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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Hotel del Coronado, often known as The Del or Hotel Del, is a historic seaside hotel in Coronado, California, located directly over the San Diego Bay from San Diego. The wooden Victorian beach resort is one of the rare remaining instances of an American architectural form.


It was declared a California Historic Landmark in 1970 and a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and it is the second biggest wooden building in the United States. It was the world's largest resort hotel that first opened in 1888. Over the years, it has housed presidents, princes, and celebrities.


The hotel has appeared in several films and literature. The American Automobile Association awarded the hotel a Four Diamond rating, and USA Today named it one of the best ten resorts in the world.


The iconic Hotel del Coronado harkens back to the height of America's Gilded Age height and is lovingly known as "The Del" by its many endless visitors. Two renowned American businessmen, Hampton L. Story and Elisha Babcock Jr. came up with the concept for the Hotel del Coronado.


When the hotel opened in 1888, Story and Babcock threw a huge celebration that drew 1,440 guests from San Diego. The spectacular building that greeted the visitors immediately wowed them. Indoor plumbing, oil-heated furnaces, and electrical lights were technical advancements.


Exotic gardens encircle the premises, with tropical fruit trees, palm palms, and well-groomed shrubs among the plants. The Hotel del Coronado even offered a $2.50 per person package that included three square meals every day. When the local real estate market crumbled in the 1890s, Story and Babcock could hardly afford to maintain the hotel.


Even after the Spreckels family sold the hotel in the late 1940s, the Hotel del Coronado's national reputation only grew. It was especially popular with Hollywood's upper crust.

Hotel del Coronado also served as a filming site for several major films, including The Dive Bomber, Flying Fleet, Wicked, and The Stunt Man.


Today, Hotel del Coronado is among the best resort hotels in the entire country. It has received numerous accolades for its historical grandeur, including a coveted designation as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Few places are better for such a historically themed vacation than Hotel del Coronado.


Massages, body treatments, and facials are available at the full-service spa. The recreational amenities, including three outdoor swimming pools, a steam room, and a 24-hour fitness center, will satisfy you.

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