Hotel Del Coronado

Our second day in San Diego we hired a personal tour driver and her name was Rachel. One of the first places she took us was to the famous Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island. The island can be reached by the Coronado bridge that crosses the San Diego Bay. Coronado Island is a gorgeous resort area.

This hotel is rich in history. Built in 1888 and known for being one of the world’s most popular resorts of the rich and famous. It is a National Historic Landmark.

Many Presidents, famous athletes and Hollywood actors and actresses have laid their heads on the Hotel’s pretty pillows.

The Emerald City of Wizard of Oz is rumored to have been inspired by the hotel. And of course like any old and historic Hotel… you know it’s haunted! Room 3327 has a ghost of a woman Kate Morgan. Clicking on the link will provide you with the ghostly information! I do hear it’s hard to reserve this room and depending on the season it starts out at $359 a night.

We walked into the area you see here and it was the bar. A Bud Lite was $9. We opted to wait and have a craft beer in town as San Diego is home to many craft breweries!

Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe was filmed here. Click the link to see the trailer.

The Beach Village Suites opened in 2007. I heard they are quite expensive so I researched. One night in March can start from $1049- $4224. It all depends if you want the pricey Ocean Front with 3 bedrooms or a room with 2 queen beds.

The beach that The Hotel del Coronado and it’s suites looks out onto is Coronado Beach. It has a vast area of white sand.

The beach goes on for miles. On any given day you may see Navy ships and planes as the Navy has Naval Air Station North Island.

The beach is known for The Sandcastle Man. His name is Bill Pavlacka and he builds amazing sandcastles! We were there on Valentine’s Day and were treated to this fabulous creation!

You can see him working on this magnificent castle!

After feeling like royalty for a bit… Rachel our driver decided it was time to go to Balboa Park.

As we headed to the car I saw this beautiful flower. It reminded us of our Fairy Duster here in the desert but these were quite larger and shaped like a Pom Pom. Our fairy duster looks like a small whisk broom that would belong to a fairy.

Pom Pom Flower?

Fairy Duster

Remember I said we were off to Balboa Park… that’s my next post. Thanks for reading!

All photos were captured on my iPhone 7plus

48 thoughts on “Hotel Del Coronado

    1. I am so glad you are back! It was great to see a post from you again.

      Yes… the San Diego area is stunning to say the least. So glad you got to enjoy these photos!

  1. Nancy, you just made me homesick. We raised our family in San Diego…moved over here about 4 years ago….use to go down to the Hotel Del for brunch…love the white sand of Coronado!! We had a good friend get married there…what a spectacular setting!!

    1. How fabulous to have raised your family in San Diego! What a lovely place to have brunch and a wedding! The white sand is fabulous!

  2. Oh this was one of the highlights of my trip to San Diego. I had their seafood chowder at a table looking at the beach and it was amazing!

    1. I do agree… white sand is a wee bit better then snow.
      We lucked out getting to see this beautiful sandcastle!
      Thanks for the love!

  3. This is always on our list of places ever visit. The hotel is beautifully decorated at Christmas which is when we are in the area. This year they had an upside down tree. Love checking out the sand sculpture. That Valentine’s Day one is spectacular!

    1. I bet the hotel decorated for Christmas is a sight to see! Are there any pictures on your blog? If so please reply back with link. Thanks for stopping in!

  4. It looks like you had a fantastic time! That hotel is fantastic. I remember snapping pictures of it with a huge 8,5 month pregnant belly in the way. lol. your photos makes my last visit come alive. Thank you!

  5. All beautiful shots, but must admit I love sandcastles created by craftsmen like Mr. Pavlacka. I’ve seen more than my share of them but never understand how they do it. Applause to the photographer and to him for his beautiful creation. 🙂

  6. Great photo essay of one of the most dramatically precious places on our Earth, Nance. Karen and I visited the island and the resort (not staying there, just walking around) on one of our trips to California, and it is quite the spot.

  7. I love that place. As soon as you cross the bridge you start to feel the magic of it all! What a fun day you must have had! Thanks for sharing and the memories it brought back!!!

  8. Nancy, beautiful shots with your IPhone! I have been wanting to visit the Hotel Del Coronado…especially after seeing your photos. The sandcastle is amazing!

  9. What beautiful photos! I have always wanted to visit the Hotel Del Coronado. I was on a boat tour around San Diego for one of my husband’s work trips many years ago and I remember seeing the hotel and hearing the stories about the haunted room. And wow – that sand castle!! Thanks for taking us around the property and for linking up to the Take Me Away party for April!

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