Written by: Jenna Yesenosky
Hotels are like mini-vacations within an actual vacation. For me, the most fun thing about my first ever Disney World experience was the hotel pool, which was located a good 15 miles from Disney’s front gates. There’s something about living somewhere else for the weekend that is so exciting. Maybe it’s the fact that you don’t have to make your own bed in the morning, or the enthralling idea of breakfast being delivered right to your door, but no matter what it is, the fascinating atmosphere of a really great hotel is something that has captivated vacation-goers for centuries The Hotel del Coronado is no exception.
The appropriately named Hotel del Coronado in sunny Coronado, California is no exception. Situated on a beautiful white sand beach with a scenic view, this resort was built in 1888 and is still up and running today. Known for its stunning views and incredible weather, Hotel del has had quite a bit of foot traffic throughout the years, including big names like the one and only Marilyn Monroe.
Monroe filmed one of her most famous movies, Some Like It Hot, on the very beaches of the Coronado. The hotel has also been frequented by prominent stars such as Charlie Chaplin, who was always up for a game of polo, and Judy Garland. During the Prohibition, many stars used the hotel as a pit-stop for their trips to Mexico where they could drink as many cocktails as they pleased. During World War II, the hotel became a haven for celebs who had just undergone plastic surgery. The Hotel del Coronado is still a hotspot for A-list celebs, so if you happen to be oh-so-lucky enough to be vacationing at the same time as Brad Pitt or Robert Downey Jr., you may even be able to sneak a coveted photo-op into your family vacay!
Some guests love the del Coronado so much that they never want to leave. One guest in particular has been checked in since 1892. Kate Morgan checked into the hotel on Thanksgiving Day, 1892, and committed suicide just short 5 days after. It is said that her ghost still roams the halls, and many guests have witnessed supernatural things happen inside the room she stayed in. In fact, the room she stayed in is often the most requested room among guests of the hotel. Another area she frequents is the gift shop; many visitors and employees have reported gifts flying off of shelves inexplicably. Always polite, Kate makes sure the things she throws off of shelves are never broken or damaged. She has also been spotted along the beach and in the hallways of the hotel. Guests interested in her story sometimes check in hoping for a glimpse of her spirit.
No matter if you’re into the supernatural or just looking for a sweet getaway spot with a picturesque view, the Hotel del Coronado has something interesting for everyone!