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Hotel del Coronado Review & VERY Detailed Guide

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 Hollywood elite for over 130 years now.

I’ve stayed at the resort multiple times and got married there. There are things you need to know to make sure it’s a good fit for your vacation, 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 reopens on June 26!  If you book using the links in this post I may be compensated.

Value-Added Virtuoso Amenities

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What We Like

  • The new fire pit rooms (book now for after July 2020)
  • 700+ Rooms and suites across three buildings
  • Full-service spa
  • Del Beach rentals with seasonal food and drink service
  • Three pools: family pool, adults-only pool, and spa pool
  • One of San Diego’s most lavish Sunday brunches
  • Multiple restaurants and shops
  • A haunted room (yes, really)
  • Robust holiday activities including a beachfront ice skating rink
  • Beach s’mores, clambakes, and movies
  • Beach Village at The Del

Good to Know

  • You can read about modified offerings when the hotel reopens.
  • A $400-million renovation is in process
  • Renovation updates are here (click under terms and conditions)
  • Book into the Victorian Building or Beach Village for the best experience
  • Through July 19 2020, the Main Pool and Cabanas guest rooms are closed
  • San Diego’s best full-service, beachfront resort
  • Four-star Curio Collection by Hilton property
  • Clients report minor room cosmetic issues (will be fixed in the renovation)
  • 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)
  • $35/night resort fee and $40/night self-parking only
  • 11 a.m. check-out time
  • You have access to Virtuoso benefits (more below) including VIP status

The Most Popular San Diego Beachfront Hotel

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’m going to tell you everything you need to know before you check in.

The Best Way to Make Hotel del Coronado Reservations

Keep in mind, there is continued renovation going on at the resort. If your stay falls between now and December 2020, please book into the Victorian Building or the newly-renovated California Cabanas. There are new buildings being constructed near the Ocean Towers and you may hear or see renovation noise.

The best ways to make a Hotel Del Coronado reservation, speaking from extensive experience with this particular hotel, are via Virtuoso or Virtuoso is only accessible via a luxury travel agent. I can also help you get special access to value-added Virtuoso amenities, which include daily buffet breakfast, $100 spa credit, room upgrades, and more.

If you plan to check-in between June 26 and July 19, the $100 spa credit will become a $100 food and beverage credit that you can use in the dining outlets. Also, the buffet breakfast will likely be a take-out or a la carte option.

Virtuoso Rate

Through my affiliation with Cadence, I’m pleased to offer Hotel del Coronado with Virtuoso amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (room upgrades are not possible in Beach Village)
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests (approximately a $100/day value as it includes tax and gratuity)
  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

More often than not, the Virtuoso rate puts you ahead of what’s available online and I can handle any special requests on your behalf.

Use the button below to book online with these benefits (do not enter children into the search as it will price them as adults – I’ll add the kids on later). I’ll be notified after you submit and will reach out to answer any questions and help coordinate your stay.

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*If on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Full Site” to access rates and booking.

If you are eligible for AAA, Military or Hilton Honors or rare discounted rates that outweigh Virtuoso benefits, you can book through Hilton also now offers a Semi Flex Hilton Honors rate that occasionally makes the savings on higher-priced rooms more beneficial than the Virtuoso rate. I’d check both sites.

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What to Expect After the Hotel del Coronado Reopening

Hotel del Coronado reopens on June 26, 2020 with a reduced capacity modified offerings. You can read more about what to expect, but here are a few highlights.

Guests will be required to wear face coverings in the hotel’s public areas with the exception of the beach and pool when a distance of 6′ or more from other guests is able to be maintained.

Check-in has been moved to the Victorian courtyard but guests are encouraged to contactless check-in and out using Digital Key on the Hilton app.

Only self-parking is available at $40/night plus tax.

Hotel del Coronado Renovation Timeline

Hotel del Coronado’s $400 million renovation has been 18 years in the making. The hotel reopens on June 26 so we’ll have a better idea then of what may or may not have been slowed down due to the closure.

The first stage was to put the parking lot between the Victorian Building and Beach Village underground. It’s been completed so now guests may use self-parking again. They have also installed a wheelchair accessible ramp on the north side of the Victorian Building (behind the resort) and have added On the Rocks and reopened their signature restaurant, Serea. The spa closed for renovation and is set to reopen in June along with a refreshed Main Pool area.

The next milestone (by mid-summer 2020) is the completion of the California Cabana room renovation in addition to reopening refreshed versions of several restaurants. After that, the main entrance will be redesigned and a whopping 142 new guest rooms will be added. And there will be a whole host of upgrades in between. The renovated spa should be completed by mid-summer along with the Main Pool.

