Glorietta Bay Inn-Great!
If it can get any better than the City of San Diego, then try Coronado. We had the opportunity of finishing the year in the delightful setting of the Glorietta Bay Inn. What a fabulous location across from the Hotel Del, which although has it's own grandeur is packed with people and chaotic atmosphere. It was wonderful after visiting the Del Shops to go back to the classic serenity of the Spreckles Mansion (the historic portion) of the Glorietta Bay Inn and have our warm chocolate chip cookies and 24hr coffee/tea/hot chocholate, etc. amidst looking at the timeless photos of the area on the walls. Even when we drank all the hot chocolate, the staff was happy to accomadate us with more! One of the best memories was at the ample continental style breakfast, we were treated to a piano concerto in the room housing the baby grand. Later we found out that the music was from one of the guests playing, and that the spontaneous recitals occur quite often. The rooms are comfortable and we enjoyed the down pillow top type overlay on the mattress. Coming fromCentral Florida where the average rainfall is 64 inches a year, we were not bothered by the headline So. Calif rain that occured during our visit. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We have stayed at the Glorietta Bay Inn on previous occassions and we look forward to our next return trip.
Loved the Inn - Next time will call directly
My husband and I just spent 3 nights at The Glorietta Bay Inn. We had a wonderful stay. We've been at the Loews on Coronado before, we were travelleing with children. We would never stay at the Del, too large, too crowded, not our speed. However, without our children TGBI was referred by a colleague. It was just what we were looking for. Quiet, intimate, formal. A perfect grown-ups get-away. The location is perfect. Just 1 block from all there is in Coronado and the beach, using the Del's access.
The only thing we would change, after reading several reviews upon our return, the next time, we'll make our reservations directly through the hotel's 800#, not online. We too felt our room was somewhat motelish, clean, comfortable, but small. Will utilize the staff more for our next stay to obtain a larger, more comfortable room. The staff is wonderful, attentive, friendly, but not intrusive.
A word to the wise, not a hotel for children in our opinion.
We stayed at the Glorietta Bay Inn for 4 nights in mid September. We chose this Inn based on the many positive reviews on this website and we were not dissapointed. Our room, the staff and location were all excellent. We were glad that we chose this property over the Dell. We were a little surprised to find out that the hotel is located on a very busy street but got used to it very quickly. Since there was no valet parking, it seemed a bit strange to pay $12 a night to park in an open lot. Our room was located on a side street and had a bay view. We enjoyed the balcony but were glad that we were located on the second floor, the first floor is a little close to the street. Coronado is great place with easy access into the Seaport area and downtown. We can't waite to go back.
We just returned from a three-day stay at Glorietta Bay Inn. The Inn is wonderful. It is across the street from the Del Coronado, where we had stayed on a prior trip, and we much prefer the Glorietta Bay. While the standard rooms are small, they are adequate, and you don't come to Coronado to stay inside. The Inn's staff are extremely helpful (even lending us umbrellas); all are concierges and very knowledgeable about the area. We took a lovely breakfast (included) on the terrace each morning. There is good strong coffee available all day. The pool is not large, but because it is a small (relatively) resort, it never felt crowded, and the view of the bay and boats from the pool is terrific. You can walk across the street and access the wonderful beach through the Del, so you have the benefits of all of the Del's shops and cafes without always feeling that you are staying with thousands of people. We highly recommend this Inn.
My husband and I just got back from spending 4 nights at the Glorietta Bay Inn. Unfortunately, when we booked, the suite we wanted wasn't available for all 4 nights. We ended up sleeping in the Albrecht room the first night and were transferred to the Spreckles Suite for the remaining three. Both rooms were delightful. The staff transferred our belongings during the day while we were out and was conducted flawlessly. Every staff member encountered during our stay was pleasant and went out of their way to make accommodations. Since we were in the main building our breakfast was delivered to our door each morning at the exact time requested. The evenings were peaceful and beds very comfortable. The lemonade served during the afternoon was refreshing and we really enjoyed the evening chocolate chip cookies and milk.
Our friends staying across the street at the Del were disappointed when they learned that they could have stayed at the Glorietta instead. They felt that our rooms were substantially better and the service far greater than the Del. We will definitely visit again.
Paradise for a great price!
Coronado Island is famous for its historic luxury hotel, the Hotel Del Coronado, a landmark structure set amongst lavish Victorian gardens overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (and that's not an exaggeration, as Coronado's beaches frequently appear on those lists that judge such things). What most people don't realize is that there is another fabulous historic hotel right across the street, the Glorietta Bay Inn. The smaller Glorietta Bay might sit in the shadow of the better known Del, but it is its big sister's equal in beauty if not scale. Given that the Inn was originally constructed as the summer home of one of the Del's owners, that is not surprising. What is surprising is the service at the Inn, which is an unparalleled experience of old-fashioned, personalized customer service. Because they deal with a much smaller volume, the staff at the Glorietta Bay is able to treat its guests as just that. Everyone goes out of their way to make visitors feel more like welcome houseguests shown great hospitality rather than paying lodgers.
Which is all the more impressive given the quality accommodations come with such reasonable rates. The historic mansion that is the center of the hotel has limited space, so contemporary wings of modern rooms have been added around the original house, which was lovingly restored to its gilded glory. While somewhat blander, the contemporary rooms are nice, including such amenities as in-room safes and high-speed internet access. There are a variety of configurations to suit the needs of all travelers. Whether a businesswoman is in need of an inexpensive single for herself or a two bedroom suite with full kitchen and separate living room that will accommodate her entire family, the Glorietta Bay offers an option that suits. Internet specials are regularly offered, and the staff does their best to honor them even in busy times, although availability is limited. The cheaper rooms are not as spacious or luxurious, but all of the rooms are adequate. And the gracious staff extends the same service to all guests, whether they're paying for a basic room or the plush penthouse. If you opt for one of the contemporary rooms, be sure to take advantage of the complimentary continental breakfast offered in the mansion's music room each morning, or take a cup of icy lemonade to the veranda overlooking the Glorietta Bay that provides the Inn its name to enjoy the sunset during the evening refreshment and social hours. There are plenty of ways to appreciate the historic splendor of the mansion even if one's budget is hampered by modern restrictions.
I stumbled across the Inn almost by accident on my first trip to Coronado, a happenstance for which I've been grateful many times. I now return to the Inn every few months, as I'm a frequent traveler to California. I've checked out the other hotels on the Island, but the Glorietta Bay is by far my favorite. The staff greets me like one of the family, but I'm not. This gushing review was earned by them the hard way--through the consistent extension of warm hospitality and quality, personalized service that make every visit like coming home.
Was I at the same place?
I stayed 1 night in November due to a party at the Hotel Del I was attending because its just across the street and alot less $$$$. It is a nice place but the section I stayed in was more like a motel than a mansion.. Room very small and if that was a queen bed............. I booked the minimum room rate without view and the front desk upgraded us to a bayview which was nice but again very motel feel.
Also,, pool is the size of a bandaid,,, very good continental breakfast.