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There are some iconic hotels around the world that historically haven’t really needed affiliation with a major loyalty program in order to attract enough attention, but now that the major hotel loyalty programs have been creating ‘speciality’ portfolios, we have seen an increase in these iconic and previously pretty independent properties linking up with the major hotel points programs. Of course, this is great news for folks like you and me!
One of these iconic hotels that most travelers could probably recognize pretty easily is the Hotel del Coronado in the San Diego area. This grand and historic hotel, also known as The Del, opened in 1888 with 399 original rooms. The 28 acre resort now has the historic Victorian building, the contemporary Ocean Towers, the poolside California Cabana buildings, and the insanely nice and expensive cottages in the Beach Village. The great news is that the Coronado is now bookable with Hilton points for stays beginning August 15, 2017! The Coronado is joining the Hilton family under the Curio Collection brand, though thankfully The Hotel del Coronado name will remain unchanged.
Starting rates at this property are often in the $500+ per night range during peak dates, so it is no surprise this is going to cost a lot of Hilton points per night. In fact, it is at the very top of the Hilton award chart (well, actually there is no longer an award chart), and rings it in at 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night for standard rooms with a queen, king, or two queen beds in either the Victorian or Ocean Towers on peak dates. For reference, that is almost twice as many points as many of the other Hilton properties in the San Diego area.
However, on more off-peak dates when paid rates are lower, I see it available for as few as about 61,000 Hilton points per night for an entry level room. The beach cottages are listed on the Hilton site via a separate property, but they do not yet seem bookable via Hilton. Starting rates at the beach cottages seem to be about $1,000+ per night.
I don’t see the hotel listed as an excluded hotel for the Hilton weekend free night awards that you may have from one of the co-branded credit cards, though I don’t have a free night to test it with at the moment.
I’m strongly considering a stay here later this summer, and of course I’ll share all the details if it works out. Have you stayed at the Coronado, or would you consider it once they join the Hilton family next month?