One of the crown jewels of the San Diego area is the Hotel Del Coronado. A gorgeous building sitting right on the ocean in Coronado, it attracts quite an international clientele.
We didn't realize that Mary had not been there before, so we made sure to spend some time there this month. Here are Teo, Troy, Dave and Mary relaxing on the lawn between the hotel and the ocean.
Constructed with mostly Chinese laborers from San Francisco and Oakland, it opened in 1888, a few years after a group of investors purchased all of Coronado for $110,000. An investor who purchased the hotel in the 1960s intended to tear it down and redevelop the land - lucky for San Diego he quickly changed his mind.
Teo attempting to make a grass angel.
I believe the Hotel Del just put in that artificial turf - I think it was real grass during our visit last summer.
My wife, Mary and Ron in the courtyard at the Hotel Del Coronado.
Another photo in the courtyard.
My beautiful wife.
I had never noticed what appears to be a rather large penthouse atop the older section of the Hotel Del before.
I bet that would be a great place to stay. We've always rented one of their regular rooms.
The boys were ready for a bit of gelato, so we found shop and queued up.
Debating whether the cow is ride-able. Decision: no. Once Troy touched it, he figured out it was plastic and very tipsy.
A garden at the hotel.
There was also a Tesla display out front - that surprised me as I don't recall seeing displays there before.
As we ate dinner, the lights on the turret came on.