Hotel del Coronado to Celebrate 130 Years

The legend lives on at Hotel del Coronado as the iconic beachfront resort celebrates 130 years of #delmemories.

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Hotel del Coronado Panoramic view. Image Hotel del Coronado

More than just an iconic skyline, architectural marvel or seaside resort, The Del represents a bygone era, a relaxed SoCal mindset and a timeless elegance. And there’s no better time to frolic on the beach like Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot than during its 130th anniversary in 2018.

This California gem has charmed travelers from around the world since 1888 with its beachfront location, luxury accommodations and elegant soirées. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Hotel del Coronado is an American beauty to treasure. The Legend Lives On as the hotel honors this milestone anniversary with a dynamic roster of experiences that solidify its place in history as the place for a Grand American Beach Vacation.

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Guests riding on pony carts – early 1900s. Image Hotel del Coronado

“The property has this tremendous allure and every guest who stays here is part of our heritage,” said General Manager Harold Rapoza, Jr. “For 130 years, we have hosted millions of ‘Del memories’—for Hollywood celebrities and British royalty to generations of families gathering for their iconic beachfront photo with the turret. This anniversary both celebrates the past and looks forward to the next 130 years – the legend lives on.”

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Sailors land boats on Del Beach – 1917. Image Hotel del Coronado

A Year of Epic Events kicks off in February

With special events held throughout the year, the grandest fete is the Icons + Masters Anniversary Gala, a black-tie celebration with five of the nation’s French Master Chefs on Saturday, February 17. Guests will first enjoy a gallery showing of some of the world’s most iconic stars, seen through the lens of legendary celebrity photographer John Russo, and enjoy an incredible menu collaboration from Xavier Salomon, Olivier Dubreuil, Steve Benjamin, Frederic Castan and The Del’s own Patrick Ponsaty and Stefan Peroutka. Together, the chefs will create a five-course dinner inspired by vintage menus of The Del, capped off by dancing and entertainment, courtesy of a multi-piece orchestra. Guests will receive a commemorative charger plate and the night’s menu etched in metal. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a special champagne reception in the Coronet Room, an autographed Master Chefs of France cookbook and an opportunity to mingle with John Russo and the culinary lineup.

Continue the celebration on The Del’s actual birthday, Monday, February 19, where the community of Coronado will join guests and city members for a complimentary sunset champagne toast, followed by a stunning fireworks display set to music by DJ Hevrock. Following the finale, ticketed guests will walk to 1500 OCEAN for a spectacular 130th Anniversary Dinner where Patrick Ponsaty takes a modern twist on one of the original menus from The Del’s first chef Frederic Pierre Compagnon.

Legendary events will continue throughout the year including the following:

  • June-Aug: Celebrity Chef Clambake Series June-Aug: Celebrity Chef Clambake Series
  • June 17: Gary Sinise Father’s Day Concert on the Beach
  • July 11: San Diego Pride Kickoff Event
  • July 1: 4th of July Del Beach Bash
  • August 25 – 26: Beach Polo at The Del
  • September: Chef Throwdown to Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • October 27: Hallo-wine & Spirits Party
  • November 8 – 11: Coronado Island Film Festival
  • November 22-December 31: A Legendary Holiday Season

Receive a $130 Credit with your stay

From private bonfires with s’mores to plush pool cabanas and ocean-inspired spa treatments, guests are invited to celebrate all The Del has to offer throughout the year with the 130th Anniversary Offer, which includes a $130 resort credit with any two-night stay in 2018. Stay a little longer and enjoy a $65 resort credit for each additional night.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She and her husband Harry are thrilled to call Coronado home and raise their two children here. In her free time enjoys reading, hitting the gym and walking her dog around the “island”.

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