Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Boulevard
Coronado, California 92118
Phone: (800) 283-9383 or (619) 435-3101
The inn, all alit, exudes a magically romantic glow in the evenings
John Dietrich Spreckels, the eldest son of sugar magnate Claus Spreckels, first saw the small town of San Diego from the bay as he sailed his yacht into the San Diego Harbor for provisions, while on a fishing trip in 1887. Allured by the beautiful location, Spreckels, at the age of thirty-four, began investing in the community and bought the utility company, street car system, water company, and established the San Diego and Arizona Eastern railroad which opened San Diego up to the east. Although Spreckels dedicated a great deal of energy to building up San Diego, his special love became Coronado Island, and it was here that he built his dream home which is now the Glorietta Bay Inn. Spreckels, who gave the city its library, several parks, and its largest commercial building, the Spreckels Building, had his dream home built on five acres of land overlooking Glorietta Bay, across from the Hotel Del Coronado. In 1906, he commissioned his favorite architect, Harrison Albright, to design his Coronado home. Albright also designed the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Spreckels' dream home is a white, ornate, Italian renaissance landmark which you can visit today for a romantic and child-friendly experience.
- The inn provides very easy-access parking, right in front of the entrance, so you do not have to carry the baby and baby paraphernalia far.
- The Sugar Baron suite, where my family stayed, provided ample room for walking on the patio with Mandalin and it was extremely comfortable for nursing, although not entirely private. The wrought iron rocking patio chairs and the huge, overhead canopy that block the sun were very convenient for this purpose. Here, you can read to your baby or child on what is truly a terrace, much larger than an average hotel balcony. One can imagine Mr. Spreckels hosting a small gathering of jet-setters on it almost one hundred years ago. But for those of us there with our children, it affords a wonderful place to be with them and marvel at the beautiful glittering Glorietta Bay of Coronado.
- The CD player and classical music CDs provided in the room are very relaxing for babies.
- The room is made of reinforced concrete so a baby can scream all she wants. This soundproof element is also a positive feature for romance/privacy.
- The hotel offers a baby sitting service, cribs, a laundry room, and a refrigerator for bottles which are all very convenient.
- The hotel is within walking distance to town, convenient for pushing baby in a stroller. There is no need to have to get the baby into the car and fuss with the car seat.
- Downstairs, the music room is a comfortable place to lounge with a baby or young child. There is a pool for older children.
- The inn makes a service available called "Waiters To Go" whereby guests can order food in from a diverse selection of local Coronado restaurants, such as the Rhinoceros Cafe and Grill, Crown Bistro, or Island Pasta for only a $4.00 service charge. This takes the place of room service and is more affordable.
Note: Some drawbacks in regard to visiting here with children or babies are that there are no ramps and the elevator is quite small, not convenient for a large stroller; also the rooms and bathrooms are a bit cramped for accommodating all the baby paraphernalia necessary for baby travel. However, if you are aware of these issues ahead of time, and plan accordingly, this inn provides a memorable vacation.
The Inn's music room appears formal but proved a very comfortable and relaxing place for me to sit and read to my daughter in the evenings.
- The Sugar Baron suite, where my family stayed, was Mrs. Spreckels' private bedroom, and is adjacent to Mr. Spreckels' own private suite. It has a big, comfortable bed, refreshing ocean breezes, an extraordinary view of the bay, and a romantic ambiance.
- Beautiful sweeping views of the bay and sailboats are seen through the elevated dormer windows that let in all the wonderful, fresh ocean air. The view of Coronado's Glorietta Bay from the balcony is equally exquisite and the balcony is big enough to dine on, but not entirely private.
- Lush, comfortable robes are provided to help you enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere.
- At the Glorietta Bay Inn, you find no hordes of tourists rushing in and out as you do at its more well-known neighbor across the street, the Hotel Del Coronado. The inn provides a more quiet, serene atmosphere.
- The patio of my suite kept enticing me to sit out on it among the lime-potted trees, chirping birds, and fresh air. The beautiful view I enjoyed was of the bluish-gray, sparkling Glorietta Bay with massive sailboats to the left and the Coronado bridge to the right. I could see the traffic from the Coronado strand as well as the town traffic but, somehow I could not hear it. The inn provides a sense of protectedness and other-worldliness and friendly, personalized, charming service.