences.

If you want to minimize exposure to resort renovations, please choose Beach Village at The Del. Or, if you want the most luxurious San Diego beach vacation possible, make reservations at Beach Village at The Del.

The exclusive private enclave adjacent to Hotel del Coronado is only accessible by Beach Village guests. Beach Village guests can access everything on the Main Resort, including the Main Resort pool.

Designer villa rooms and suites go up to three bedrooms. Rates here typically start at $699/night ($1400+/night during the summer) plus taxes and resort fees and are significantly higher during peak season.

Beach Village at The Del has its own check-in and amenities, so I’ve written separately about why Beach Village at The Del may be a fit for you.

I can add Virtuoso benefits to Beach Village bookings at the Semi-Flex Hilton Honors rate. If you wonder which rate is best for you, submit your dates, and I can tell you.

  • Upgrade not applicable at this property
  • Daily full breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $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 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.

Hotel del Coronado Activities

Plan to spend a decent amount of time at the resort because there is much to do. You’ll receive an event calendar in your room, but you can also check it online before your stay.

The following are some of my favorite things to do with my family when we stay at Hotel del Coronado. 

Del Beach


  • A more sensitive ocean water testing system was implemented in San Diego County recently that triggers closers of the ocean for swimming when bacteria levels are considered high.
  • The ocean beaches most impacted are from Coronado to the Mexico border.
  • Closures are most likely to happen after rainfall, but there have been a few occasions in 2023 when closures were triggered with no rain.
  • We haven’t had complaints yet from guests staying at Hotel del Coronado during ocean closures because the beach itself is still open, and there’s still so much to do!
  • You can check the latest status at (updated once per day), or @SDBeachH20 Twitter feed seems to have more frequent updates. Multiple Coronado beach areas are tested. The station in front of the Hotel del Coronado is Coronado Lifeguard Tower. If that is green/open, you can swim in front of the hotel.
Red and white striped lounge chairs and umbrellas set up at Del Beach in front of Hotel del Coronado.
Get food and drinks delivered to your comfy lounge chairs.

Del Beach offers guests the ability to rent lounge chairs, cabanas, and cabanettes in a full-service area with a menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and drinks (including adult beverages). It’s a lovely way to spend a beach day. Beach rentals are offered daily. However, food and drink service seems to be seasonal.

The Hotel del Coronado beach is called Coronado Central Beach. It’s enormous, so if you do choose a Del Beach rental, you won’t be able to see kids playing in the water from the cabanas and cabanettes.

However, they will set up smaller chairs and umbrellas at the water’s edge, if you ask.

See also: Rentals for Residents and Hotel Guests at Del Beach


Yes! It’s fantastic to have food and drinks delivered to your luxe, comfy cabana! However, this is a very wide beach. If you have young children who will want to play at the water’s edge, rent chairs and an umbrella instead and take them closer to the ocean. You can not see the water’s edge from Del Beach.

Fun Fitness Classes

Beach spinning class in session on the Windsor Lawn at Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
Morning spin class at Hotel del Coronado

Opt for morning spinning or beach yoga. Have you ever wanted to try a mermaid fitness class? Here, you can put on a tail for a surprisingly robust pool workout. Fitness classes on the beach also include boot camp, pilates, fitness walk, hula hooping, and meditation.

These classes may require an additional fee. However, the gym is complimentary, open 24 hours, and offers private personal training.

Hotel del Coronado Pools

A woman works on a computer in a swimming pool cabana overlooking the pool deck.
Main Pool cabana with lounge furniture.

The Main Pool has been completely refreshed and is heated to 82 degrees year-round. In addition to complimentary lounge chairs and towels, guests can reserve shaded private cabanas for up to eight people.

These luxury seating areas have 2-4 lounge chairs, an L-shaped sofa, a mini-refrigerator with soda and snacks, and a fruit bowl though you can order additional food and drinks.

There are a couple of requirements. Guests need to grab a new wristband daily to use the pool, and they enforced a kids’ break policy (though I’ve been told this isn’t always the case during the off-peak season).

Kids must take a short pool break at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to use the restroom, rehydrate, reapply sunscreen, grab a snack, etc. There is no lifeguard on duty.

A small spa pool is available to spa guests, too.


The new pool cabanas sell out quickly. Book them ASAP if you have a room reservation, even if your stay is months ahead. You can also book pool day passes if you are not staying at the resort through ResortPass.

