After being closed for the very first time in its 132-year history, San Diego’s iconic Hotel del Coronado will reopen Friday.
The landmark hotel on Orange Avenue on Coronado
Island temporarily shuttered in late March as the coronavirus pandemic reached
San Diego County.
As section of California’s phased approach to
reopening businesses and the economy, hotels have started to slowly reopen this
state’s COVID-19 guidelines for the hotel and lodging industry.
The Del announced plans to reopen on June 26,
with minimal occupancy.
“We’ve missed making memories with you,” the hotel posted on its Instagram account, along with a promo video showing the pristine beach for which the landmark is well known.
The Beach Village at The Del, the hotel’s luxury villas, will reopen on that date, too.
The Del’s sea-to-table restaurant, Serea, plans to reopen on June 25 under state and county restaurant reopening instructions. Serea will certainly reduce its capacity and its tables will be spaced out allowing for proper social distancing. The restaurant will also roll out disposable and digital menus and signage to simply help remind patrons of the brand new rules in these times of COVID-19.
now, the restaurant will open for dine-in service Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Everyone – guests and staff alike – will undoubtedly be
required to wear a breathing apparatus in public areas of the hotel.
In addition to following state and county COVID-19
health instructions, The Del said it’s going to implement a brand new standard of hotel
cleanliness and disinfection called “Hilton CleanStay” with Lysol protection.
The plan, in part, includes increased disinfection of high-touch areas in guest rooms, increased cleaning of the resort’s public areas with hospital-grade disinfectant, and wipes and hand sanitizer for guests in high-traffic zones.
As for outdoor areas round the hotel, Coronado Beach is open for walking, lounging and water activities, with social distancing in place. Group sports and activities are still prohibited on the beach.
On Friday, Del Beach rentals will open daily, as well as Del Watersports. The property’s Fitness Center and Spa will always be closed for the time being, reps for the hotel said.
the pool at Beach Village will reopen to guests, the jacuzzi tubs remain
closed. The main pool at The Del can also be closed until at least July 19 because
it is being renovated within the property’s ongoing “Master
Plan” renovations. This area of the project will add an
elevated cabana service and refurbish oceanfront guest rooms.
the pool reopens, The Del said guests can borrow sand chairs for
the beach and umbrellas for free. Guests will also obtain a daily $25 dining
credit and discounted self-parking. Valet parking service is not available
right now, so self-parking could be the option.
its reopening announcement, The Del said it hopes its new safety protocols help
put guests at ease for “worry-free travel” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hotel del Coronado opened in February 1888 as a high-end, seaside resort with the same unparalleled ocean views that continue steadily to make it famous today.
From the commencement, The Del drew clientele
from all over the world who would stay for months at a time. Over the decades,
it also attracted celebrities, politicians and dignitaries and served as a
backdrop for Hollywood movies, perhaps most famously the Marilyn Monroe-driven
classic, “Some Like it Hot.”
The 28-acre property was designated a
National Landmark in 1977.
In March 2016, the property — owned by
Blackstone Group — was set to be bought by a Chinese company for approximately
$6.5 million, but that deal in the course of time fell through.
late July 2017, The Del joined the Hilton’s portfolio of independent, upscale
Curio Collection hotels. The property remains owned by Blackstone
Group, and is managed by Hilton.