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Coronado Beach Resort

Coronado, CA 92118 PHONE: 877-681-4170 Map it / View Street Address

Featured Review: Coronado Beach Resort

by Jeff Bellin, Salem MA 
First printed in Mar/Apr 2012

I was browsing around for potential trades with all of the 90,000 points we have to use when we bank our Kauai Beach Villas timeshare. That's a lotta points and with somewhat limited time to vacation, it is sometimes difficult to use all of them.

I was looking for something in the San Diego area where my wife and I could combine a warm weather vacation in the late winter or early spring with a visit to my sister who lives out near La Jolla. Two openings for the Coronado Beach Resort popped up in a four month search window in RCI's system. The beach in Coronado is rated as one of the top ten best in all the U.S., and with the historic Hotel Del Coronado literally across the street, I considered this trade immediately. The points were relatively high (53,000 for a one bedroom), but we had plenty of points to burn. Reviews were great for this resort, but largely due to its location, which is, indeed, terrific.


The resort, part of the Grand Pacific stable of resorts, is rather small and it offers few amenities for a resort requiring that point value. The Coronado Beach Resort is really more akin to an urban timeshare such as the Manhattan Club in NYC or the Allen House in London than it is to a real resort. Rooms are relatively small for the amount of points, there is no pool or restaurant on the premises (tons of restaurants around, though), but there is a small jacuzzi, lounge chairs, dining tables I mention that resort amenities are not the strong point here, but they do try hard at this resort. In addition to the free bike rentals, they also offer all the beach accessories you could wish for - towels, sand chairs, umbrella, toys, etc. - all with a pull wagon to tote the stuff to the nearby glorious beach.

The resort also has arrangements with the Loew's Coronado, a full, upscale resort about 5 miles away. An ID card from the Coronado, included at check-in, gets you access to the Loew's three pools, tennis courts, high end spa and locker rooms. Furthermore, the ID card gets 30% discount on food there and 15% off on drinks. In addition to two restaurants within that hotel itself (and a bar with stunning views onto San Diego harbor), there is a casual bar/restaurant at the pools, with chaise-lounge service so you don't have to get up to get your drinks and food if you don't wish to.

Okay, but what about the units themselves? I can only speak for the one-bedwith umbrellas and a single gas grill on the roof. The roof on this three story building does offer a very fine view of the Hotel Del Coronado across the street as well as the harbor (and beautiful sunsets). Off-street parking is included in the daily amenities fee of $12/day (You pay it regardless of whether you have a car, but even if you're going to mostly stay put at the resort, I still recommend you have a car.). All of your guests can park there free during the day, plus one overnight guest space is also included for free. The lobby is relatively small, but still feels spacious, with a couple of couches, several comfy chairs, computer access, and a small bar where a weekly parties for a small charge are offered (e.g., wine, root beer floats). The front desk and staff are the most helpful and solicitous staff I have ever encountered in a timeshare. Not only is the entire staff very friendly and helpful, their stated goal is to have all problems resolved within 20 minutes of being reported. I have never been anywhere that has been more focused on customer satisfaction than here. I even got a call a day after I arrived back home asking for comments and feedback.

Among the amenities they do offer are free bike and helmet rentals. When the helmets they owned proved inadequate (to be honest, they were cracked from abuse, and all bike helmets are designed for one bump only and then need to be discarded.), Seana brought us across the street and, with cash, rented us helmets from a shop there.

I mention that resort amenities are not the strong point here, but they do try hard at this resort. In addition to the free bike rentals, they also offer all the beach accessories you could wish for - towels, sand chairs, umbrella, toys, etc. - all with a pull wagon to tote the stuff to the nearby glorious beach.

The resort also has arrangements with the Loew's Coronado, a full, upscale resort about 5 miles away. An ID card from the Coronado, included at check-in, gets you access to the Loew's three pools, tennis courts, high end spa and locker rooms. Furthermore, the ID card gets 30% discount on food there and 15% off on drinks. In addition to two restaurants within that hotel itself (and a bar with stunning views onto San Diego harbor), there is a casual bar/restaurant at the pools, with chaise-lounge service so you don't have to get up to get your drinks and food if you don't wish to.

