How to Find a Place to Stay on Coronado Island

If you're looking for the best Coronado Island hotel for your trip, you're in the right place. This is a different kind of hotel guide than you're used to.

Instead of repeating the hotel listings you can find on your own, this guide gives you all the insider tips and insights that other websites don't - and local visitor's bureaus won't. It includes a little bit about where Coronado is and how close it is to other locations. It also goes into views (and lack of them).

FYI, Coronado hotel tax is 10%, about the same as in the city of San Diego.

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A Bit About Coronado Island

Coronado Beach
Ellen Macdonald/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Coronado Island isn't really an island. Technically, it's a peninsula, connected to the mainland. With that connection far south of downtown San Diego, it appears to be a narrow barrier island. To get to Coronado, you can either drive across the Coronado Bridge or take a water taxi from the San Diego waterfront.

Coronado is so close to downtown San Diego and the convention center that some visitors prefer to stay there rather in the middle of busy downtown. The only downside is that you'll have to add a little extra transit to get across the bay.

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Finding the Perfect Coronado Island Hotel

To find your Coronado lodging like a pro, use the same process we use to choose our recommended hotels.

Before you get started, you'll need to know a few things about Coronado's layout:

  • Several hotels on the east side of the island face downtown San Diego. Rooms on the city side will have great skyline views, but they may also have rooms that face the opposite direction, with views that are guaranteed to be disappointing in comparison.
  • On the west side of Coronado, the only hotel on the beach is the Hotel del Coronado. A couple of other places in town may use the words "Coronado Beach" in their names, but don't let them fool you. They are not on the beach. If you're tempted to believe their hype, locate the hotel on a map before you reserve a room
  • You'll find several hotels in downtown Coronado. Hotels with addresses between 900 and 1400 Orange are close enough to walk to downtown and the beach. From the rest, it's a long walk (or a drive or Uber ride).
  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort is about 5 miles south of the town of Coronado, at Silver Strand State Beach, on the inland side of the peninsula.
  • Other hotels a little further from downtown Coronado may be less expensive, but even if you have a car to get from there to town, parking in Coronado is at best a frustration and at its worst, a mood-killer.
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Get the Lowest Rate for Your Coronado Island Hotel

T o get the best rates, you can just do what I do. Compare prices and read reviews for Coronado hotels on Tripadvisor. You'll get more than enough information in that one place to get a really good rate and not spend an eternity doing it.

Once you've picked a few good candidate hotels for your trip, apply some tricks to get the lowest possible rate.

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Coronado Island Hotels I'd Go Back To

One of the best hotels on the island is the Glorietta Bay Inn, especially the 11 rooms in their historic mansion.

You'll hear a lot of oohs and ahs you hear when anyone mentions the Hotel del Coronado. The location is spectacular, and the architecture is grand, but it's too expensive. And some areas are not up to the standards its reputation might lead you to expect.

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Coronado Vacation Rentals

If you're looking for a chance to find out what it feels like to live in Coronado, try a rental through Airbnb. It's often a go-to option for a trip of more than a couple of days and can be much less expensive than a hotel would be. However, don't be surprised if you find that has changed. The town of Coronado passed a law restricting owners to renting their places 25 days a year, which may limit capacity.