Hotel Del Coronado, California - My Family Travels

As a family-friendly resort in California, the Hotel Del Coronado is both classy and fun for kids. Find out the scoop on Family Travel Forum's ratings of this famous property.

The “Del” as it’s fondly called, has reigned supreme for more than a century as southern California’s premiere beachfront resort. Built in 1888, this elegant Historic Landmark hotel sits on 28 seaside acres on the island of Coronado, just over the bridge from San Diego.  Headquarter here to enjoy the beach, and take fascinating sidetrips to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Seaworld Adventure Park, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and downtown San Diego. 

The Del’s red-roofed Victorian towers gaze down upon a broad stretch of soft sand and warm water where vacationers such as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Jack Nicholson, and numerous US Presidents and dignitaries have enjoyed the near-perfect, year-round weather and world-class service.

If you’re bringing the baby, the concierge will set you up with anything you might need, including bonded babysitters from the service the hotel has used for years. That way you can enjoy the Del’s lavish spa treatments, yoga classes, and fitness pavilion. Reserve one evening for 1500 Ocean, the on-site restaurant, voted the ‘most romantic’ in San Diego, and ask to sit outside, weather permitting. Its intimate atmosphere, award-winning cuisine, and spectacular setting is sure to rekindle the romance that kids may have elbowed out of your marriage. 

For older children (ages 4-12), the popular Kitopia runs year-round, offering daytime activities during the summer and evening activities the rest of the year. On certain weekdays, a Kids Crafts program from 10:30am-noon teaches children of all ages how to cast a sand candle or tie-dye a T-shirt. 

Don’t miss the Del’s Coronado on Wheels bike tour, which cruises around the small island, stopping halfway through for an ice cream break. Child-size bikes, trailers, and child seats —  plus helmets for ages 12 months + —  are available.  

Resort Report Card

Name: Hotel Del Coronado
Address: 1500 Orange Ave
Phone: 800/HotelDel
Seasonal Rates: $ – $$$$
Hotel Setting: A
Hotel Staff: A
Choice of Activities: A
Quality of Amenities: A
Bonus: Southern California’s only true beachfront resort.
Note: Frank Baum drew his inspiration for the Emerald City of Oz from the Del’s fanciful exterior.

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