Water sports, Bike Rentals, and Boat Rentals

Hotel del Coronado bike rentals for families

The resort offers a variety of rental options to help keep your whole family entertained during your stay. Private surf and SUP lessons can be arranged year-round (though they can be canceled in poor weather or when the surf isn’t cooperating). Group surf lessons and surf kids’ camps are offered seasonally, too.

It’s also possible to rent a boogie board, surfboard, SUP board and paddle, wetsuits, kayaks, and more to head out on your own for the day at Del Watersports.

Bike rentals are a must-do, as Coronado is fantastic when explored by bike. The boardwalk in front of the hotel is perfect for a surrey ride. You can ride a bike across the island to the ferry terminal or down the Silver Strand and back (the latter is great exercise). Pick up a bike at the Wellness Terrace in front of the Spa & Salon.

Take a short walk off the resort to Coronado Boathouse at Glorietta Marina for speedboat rentals, sailing, jet-skiing, and other fun options. Seaforth Boat Rentals is also right across the street.

Ocean Explorers Kids’ Club

Kids’ clubs are hard to find at San Diego hotels, but Hotel del Coronado offers Ocean Explorers (formerly DelVentures) for kids ages 5–12.

You can book a full-day or half-day session seven days a week during the peak summer season and Friday–Sunday throughout the rest of the year. It’s best to check the calendar to see available dates that fall during your stay.

Two supervised sessions are on offer from 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m. so that parents can enjoy spa treatments and some rest and relaxation at the resort. You can also book the full day from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., including lunch. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Explorers’ Night Out program runs from 6-9 p.m. and includes dinner.

What will the kids be up to? We’re talking about edutainment that can include scavenger hunts, tide pooling, crafts, beach Olympics, and fun things your kids will love.

Again, check the schedule and programming before you book if a kids’ club is important to you.

Beach Roasts

A gourmet dessert buffet at a night beach roast in front of Hotel del Coronado.
A rather elaborate s’more and more setup I enjoyed at an event

I highly recommend booking a Roast during your Hotel del Coronado stay. They’ll set up a private fire pit and chairs for up to eight people on the beach in front of the hotel. S’mores kits are included, and the experience lasts for an hour.

Reserve your fire pit in advance during one of the two offered evening times. It’s a lovely opportunity to watch the sunset and enjoy the beachfront location.

Tip: You may order additional food and drinks from Beach + Taco Shack or ENO to pick up and bring to your fire pit.

Seasonal Activities

During a typical summer, guests look forward to seasonal clam bakes, beach movies, and more outdoor activities.

San Diego hotel is more festive during the winter holidays than Hotel del Coronado, with its gorgeous Christmas tree, annual ornament tradition, and beachfront ice skating rink.


Some room around the resort overlook the bustling winter activities on the Windsor Lawn. Consider this before booking Cabana Resort View or Victorian Ocean View rooms that may over look the events.

It’s busier in the common areas during this time of year, but it is a lot of fun. We always head down to enjoy the winter programming, and many people check in to the hotel to experience it.

People enjoying beachside Hotel del Coronado ice skating during the holiday season.
Where else can you ice skate near the beach?

See also: Things to Do at Hotel del Coronado During the Holidays

Hotel del Coronado Restaurants

The hotel’s food and beverage program recently went through a revamp that has been well-received. You should understand that you will pay luxury hotel pricing for food and drinks at the resort.


Sheerwater usually offers nearly all-day dining (breakfast, lunch, and dinner, though it closes for a few hours in the late afternoon) with a California Cuisine menu full of seafood, sandwiches, salads, and more.

If you plan to eat here during the holiday season, make a reservation even for breakfast.


Virtuoso guests can use their daily breakfast vouchers (for up to two adults) at Sheerwater.

Sunday Brunch at the Crown Room (Holidays Only)

The legendary Hotel del Coronado brunch happens in the gorgeous Crown Room on Sundays. They’ve brought it back for special occasions like Easter and it’s something to keep an eye out for to see if one of these lavish brunches falls during your stay.

We’re talking about gourmet Bloody Mary bars, made-to-order mimosas, gorgeous dessert bars, seafood towers, and everything a genuinely fabulous opulent brunch should have.

Note: If you are booking in with complimentary breakfast through Virtuoso, the breakfast credit can’t be applied toward Sunday brunch in the Crown Room.


Outdoor booth and table seating at Serea restaurant.
I love the new patio.

The newest Hotel del Coronado restaurant, Serea, is just what the resort needed. Here, guests enjoy sustainable seafood served in a relaxed, ocean-view environment.

