Weekend in San Diego – Part 1 – The Hotel

The kids had a half day off of school on Friday and since San Diego is only about an hour and a half south of us, we decided to hop in the car and take a mini road trip.  One of our favorite places to stay is the Hotel Del Coronado.  This iconic hotel was built in 1888 and was designated a national landmark in 1977.  It sits on a beautiful beach on Coronado Island, just over the bridge from San Diego’s best family friendly sites.

hotel-del

This visit to the Del we chose a “resort view” room, which I fully understood to mean “parking lot view”.  I was correct in that assumption.  But, since it was the cheapest room available, I knew what I was getting into.  Plus, we were going to be out much of our time there, so it didn’t really matter.  On a previous visit we stayed at the Beach Village, which is a sub-resort of the Hotel Del Coronado.  This seems to be a trend in luxury travel – the ultra exclusive resort within a resort.   Pelican Hill in Newport Beach has the villas, with a separate entrance and guard gate.  The Phoenician in Phoenix has the Canyon Suites, which is also separated from the main 5 star resort.

If you can swing it, the Beach Village is amazing.  The rooms are much larger and newly constructed.  All aspects of these rooms are modern and beautiful.  As a bonus, the resort has a private dining space with a smaller version of the main breakfast buffet, that is reserved just for Beach Village guests.   These rooms also come with a dedicated concierge and BV guest only pool.   On our last stay I mentioned at check in that we would be celebrating my son’s birthday that week.  The concierge arranged for a cake to be brought to our room on his birthday free of charge.   The extra attentive service put this hotel experience at the top of our list. On our next visit to San Diego we will definitely opt for the Beach Village room again, rather than the original hotel.