Decorating & Design

May 8, 2019

10 Reasons Why This Historic San Diego Hotel Is A Design Lover’s Dream

Editorial director Alice Lawlor discovers a Southern California gem.

When I’m traveling, there’s nothing I love more than an authentically historic hotel with quirky architecture. Yes, those sleek hotels-in-the-sky are impressive, but I want somewhere that comes with a side of tall tales — juicy ones, please, about movie stars and/or ghosts. San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado is one of the best (and most charming) examples of a hotel-with-stories I’ve ever experienced. Designed by Canadian-born architect James W. Reid, it was the largest resort hotel in the world when it opened in 1888. Today, it’s one of the last surviving examples of an unusual architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. Maintaining this National Historical Landmark is no mean feat — the hotel just kicked off a $200-million renovation project with a dual emphasis on preserving its history and creating new experiences for generations to come.

Click through for 10 reasons to put this property on your bucket list.

Author: Alice Lawlor