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

I am in direct communication with the resort a few times a week. I will continually update this post with how the renovation impacts (or doesn’t impact) the guest experience. You can read more about renovation updates here. I am so excited for what this iconic hotel will become.

How to Choose Hotel del Coronado Rooms and Suites

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a variety of rooms and suites across three buildings: Victorian Building, California Cabanas (closed until at least July 2020 due to enhancements), and Ocean Towers. Because there are so many Hotel del Coronado rooms to choose from, I’ve broken down each option and provided a handy map to help you make your decision. 

You’ll first want to narrow down which building to choose, especially if staying in a room versus a suite. There is less of a need to think about building type when it comes to selecting a suite, as suites are located either in the Victorian or Ocean Towers buildings. Size, bed type, and price influence how people choose suites more often than building location.

Due to the renovation, this Hotel del Coronado map will change a little bit (the main entrance is being relocated) but it does give you an idea of where the main buildings and amenities are located.

Take a second to view the location of these buildings on the map below, outlined in red.

Hotel del Coronado map
This map is from prior to the renovation.

Again, if your stay falls between now and December 2020, please book into the Victorian Building or California Cabanas due to new building construction near the Ocean Towers.

Victorian Building Rooms and Suites

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

The Victorian Building prices slightly higher than the Ocean Towers because most guests prefer it. It’s the resort’s oldest and most historic building. Victorian rooms have the hallmarks of a historic hotel like creaky, uneven floors, and smaller bathrooms.

This charm though is why people choose the Victorian Building as no two rooms are exactly alike. I quite enjoyed a recent stay in an Ocean View King Victorian Studio Suite which had a layout in reverse of what is pictured above (the living room was by the window).

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 Ocean View King Victorian Studio Suite over the spa pool.

I like sitting on the patio and sort of getting lost in the buzz of the resort. If you want more ocean in your view, the higher floors of the Ocean Towers building will have this. You can see the Ocean Towers off in the distance toward the middle of the above photo. The multi-story building has an orange roof and black-looking windows (due to reflection and closed curtains). It’s closer to the beach.

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 time of booking. Partial Ocean View Victorian Rooms do not have balconies.

California Cabanas

Note: Now through July 19, 2020, the California Cabana guestrooms are closed for enhancements. They will receive a beautiful design upgrade, with some first floor rooms featuring outdoor fire pits, chaises, and cabanas for soaking in the California sunshine.

The new Cabana Ocean View Terrace Fire Pit room at Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton.
How awesome is this Cabana Ocean View Terrace Fire Pit room?

When they are open, my new favorite Hotel del Coronado rooms will be the Cabana Ocean View Terrace Fire Pit rooms. These rooms open up to your own private covered terrace and grassy area with a fire pit. 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

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 both the beach and the Hotel del Coronado pool. California Cabana rooms are available for booking after July 2020.

Cabana rooms surrounding the pool at Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Cabana rooms surround the main pool (some are one floor below, facing the ocean and Windsor Lawn).

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

Ocean Towers

This building is off to the side of the Main Pool (you can see its orange roof and curtained windows behind The Cabanas buildings in the photo above) and a bit more private. It’s closer to the adults-only pool and the beach on this end tends to be less busy. Rooms have balconies or terraces.

The main complaint I receive about this building is that it has a dated exterior. It doesn’t have the iconic red roof or historical feel that the Victorian Building has. The trade-off is that the rooms are a bit newer (though still could use updating) and the bathrooms are bigger with double sinks. You’ll also have a more fulsome ocean view as the building is closer to the water without resort facilities in front of it. Many of the resort’s suites are located on the Ocean Towers top floors.

Right now, if you are reading Hotel del Coronado reviews, the people who are unhappy are mostly in this building which has bordered the pool and California Cabanas renovations and is now near new construction.

View Types to Choose From

Rooms and suites in the Victorian and Ocean Towers buildings come with the following views:

  • Resort View
  • Partial Ocean View
  • Ocean View

The Cabanas will have:

  • Resort View
  • Pool View
  • Ocean View
  • Terrace Fire Pits
  • Ocean View Terrace Fire Pits

Resort View 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 Partial Ocean View or Ocean View.

Hotel del Coronado Rooms for Larger Families

The maximum occupancy for rooms at Hotel del Coronado is four people of any age. If your family is larger, look to these options.

Connecting rooms: They can be requested but are not guaranteed. Connecting rooms can be a king room to a double queen room in the same view type.

