What’s new at the Hotel del Coronado? Retail, food service, swing music and more
With the completion of the $400 million masterplan renovations, The Del has retained its historic charm but is now revamped in many ways. The hotel recently won a 2022 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) for the entry, porch, and lobby restoration project. The grand new entrance, relocated to Avenida del Sol, harkens back to the past, with guests greeted by the meticulously revitalized front porch, complete with nostalgic rocking chairs and stained glass windows. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy swing music and signature cocktails on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m., at the brand new Front Porch Swing.
The Ice House Museum offers photo galleries and tours of The Del’s storied history through the years. Shore House is slated for completion in mid-September, featuring a neighborhood feel, a new pool, and spacious living rooms that overlook gorgeous ocean views. The Southpointe Event Center will include a ballroom of over 15,000 square feet, as well as additional smaller rooms and a lawn to host events.
For visitors and locals alike, it’s worth a visit to see the updated lobby, grounds, and new retail area, the latest project to be completed, which features some old favorites, as well as some exciting new stores. Near the hall, East. Boutique 1888 always offers one-of-a-kind treasures and gifts, with The Signature Shop offering exclusive Hotel del Coronado apparel and gifts, including the much sought-after collectible Christmas ornament. The Del also has an online store.
Brighter, brighter, inviting hallways draw you from the front and back entrances to the updated shopping experience. Brady’s for Men is back with its longtime staff known for putting together stylish outfits for men who want to look their best, with an expansive boutique stocked with activewear, shoes and more. The Beachouse, the updated version of the popular gift shop that was previously located next door to Babcock and Story Bar, still offers an amazing range of coastal-themed gift and decor items. I was thrilled to receive a 10% local discount on gifts I recently purchased there (check with other stores to see if your purchase qualifies). En Route offers stylish leather luggage and goods, including Briggs & Riley bags, for everyday and travel.
Newcomers include Monroe, a chic womenswear boutique inspired by the Hollywood icon, which offers white to bright dresses and apparel. Current offers a range of casual clothing for men, reflecting the coastal lifestyle, from swimming to golf to the beach. Action sports gear can be found at SRF, with sunglasses from Ray-Ban to Maui Jim, surfboards, skateboards, roller skates, helmets, a whole host of sportswear and even the Seabob, the fastest water sled in the world. Weekends offers beach-inspired clothing for a variety of leisure needs. There are currently no plans to bring back a children‘s store.
The decision to reopen Spreckels Sweets and Treats has not been finalized, but sweet goodness, with myriad toppings, abounds at Sundaes Ice Cream & Gelateria, which also offers local Mexican-style artisan popsicles, with real fruit , from Holy Paleta. Other food offerings include coastal cuisine at Serẽa; pizza, coffee, takeout and more at Eno Market & Pizzeria; breathtaking views, craft cocktails and light fare at Sundeck: breakfast, lunch and dinner at Sheerwater; and be sure to take time to sit at the restored original mahogany bar, home to the Babcock & Story Bar, for live music and a wide selection of libations and bites. Tacos and cold bars are the highlights of the beach and Taco Shack, with live music in the sand on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Plan a walk around the 134-year-old historic grounds to see what’s new, and don’t forget to enjoy the beachside views and marvel at the custom sandcastle creations near the boardwalk. For details, see hoteldel.com.