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From journal First San Diego Visit
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From journal San Diego
Sea Girt, New Jersey
March 3, 2001
The hotel complex is spectacular. The red-roofed, wooden structure is elegant, with a sweeping veranda and instantly recognizable cupola towering over the beach. The hotel has a wonderful pool, complete with pool bar and outdoor patio restaurant (serving sandwiches, salads, burgers and hot dogs, etc...) The Del is situated on a gorgeous stretch of beachfront property. The wide beach, made famous in the Marilyn Monroe film "Some Like it Hot," looks much now as it did in the movie, with a magnificent view of the grand old hotel behind you as you lie on the sand. (Just be aware that the other end of Coronado is home to an Air Force base, and low-flying military planes are a regular occurance.)
My favorite part of the Del is the rich, wood-paneled lobby. Decorated in the dark, heavy style of the Victorian-era, it is a great place to meet for a drink. The old-fashioned elevator, complete with filigreed "cage" is a beauty. The "Crown" dining room, which features crown-shaped chandeliers designed by "Wizard of Oz" author Frank Baum, is the where Sunday Brunch is served - don''t miss it! Although the brunch is a tad on the expensive side (I don''t remember the exact price) the food was very good and plentiful and dining in the famous room is a real treat.
The Del also has a basement shopping concourse, with very nice shops and services, as well as an interesting photo-history of the hotel lining the walls.
There is also a spa. I had a massage and whirlpool in the 20s-style spa and was very pleased.
I also attended a small wedding held in one of the beach-front cabanas - the food and service were excellent.
While the rooms are so-so, the hotel itself is perfectly lovely. Go there for the whole experience - if you are only looking for a room to sleep in while you check out San Diego, I wouldn''t recommend staying here. However, if you are looking to spend some time at your hotel, a few days at the Del is a vacation in itself.
From journal California Paradise
Santa Monica, California
February 24, 2001
The hotel is located on Coronado Island, which is about a ten minute drive from Downtown San Diego. The hotel is located right on the beach and there are lots of great shops and restaurants right outside of the hotel grounds.
From journal San Diego, CA