Junior Suites: The Hotel del Coronado has one of the best rooms for families with two adults and four kids. It’s the Double Queen Victorian Studio Suite which can sleep six people across two queen beds and a queen sofa sleeper. This junior suite is also popular with families of four with two kids who don’t want to share a bed. Victorian Studio Suites come with Resort Views or Ocean Views.

For families of four with parents who prefer a king bed, I would recommend the King Victorian Studio Suite which has a king bed and a queen sofa sleeper.

Do realize these suites have a living area and a bedroom with no divider between the two. Junior suites are in high demand so it is best to book them as soon as possible.

Suites: If you prefer a separate bedroom and living area, you need to book the Victorian Suite or higher. These larger suites can also suit families of five between a sofa bed and rollaway (an extra charge applies for the rollaway).

Hotel del Coronado rooms and suites: The Two-Bedroom Blue Octopus Suite
The Two-Bedroom Blue Octopus Suite at Hotel del Coronado

Dolphin and Octopus Suites: These small but adorable two-bedroom suites are ideal for families with young kids. The second bedroom has a set of bunk beds and themed decor, and there is a parlor in between the bedrooms.

Rollaway beds: $25/night fee

Cribs: Complimentary

Beach Village at The Del

Beach Village at The Del accommodations have designer interiors with kitchens.

Yet another option is to stay at the Beach Village at The Del. For those who would like the most luxurious beach vacation possible, make reservations here. The exclusive private enclave adjacent to Hotel del Coronado is usually only accessible by Beach Village guests.

Designer villa rooms and suites go up to three bedrooms. Rates here typically start at $799/night plus tax and resort fee and much 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.

When making a Beach Village at The Del booking, look at Hilton Honors Semi-Flex rates (if available) but know that we can add Virtuoso benefits to Beach Village bookings at Hilton’s Best Available Rate. If you are wondering which rate is best for you, submit your dates and I can tell you.

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Hotel del Coronado Activities

Plan to spend a decent amount of time at the resort because there is quite a bit to do. You’ll receive an event calendar in your room but can also check it online in advance of your stay. The following are some of my favorite things to do with my family during my stay at this resort. 

Del Beach

Anyone (hotel guest or not) can enjoy Hotel del Coronado beach rentals at Del  Beach.

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 note that 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.

You would normally pay to rent a chair and an umbrella. Both are complimentary for overnight hotel guests while the Main Pool renovates.

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

Fun Fitness Classes

Note: These are temporarily on pause.

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 the 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 workout. New beach fitness classes this summer also include bootcamp, pilates, fitness walk, and meditation. These classes may require an additional fee, however, the gym is complimentary, open 24 hours, and offers private personal training.

Three Hotel del Coronado Pools

Note: The resort’s Main Pool and adjacent Sun Deck restaurant are closed for an exciting transformation. The pool is set to reopen by July 19, 2020. During this time, guests will be provided complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas in addition to a $25 per day resort credit.

The Main Pool at Hotel del Coronado prior to the renovation.
What the main pool used to look like at Hotel del Coronado – the new one is amazing (stay tuned)!

The old Main Pool — which may give you an idea of what to expect with the new Main Pool — was heated to 82 degrees year-round. In addition to complimentary lounge chairs and towels, guests could rent luxury cabanas for up to eight people with bottle service.

They did have the following two requirements. Guests needed 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). Kids were required to take a short pool break at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to use the restroom, rehydrate, re-apply sunscreen, grab a snack, etc. There is no lifeguard on duty.

As mentioned earlier, the quiet adults-only pool is located next to the Ocean Towers and open seasonally between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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

Watersports, 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’ll usually find these rentals at PeDels in front of the Ocean Towers but they’ve been moved behind the resort temporarily due to the renovation.

Walk off of the resort a bit to Coronado Boathouse at Glorietta Marina for speedboat rentals, sailing, jet-skiing, and other fun options.

DelVentures Kids’ Club (Temporarily Closed)

Kids’ clubs are hard to find at San Diego hotels, but Hotel del Coronado offered DelVentures for kids ages 4–12. It was an evening supervised kids’ program that ran daily between 6–9 p.m. so that parents could enjoy a private dinner on the resort. Various 50-minute programming ran throughout the week.

There is no DelVentures programming on the calendar right now because of space constraints due to the renovation but we’ll be sure to revise this when there is an update.

The other upshot to DelVentures, when it is on offer, is that guests who are coming only to enjoy dinner or the spa at the resort can use it, too.

