Freedom & Recovery 2013

Hotel Information

Hotel del Coronado


1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118 | 1 800 468 3533

With a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal, this classic beachfront respite has long been heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. Built in 1888, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, The Del offers guests a unique combination of modern luxury touched with the charm and grace of this fairytale castle. With its stunning beachfront locale, it’s easy to see why The Del has been called “one of the top ten resorts in the world” by USA Today.

Room reservations for the hotel should be made individually and guests need to identify that they are part of the group. Reservation requests can be made by contact the Reservations Department at (800) 468-3533 or (619) 522-8000. The group code for phone reservations is Foundations Recovery. Reservation requests must be received by March 11, 2013. It is highly encouraged that reservations are made early. It is not uncommon for the group room block to become full prior to the stated cut off date. After the date of March 8, 2013 reservations will be accepted on a space and availability basis. The Hotel does not confirm reservations to individual attendees in writing.

The Del Express Shuttle runs between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm daily. When you arrive in San Diego, please call (619) 339-3600 for your pickup from the airport. For arrivals, the service is on-demand only and does not accept reservations. The cost is $10 per person each way and the shuttle does not make other stops. Taxis are approximately $35 without traffic wait time. For your return to the airport, please call 30 minutes prior to the time you want to leave the hotel or advise hotel personnel in advance to make sure you are accommodated.

Make your reservations with Hotel del HERE.


Dining at Hotel del Coronado
Sponsored breakfasts and lunches are included in your conference registration. Please see our brochure or your workbook for details. For other dining options, be sure to check out any of of these fabulous restaurants onsite.

  • 1500 Ocean: 1500 OCEAN is The Del’s signature beachfront restaurant with a farm-to-table culinary approach and stunning ocean views.
  • Sheerwater: Featuring an expansive outdoor dining terrace and giant fireplaces, Sheerwater is the Hotel del Coronado’s refined, yet casual oceanfront restaurant.
  • Crown Room: The Hotel del Coronado’s famous Crown Room Sunday Brunch has an expanded selection of delicious offerings. Continuously voted San Diego’s best brunch by San Diego Magazine and The San Diego Union-Tribune readers, The Del’s brunch has long been a local favorite.
  • Babcock & Story Bar: The best bar in San Diego, Babcock & Story is designed to take advantage of the spectacular seaside setting and features the original 46-foot handcrafted mahogany bar, which was brought by ship from Philadelphia around Cape Horn in 1888, as its centerpiece.
  • Eno: FHere you can also savor numerous types of cheese from around the world, or lose yourself in the delightful decadence of handcrafted truffles and chocolate bars. All of these gourmet treasures are served in a welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere by a staff committed to creating an amazing tasting experience.
  • Special Dining Events:Enjoy a variety of special dining events throughout the year at The Del. Our master chefs create menus that are sure to satisfy.
  • Sun Deck Bar & Grill: Cocktails and grilled favorites with magnificent views of the Pacific and seasonal live entertainment.
  • MooTime Creamery: Features delicious ice cream and toppings that is smooshed and smashed into your favorite flavor combinations.
  • Splash Bar & Deli: Located poolside. Features sandwiches, snacks, and specialty tropical drinks. (Open seasonally).
  • Boardwalk Cafe: Features light breakfast and lunch fare, refreshing smoothies and cool treats. (Open seasonally).
  • Cabana Bar: Right on the sand, features light fare and tropical drinks. (Open seasonally).
  • Room Service: Whatever you crave – hearty breakfasts, snacks for the kids, a romantic dinner for two – The Del delivers 24 hours a day.

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Activities at Hotel del Coronado
Situated along 28 beautiful oceanfront acres on Coronado Island, the Hotel del Coronado offers a variety of fun and exciting diversions for guests who are here for a few hours, or a few days.

  • Beach Activities & Recreation: Explore Coronado Island by bike, watch the sun set over the ocean as you dine on award-winning California cuisine, or enjoy a fun day of surf lessons and other beach activities:
    • Beach Rentals
    • Bike Rentals
    • Boating
    • Golf
    • Pool
    • Poolside Cabana Rentals
    • S’mores on the Beach
    • Sunset Sailing
    • Surfing & Paddle-boarding Lessons
    • Yoga
    • Exotic Car Rental
    • Family Portraits
  • Fitness Center at The Del: The Fitness Center features state-of-the-art equipment and fitness classes that are designed to provide a daily infusion of energy.
  • Salon at The Del: Spa at The Del near San Diego CA offers a variety of ocean-inspired massages, facials, body wraps, scrubs and more. The spa features 21 treatment rooms, relaxation areas for men and women, hydrotherapy tubs and steam rooms. The calming atmosphere and co-ed private terrace with vanishing-edge pool overlooking the Pacific provides the ultimate therapeutic retreat at this hotel spa.
  • Kidtopia Camp & Crafts: The Del’s facility for children ages 4-12, Kidtopia features bright and fun colors, underwater murals and separate beach-themed rooms for crafts, stage performances and playtime.
  • Vibz Teen Lounge: The Del offers a year-round hangout dedicated to teens ages 13 to 17. Vibz, a contemporary lounge, is the perfect escape for those looking for a break from the family.

