It could be called a boutique hotel, an historic bed & breakfast, a family-friendly suite, a beach vacation, or all of the above. Glorietta Bay Inn is across the street from the Hotel del Coronado next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA. It is the historic home of JD Spreckels who once owned the Hotel del and much of Coronado. He built this mansion (now hotel) overlooking Glorietta Bay. There are a variety of rooms to choose from including standard rooms, family suites, and upscale mansion rooms.
What we loved:
* Continental breakfast and dining on the sunny patio
* A one bedroom (true) suite with kitchenette, bathroom, living room, and separate bedroom.
* Free Wi-Fi and free parking
* Kids loved the outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi (I was freezing! – it was December!)
ONE BEDROOM SUITE
Our suite was on the backside of the main home in the newer contemporary buildings. There were outdoor entrances up a flight of stairs with 3 rooms off the landing and outdoor seating areas. The living area was large with a pull out sofa, table, chairs, sitting chair, and TV. The bedroom (separated by a door) was also roomy with TV chest, full closet, and dresser drawers. The bathroom had a separate vanity area from the tub/toilet room. The kitchenette was spacious with a small refrigerator/separate freezer, stovetop, oven, microwave, and coffee maker. Cookware and dishes were in the cupboards. 1 small table and 2 stools provided an eating area. No dishwasher. We actually had to use the heater (not a normal thing in San Diego!) and used the wall units (also for AC): 1 in the bedroom, 1 in the living room.
There was nothing fancy or extra in the breakfast served at Glorietta Bay. In fact, there was a similar fare at an inexpensive hotel we stayed at in Nov when we skipped the breakfast for lack of choices. What made this breakfast stand out was the presentation. Real bowls, silverware, and mugs, along with “to go” choices were offered. Coffee was brewed in large urns with 2 pumps of liquid sugar or artificial sweetener. Hard-boiled eggs sat in a chilled dish next to a crock-pot of hot water that I used to dip them in to heat them up. Cottage cheese and fruit, a variety of breads, and 5 or so cereal choices rounded out the menu. We ate on the sunny patio and actually got a bit warm on an unusually cold December morning. The sparrows were out in plenty but the Inn had provided stainless steel plate covers to protect our food from the scavengers.
AFTERNOON SNACKS & POOL
It is a great treat to get afternoon snacks at a hotel. We came back from a long day at the San Diego Zoo and felt very chilled. Hot apple cider and snicker doodles cheered us all up as we drank them next to the large Christmas tree in the sitting room. Puzzles and board games were available, but my kids found an old favorite: one of those wire contraptions with beads on them that they loved as preschoolers. Even though it was a cold 55-60 degree day in San Diego, the kids couldn’t wait to go swimming. The pool was heated enough that they jumped in and swam, and then got warm in the Jacuzzi. I stayed bundled up and watched them splash with a view of the palm trees and boats in Glorietta Bay.
For dinner we walked from our room approx. 1 block to a signal light to cross the busy Orange Ave over to the Hotel del Coronado. Dinner and ice-skating next to the ocean were on the agenda. The beach was free access and has been voted one of the best beaches in the USA. It was beautiful and we watched an incredible sunset. Within walking distance of the Inn were several casual restaurants and the Lamb’s Players Theatre where we enjoyed the Festival of Christmas play/musical.
Bottom Line: We would definitely choose Glorietta Bay Inn for a beach stay in San Diego. Coronado Island has a great small town, beach vacation vibe with amazing beach access and fun activities. Glorietta Bay Inn is family-friendly and reasonably priced and a great place to stay.
Disclosure: My family and I were hosted for a 2-night stay in order to complete this honest review. My opinions presented are all my own and I was not asked to write about any particular perspective.
The Glorietta Bay Inn has all the charm of the "Del" and then some. It is located across the street from the famous Hotel Del Coronado but the rooms are a fraction of the price. Plus you don't have to fight the crowds in the lobby. Glorietta Bay is bright and inviting. The staff is very friendly. This hotel has the feeling of a small "Inn". Excellent location, a short walk to the beach and restaurants and shopping. Nice pool. Cookies and lemonade for the kids after a long day at the beach. Complimentary Continental Breakfast is served in the beautiful sun room. Very kid-friendly. If you go to Coronado, you won't be disappointed with this Hotel.