The idea that heaven is a place where angels rest on fluffy white clouds has never held much appeal for me. I've seen for myself (having flown in multiple airplanes) that clouds are just unsubstantial wet mist. I am convinced that the location of the "hereafter" must be something better - perhaps even a conglomeration of all of the best times and places that I have experienced in this life. I would be quite pleased, in fact, if it would replicate the luxurious and beautiful surroundings of the Hotel del Coronado.
The Hotel del Coronado, or "The Del" as it is often fondly called, is a luxury resort just across a bridge from San Diego, California. Coronado has a “island feel” although it is actually a peninsula, connected to the mainland by a thin spit of land called the Silver Strand. A friend and I chose Coronado from various flight destination options for the location of our “girl’s weekend away” last month, because of the beautiful beach, warm weather, and the activities available there. We deliberated about the expense, but finally decided that Hotel del Coronado was worth the splurge. I am so happy that we did.
The bathroom was tiny, but all features had been updated and no detail overlooked, right down to the hotel seal on the extra roll of toilet paper!
When the Hotel del Coronado first opened its doors in 1888, it was a grand and glorious hotel resort. Located in the still vastly unsettled wild west, it was inaccessible except by train - and affordable only by the wealthy. The resort weathered the years of the depression, World wars, and post-war era. Guests have included numerous American Presidents and British royalty. L. Frank Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz) was a frequent guest, and is credited as to having designed the beautiful chandeliers in the dazzling Crown Room. The resort has been both a movie set and a place to stay for a variety of movie stars and movie makers, including Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis during the 1958 filming of Some Like It Hot. A $13 million renovation of the resort was just completed in 2014.
My friend and I did leave, and we returned to our homes in Montana and Virginia. We have already agreed, however, that the Hotel del Coronado will be the place for our next reunion. We both can't wait until we return.
I had already drafted this article, when I read (in the book mentioned above, page 194) that L. Frank Baum once compared the Del "to heaven itself." I guess I wasn't the first person to have had that thought!
In addition to this article, I will have a guest post published later this month on the travel blog, Heather on Her Travels. It tells more about the weekend my friend and I spent at the Hotel del Coronado, and our adventures while exploring San Diego. I hope you will click here to read my guest post, and visit Heather's wonderful blog.
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Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links, for which I may receive compensation if any purchases are made, and I did receive some complimentary services from the Hotel del Coronado. All opinions expressed, however, are entirely my own.