The Hotel Del Coronado – A World Famous Luxury San Diego Beach Hotel

The Hotel Del Coronado continues to be one of the most famous and popular beach hotels in San Diego and Coronado. Every years tens of thousands of visitors go just to take a tour through the magnificent ballrooms and wood crafted hallways and winding stair cases.

For the lucky ones who stay at the hotel there are amazing views and fantastic restaurants to enjoy once you check in.

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The Hotel del Coronado is a luxury hotel in the City of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. The hotel is located immediately behind the beach, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest beach resort on the North American Pacific Coast.

History

On December 19, 1885, Elisha S. Babcock, retired railroad executive from Evansville, Indiana; Hampton L. Story, of the Story and Clark Piano Company of Chicago; and Jacob Gruendike, president of the First National Bank of San Diego, bought all of Coronado and North Island for $110,000.

Main building of the Hotel del Coronado

Main building of the Hotel del Coronado

A 24-page prospectus titled “Coronado Beach. San Diego, California” asserted that “The Coronado Beach Company has been organized with a capital of One Million Dollars ….” The officers were Babcock, president, Story, vice-president and Gruendike, secretary-treasurer. Also involved with the company by now were three men from Indiana: railroad baron Josephus Collett of Terre Haute; lumber merchant Heber Ingle of Patoka and John Inglehart, a miller, who later became famous through the development of Swansdown flour.

Lobby of the Hotel del Coronado

Lobby of the Hotel del Coronado

The men hired architect James Reid, a native of New Brunswick, Canada, who had practiced in Evansville and Terre Haute. Younger brother Merritt Reid, a partner in Reid Brothers, the Evansville firm, stayed in Indiana but brother Watson Reid helped supervise the 2,000 laborers. Construction of the hotel began in March 1887 and was finished just 11 months later in February 1888 at the cost of one million dollars. Labor was provided largely by Chinese immigrants from San Francisco and Oakland. The hotel was built as a premier resort for the wealthy. Built without the use of a single nail, instead using wooden pegs, it is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Hotel Activities and Amenities

There are numerous activities for guests to enjoy from the beach and the pool, to sailing, surfing, boating, biking and golf. The hotel is also equipped with a fitness center and personal training. There are also special activities for kids and teens. Guests can also be pampered at the state-of-the-art spa and Yamaguchi Salon. “Shops At The Del” has made the hotel a unique shopping destination, with a number of specialty shops and boutiques on site. Lastly, the hotel is known for the “Best Hotel Dining in San Diego”, with numerous options including dining in the famed Crown Room. Recently, the Hotel Del Coronado was voted to have the Best Sunday Brunch by San Diego Magazine in the June 2008 issue.

View from the surf showing the Beach Village to the left, the Victorian Building in the center, and the California Cabanas and Ocean Towers to the right

View from the surf showing the Beach Village to the left, the Victorian Building in the center, and the California Cabanas and Ocean Towers to the right

Notable location site and guests

Notable guests have included Thomas Edison, L. Frank Baum, Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, Veronica Covance, and Charles Lindbergh. In 1920, Edward VIII was a guest of the hotel when his future wife Wallis Simpson lived in Coronado.

The following presidents have stayed at the hotel: Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.[3]

Front of the Hotel del Coronado

Front of the Hotel del Coronado

Dragon Tree of the Hotel del Coronado

Dragon Tree of the Hotel del Coronado

Old building of the Hotel del Coronado

Old building of the Hotel del Coronado

Another famous resident of the hotel is the purported ghost of Kate Morgan. In 1892, she checked into room 302 (then 3312, now 3327), to meet with her brother who was a doctor and was going to give her medicine for her stomach cancer, but he never arrived. She was found dead on the steps going to the beach six days later. The case was declared a suicide. She had shot herself.

The hotel has appeared in several films, including Some Like it Hot (which starred Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis), The Stunt Man, and My Blue Heaven. It was also the setting for the 1975 novel Bid Time Return (aka Somewhere in Time) by Richard Matheson. The initial story inspiration for the movie and book 1408, came from a collection of real-life news stories about parapsychologist Christopher Chacon’s investigation of a notoriously haunted room at the famous Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. The book is written by Stephen King.

The unique design of the Hotel served as the basis for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Hotel was the setting for Dashboard Confessional’s single “Stolen“.

Beach Village

Most recently, the Del has opened Beach Village at the Del. Beach Village consists of twelve beach front villas with special amenities including Bose surround sound systems and docking stations, large flat-panel televisions, private pools and fire pits, whirlpool baths, and personalized concierge services. Beach Village villas feature dining and living spaces with fully-equipped kitchens and appliances, cozy fireplaces, spa-style baths with soaking tubs, and private terrace.

Hotel Del Coronado Room Reservations
Call 1-800-679-7707 and speak to a reservation
expert or click the link below and book online.
Save 30% to 50% on retail hotel room rates!

Hotel information
http://arestravel.com/176_hotel-info_h39.html
Hotel Del Hotel Room Packages and Specials
http://arestravel.com/176_hotel-packages_h39.html

Hotel Del Room Rates click here

Hotel Del Coronado Map
http://arestravel.com/176_hotel-location-info_h39.html

Coronado Hotels
View a master list of hotels in Coronado below
http://arestravel.com/176_hotel-list.html?locationID=g3325

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
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