To make reservations and find more info on rentals, please click here.


Shopping at Hotel del Coronado
Shops at The Del, a unique San Diego shopping destination located at the Hotel del Coronado, offers an exquisite variety of shops and boutiques plus award-winning cuisine. Shops at The Del feature upscale women’s apparel including Karen Kane, Trina Turk and other name brands, men’s apparel including Tommy Bahama and Greg Norman, and kid’s apparel including Roxy, Quicksilver and more. In addition, Shops at the Del offers fine jewelry, home accents, bath and spa products, shoes, purses, toys and a full collection of Del merchandise.

  • The Signature Shop – signature collection of apparel and gifts with the Hotel del Coronado logo
  • Set Sail – specializes in men’s sportswear. Featuring Tommy Bahama, Quiksilver, Toes on the Nose, and Sperry Topsider shoes.
  • Weekends – lady’s active and casual sportswear, shoes and accessories designed for comfort and style
  • H.D. Kids & Co. – active clothing for infants, toddlers, young children and early teens all with a Coastal attitude
  • Brady’s for Men – European-inspired contemporary clothing for men
  • Kate’s – ophisticated women’s apparel and accessories
  • del Coronado Jewels – specializes in “crown” jewelry, genuine and created stones
  • Opals & Gems of Australia – arries fine opals, precious and semi-precious gems, diamonds, and other exotic gemstone fine jewelry
  • Babcock & Story Emporium – home decor, books, art and garden accessories
  • Isabel B. – ladies fashion accessories featuring the latest styles in shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories
  • Spreckels Sweets & Treats – candy store full of your favorite sweets and treats
  • Eclipse Eyewear – specializing in designer sunglasses with over 1000 frames of the latest styles and designs
  • Est. 1888 – the history of the Hotel del Coronado comes alive in this shop featuring authentic items of historical importance alongside a collection of gifts reflecting times gone by
  • En Route – fine quality luggage, handbags, business cases, men’s and women’s wallets, travel pouches and organizers, & more
  • The Blue Octopus – play store where children learn about the planet through creative, imaginative playthings
  • Crown City Photography – complete photography services
  • The Sea Bath & Body – a refreshing collection of products for bath, body and home

For information on the shopping experience at Hotel del Coronado, please click here.


History of Hotel del Coronado
When the Hotel del Coronado first opened its doors in 1888, the United States of America looked far different than it does today. At that time, California was separated from the rest of the country by vast unsettled territories.
The 1848 discovery of gold in northern California had propelled settlement to the West Coast, but even forty years later, much of America’s interior was still unsettled. Imagine what it must have been like for the hotel’s early guests to leave the comforts and culture of the east and travel through the vast remoteness of the west to reach The Del.

In the early days, most guests traveled to The Del by train, and a trip from the east took seven days. Wealthy travelers journeyed in relative luxury, the wealthiest of who had their own private rail cars that were hitched up to trains back east and unhitched when they reached The Del. To accommodate private rail cars, the hotel had a spur track on property.

Not only was the hotel part of the movement west, it was part of a way of life, which was epitomized by America’s luxurious railroad resorts. These were the watering holes for the rich, the famous, the privileged and the few. In fact, the hotel’s early patrons very likely spent their days traveling by train from one fabulous resort to another. At one time, the Hotel del Coronado was one of many such resorts; today, it is one of the few that has not only survived, but still flourishes as a wonderful world-class hotel.

The Del was conceived and built by two mid-western businessmen, who became acquainted after moving to San Diego in the mid 1880s. In 1885, Elisha Babcock and Hampton Story bought the entire undeveloped peninsula of Coronado. They then subdivided the land, sold off the lots, recouped their money, and proceeded to build what they envisioned would be the “talk of the Western world.”

Promoted as a fishing and hunting resort, the waters that surrounded The Del were rich with marine life; the nearby scrub was filled with quail, rabbit, and other small game (and the hotel’s chef was happy to cook a guest’s catch of the day). But, in addition to these pursuits, the hotel offered more refined amenities including billiards (separate facilities for men and women), bowling, croquet, swimming, boating, bicycling, archery, golf, and fine dining. There were also special rooms set aside for smoking, reading, writing, cards, chess, and music.

The Del also showcased a lot of modern technology: it was lighted by electricity (at that time, it was one of the largest buildings in the country to have electric lights); there were telephones (but not in the guests’ rooms), and there were elevators. There was a fire alarm system and state-of-the-art fire fighting equipment (although it is not known to have ever been used). There were also numerous bathrooms, all equipped with something very rare: water pressure. The hotel was outfitted in fine china and linen from Europe. Furnishings came from the east, as did many of the original employees.

