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Coronado, California
web: hoteldel.com
email: delinquiries@hoteldel.com

By Josh Markowitz, Founder and Correspondent at Large

About Hotel del Coronado // Situated along 26 oceanfront acres, Hotel del Coronado first opened its doors in 1888. As a National Historic Landmark, The Del, as people have come to call her is an elegant example of Victorian architecture which has become a living legend with visits by celebrities, U.S. presidents and dignitaries from around the world. A recent $55 million restoration included extensive preservation work, an oceanfront lawn, new seaside restaurants, bar, and retail venue. All 381 rooms in the original Victorian building Victorian rooms have been luxuriously re-designed integrating the contemporary comfort of air-conditioning, while maintaining classic Victorian decor. Also included in the restorations are the rooms in the seven-story Ocean Towers and the California Cabanas at poolside. The pool which has been enhanced to include a large whirlpool, two additional lap lanes, the latest in technology and lighting and the newly renovated Spa and Fitness Center ensures that the old Victorian masterpiece will endure for future generations.

What to do //
Area Attractions // Besides the historic Hotel del Coronado, visitor attractions include the Ferry landing Marketplace, Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado Historical Museum, and tours of the Naval Air Station at North Island. The greater San Diego area's major attractions are the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the Wild Animal Park. Other leading attractions include: Old Town; Balboa Park; Cabrillo National Monument; Steven Birch Aquarium-Museum at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Seaport Village.

Sporting Recreation // Coronado offers 28 miles of beach on bay and ocean; a dedicated 15-mile bike path; tennis; boating; fishing;yachting; and an 18-hole championship golf course.

Arts and Culture // Lamb's Players Theater, one of Southern California's most respected performing arts companies, offers five shows in its historic Coronado Theater every year. The Old Globe Theater, San Diego Repetory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, the Starlight Musical Theater, the San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony are among some of the offerings. San Diego has approximately 90 museums including 16 located in Balboa Park.

Family Fun // At the Del, children's activities change with the season and are geared to everyone's interest and ability. Tent City Kids Camp (ages 4-12) offers full afternoon and evening programs that include sandcastle building, beach games, swimming, arts and crafts, paddle boating, bonfires and meals. In addition to Tent City programs, the Del offers a variety of recreational and educational activities including kayaking and surfing lessons, sailing clinics and Ò Radical Reptiles and Friends.Ó The holiday season especially boasts a full calendar of family programs and activities.

Spa and Fitness // The oceanfront Spa and Fitness Center is a state-of-the art facility complete with exercise and weight training equipment, personal trainers, a comprehensive menu of body treatments and massages, all guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate. Spa packages are available.

Where to eat // Sheerwater is the resort's brand new seaside restaurant. Featuring California coastal cuisine that emphasizes bold flavors, the restaurant includes expansive outdoor dining terraces and giant fireplaces. Afternoon Tapas offers an opportunity to sample a menu variety in small portions. Inspired by the romance of the century, Prince of Wales, the resort's fine dining restaurant offers intimate and spectacular outdoor terrace dining against the breathtaking sunset views of the Pacific. Classic cuisine is featured with innovative, seasonally inspired interpretations. The Babcock & Story Bar, affectionately called B&S was named after the Del's visionary founders, Elisha Babcock and H.L. Story who dreamed of building a resort hotel that would be the " talk of the western world." The B&S has been re-designed to take advantage of the seaside setting and features signature margaritas, blended tropical drinks, California premier wines, espressos, appetizers and seasonal entertainment.

Where to Shop // Over 20 shops and boutiques are open daily from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Babcock and Story Emporium, the Del's newest retail venue is a lifestyle store that features unique books, home and garden accessories and gourmet gifts. There are beautiful French and Italian ceramic tabletop offerings and linens. Indulgences include tapenades, flavored mustards, oils, vinegars, teas, jams and gourmet chocolates in ddition to a variety of unusual wines.

Weddings // The Del has enjoyed legendary romance throughout it's history. Sun-drenched beaches, moonlit ocean views, impeccable service and award wining cuisine, all essential elements for wedding and honeymoon settings are abundant at the Del. From traditional to contemporary, festive or formal, intimate and grand scale, the staff creates one-of-a-kind occasions. Generations of couples who have become a permanent part of the Del's romantic history, return to celebrate anniversaries and second honeymoons.

The Hollywood Connection // Because of it's close proximity to Los Angeles, the Del has been a popular celebrity destination for over one hundred years. Not only have Hollywood's elite retreated to this near perfect climate, for vacations, they've also made movies here. Most notable, Some Like it Hot, with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Among some other luminary superstars who have visited the Del are Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, James Stewart. Lucille Ball, Liberace, Goldie Hawn, Whoopie Goldberg, Larry King, David Letterman, Brad Pitt, Barbara Streisand to name just a few. Presidents started coming in 1891 with a visit from Benjamin Harrison and continues to modern day leaders, the world over. It's no wonder that publisher Rand McNally credits the Hotel del Coronado as enjoying more famed historical significance than perhaps any hotel in North America.

Climate // Coronado enjoys one of North America's most enviable climates with an average daytime temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny skies.

Location and Transportation // The seaside community of Coronado is located on a 5.3 square mile peninsula that forms the western boundary of San Diego Bay. Coronado is connected to the city of San Diego by a 2.3-mile bridge and is 120 miles south of Los Angeles, 14 miles from the San Diego International Airport and 16 miles north of Tijuana. By Train // Amtrak passenger trains provide service to and from Los Angeles with a stop in San Diego across the bay from Coronado. For more information call (800) USA-Rail or, in San Diego (619) 239-9021. An excellent freeway system makes travel by car easy throughout the county. Taxi rental cars and tours are readily available. Coronado is also serviced by the Coronado Ferry Company, the Coronado Shuttle, Old Town Trolley and San Diego Water Taxi.

By Josh Markowitz, Founder and Correspondent at Large

It's easy to see how guests have been enchanted with the Del for well over a century. Lavish service, spectacular setting, and world-class facilities engulf you from the moment you walk up to the majestic main building. I visited the Hotel del Coronado in early January and was immediately charmed by the elegance of this historic landmark. Classic beauty is seen everywhere from the luxurious rooms to the breathtaking views of the pacific. It was like stepping back in time to experience the feeling of how royalty might have lived. My stay was filled with decadent eating and relaxing by the pool. Truly one of the most beautiful hotels in the world adjacent to one of the most beautiful beaches. This treasure is one not to be missed.


LOCATION: Coronado, California
San Diego International Airport

ROOMS: 381