Celebrate A Californian Landmark And Raise Your Glass To The Del!

Celebrating its 130th Anniversary this month, Hotel del Coronado is set to sparkle with a calendar of birthday events set to pay homage to its glorious past, whilst placing a contemporary spotlight on its timeless coastal attraction. Affectionately known as ‘The Del’, this glamorous and endearing institute of Californian hospitality is a treasured landmark of the Golden State, holding an iconic and much-celebrated status beyond America.

Hotel Del Coronado, Pony Carts
Hotel Del Coronado, Pony Carts

An American Dream With A Stylish History

Conceived by businessmen, Elisha Babcock Jr. and Hampton Story in 1888, this turreted landmark of Southern California was an ambitious vision, built during San Diego’s boom years. Today, Hotel del Coronado remains standing proud — the epitome of ‘dreaming big’ — and boasts a remarkable history of world-class hospitality, distinguished guests and endearing beachfront glamour. Its early popularity was founded on city dwellers escaping the cold and cramped conditions of the eastern cities, such as New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, in favour of ‘health-promoting’ clean air and the warm climate of the Pacific Coast. The essence of the American dream, this resort was all about sharing the relaxed spirit and popular culture of coastal living and the enviable California lifestyle.

A Show-Stopping Seaside Setting

With world-class beaches, a year-round climate and stunning beachfront setting, The Del effortlessly represents the allure of the Golden State. The renowned sunsets, enviable lifestyle and vibrant local culture have attracted international guests to its sublime shores and Glorietta Bay since the early days of film and the rise of silver screen stars and Hollywood glitterati. Whilst the privacy afforded by the peninsulas of Coronado and Point Loma proved a constant draw, the interior of the hotel was something to be marvelled at. Showcasing lifts, telephones and being one of the largest buildings outside New York to have electric lights, the resort’s amenities was the talk of the town. Add to these stylish and progressive interiors, the array of activities, fine dining, dancing, billiards, bowling and fishing and Hotel del Coronado had it all!

Hotel Del Coronado, Dining in the Crown Room
Hotel Del Coronado, Dining in the Crown Room

The Popular Resort Scene

Soon to become America’s most loved beach resort, The Del played host to American presidents, foreign royalty and Hollywood luminaries. From the early film stars, such as Errol Flynn and Charlie Chaplin, to legendary screen siren Marilyn Monroe, The Del revelled in its star status. With regular enhancements — tennis courts, sailing, fine dining and world-class entertainment — the resort consistently raised the bar for luxury hospitality and constantly spoilt its discerning guests.

Marilyn Monroe in Sequined Dress
Marilyn Monroe in Sequined Dress

A Californian Icon

To this day, this beloved Californian gem has embodied the true essence of coastal living, forming the backdrop for California’s southern coastline and setting the scene for the quintessential SoCal experience. Today’s guests can still frolic on the beach in the style of ‘Some Like It Hot’, bathe in the famous sunshine and sip margarita cocktails whilst watching the sun slip into the mighty Pacific Ocean — the location remains as alluring as ever.

Edward Prince of Wales with Governor William Stephens
Edward Prince of Wales with Governor William Stephens

Surf, Savour And Celebrate This Anniversary Year

With year-long celebrations, including an exclusive, vintage-inspired Gala Dinner, open-air concerts and beachfront fireworks, there are many ways in which guests can join in the anniversary celebrations and pay their own classic tribute to an iconic Californian resort. The sense of nostalgia is effortlessly blended with the contemporary luxury of the 757 rooms and recent addition of Beach Village at The Del, meaning every guest enjoys the best modern amenities, such as an holistic spa, private chefs, exquisite oceanfront dining and bespoke concierge services — along with the much-loved coastal setting. So, head for the Sun Deck, indulge with a legendary brunch at the Crown Room, sip a gourmet Bloody Mary and make your own indelible memories during this special anniversary year.

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