Guests can take an up-close look at the seafood on offer that day as it sits on the ice near the raw bar. Serea is open daily for dinner and weekend brunch.

Serea is popular, so make reservations in advance.

Babcock and Story Bar

For the times you want to plop down for a drink in a casual bar atmosphere, Babcock and Story is the place. It’s named after the hotel’s founders and is known for signature cocktails, live music on certain nights, and a lite food menu.

Sun Deck

Above the Main Pool and beach, the casual Sun Deck is an excellent place for a craft cocktail or a casual meal. They have some fire pit tables and special events like a dog-friendly happy hour on Sundays in the late afternoon. The menu has been completely refreshed, and you’ll find California cuisine like grilled octopus, seared tuna tostadas, salads, and burgers.

ENO Market + Pizzeria

The market inside ENO restaurant at Hotel del Coronado.
Love the grab-and-go ENO Market

I’ve always enjoyed ENO, but recently they’ve gone to great lengths to perfect their pizza crust, and It’s a casual neighborhood eatery with pizzas and salads and plenty of wine to pair with them. Dine near the open kitchen or on the patio near the fire pit with an ocean view.

The Market, with various grab-and-go pastries, drinks, sandwiches, and more, is an open and welcome addition to the resort.

Beach + Taco Shack

This is a fun little spot by the beach.

Come barefoot; it doesn’t matter, to the beachside Beach + Taco Shack for festive cocktails, mocktails, and daily taco offerings. It’s open on the weekends for breakfast if you’d like a hearty breakfast burrito — another San Diego staple. I can vouch for the Mai Tais.

More Grab and Go Options

Sodas, water, wine, sandwiches, snacks, pastries, and more can be purchased on a grab-and-go basis in several small gift shop outlets around the property. Kids will love grabbing a gigantic ice cream cone at Sundaes and fudge at Spreckels Sweets & Treats.

For restaurants near Hotel del Coronado (within a short walk or a short Uber ride), see Best Coronado Restaurants.

Full-Service Spa and Salon

The renovated space integrates the coastal location, the hotel’s vibrant history, and a Marilyn Monroe-inspired theme —”Some Like It Hot” was filmed at the property.

The dedicated salon offers shampoo and blowouts in addition to nail treatments and makeup applications. You can also treat yourself to massages, facials, and specialty treatments like hydrafacials and prenatal massages. Make reservations online.

What You Must Understand Before Booking In

Hotel del Coronado is a famous local icon, which means that people who are not staying there visit to take photos, dine in restaurants, and browse the shops. It is a busy hotel, but most people genuinely don’t mind.

It is also incredibly important to remember a location on the best Coronado beach (also considered one of the nation’s best beaches) commands premium pricing.

For example, rates are high in summer if you book last minute. You can’t make the mistake of comparing your rate to a European palace or sprawling Mexico all-inclusive that you paid the same price for and consider twice as nice. It’s our nicest beachfront resort, and many people are willing to pay a premium to stay here.

Book everything you can in advance of your stay online, from beach chairs to pool cabanas to fitness classes during peak season. Do not wait until you arrive, as activities sell out.

My one criticism of the resort, which you’ll see in other Hotel del Coronado reviews, has to do with service.

The level of service that all guests receive could be elevated as I, too, am subject to long hold times when calling the hotel. It sometimes takes a while for the staff to respond to guest requests.

It is a busy hotel, but the service is getting better as time progresses. I think a strategy is to remember that the main resort is still a four-star property, so here you won’t get five-star service (you should at Shore House and Beach Village but it can still be spotty).

However, I send out a survey to all guests after their stays, and I get more positive feedback about it than in years past. When I lob in a request for an in-residence Virtuoso guest, it’s dealt with quickly.

Hotel del Coronado check-out line in the lobby.
A too-long check-out line during a Hotel del Coronado stay (the lobby has since been renovated).

What you can expect the hotel to deliver is the basis for a fantastic San Diego beach vacation. Book in with the correct expectations, and you will get the most out of your stay.

Take advantage of the activities and amenities on offer (and schedule as many as you can in advance), enjoy the beach, relax, and you will have a great time. The ability to run back and forth from your room to the beach, especially when in San Diego with kids, is indeed a treat.

People often tell me that Hotel del Coronado is one of their favorite resorts. I personally know and work with many repeat guests, some of who I now book every year or multiple times per year.

