A 10-minute walk from the ferry landing, the bayside Coronado Island Hotel & Resort is close to San Diego’s attractions but secluded enough to feel like a true resort. From the reliable Marriott brand, the recently refreshed hotel features chic modern rooms, an on-site restaurant, three pools, and a spa. It’s also a five-minute walk from the beach.
During the summer, Coronado offers a free shuttle that stops at the Marriott Coronado Hotel and services the ferry landing, city center, the Hotel del Coronado, and more (hotel parking starts at $31 per day).
Renovated rooms are elegant, bright, and modern, with clean-lined wood furniture, crisp white linens, classy beachy accents, and a palette of soft blues and beiges inspired by the California coastline. Post-refresh bonus: convenient outlets for your devices. Rooms feature balconies with bay, resort, or bridge views.
Clean, spacious bathrooms feature soothing hues, ample counter space, and a separate shower and oversized tub.
The lobby features comfy seating in soothing blues and greens, warm wood accents, and a lounge area with a bar and flatscreen TVs.
It’s annoying when you show up at a sparkling hotel pool on a sunny day only to find there’s not a single available chaise in sight. And forget about taking a semi-peaceful dip in the water. Your chances of poolside bliss are better at this resort, which has three pools on its grounds, including the sprawling Riviera Pool with views of the bay and city skyline, plenty of lounge chairs, and a hot tub.
The 5,500-square-foot Spa at Coronado Island facility includes 10 treatment rooms and an outdoor spa garden. The newly renovated spa offers facials, massages, and body treatments. Sun, sand, and spa? Sign us up!
The hotel’s fitness center features cardio equipment, weight machines, an outdoor lap pool, and fitness classes. There are also jogging and bike paths around the island, as well as places to rent bikes, jet skis, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and more.
The hotel’s Current restaurant features sweeping views of the bay and city skyline, with a California coastal menu that emphasizes seasonal local ingredients. Prefer to dine alfresco on a beautiful afternoon? Try to snag one of Current’s patio tables. If you’re with a larger group, there’s even a table with a fire pit at the center.
If you only have a couple of days on the island, there are much better dining options.
The hotel’s Tides lobby bar serves up light bites alongside San Diego craft beer and creative cocktails like the Cape Coronado (mandarin vodka, cranberry juice, and strawberry puree).
The Coronado Ferry Landing, where you can cross the bay on a passenger ferry or water taxi for hire, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Once Downtown, public transit options abound, including buses, trolleys, and trains. If you plan to visit a lot of places in sprawling San Diego, it’s much easier to have a car to get around. To drive to Downtown, cross the Coronado Bridge (CA-75 N), and connect with Interstate 5 North.
In a classic European bistro setting -- think marble counters, cafe chairs, and gooseneck lights -- Coronado’s Tartine (10-minute walk) peddles flaky pastries, desserts, and light eats during the day and a small selection of simple entrees in the evening, including a delicious fisherman’s stew. It may be part of an upmarket chain (with most locations in California), but Il Fornaio (10-minute walk) doesn’t feel at all formulaic. The restaurant serves spot-on Italian cuisine, including pasta, pizza, seafood, and rotisserie and grill items. It’s the kind of place where locals are regulars.
Beer aficionados will love San Diego, which takes its suds scene very seriously. The kid-friendly Coronado Brewing Co. (12-minute walk) distributes nationwide and has three locations in San Diego, including its flagship brewery on Coronado, which opened in 1996. You can sample the brewery’s classics on draft, as well as seasonal and other special releases. Down by the ferry landing, The Little Club (10-minute walk) is a favorite local dive bar. It’s old-school (cash only!) and on the dated side but the music’s good, the drinks are strong, and there’s a pool table. Enter at your own risk on karaoke nights.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Coronado Island, this attractive modern Marriott feels like a secluded island resort, even though many attractions are within easy reach. Right on the bay and a short walk from the beach, the hotel offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and recreation, including three pools, a large spa facility, and easy access to fun water sports and activities.