On my first trip away from both my husband and kids, I hopped on an airplane and flew into the San Diego Airport. While not a vacation, per se, but rather a press trip to learn more about the new Hyundai Santa Fe, I would only be responsible for myself. That’s a first in the last four years, and I can’t tell you how I excited I was to pack my bags. Especially when I learned I’d be staying at the Hotel Del Coronado ranked as one of the Top 10 Resorts In The World by USA Today!
On the other hand, I couldn’t avoid the stress that comes from leaving the hubby and kids, ALONE, for the first time. Will my house still be intact when I return? Can he manage both kids for 48 hours without my help? And rumor has it there’s a ghost at the Hotel del Coronado or “the Del” as locals call it, so will I really be alone at night? Apparently, Kate Morgan checked into the resort on November 24, 1892, and never checked out.
Since then, there have been all kinds of reports of ghost like events in her room 3327.(the resort says it’s there most requested room) While no one in our group was staying in that room, several of them experienced their bathroom lights flickering, being turned off or on, or reported hearing strange noises.
My room, 3547, was two floors away, so I wasn’t worried. Of course, I guess ghosts are expected at any property that’s 125 years old. This year the Del is celebrating its 125th birthday, and I have to say it doesn’t look a day over 100. Yes, it’s been updated with the modern conveniences like the flat screen television and in room Wi-fi, but the floors, including the stairs are uneven, and the golden cage elevator is one of the first Otis elevators. I was almost afraid to ride it, but lugging my heavy suitcase up five flights of stairs frightened me even more. Regardless of its age, it has so much charm, character, and the perfect location that it’s an ideal place to stay.
Famous guests include myself (ok, so not really), Thomas Edison, L. Frank Baum, Babe Ruth, Madonna ,Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Brad Pitt and 11 Presidents. “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum spent several winters at Hotel del Coronado between 1904 and 1910, while writing novels for his Oz series. It’s said that Baum designed the gorgeous crown shaped light fixtures in the infamous “Crown Room”, where events have been held for Charles Lindbergh and Prince Edward of Wales. We were able to step inside the room, that features vaulted ceilings made from sugar pine using tongue and groove joints. There wasn’t a single nail used in constructing the room.
The hotel’s colorful history led Rand McNally to recognize the Hotel del Coronado as a property that’s enjoyed”more fame and historical significance than perhaps any hotel in North America.”
Located across the spectacular Coronado Bay Bridge, which connects Coronado Island to San Diego, the hotel sits on one of the Top 10 U.S. Beaches as named by The Travel Channel in 2012. From the beach, you can see Navy SEALS running in the mornings, watch the helicopters hovering over the water as the SEALS perform water exercises, and get close views of the military planes on their way to North Island.
This review was written by a Makobi Scribe staff member Kristin Barclay.