One of my secret vices is watching NBC’s new drama/musical Smash. For those who don’t follow the show, it’s the story of making a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. So why this digression when today’s post was supposed to be about the Hotel del Coronado? Because the Hotel Del (as locals call it) was also the setting for one of my favorite movies starring Marilyn Monroe – Some Like It Hot and it looks exactly like it did in the movie.
The Hotel Del (as locals call it) occupies prime real estate on San Diego’s Coronado Beach and offers a variety of family-friendly room choices.
Our first night at the Del we stayed in one of its family suites in the historic main section of the hotel. And while the room was lovely and spacious, it overlooked the parking lot and employee entrance – a very noisy place at 4:30 in the morning. When I requested a different room, the management was gracious and immediately placed us in connecting rooms in a significantly quieter, but less charming section of the Hotel Del Coronado – their Ocean Towers. The room was luxurious and large and most importantly – quiet. I’d also suggest their California Cabanas, which are close to the Main Pool.
We enjoyed dining at two of their restaurants – 1500 Ocean (which had a kid’s menu – not always an easy find in upper-end hotels) and Sheerwater, their more casual grill and breakfast area. And their breakfasts?? One word – amazing.
There are plenty of shops contained in the Hotel del Coronado and I had a fun time finding Easter candy for my guys at Spreckels Sweets & Treats, while the boys enjoyed The Blue Octopus, a toy store.
Everything at the Hotel Del, alas, was not perfect . . .
I had arranged for a facial and massage at their spa as a “treat” for me, and while the massage was fine (though nothing special), the woman who gave me the facial was annoying. She kept trying to sell me on their “products” and suggested that the makeup/cleanser/etc I regularly used was inferior and filled with chemicals that were going to ruin my skin! I get that this is how they make extra commissions – but don’t tsk-tsk at me when I tell you that I’m not interested. Just. Move. On.
Would I go back? A definite YES!
Oh and did I mention that while we were there I was treated to some yummy eye-candy in the form of shirtless Navy Seals on a training run along the beach? Definitely a plus in my book!