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Hotel del: Famous hotel
should be on Bucket List
By CARY ORDWAY
If San Diego is one of the premiere vacation destinations in the country – and we think it is – the premiere destination in San Diego has to be the Hotel del Coronado. No other property in the city combines the history, charm, location and amenities that are all wrapped up in one neat package at what locals call the Hotel del.
It was a hotel we just had to experience, a Bucket List item that finally got checked off during a recent stay.
The location is a no-brainer. It was in the mid-1880’s that the original developers, Elisha Babcock and Hampton Story, bought the entire undeveloped peninsula of Coronado, miles and miles of flat beach along with great views of the Pacific and the hills across San Diego Bay. It would be tough to find a better location for what was then promoted as a fishing and hunting resort.
In 1888, they opened a hotel they hoped would become the “talk of the Western World.” The Queen Anne Revival-style architecture – with the resort’s distinctive red-turreted roofs – set the Hotel del Coronado apart and insured the hotel would live on forever in picture postcards and one very famous Hollywood movie.