We were in San Diego for just a quick visit with some relatives when we all decided it would be fun to run out to the Hotel del Coronado. We had heard much about it and we had seen pictures of it as well as seeing it from afar once, but none of us had ever set foot on its grounds. We thought it would be fun to explore it if we could. We crossed the big bridge onto Coronado Island and were fed into an enchanting village of the same name. We were able to follow the signs and finally found our way to the 'Del', as it is known to the locals. Finding a parking spot was a major accomplishment, as I squeezed our minivan into a spot seemingly too small for it. Our trip had started on a bright note! We entered from the backside walking along the tennis courts, gardens and shops.
We worked our way around to the front entrance and lingered while we viewed all of the activity there. This was a Sunday afternoon and lots of folks were coming and going. So this is how the other half live, we thought to ourselves. We went inside and were told by a 'greeter' that we could wander around the lobby and first floor of the hotel, which we did do for the next 90 minutes or so. It is a beautiful place both inside and out. There are numerous vantage points outside from which to view the spectacular architecture of this venerable lady. Adjacent to the Del is one of America's premiere beaches--a mile and a half long and three hundred yards wide of the finest beach sand anywhere in the world.