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Dog-friendly hotels on Coronado Island, CA

Gorgeous -- but not pet-friendly (photo by Fovea Centralis)

When my husband told me he’d be going to a conference this fall at the beautiful and historic Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, CA (just across the bay from San Diego), I rushed to the phone to make reservations. Late October in San Diego? Sign me up!

I must have called “The Del” before, because I wasn’t actually surprised to learn that the conference location is not pet-friendly. I was surprised, however, to find that no other hotel in the immediate neighborhood of the Hotel Del welcomes dogs (I called Villa Capri-by-the-Sea, La Avenida, Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado Beach Resort, El Cordova, and the 1906 Lodge).

It turns out that there are four dog-friendly hotels on Coronado Island. At one end of the room-rate scale is the Loews Coronado Bay, which looks splendid (and recently appeared on two lists of the top pet-friendly hotels in the U.S.), but is located well down the Strand. More affordable options are The Coronado Inn; its sister hotel, The Coronado Island Inn; and The Crown City Inn & Bistro. These properties, though, are all located in Coronado’s business district, so they too are inconveniently far from the Hotel Del Coronado.

I’ll be sitting this one out, it appears. How vexing!


  • Rod@GoPetFriendly

    Amy and I have stayed at both the Del Coronado and the Loews. We found them disappointing for another reason. Since we flew into San Diego, we did not have a car. Yes, we could have rented one. But you know how we like to walk the downtowns? The Del and the Loews are just too far from the city, including La Jolla. And after WillMyDogHateMe’s excellent review of the gaslamp district, of course you want to visit there! I just strongly dislike having to rent a car or paying an expensive cab fare to get from a hotel to downtown that I want to walk through. When you consider how little time you actually spend in the hotel room, the Del is just too expensive and inconvenient of an option – with or without dogs.

  • That’s a good point, Rod. I too like to walk around an interesting downtown and see the sights. I visited the Hotel Del back in the 80’s, just after that wonderful series “Pride of Place” aired on public TV, to see its spectacular interior spaces and have tea, but I’ve never spent the night there. Sounds like I’d be happier elsewhere (well, I certainly would be, since I’d have Chloe with me elsewhere!).

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