The Hotel Del Coronado opened in 1888 and is still a premiere place to visit in San Diego. It sits on Coronado island, right on the beach. With its red roofs and white wooden buildings, the Hotel Del Coronado is full of charm.
The Hotel del Coronado has hosted visiting dignitaries through the decades. Presidents Taft, FDR, Ford, and Carter were here. Famous folk such as Charlie Chaplin and Charles Lindbergh are in the visitors list. Marilyn Monroe filmed “Some Like It Hot” here in 1958.
Author L. Frank Baum lived at the hotel for months at a time. Here he wrote some of the Wizard of Oz books. He commented in 1905 on the Hotel Del: “And every day her loveliness shines pure, without a flaw, new charms entrance our every glance, and fill our souls with awe!”
At Christmastime, the back lawn is transformed into a skating rink. The giant Norfolk pine on the front lawn was the first electrically lit outside living tree in 1904. And a two-story high tree fills the central lobby, with a different theme each year. We try to visit at least once during the holidays. It’s a family tradition!
Although I’ve never stayed at the hotel (I can dream, though), I’ve been here countless times to enjoy the architecture and imagine all the pomp and circumstance and fun that’s taken place here through the years. If our visitors have only a short time in San Diego, we take them to Coronado.