Okay, but what about the units themselves? I can only speak for the one-bedroom units (there are two-bedroom units as well as studios). They are immaculate,with high quality furnishings. The bed is king size and very comfortable. While we had a door separating our bedroom from the living room area, some of the one-bedroom units merely have a draw curtain. Lighting is mostly recessed, with one combination ceiling fan and light in each room, a table and floor lamp in the living room, and a couple of table lamps in the bedroom.. The ceiling is relatively high and with the recessed lighting and perhaps the wattage, the lighting is warm but not bright.

The living room/dining room had a gas fireplace for added heat. It was rarely needed, but offers a decent visual effect. While the bedroom is plenty big enough, the living room/dining area is not that much larger than the bedroom. This place would really be too small for four adults to stay comfortably for a week, in spite of the couch also acting as a queen sized sofa. Even with a couple of kids, it could prove a bit on the tight side.

A circular table is against a two-sided bench along the walls in one corner, with two chairs on the side away from the walls. With four people, you're forced to dine in that manner. Even with only two people, unless you want to sit on a bench, you're forced to face the wall when you eat, as opposed to the outside window. The bathroom is large, with a huge rectangular tub, very comfortable for sharing (wink). A separate room with a sliding door connects to the water closet in case one needs a bit more privacy.

Our unit faced the Hotel Del Coronado and had two very small balconies, one each off of the bedroom and living room. A couple of plastic chairs were placed in the one off the living room, but you could barely get two people sitting in the balcony at once. You'd be able to barely squeeze four standing while gazing outward.. No table upon which to put a drink is placed in the balcony - no room. I suggested to the General Manager to have a small table out there connected to the wall which can be folded down. Our room faced the Hotel Del Coronado, an historic hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hotel Del, as it is known locally, is a great, sprawling hotel property directly on the beach. There is a small mall with upscale shopping inside, plus several restaurants, including a new one called ENO, a wine/ chocolate/cheese bar. That's all they do, and it's all about wine pairings. Each night, they have a special discount as well.

The kitchen was well stocked with plates, glasses, plastic cups and wine glasses, plus all the cooking accoutrements you might need. There is a dishwasher and microwave, but no stove top burners. A two-burner hot plate is provided, along with a separate toaster. With all that, there really isn't much adequate ventilation aside from the ceiling fan and the screen door to the balcony.

Most people probably cook on the roof top open deck, which has chaise lounges, towels for the small jacuzzi, a sauna, tables with umbrellas and one gas grill. When we were there, it was no problem having only one grill, but I suspect in busier seasons (the summer), there could be a backup.

While we did use the grill (and the side burner to saute when needed), we did thoroughly enjoy all of the happy hours that most of the restaurants offered. While the happy hours end by 6 p.m., if you can take advantage of them, you'll feel more than happy with the very good, but cheap drinks and food.

All in all, Coronado and the Coronado Beach Resort a lovely, lovely place to spend a week and to explore Coronado. Coronado is also just over the bridge to downtown San Diego, so it's an easy 10 minute drive to the Gaslamp District or Balboa Park, itself worthy of a day or two. In Balboa Park, there are a number of different museums as well as home to the world's largest outdoor pipe organ at Spreckel's Organ Pavilion. We did take one longer trip to Temecula. Temecula is a wine region about a 90 minute drive northwest of Coronado. We walked away with a few bottles purchased from Wien's.

The Coronado Beach Resort is in an absolutely prime location and you'll feel well taken care of there. If more than one couple is sharing the place, a two-bedroom unit is necessary for the entire week. The staff is extremely friendly. There are resorts with more on-site amenities, but with all that is in the immediate area, you'll hardly feel them lacking. For us, it was one of the best exchanges yet.

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