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Hotel Del Coronado

Opened in 1888, Hotel Del Coronado is a luxury hotel and a Historical Landmark. “Hotel Del”, as it’s called by San Diegans, is also considered haunted. According to Forbes Travel, “On Thanksgiving Day in the late 1800s, Kate Morgan went to meet her estranged husband at the Hotel del Coronado. He never showed up and her body was found on the steps leading to the ocean. It remains unclear whether she was murdered or committed suicide. Guests in room 3327, where she stayed, have reported hearing and seeing all sorts of spooky things.”

Haunted or not, Hotel Del is absolutely stunning!!!

I once attended a work Christmas party there. With formal table settings before us, none of us at my table could remember the rule for using our utensils–was it outside-in or inside-out? I think we all pretty much agreed to pick up whichever fork. LOL.

Wider view of the hotel
Photo taken in the parking lot in front of the hotel

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UPDATE (October 2008): The above photo is featured in the Guest Photos section of Great Hotels of the World.

Right side & back (where the palm trees are) of hotel
I had just finished eating at Bino’s Bistro and was standing across the street near the restaurants & shops; this prompted me to go and snap photos of the hotel’s façade and the beach (the above 2 photos & next photo)

Beach and Pacific Ocean–a stone’s throw from the hotel; view of Point Loma in background

The movie “Some Like It Hot” (1959) starring Marilyn Monroe was shot at the hotel. Video compilation of Marilyn Monroe, Hotel Del and other photos:

According to Wikipedia:

  • 3 other movies had also been filmed there: The Stunt Man (with Peter O’Toole), the 1973 film Wicked, Wicked (completely filmed on location there), and the 1990 version of My Blue Heaven (with Steve Martin).
  • 15 U.S. presidents have stayed at the hotel: Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

The movie “Somewhere in Time” was based on the book, “Bid Time Return” by Richard Matheson. For several weeks, Matheson had stayed at the Hotel Del, which also served as the novel’s setting. “Somewhere in Time” was filmed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Other photos of Hotel Del.

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