Best Luxurious Hotel
Hotel Del Coronado
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If you’ve seen Some Like It Hot, then you know what The Del looks like – it was cast as a luxurious 1920s seaside resort in Florida in the famous movie. Since it opened in 1888 as a luxury fishing and hunting resort, the hotel has also hosted a dozen presidents and (allegedly) served as the prototype for the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz. Today the recently renovated resort has 688 rooms, suites and beachfront cottages. The 31 acres of pearly white California beach upon which the hotel sits are still the main attraction, offering boogie boards, volleyballs, Jet Skis and cabanas for rent. Surfing lessons are also available.

Best Family Hotel
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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Situated on a private peninsula between the ocean and San Diego Bay, Loews Coronado Bay is a 438-room luxury resort with a soft spot for kids. Facility-wise, there are 3 outdoor pools and a private pedestrian underpass to the Silver Strand State Beach. Children can sign up for surfing, tennis and sailing lessons, and bikes, roller blades, wave runners and other watercraft are available for rent. Organized kid’s activities include Dive-In Movies on Fridays (families can watch flicks from poolside or in the water). Dogs are also welcome and receive VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment in the form of cookies, room service and directions to the leash-free beach.

Best Budget Accommodations
Crown City Inn
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Crown City Inn offers attractive, moderately priced rooms (smoking and non-smoking) midway between the ocean and Old Ferry Landing on San Diego Bay (about five blocks either way). It’s an easy walk to both, or an easier ride on one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes. Guests can also hang at the heated pool and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the inn’s popular Crown Bistro. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, ironing boards and irons.


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