Beach Roasts

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

Another fun group activity is to roast marshmallows over an open fire. I’m thrilled to see that the private bonfires with gourmet s’mores can be reserved year-round by hotel and day guests. They’re delicious and you can select from a menu, not to mention it’s fun to warm up at night on the beach next to a fire.

Seasonal Activities

In summer, guests look forward to seasonal clam bakes, beach movies, and more.

Come winter, no San Diego hotel is more festive during the holidays than Hotel del Coronado with its gorgeous Christmas tree, annual ornament tradition, beachside ice skating rink, and more.

It’s busier in the common areas than usual 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 just to experience it.

People enjoying beachside Hotel del Coronado ice skating during the holiday season.

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.

Please note: Dining will be temporarily modified when the hotel reopens.

Sheerwater and Its Breakfast Buffet (Closed)

Note: The buffet is temporarily on pause and Sheerwater is closed.

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

Breakfast buffet at Sheerwater restaurant
Sheerwater’s breakfast buffet is quite extensive – I like it.

I get the most questions about the breakfast buffet because Virtuoso includes breakfast for two as do some other rates. Sheerwater breakfast is actually really good with a wide variety of cold, hot, local, hearty, made-to-order (like omelets and eggs Benedicts), and gluten-free selections. Guests may choose from the a la carte menu, but I’d opt for the buffet.

Breakfast buffet pricing fluctuates (which is why it’s not listed online) because they do try to use seasonal and local ingredients wherever possible. At the time of my last visit, the cost was $35/adult plus tax. Kids ages 5 and under are free while older kids receive a 50% discount. The staff has told me that the price can go up to $45/adult. As the Virtuoso rate includes tax and gratuity, the value of the complimentary breakfast buffet for two adults is nearly $100.

Sunday Brunch at the Crown Room (on Pause)

Hotel del Coronado brunch is legendary and happens on Sundays in the gorgeous Crown Room. If your stay overlaps a Sunday, I highly recommend that you reserve this experience in advance. 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, the credit can’t be applied toward Sunday brunch in the Crown Room.

Serea (Open)

Sea-to-table restaurant, Serea, is the newest of the Hotel del Coronado restaurants and is just what the resort needed. The emphasis is on sustainable seafood served in a more relaxed, ocean-view environment. Guests can take an up-close look at seafood on offer that day as it sits on ice near the raw bar. Serea is open daily for dinner and lunch on Saturdays.

Babcock and Story Bar (Closed for Renovation Until August)

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 known for signature cocktails, live music on certain nights, and an excellent food menu (the Del seafood salad is fantastic, so hopefully they’ll keep it).

Sun Deck (Closed for Renovation until August)

Hotel del Coronado's Sun Deck bar and grill prior to its renovation.

The casual Sun Deck above the Main Pool and beach is an excellent place to stop in for a craft cocktail or casual meal. They have some fire pit tables here and special events like a dog-friendly happy hour on Sundays in the late afternoon. The previous menu featured Californian with some Mexican flair like Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Watermelon Salad, Classic Burger and similar but we’ll see what’s on offer when it reopens.

ENO Pizzeria and Wine Bar (Closed for Renovation)

I’ve always enjoyed ENO but recently they’ve gone to great lengths to perfect their pizza crust, and I can’t wait to try it again. 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 and with an ocean view. Again, we’ll see what the experience is like when they also reopen in summer 2020.

Beach + Taco Shack (Open)

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.

On the Rocks (Open)

This is my favorite Hotel del Coronado restaurant addition. On the Rocks is a gourmet food-truck and beverage trailer where you can order local beers on tap, wines by the glass, and casual beach eats like poke and sandwiches to enjoy at seating lining the sand. They also have fun outdoor games to play and a bicycle blender.

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 Sundae’s and fudge at Spreckels Sweets & Treats.

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

Full-Service Spa and Salon (Opens July 19)

Note: The spa is closed for renovation and set to reopen in July 2020. Guests who book the Virtuoso rate receive a $100 spa credit that is applicable to massages and facials. While the spa is closed, Virtuoso guests will instead receive a $100 food and beverage credit.

I quite like going to the Hotel del Coronado spa. They do offer a wide range of hair, nail, face, and body services including a nice list of specialty treatments like hydrafacials, prenatal massages, and kids’ mani/pedis.

You’ll want to arrive early to enjoy the facilities. Of note is the complimentary, uber-relaxing sound meditation journey that transcends guests into a deep state of relaxation. Ask the receptionist at check-in or enquire at the time of reservation.

I advise booking a treatment in advance of your stay as it’s a popular spa.

