The Best Hotels in Coronado, California, for Every Traveler

Coronado is a gem of a vacation destination adjacent to San Diego
Coronado is a gem of a vacation destination adjacent to San Diego | © Dana Neibert / iStock Getty Images Plus
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11 December 2020

Whether you need a break from the East Coast or simply a Southern California staycation, Coronado is a gem of a vacation destination on the West Coast. This city, on a peninsula off San Diego, offers world-class resort living you thought you’d only find in the OC. Trust us, San Diego Bay will become your bae moments after you book a stay at one of the best hotels in Coronado.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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If you think genuine SoCal style is hard to come by these days, it’s because Loews Coronado Bay Resort harbors most of it in its secluded waterfront oasis. Here, you’ll find every luxurious amenity you can think of, and then some. We’re talking babysitting services so parents can get a break, on-site car rental if you want to visit the San Diego Zoo, and a free shuttle service to Silver Strand Beach and downtown Coronado Village. And lest we forget the cherry on top: you can instantly get out on the water with a sailboat from the resort marina and watch the sun set over the Pacific.
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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Hotel del Coronado
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One look at Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton, and you know you’re in for a magical seaside stay. Awake in your own beachfront cottage and simply roll out of bed for a yoga class on the shore. Pamper yourself at Salon at the Del, the very place where Marilyn Monroe got ready for her close-ups in Some Like It Hot, filmed at the hotel in 1958. You won’t have to leave the resort, as a clothing shop, gift shop, snack shop, newsstand, convenience store and foreign currency exchange are all within walking distance from your suite.
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1906 Lodge

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1906 Lodge
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Have that romantic getaway you’ve always dreamt of at 1906 Lodge on Coronado Beach. For more than a century, couples have snuggled up by the fireplace and enjoyed a destressing soak in the spa tub of their handsome guest rooms. Unwind with your partner over complimentary bottomless mimosas and (also complimentary) wine during happy hour. Take long walks on Coronado Beach just two blocks away and feel the romance as the sun sinks in a blaze over the ocean.
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Hotel Marisol Coronado

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Hotel Marisol Coronado
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Prefer a little privacy in your getaway? Hotel Marisol Coronado is a lovely boutique hotel that’s close to the beach, yet tucked away on a quiet street. With only 15 rooms in this secret jewel, you can sleep in without noisy neighbors disturbing you. Your complimentary healthy breakfast is yours to take at your leisure, as are the free-to-borrow bicycles you can use to ride up and down the shore. The beach is but a block away from your suite, and you’re welcome to use Marisol’s beach chairs and beach towels throughout your stay. Now lie back and breathe out.

Coronado Beach Resort

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Coronado Beach Resort does indeed have resort-level amenities including a rooftop hot tub and suites with ocean-view balconies, but what makes this place unique is the bed-and-breakfast hospitality. You’ll get to mingle with the owners every Monday morning – and you’ll be treated like family by the friendly, welcoming staff. Coronado Beach Resort aims to care for you, physically and mentally, and won’t be satisfied until you feel right at home.
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  • La Avenida Inn

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    La Avenida Inn
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    La Avenida Inn is the best value place to stay in Coronado, hands-down. Its five-star location in the heart of the city can’t be beaten, and even their standard rooms offer a pleasantly surprising amount of space, comfort and picturesque views. Within minutes, you and your pet (yes, they’re welcome, too) can be up and dressed and at the Coronado Beach & Dog Park. Casual California charm doesn’t come cheap, but at La Avenida Inn, it is definitely affordable.
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    El Rancho Motel

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    It’s a 10-room motel, but El Rancho feels more like a sweet little bed and breakfast. Cozy rooms have enough space to unwind until you’re ready to slide on your flip flops and head out. It’s only a short walk from your guest room to the Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado Ferry Center, Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Coronado Beach, all of which gives you the opportunity to swim, shop, golf and grab a few beers once you’ve worked up a thirst.

    Glorietta Bay Inn

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    Glorietta Bay Inn Coronado Island is first and foremost a dream for families and luxury travelers, but it’s also a fantastic option for business travelers who fancy a little sea air with their Zoom calls. Some rooms come with desks or tables where you can complete your work while loving the view of Glorietta Bay out of the window. Restaurants and cafés are right around the corner, but for the busy business traveler, a complimentary continental breakfast can be delivered to your bedside table in the Mansion Rooms. Cookies and milk can also be delivered with your nightly turndown service, because calories don’t count on work trips, right?
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    El Cordova Hotel

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    Convenience comes as standard for families staying at El Cordova Hotel. All suites have full kitchens and a little extra space built in to make sure parents and kids aren’t going to squabble. Roll-away beds and cribs are available on request (and kids stay free, which is a nice extra touch). El Cordova is only a 20-minute drive from the airport and half that distance to downtown San Diego. With a pool and beach a matter of steps away from your suite, the kids – and the parents – are all right.
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