The Hotel del Coronado became a mecca for sophisticated eastern travelers, who had grown a little bored with the resorts on that side of the country, and who looked for exciting alternatives to European travel.

In 1906, polo was added, and in 1913, the hotel opened its own school for the children of long- term guests, many of whom would stay at The Del for months at a time. The early 1900s also brought the addition of “Tent City,” which was developed by The Del for America’s new emerging social segment: the middle class. Tent City – which lasted until 1939 – was located on hotel property just south of The Del and offered modest tent and bungalow accommodations at reasonable rates.

The hotel’s heyday continued into the 1920s, although by then, the clientele had shifted. There had been a war, and federal income tax had been instituted. No longer were there so many people who could pack up their families, their belongings, and their servants, and while away a season at The Del.

Times had changed. Now, women bobbed their hair, rolled up their skirts, rolled down their hose, took up smoking, and took off in rumble seats – and the men took off after them. The Roaring Twenties was truly the party decade at The Del, with lots of Hollywood coming to call, including people like Charlie Chaplin. But, he wasn’t the only luminary. Even England’s Prince of Wales visited The Del during the twenties, as did Lindbergh, who was honored at the hotel after his historic 1927 solo transatlantic flight.

During the Depression, the hotel suffered some, but not as much as many other turn-of-the- century resorts, which could not survive such hard times. Fortunately, the strong military economy in San Diego helped keep The Del afloat. In fact, the hotel continued to draw guests all through the Thirties, despite the Depression.

When World War II began, Coronado – like so many other areas on the West Coast – panicked, and so did the hotel’s guests. Visitors wanted to get off Coronado and out of California as quickly as possible, but Coronado was still serviced by ferries only, so getting out fast was practically impossible.

During the war, blackout laws went into effect as Coronado’s military base swelled with new recruits. Part of The Del was used by the Navy for housing and the hotel became a magnet for military men and their sweethearts. Couples danced at The Del, romanced at The Del, partied at The Del, married at The Del, honeymooned at The Del, and eventually returned after the war to celebrate at The Del.

Meanwhile, all across America, more and more nineteenth century resorts were being abandoned or destroyed. Like The Del, most were used by the military during the war, and some were even taken over entirely – for hospitals, for housing, for internment centers, even for reasons never disclosed. Afterwards, many of these hotels could not rebound.

The post-war years were no more generous. After World War II, Americans turned away from the past and tradition. They were interested in the future and whatever was new: televisions and TV dinners, suburbia and shiny new automobiles. And, with the automobiles came fast food restaurants, drive-in movies, and … motels.

Still, The Del prevailed, thanks to a series of owners during the fifties and sixties who wanted to keep her going. During some of those leaner years, the hotel took in “resident guests.” These were people who lived at The Del from one year to the next, and their rent usually included all meals.

Although the “Grand Lady by the Sea” may have been a little bit worse for wear at this time, she was still able to cast her magic spell far and wide. In 1958, director Billy Wilder chose The Del for the filming of Some Like It Hot, starring another timeless American legend, Marilyn Monroe.

Fortunately, by the late Sixties and into the Seventies, Americans had a change of heart, as they became more interested in history and more interested in saving their history. During this period, The Del was brought back to her former glory and has enjoyed good years ever since. In fact, since that time, every president since Lyndon Johnson has visited the hotel.

In 1998, The Del established its own Heritage Department, committed to safeguarding and sharing the hotel’s wonderful history. Today, The Del is proud to have a permanent place in the nation’s history and honored to serve a new generation of travelers.
History of the Hotel del Coronado


Discover wonderful attractions from dining, theme parks, museums, and shopping, not only in the Coronado area, but in surrounding San Diego.

  • Ferry Landing Marketplace: Discover a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and casual eateries surrounded by swaying palms, waterfalls and Coronado’s best skyline view of downtown San Diego.
  • Silver Strand State Beach: Features extensive beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. Combined with the area’s mild climate, the beaches make Silver Strand one of the area’s finest recreation destinations.
  • Coronado Museum of History and Art: Visit multiple exhibits and learn the vibrant history of the “Enchanted Island”.
  • Naval Air Station at North Island: Commissioned in 1917, it is known as the “Birthplace of Naval Aviation”.
  • World Famous San Diego Zoo: Spend an entire day at the world famous San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World: SeaWorld is San Diego’s leading tourist attraction and one of the most popular marine-life parks in the world.
  • Legoland & the San Diego Wild Animal Park: Legoland offers more than 60 interactive rides, shows and attractions, as well as restaurants, shopping and beautiful landscape features specifically geared for families with children ages 2 to12
  • Old Town: Presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past.
  • Balboa Park: Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.
  • Cabrillo National Monument: In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration of the West Coast by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.
  • Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive!
  • Seaport Village: Come explore 50-plus diverse shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment and find everything under the sun.