The Hotel Del Coronado has epitomized the idea of luxury since its completion in 1888. Over the years, the iconic destination has attracted an impressive list of celebrity clientele. Residing on the island that recently earned the coveted title of “America’s Best Beach 2012,” San Diego’s most iconic resort is a definite must-see.
As you are probably aware, here at Bite San Diego we are interested in a specific aspect of the Hotel Del: the restaurant scene. Our Coronado tour will show you the ins and outs of the island while you get to sample all of the delicious foods it has to offer. Before you embark, check out a few of the famous figures whose footsteps you will be walking in.
Thomas Edison: As the Chief Electrician, Edison was a major contributor during The Del’s construction. A wall plaque in the lobby of the hotel acknowledges inventor’s work today.
L. Frank Baum: The mastermind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz wrote the story that made him famous at The Del in the early 1900s. The hotel had a large impact on his writing. As the author explained, in his eyes, “Those who do not find the Coronado a paradise have doubtless brought with them the same conditions that would render heaven unpleasant to them did they chance to gain admittance.”
Edward, King of England: In 1920, the then-Prince of Wales was honored at the Hotel Del. Also living there at the time: Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom Edward would one day marry, subsequently abdicating his throne.
Charles Lindbergh: In 1927, a celebration dinner was held in the Crown Room honoring aviator Charles Lindbergh for completing his famous nonstop transatlantic solo flight between New York City and Paris. The “lavish banquet” was decorated with a replica of Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” that flew around the ceiling for the duration of the meal.
Marilyn Monroe: In 1958, the Some Like It Hot was filmed at the Coronado starring Marilyn Monroe. Guarded by Coronado police officers throughout her stay in 1958, the actress was said to have been inspired by The Del: “The hotel was the most magical part of the filming… Marilyn felt relaxed there.” She reportedly enjoyed the chef’s cold soufflé vanilla pudding with egg-white decoration and requested it daily.
The list goes on… The Hotel Del is a Mecca for the famous – more recent celebrity sightings include Brad Pitt and Madonna. Their stories add fascination to the already rich history of Coronado and will continue to uphold the hotel’s reputation as one of America’s most iconic symbols of luxury for years to come.
Which of these influential figures do you wish you could have crossed paths with at the Hotel Del?