Hotel del Coronado
Curio Collection By Hilton
What it is
A family friendly 1888 Victorian resort with 757 rooms, just across the bay from downtown San Diego.
What it isn't
Intimate, though the newer Beach Village addition (78 rooms in 11 oceanfront villas) can feel like its own property.
What we think
The Del, as it’s lovingly known among its regulars, has a history as all-American as apple pie. A handful of U.S. presidents have stayed at this 1888 Victorian, including Roosevelt, Taft, Clinton and both George H. and George W. What else might you discover on a history tour of the property? Some Like It Hot was filmed here in 1958, and there are rumors of friendly ghosts that roam the halls. Of the 757 rooms, 144 are suites, which range from family-friendly—think bright and whimsical wallpaper—to simple and elegant abodes with kitchens and entertaining-minded dining rooms. And unlike other resorts in California, the Del has a private beach, meaning guests lounging on chairs or in luxury cabanas (outfitted with stocked fridges and flat screens) and half-moon cabanettes can order margaritas and smoked turkey sandwiches from polo-clad waiters. Travelers can also sign up for surf lessons, dine on seafood and veggies (grown in the resort’s garden) at 1500 Ocean, and at the day’s end, sip fresh-muddled blackberry margaritas at the Sunset Bar.
You're here because
You want to say at a quintessential Americana resort that marries California history with a feel-like-family atmosphere.
Roasting s’mores—your bespoke dessert kit can come with chocolates, homemade marshmallows, and libations of your choice—with your family at a private fire pit on the beach after dark.
Restaurants & Bars
Sheerwater - Feast on fresh local seafood and delicious smoked meats
1500 Ocean - Fine dining - Southland coastal
Crown Room - Sunday brunch
ENO - Artisan pizza and wine bar
Sundeck - Light fare and drinks
Babcock and Story Bar
Located on Coronado Island (reachable by car), across the bay from downtown San Diego and 15 minutes from the San Diego International Airport.