Not Just Any Old Fare…World Class Food



Like any 5 star resort, The Hotel Del Coronado serves world class food, but with a twist. It’s not just any old fare… They grow much of their greens, herbs and peppers on property – to be used in their fine dining restaurant, “1888”  (aptly named for the year the resort opened).  If you look at the top photo, (all photos on this post are mine), you see a green grouping of plants in the center.  This is the view from my balcony – I’m looking right.


The next two photos  show in closer detail the well-loved and well-cared for garden.  Unlike New England, where I reside, the hotel staff doesn’t have to worry about winter freezing the crops, or dreaded deer.  I used to love deer.  It was always a treat to see them.  No longer.  The love to eat my plants, and can be huge road hazards.



What does this mean for your wedding fare, if you choose to use the Hotel as your venue?  Delicious food, that’s what.  Even if you don’t get to enjoy the kitchen garden, Southern California has the best available fresh produce in the world, all local restaurants use it. You are in for a treat!


No worries about your wedding meal, and perhaps you’ll want to have your rehearsal dinner on site…or a post wedding brunch the next day.  You will have plenty of options, whether it’s pool side, (see above), or one of the more causal eateries – (see below).  And let’s face it…the view can’t be beat.


Illumination of the Hotel Del…and More!

The illumination of the Hotel Del Coronado is more than just a way to light a room…it is a work of art.  Not only was great thought, detail and expense put into the lighting of each public room, there is also a fascinating bit of trivia about one special room…

Who among us AND our children has not seen “The Wizard of Oz”?  I’d wager to say.. almost no one.  But do we know who the author was?  Probably my mother does, as she read each and every book. He is none other than L. Frank Baum.  And he has another grand distinction.  He loved Coronado Island!

According to

“Four years after publishing “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a children’s book that would become the first in a beloved series of 14, L. Frank Baum checked into the Hotel del Coronado for a wintertime respite. He and his wife would do so every year but one until 1910, during which time he wrote three more “Oz” books and parts of another. Later, the Baums would winter at a house not far away from the hotel, on Star Park Circle. The house, like the storied Victorian hotel, still stand today. Baum passed away in 1919, but his memory and his legacy in San Diego cultural history live on…So fascinated by the hotel was Baum that he volunteered to design the lighting in what would be renamed, in tribute to his vision, the Crown Room.”

Hotel_Del_Buffet_1600x1067 Sunday Brunch in the Crown Room.  Look at those gorgeous hanging “crowns”!

coronet1_1600x1200 Coronet Room, an auxiliary room off the Crown Room.  I do not know this for fact, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say Baum designed the fixture in this room as well.

Ballroom_overhead_1600x1200 Ballroom

The fixtures in the Ballroom are exquisite.  A bride would almost require no more decor than to have these lovelies hanging down from their noble perch!


Windsor Complex

And how about these art deco creations from the Windsor Complex?  While not my favorites, no one can deny their elegance.



And the Grande Dame of them all, the gigantuan chandelier from the main lobby.  I adore this!

And a last bit of trivial…The Hotel Del Coronado has bragging rights to the oldest continuously running elevator in the United States.  Always run with an attendant, and most often by the famous, gem of an employee, “Andrew”.   He’s been with the resort 40+ years.  Andrew knows more about the Hotel Del than any reference guide.  It was my pleasure to ride with him.  You know a company’s a ‘good one ‘ when an employee chooses to stay so long.

Wedding Options At the Hotel Del Coronado

So.. if you’re seriously considering a destination wedding…do you think the Hotel Del Coronado could be the right fit?  Think about it, you get the perfect weather of the south of France, but you’re still in the US.  And it’s every bit as beautiful!  I was gifted with a generous property tour, provided by the lovely Andrea, focusing on the multiple ceremony/reception sites the resort offers.  I think what most impressed me was the vast options a bride has to choose from — eleven in all!



The above two photos are my own, – the top one being from my room’s balcony.  We had a perfect day, as you can see, but then every day is perfect in the San Diego area. The green lawn in both pictures is “The Windsor Lawn”.  Remember, in my post, “Destination Weddings“, I pointed out the summer cottage Wallis Warfield Simpson shared with her second husband?  Well, the lawn is aptly named for the ‘Windsor Connection’.  Just click on the pink link if you’d like to read my post.


