Hotel del Coronado updates a 133-year-old icon for a modern audience.
Renovations ending this month will reshape arrivals at the San Diego-area property, a National Historic Landmark topped with red-roofed turrets overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort, known simply as “Del” to many, opened in 1888, when room rates started at $ 2.50 per day and single women entered via a separate staircase.
This reconstructed staircase and porch are the latest pieces of a $ 400 million property-wide overhaul that has been underway since 2018. This summer, teams also restored intricate wooden balustrades, beams and floors. in the lobby from the late 1800s. Century-old stained-glass windows have been rehabilitated and returned to their original location. A new crystal chandelier replicates a similar piece that sparkled above the hotel’s early guests. Mechanical upgrades have also modernized the property’s vintage bird cage elevator.
“Our comprehensive approach is to ensure that guests have the opportunity to enjoy this legendary resort for another 130 years, just like past generations, while preserving the resort’s incredibly rich history,” said the CEO of the Hotel del Coronado, Harold Rapoza.
This story includes links to “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, who resided there part-time in the early 1900s and who designed chandeliers for the property’s Crown Room. Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon filmed “Some Like It Hot” at the hotel in 1958.
Stories like these take center stage in a new gallery housed in Del’s former ice cream factory. Hotel history tours depart from the Ice House Museum and the venue is available for private events.
“The Ice House Museum is one of our most treasured possessions. It was built in 1889 and showcases the hotel’s evolving past, housing treasures ranging from newspaper clippings and traditional glassware to photos and period clothing, ”Rapoza said.
The famous Crown Hall of the complex. Photo credit: courtesy of Hotel del Coronado
This summer also saw the opening of a new outdoor event space surrounded by palm trees on the Windsor Lawn, as well as meeting and collaborative working spaces in the reimagined powerhouse. The brick structure predates the resort by a year, and it once contained equipment that supplied electricity to Coronado Island.
Also new is the Views, updated accommodations in Del’s former Ocean Towers complex. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, coastal colors, and driftwood-inspired accents. Close to Cabanas, 97 renovated rooms facing the beach and the property’s new main swimming pool open in August 2020.
Accommodation in both areas has walk-in showers, mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, and WiFi access. Some rooms offer outdoor terraces and private fire pit seating, while others feature a wheelchair-accessible design and hearing-impaired amenities.
The Del has inaugurated refurbished spa and fitness facilities in recent months, as well as three refurbished restaurants. Crews restored the original 50-foot mahogany bar which now houses the Babcock & Story Bar, a lounge bar offering seafood and steaks.
Next door, ENO Market & Pizzeria offers pizza and pasta combinations as well as take-out coffee, pastries and snacks. The Sun Deck, located on a rooftop terrace overlooking the resort pool and the Pacific, serves salads and sandwiches as well as specialties for children 10 and under.
Serea Restaurant opened in 2019 and focuses on sustainable seafood and regional ingredients. Photo credit: courtesy of Hotel del Coronado
These restaurants followed the 2019 introduction of Serea, a weekend dinner and brunch venue focused on sustainable seafood and regional ingredients. Serea capitalizes on the hotel’s beachfront setting with retractable patio doors and an open-air patio.
Sheerwater, a new restaurant serving French and American cuisine, will open at the Del in 2022. The Southpointe Event Center, a new gathering space with a 15,000 square foot ballroom and outdoor lawn, will also be online. ‘next year. Room renovations in the property’s original Victorian building are expected to be completed in 2023.
Rates start at $ 409 per night. To book, visit www.hoteldel.com.