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Orange, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.


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Th Historic Del, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

During a recent work trip to sunny San Diego and Coronado Island my husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. What a magnificent choice! The hotel is stunning, the service impeccable, the staff friendly and I felt as pampered as Marilyn Monroe when she filmed “Some Like it Hot”.

“Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite has long been heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. A pronouncement underscored by its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1977.”

“Today, The Del offers guests a unique combination of modern luxury touched with the charm and grace of this fairytale castle. Include its stunning beachfront locale and it’s easy to see why The Del has been called “one of the top ten resorts in the world” by USA Today.

We arrived at the Hotel on a Thursday afternoon in September with over 500 other guests. Check-in lasted a mere 10 minutes for less and we were greeted graciously with a welcome reception outside in the courtyard. The staff were very tuned in to our needs upon arrival. We had requested a king size bed, but upon check-in realized that we were given a room with two queen sized beds. I called the guest services and was quickly told that we would have a room upgrade by the next morning, and low and behold, by the time we woke the next day a room change was placed under our door. Needless to say, we decided that room fit our needs just fine and opted to stay where we first were assigned.

The Hotel Del is massive in size. Several restaurants, bars and many shops adorn the property. The staff is amazing and were also within reach if need be. The property was spotless and gorgeous, the same way the website depicted it would be. With flowers and shrubs well manicured. The main part of the hotel is the Victorian Inn and next door are the cabanas and the Towers, where we stayed. The Victorian part of the Hotel is said to be haunted by the Ghost of Kate Morgan, although she never made an appearance we looked for her each day!

Most our meals were served by the staff at the Del. Consisting of a beachfront welcome reception, breakfast buffets, and a farewell gala event int he historic ballroom. The service was top notch and the waitstaff were some of the best I have ever encountered during our travels. Friendly, courteous and always willing to make your stay more pleasant.

Whether you want a beach resort experience, a deluxe spa treatment, a quiet getaway, or a romantic honeymoon, the Del can’t be beat. The Island of Coronado is a beautiful escape from downtown San Diego and offers dining and shopping as well. Most within walking distance. The sights and sounds make for a gorgeous destination to relax or plan daytime excursions to the San Diego Zoo, the waterfront or nearby La Jolla! Overall the Hotel Del is a rare jewel not to be missed!

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Well I’m sure my readers have been faithfully looking for me! The past two weeks have been a travelers dream of wanderlust for me! I traveled to San Diego and Coronado California, Kentucky for a few days and then San Juan Puerto Rico. Stayed at the exquisite Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado and the Ritz Carlton in San Juan! Not bad! I am ready to honestly review the hotels and food along the way Stay tuned for next week!

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