One of the most popular ceremony/reception sites is the Windsor Lawn. The hotel stock photo above showcases just how perfect a wedding would look.

Considering an evening affair, or just prefer your reception to be held in doors?  Then the Ballroom is for you!  Below is my photo of the Ballroom waiting to be dressed for the next event.  The following picture is the room in all it’s festive glory.  Notice any differences despite the decor?  Look at the chandeliers.


In my photo above, the chandaliers are stationed much higher.  They can be raised or lowered, depending on the guests’ preference.


Do you take the phrase, “Beach Wedding” to heart?  Then you have the option of being married RIGHT – ON – THE – SAND!


Perhaps you have a smaller gathering, and want a slightly more intimate affair – with an art deco vibe?  Then the “Crown Room” is the perfect choice.  Named for the crown shaped lighting fixtures, the room itself is a work of art.  Look at the fabulous room ceiling.  It’s breathtaking, but the maintenance that is required to keep it pristine is mind boggling.


Tomorrow, we’ll explore several more ceremony/receptions options on property.



Services Unique to The Hotel Del Coronado

Our discussion of more Hotel Del wedding venues will have to wait until tomorrow…I am just too excited to share some unique services to the resort!

It’s happened to many of us…we are enjoying a delicious picnic lunch on the beach, or an early dinner on a resort patio…and in dives a seagull to steal our meal.  Urrrg!  Or perhaps worse…we are  bombed with a “seagull surprise.”  Well, that doesn’t have to be the case at the Hotel Del where a falconer is employed.  Enter Jorge Herrera, as seen below.


According to a hotel source “…Herrera doesn’t have to do much more than show up to scare the gulls. The simple tactic of walking around with his hawk on a perch or doing short flights is enough to flush the pesky birds away. It’s an easy job for the predators….What George does is he brings in his birds sets them up here on our Windsor Lawn then he will walk around the property… The birds of prey… frighten the other smaller birds and the seagulls.”

Think this would be a good idea for your wedding at the Hotel Del?  It is advisable to contact hotel staff and see if this is a routine thing, or if there is an up-charge for your event.  During my stay, I saw a falconer walking the perimeter of the “Windsor Lawn”.  It was fascinating, and the hawk so majestic.


Hey, guys, want to surprise your bride with a “little something extra” on her wedding day?  How about a sand castle on the beach of the Hotel Del?  The Sandcastle Man, Bill Pavlacka, shares his talent with the Hotel Del – for a fee of course.  While, yes, it will eventually wash away, photos will last forever!  I just love this idea.

Just can’t get enough of the Hotel Del Coronado, and want to return after your Destination Wedding?  Another novel approach “The Del” has taken is the creation of it’s “Club At the Del” Details follow below from their own website

“This private beach and social club membership provides VIP access to the legendary resort and the luxuries of Beach Village on a daily basis. Members experience the best of what Hotel del Coronado and Beach Village at The Del have to offer, whether it’s a beach party, wine dinner, sunrise yoga, surf lesson or holiday celebration. Enjoy secluded pools, private full-service beach cabanas, an executive locker room with whirlpool and steam room, fitness center and classes, along with fireside dining and sunset libations in the glamorous Windsor Cottage clubhouse.

Members also receive preferred rates on resort services and amenities like fine dining at 1500 OCEAN and relaxing treatments at the spa. Entertainment includes a full social calendar of events from comedy nights and beach barbecues to live music and holiday galas. Club Adventures take members to sporting events, horse races and more.

Experience the iconic Hotel del Coronado as your own private club.

Member Access

  • The Del’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • Executive-style member’s only locker room
  • The Beach Village pool (only Beach Village owners and guests also have access)
  • The Main pool and Boardwalk (adult-only) pool
  • The Windsor Club Cottage (a member’s ocean-view cottage/social area)
  • Private, full-service beach area”


My photo above…One seating area for the private club members.  Love having sofas right on the sand.

Tomorrow, I’ll share with you about more ceremony/reception options at the resort.  And then…about the unique lighting fixtures, created by a very famous man…