If you think summer in San Diego is idyllic, with its picture perfect temperatures, ocean fun and culture, then on your next trip head to San Diego’s island of Coronado with all of that coupled with the vibe of a quintessential small beach town.
The key to a great getaway is picking a good home base. On Coronado, the Hotel Del Coronado reigns supreme. Mention Coronado to anyone and it’s the first words out of their mouth, and with good reason. This historic hotel dates back to 1888 and has a storied history of catering to movie stars, presidents, socialites and even a ghost or two. Today the hotel is the place to see and be seen on the island, and the property boasts numerous restaurants, shops and a recently renovated spa. And while a stay at the Hotel Del makes for a good vacation, a stay at the Hotel Del’s Beach Villas makes for an over-the-top holiday.
The 78 Beach Villas are an enclave of luxurious relaxation removed from the hustle and bustle of the main hotel. It has a private check-in and personal concierge service. As the name implies the cottages sit right on Coronado beach, which was just named the top beach in America by “Dr. Beach”.
The villas feature up to three bedrooms and each suite boasts a living room, kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, spa-style bathrooms and the latest electronics and technology. My favorite feature of my two-bedroom, two-story abode was the deck with hot tub off the master suite overlooking the ocean. The setting is the epitome of luxury and tranquility and takes a great hotel to an entirely new level.
For more down-to-earth, equally family-friendly accommodations, simply look across the street to the Glorietta Bay Inn. The Inn was the family home of John Spreckels, who once held controlling interest in the Hotel Del. Today the Inn boasts the original mansion, which features 11 well-appointed, individually designed Victorian rooms that are reserved strictly for couples, and contemporary rooms and suites that branch off from the Italian Renaissance styled main mansion that are perfect for families.
While the hotel has all the features you’d expect from a mid-range property, its friendly, helpful staff is the thing that I found set it apart from the typical hotel. When faced with lipstick stains all over my favorite pair of jeans, the front desk staff recommended the top cleaner on the island and contacted them directly to make sure they were up for the job (the stains came out and I had the jeans a day later) or when I had an issue with a dinner reservation, the general manager made a few calls and ironed it out, ensuring a pleasant, problem-free evening.
No matter what your taste or budget allows, you can’t go wrong with a stay at either property and a vacation on Coronado soaking up the sun, waves and relaxation that a great beach town provides.