I've been here two or three times in my life and have enjoyed the experience everytime. This hotel is made entirely of wood, very rare for the United States, and was established in 1888. It is victorian in design and absolutely stunning with wonderful ocean views, bright white and red shingles, and holds an air of refined luxury and relaxation.
They've taken out almost that entire lounge and used it to expand the signature shop. The gift shop is absolutely huge, and has a lot of really cool sweatshirts and blankets, and I'm happy they've realized the market in hotel-wear, but the whole thing is starting to feel too commercialized. The pina colada my dad and I split was made out of a mix, not from scratch, and tasted so disgusting I only took a few sips before giving up. It was like some kind of creamsicle pina colada flavor ice cream that they'd melted. I couldn't bear trying the strawberry dacqueri for fear they'd changed that, too. I know the Del will get their act together. It's just a phase... right?
The rooms in the Victorian section of the hotel were newly renovated last year, just in time for this years 125th anniversary celebration.
I'm not mad about everything. They windows are still beautiful and old, and you're still allowed to open them and feel the ocean breeze. The elevators are still the same beautiful old iron designs, the lobby just as exquisite and grand. I just wish they had though through this renovation better and not sold the hotels soul, so to speak.
After the initial shock of the hotel changes we ate at one of my favorite restaurants in Coronado, Miguel's.
I'm going to end this post here because it became longer than I'd anticipated. I'll finish off Saturday on the next post! How was everyone's weekend?