Getting to Hotel del Coronado

Coronado is located south of the San Diego International Airport and Downtown San Diego. While there is a pedestrian ferry between Downtown and Coronado, it’s easiest to drive to Coronado from the airport. Unless it’s rush hour, it should take about 15-20 minutes to reach the resort by car.

Follow signs from baggage claim at the airport to the taxis or rideshare waiting area if you’re taking Uber or Lyft. Signage here also points to the rental car shuttle waiting areas. An app-based black car/SUV service we use in San Diego and worldwide called Blacklane works well, and they’ll meet you at the baggage claim.

Marilyn Monroe stands in a white shirt in front of Hotel del Coronado.
Marilyn Monroe during the filming of “Some Like it Hot” in 1958.

The summer Coronado shuttle that takes guests around the island, including from the hotel to the ferry (otherwise a 30-minute walk), also makes Hotel del Coronado one of the easiest places to go carless in San Diego. You can use Uber for short distances or supplement by renting a car for the day. The closest rental car outlet to Hotel del Coronado is Enterprise, a few blocks away.

The sights in North County San Diego are far enough to usually make a rental car worthwhile if you need to make multiple trips north. You’ll avoid the parking fees at the hotel, though, by not having a car. Coronado is also easily seen by bike, which, as I mentioned, you can rent within steps of Hotel del Coronado.

FAQs About Hotel del Coronado

I am asked many questions about this popular resort, so I have answered the most frequently asked here to plan your stay.

If you’re looking to request or avoid the Hotel del Coronado haunted room where Kate Morgan stayed in 1892, it’s room 3327. The hotel doesn’t mention the room number much publicly, but we were told the number by a bellman once and have seen other sources confirm this.

Kate Morgan died at the hotel under mysterious circumstances (believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but there is some controversy around this). She is said to haunt the hotel to this day.

Yes. Hotel del Coronado is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, a collection of independent four- and five-star properties worldwide. You can earn and redeem Hilton Honors points when staying at the main resort, Beach Village at The Del, and Shore House at The Del. Virtuoso guests also earn Hilton Honors points.

Hotel del Coronado, Beach Village at The Del, and Shore House at The Del levy a $50/night plus tax resort fee that includes guest internet access; unlimited indoor fitness classes and beach yoga; live streaming of Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, YouTube & Crackle; local and toll-free calls. It includes access to discounted tickets, but I have the same (or better) here.

The best Hotel del Coronado breakfast is served at Sheerwater restaurant. Seasonally, breakfast is also served at Beach + Taco Shack. You can also grab breakfast to-go at the ENO Marketplace.

Beach Village at The Del guests can enjoy breakfast at any of the above options. Virtuoso guests receive free breakfast vouchers for up to two people to use at Sheerwater. The value is $40+ per person per day, depending on if it’s weekend or weekday breakfast.

Hotel del Coronado guests are within walking distance of many of the best Coronado restaurants. We quite like Bluewater Boathouse for a seafood dinner and view.

Clayton’s Coffee Shop is a local institution with diner favorites and a take-out window for awesome burritos. If you want a good happy hour fried fish taco, head to Brigantine. The list goes on.

No, the Virtuoso breakfast for two benefit that I can add to your reservation can only be used daily at the breakfast outlets and not Sunday brunch.

Valet parking is $75/night for overnight guests, and self-parking is $50/night for overnight guests.

If you are visiting for the day, the rates are as follows:

  • Self-parking: $20 for the first 2 hours (receive a $10 discount with any purchase) and $10 each additional hour. The daily maximum is $70.
  • Valet parking: $30 for the first 2 hours (receive a $10 discount with any purchase) and $10 each additional hour. The daily maximum is $80.

A one-night deposit is required at the time of booking. At Hotel del Coronado, this deposit is refundable should you cancel no later than three days before check-in (seven days during peak dates).

At Beach Village at The Del and Shore House at The Del, this deposit is refundable should you cancel no later than seven days before check-in (14 days during peak dates). The balance of your stay will be paid at check-out.

A debit/credit card will be authorized at check-in for the full amount due and estimated incidental charges of $150 per day.

Check-in time is at 4 p.m. It always helps to let the hotel know what time to expect you, either through me or the Hilton app. The Hilton app allows users to check in the day prior and set an arrival time.

Virtuoso guests are entitled to early check-in, subject to availability, but it is challenging to achieve this during peak seasons like summer and school breaks. Don’t plan on it.

