This meticulously renovated boutique hotel built more than a century ago offers guests a quiet, romantic retreat replete with a daily gourmet breakfast. Close to the beach and Coronado’s charming main street, the stucco-clad 1906 Lodge is an architectural gem that will delight history buffs and design aficionados.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are bigger, fancier beachfront resorts on Coronado, including the iconic Hotel del Coronado, but 1906 Lodge offers a serene experience away from the crowds.
Each of the hotel’s 17 rooms is unique, with serene hues, handsome antique furniture, subtle nautical accents, and artwork of historic Coronado. Some rooms feature lovely original architectural details, such as spiral leaded glass windows, and most include a private entrance, balcony, spa tub, wet bar, or cozy fireplace.
Bathrooms vary from room to room but are spacious and comfortable. Some include a jetted spa tub.
The 1906 Lodge was originally designed by two renowned San Diego architects, Will Sterling Hebbard and Irving Gill. The lobby of the historic main building features box dormers and a striking Mission-style fireplace flanked by box bench seats on either side, all carefully preserved during a major restoration in 2010. In addition to the cozy living room area in the lobby, the hotel features outdoor seating under a spacious covered porch.
The hotel doesn’t have a pool but the Pacific Ocean is just two blocks away. Beach chairs and towels are available to borrow.
Guests can book a private massage at the hotel’s cozy Sanctuary Spa Room.
For a $10 daily pass, guests can access Gym In Coronado across the street.
The hotel serves a complimentary daily breakfast in an airy dining room with warm wood tables and Mission-style décor, including light fixtures and a beautiful wallpaper border. Breakfast features a freshly prepared hot entrée as well as baked goods, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, tea, and coffee.
Got the munchies? 1906 Lodge offers freshly baked cookies from noon to 8pm.
From 5 to 6 p.m. daily, the hotel offers a complimentary wine and hors-d'oeuvres.
The tourist-friendly part of Coronado is easy to explore by foot or bike, or rent a golf cart for $20 an hour (more than half of the island belongs to the Naval Air Station). The 2.12-mile San Diego-Coronado Bridge spans San Diego Bay to connect Downtown and Coronado. The famous arched bridge is accessible via Interstate 5 by the Barrio Logan neighborhood. For a more scenic ride to Downtown, hop on the Coronado Ferry (15 minutes one-way) or summon an on-call water taxi. Once Downtown, public transit options abound, including buses, trolleys, and trains.
Housed in an old Victorian home, Chez Loma (5-minute walk) is a local favorite, especially for date night. The upscale French bistro serves classic fare like charcuterie, escargot, and bouillabaisse. For a more casual outing, Miguelitos (2-minute walk) dishes up delicious Mexican food and flavorful margaritas in a friendly, boisterous setting (try to snag a sidewalk patio table if it’s a nice day).
You can’t visit Coronado without exploring the Hotel del Coronado (7-minute walk), the iconic property where Marilyn Monroe frolicked in the film “Some Like it Hot.” Hotel Del’s Babcock & Story Bar, named for the hotel’s founders, serves classic cocktails and casual bites, along with the occasional live music performance during peak season. Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge (5-minute walk), a laidback gastropub known for its brunch, is another late-night boozing option, though really, if nightlife is your jam, you’re better off heading to the mainland for the evening.
WHY WE LIKE IT
From the elegant historic architecture to the unique guestrooms and proximity to the beach, 1906 Lodge offers the perks of a posh resort without the crowds. The serene spot is perfect for romantic getaways while still offering easy access to the rest of San Diego.