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 it to take photos, go to the restaurants and browse its 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 best beaches in the nation) commands premium pricing.

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

After the hotel’s renovation is complete, I predict rates will trend higher than they are now because the changes cater to modern luxury travelers and it will be more of a five-star resort (versus the four-stars it is currently) if they can get a handle on one aspect.

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

That being said, 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 my last Hotel del Coronado stay

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 with kids, is indeed a treat.

People tell often tell me that Hotel del Coronado is one of their favorite resorts. I personally know and work with many repeat guests, some who I now book in 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 San Diego and Coronado, it’s easiest to drive to Coronado from the airport. Unless it’s rush hour, it should take about 15 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 also points to 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 baggage claim. Use promo code 1WVK908F on your first Blacklane ride and we’ll both save 20%.

The summer Coronado shuttle which will take 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. If on a longer stay, consider using 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 though remember you’ll avoid the parking fees at the hotel by not having a car. Coronado is also very easily seen by bike, which as I mentioned you can rent within steps of Hotel del Coronado.

Frequently Asked Questions / FAQs About Hotel del Coronado

Because I get asked a lot of questions about this popular resort, I’ve answered some of your most frequently asked questions to help you plan your upcoming stay.

Which is the Hotel del Coronado haunted room?

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.

Is Hotel del Coronado a Hilton Hotel?

Yes. Hotel del Coronado part of Curio Collection by Hilton, a collection of independent four- and five-star properties around the world. You can earn and redeem Hilton Honors points when staying here. Virtuoso guests also earn Hilton Honors points.

What does the resort fee cover?

The Hotel del Coronado and Beach Village at The Del levy a $35/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 here.

Where is breakfast served?

The best Hotel del Coronado breakfast is served at Sheerwater restaurant as it is a buffet with lots of options. Guests can order breakfast via in-room dining or use one of the grab-and-go options around the hotel. There is a small B & S bakery (currently under renovation) that serves grab-and-go pastries, coffee, sandwiches, and more that is open 24 hours a day. And, Beach + Taco shack serves a limited hearty menu on weekends.

Beach Village at The Del guests can enjoy breakfast at any of the above options or at the Windsor Cottage.

What are the best restaurants within walking distance?

Hotel del Coronado guests are within walking distance to 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.

Can complimentary breakfast be applied toward Crown Room Sunday brunch?

No, the Virtuoso breakfast for two benefit that I can add on to your reservation can only be used daily at the Sheerwater breakfast buffet.

Can the Virtuoso $100 spa credit be swapped for a food and beverage credit?

No, the $100 Virtuoso spa credit needs to be redeemed at the Hotel del Coronado spa for massages or facials. Please make a spa appointment in advance.

While the spa is renovating, Virtuoso guests will receive a $100 food and beverage credit in lieu of a spa credit.

How much is Hotel del Coronado parking?

Valet parking is $50/night for overnight guests and self-parking is $40/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.

What do I pay upfront with a Beach Village or Hotel del Coronado booking?

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

What time can I check-in?

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 through the Hilton app. The Hilton app provides users with the ability 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 difficult to achieve this during peak seasons like summer and school breaks.

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.

You may drop your bags and use the facilities of your room or suite isn’t ready and there is plenty to keep you busy.

What time is check-out?

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 is able to extend a late check-out more than an hour or two past 11 a.m.

Should I choose a room through the Hilton app?

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 prior). 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.

Is Hotel del Coronado open to the public?

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.

Day guests will not have access to pools with the exception of the spa if booking a spa treatment.

How far is Hotel del Coronado from the San Diego Airport?

Hotel del Coronado is just over 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 a car service.

Make Hotel del Coronado Reservations

Virtuoso Rate

Through my affiliation with Cadence, I’m pleased to offer Hotel del Coronado with Virtuoso amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (room upgrades are not possible in Beach Village)
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests (approximately a $100/day value as it includes tax and gratuity)
  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

More often than not, the Virtuoso rate puts you ahead of what’s available online and I can handle any special requests on your behalf.

Use the button below to book online with these benefits (do not enter children into the search as it will price them as adults – I’ll add the kids on later). I’ll be notified after you submit and will reach out to answer any questions and help coordinate your stay.

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*If on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Full Site” to access rates and booking.

If you are eligible for AAA, Military or Hilton Honors or rare discounted rates that outweigh Virtuoso benefits, it’s best to book through Hilton also now offers a Semi Flex Hilton Honors rate that occasionally makes the savings on higher-priced rooms more beneficial than the Virtuoso rate. I’d check both sites.

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