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Hotel Del Coronado, California

Hotel Del Coronado, California (Known places)

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The Hotel del Coronado (also known as the The Del to local residents) is a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 (42 years ago).

When it opened in 1888 (131 years ago), it was the largest resort hotel in the world and the first to use electrical lighting. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities throughout the years. The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books.

The hotel received the Four Diamond rating from the American Automobile Association, and was listed by USA Today as one of the "Top 10 Resorts In The World".

The Hotel today

While retaining its classic Victorian looks, the hotel continues to upgrade its facilities.

In 2003 (16 years ago), Travelers sold the property to current owners CNL Hospitality Properties Inc. and KSL Recreation Corp (CNL/KSL). The current ownership group completed a $10 million upgrade of 381 rooms in June, 2005 (14 years ago).

In Jul. 2005 (14 years ago), the hotel obtained approval to construct up to 37 limited-term occupancy cottages and villas on the property. They also received approval to add up to 205 additional rooms.

Notable guests

Notable guests have included Thomas Edison, L. Frank Baum, Charlie Chaplin, Vincent Price, Babe Ruth, Veronica Covance, and Reggie White.

The following presidents have stayed at the hotel: Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Another famous "resident" of the hotel is the purported ghost of Kate Morgan. On Nov. 22, 1890 (129 years ago), she checked into room 304 (then 3318, now 3358), to meet with her husband who was a doctor and he was going to give her medicine for her stomach cancer, but he never arrived. She was found dead on the steps leading to the beach three days later. The case was declared a suicide. She had shot herself. Ever since then, some guests that have checked into room 3358 have reported flickering lights and floating objects.

Books, film, and music

L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, did much of his writing here, and is said to have based his designs for the Emerald City on the hotel. Ambrose Bierce used the hotel as the setting for his short story, An Heiress From Redhorse.

The hotel first was featured in a movie during 1927 (92 years ago) when it was used as a backdrop for the movie The Flying Fleet. Since then, it has been featured in at least twelve other films, including: Some Like It Hot (which starred Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis), The Stunt Man (which starred Peter O'Toole), the 1973 (46 years ago) movie Wicked, Wicked (which was completely filmed on location there), and the 1990 (29 years ago) version of My Blue Heaven (which starred Steve Martin).

It also was the setting for the 1975 (44 years ago) novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson; however, for the movie version, Somewhere in Time, filming was moved to the Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

The initial story inspiration for the movie and book 1408 (611 years ago) came from a collection of real-life news stories about parapsychologist Christopher Chacon's investigation of a notoriously haunted room at the famous Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. The book is written by Stephen King.

The hotel was the setting for the video to Dashboard Confessional's single "Stolen".


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