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The Incomparable Hotel Del Coronado: Curio Collection by Hilton

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

During our 14 day tour of SoCal, Nevada and Arizona, we had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the Hotel Del Coronado and BOY! it did not disappoint! Let me tell you all about it.

P.S. Read to the end to find out how we stayed for free! And how we received $250 statement credit from American Express.

Their Star-Studded History

I’ll first start with the backstory of the Hotel Del (as it is endearingly called by the people in the know…LOL). Yes, everyone knows about the fact that many movie stars stayed at the hotel, to include Marilyn Monroe when she filmed the movie ‘Some Like It Hot’ but did you know that this is the hotel that inspired Disney World’s Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando, FL?! As a Disney-Enthusiast, that made the Hotel Del even more alluring and attractive to me.

Built in 1888 on the island of Coronado by Elisha Babcock, Jr. and Hampton L. Story, the Hotel Del accomplished what the Founders set out to do… to build a hotel that would be “the talk of the western world” and one that “people will continue to come to long after we are gone”. Here it is 2022 and the place was teeming with beach lovers, surfers, haute cuisine enthusiasts, foodies, vacationers and more.

During the Covid outbreak when travel was reduced to a trickle, they decided to turn lemons to lemonade by renovating their property and building luxury cabanas, villas and residential-style accommodations. With their renovations completed, you will find diverse accommodation that is sure to please the pickiest of guests.

The Victorian - located in the original red-roofed building it was painstakingly restored and renovated to maintain the refined décor of the past, the rooms in the original building will envelope you in the “magic of two centuries” but still cradle you in modern comforts. There is also a rumor that it is supposed to be haunted. Although I don’t believe in ghosts, I stayed at The Views…just in case (LOL).

The Cabanas – accommodations that extend out onto the beach or pool, your room will absolutely come alive in this extra outdoor space replete with seating area and fire pit under a nautical themed canopy. An envy of all who pass by!

The Views – Be in the center of the action without worrying about crowds. Situated directly in front of the beach, your newly renovated balcony room will give you beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and fragrant air from the ocean breeze. The rooms are well appointed with new décor, furnishings and upscale bathrooms.

Beach Village – in this gated community you will find cottages and villas to include concierge service and exclusive experiences. Oh. Did I mention beachfront?! But of course….

Shore House – Lap of Luxury. Is it a hotel? Is it a house? It’s both! In this oceanfront private neighborhood, stay in residential-style accommodations that are unique to any hotel you have experienced. Amenities include VIP Concierge Service, Private Welcome Experience, Oceanfront Shore House Pool and Pool Bar. Grand Opening is set for Fall of 2022, at the time of this post, they are running a FREE night special if you book 2 nights by September 15, 2022. ACT FAST!!

5 Unique Must-Do Experiences (that we did)

1). Roast – S’mores are an all-time favorite treat for my family. The Hotel Del took it up a notch with their seaside bonfire complete with S’mores kits and water for up to 10 people. The attendants ensure that you do not run out of any items regardless of how many layers of marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker your S'more has. In addition, you will be able to take home your own Hotel Del Coronado sand bucket that your goodies come in. With the warm sand between our toes, ocean waves just a few feet away and delicious S’mores sweetening our taste buds, our memory making moment was made perfect.