Early check-in may be granted if enough guests check out early (remember they are entitled to stay until 11 a.m), and housekeeping can clean the room. The other limiting factor is if you’ve given specific room parameters, which many people do, this decreases the odds of you being able to check in early.

If your room or suite isn’t ready, you may drop your bags with the bellman and use the facilities. There is plenty to keep you busy.

Guests need to check out by 11 a.m. Virtuoso guests are entitled to a late check-out, subject to availability.

It is unusual that the hotel can extend a late check-out for more than an hour or two past 11 a.m. — if they can even extend one. Again, don’t plan on a late check-out during peak season especially.

If you are a Virtuoso guest of mine, do not choose a room through the Hilton app. I work with guest relations, and they select the best room for you based on your parameters.

Otherwise, you may want to select the room on the Hilton app (which you can do the day before check in). I often get asked what the best ones are. It’s a hard question to answer because it depends on your preferences. I would use the map to choose a room with reference to where the various amenities, parking lots, gardens, and panoramic views (beach and ocean) are on the property.

Yes, you may enjoy Hotel del Coronado on a day-use basis. This means that day guests can shop and dine at the resort. They may also pass through to walk on the boardwalk or to use the beach, even Del Beach rentals.

Day guests will not have access to pools except for the spa pool if booking a spa treatment. Whether you’re a day or overnight guest, visiting Hotel del Coronado is on my list of top things to do in Coronado.

If you are not an overnight guest, you can buy day passes to the Main Pool through ResortPass.

Hotel del Coronado is about 9 miles from the San Diego International Airport. The drive should take just over 15 minutes without traffic. The easiest way to get to the hotel is via Uber or car service.

The AAA rate at Hotel del Coronado is usually 10% off of Hilton’s Best Flexible Rate. You can book it through Hilton, by selecting AAA in the Special Rate section of the booking engine.

The rate may be lower than Virtuoso, but it will not usually be better on an all-in basis. The AAA rate is not combinable with Virtuoso amenities, so you will not receive the $100 resort credit, $40/day daily breakfast credit for up to two adults, or a possible room upgrade.

The same applies to the AARP, military, and other special rates offered by Hilton.

I get this question all the time. People comb TripAdvisor and see reviews that cause them to hesitate to book a stay.

I covered some of this already, but the bottom line is that people go in with the wrong expectations. This hotel is expensive because of its offerings and location. It’s our best beach resort. It’s NOT a Four Seasons or a Ritz-Carlton, nor does it bill itself to be. It does not have five-star service. But it can price higher than a lot of five-star hotels. Yet people are willing to pay this, hence the pricing.

People also accidentally book the older Victorian rooms and are surprised that they are not new for the price. Or, they book renovation view rooms and complain about the construction noise (I know).

You will have a great time if you go in with the right expectations, choose your room wisely, and are not a high-needs traveler. Also, understand that there are not a lot of alternatives in San Diego if you would like to stay at a big beach resort.

It is still more beneficial for Hilton Diamond members to book into Hotel del Coronado through Virtuoso.

If you are a Hilton Diamond member (or any level of Hilton Honors member), you will earn points with a Virtuoso booking.

You will not receive the Hilton Diamond or Hilton Gold daily food and beverage credit (which at the time of this writing is $20/day) as a Virtuoso guest. Remember, with Virtuoso, you receive a breakfast voucher for up to two people (valued at $40+ per person per day) and a one-time $100 food and beverage credit.

Ready to Book?

You can check Hotel del Coronado prices on my Virtuoso page and compare them to However, you will receive a better level of service and VIP status in addition to my San Diego vacation planning email series if you book with me.

I update this Hotel del Coronado review regularly, so if your stay falls in the future, bookmark this page. You are always welcome to email me with questions.

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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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  1. Hi Katie, when booking through the Virtuoso link there are The Views rooms listed as ‘The Views – 2 Queen 50Usd Mand Chg – Balcony Or Patio’ but with no description as to the actual view itself. Is there a way I can book through you so that I don’t end up with a view facing a wall/lot/construction?

    Many thanks,

    1. This is a great question. If there is no view listed (such as Pool View, Oceanfront, Partial Ocean View, Beachfront), this means that it is a resort view room. I am trying not to book these in The Views or Cabanas buildings until the renovation is totally over which is supposed to be in the late summer/early fall. Even though it’s mostly done you can hear some noise from the Shore House finishes from some of these resort view rooms in The Views and Cabanas. And you’re right you may end up facing a wall, parking lot or construction (though it’s not as messy as it used to be).