Luxurious Shore House debuts at Del
Almost all of the fences have fallen, and the completed construction behind them pays homage to the historic 134-year past of the famous Hotel del Coronado. After a four-year, $400 million multi-phase master plan that will touch every facet of the legendary Hotel del Coronado upon completion, “the future will be secure for generations to come,” says General Manager Harold Rapoza. The latest item to open is Shore House, which comprises 75 luxurious residential-style villas, based on a limited-use ownership model, zoned for transient occupancy. Owners can stay for up to 25 consecutive days, for a total of 90 days per year. The Del controls inventory, and guests can reserve the one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas through the reservation system starting at $1,299 a night.
Adjacent is the new Southpoint Events Center, with a 15,000 square foot ballroom, divisible into rooms of varying sizes, with 10 air walls for flexibility. The large 14,000 square foot lawn is also perfect for a variety of events. The Del plans to host the annual Thanksgiving Dinner and New Year’s Ball in the new space, which will accommodate more guests than the Crown Room, which will continue to host Christmas dinner.
The Del shone brightly for the opening of Shore House on Friday evening September 16th. Hors d’oeuvres on the lawn at Southpoint were followed by the official grand opening by Hotel del Coronado General Manager Harold Rapoza; Jenna Hackett, Global Brand Manager, Curio and Tapestry Collections by Hilton; Tina Friend, City Manager of Coronado; and Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey.
The project started with shovels in the ground in February 2020 and stopped a few weeks later for six months during the pandemic. After the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to Shore House for beach-themed desserts, gourmet bites prepared at the chef’s stations, drinks and live music. Highlights included a synchronized swimming show by the Aqualillies and the evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
Originally slated to open in late 2021, with the uncertainty at the start of the pandemic, Rapoza said there were questions about whether the project would go ahead. “We knew the product was amazing,” he commented, noting that the attention to detail and proximity to the beach appealed to potential owners and Shore House sold faster than expected, in about 100 days. The price range for the units, which measure between 833 square feet and 1,925 square feet, was between $1,300,000 and $5,200,000. “Blackstone are great owners who saw the vision even during this tough time in the industry. We were able to come back strong,” he said and notes that The Del had a strong summer of 2020 and realized that pent-up demand for travel was increasing, and that summer 2021 also saw high occupancy.
I enjoyed a preview before the grand opening on September 15 with Rapoza, Marketing Director Denise Chapman, and Michael Tuesca, Shore House Hotel Operations Manager, who pointed out that it comes “like a map lively postcard that says you’ve arrived, now it’s time to relax. It is a hotel within the hotel. The large antique clock, circa 1980s, which stood for years on the Founder’s Lawn on Orange Avenue, has a prominent new home in the Shore House valet area. The lobby has an elegant and airy coastal vibe, with the adjacent bistro awash in neutral beach colors, rope-lined columns, hints of sea blue, and an outdoor fountain that provides a soothing effect. The bistro will offer an exclusive breakfast buffet and all-day dining, with heated and cooled counters designed for communal dining experiences. Above the fireplace is a surfboard signed by legendary San Diego surfer Rob Machado.
Tuesca emphasized the attention to detail, highlighting features such as custom porcelain tile floors, faux wood beams, and nano doors to provide an indoor/outdoor experience. Externally, the buildings visually tie the iconic Queen Anne Revival style to new construction, with crimson window frames, white lap siding, red shingle roofs and other details.
The pool is family friendly with a zero edge beach entry that slopes up to five feet in the middle and has a capacity of 119 people and a jacuzzi for 11. There is also a large bar and six cabanas with TVs, fridges and other amenities that can be booked. After the pool is a relaxing lounge area, just out of reach from the sand, which will feature a Blue Hour sunset ritual from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., providing a pre-dinner happy hour experience. Shore House will have its own beach activity hut with bikes, boogie boards, beach chairs and necessary items. Amenities also include complimentary valet and parking and use of other hotel facilities.
In the hallways, the murals feel vintage with a local, playful aesthetic. Slatted wood doors, flanked by buoy-shaped lights with nautical rope trim, welcome guests to suites, which include full kitchens, with high-end appliances like Sub-Zero refrigerators and backsplash tiles handmade in Oregon. Ideal for longer stays, with washing machines and dryers, the residences offer spacious living and dining rooms, with limestone-clad fireplaces and unbeatable views from the wraparound verandas.
Owned by the Blackstone group, the Hotel del Coronado is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Brian Kaufman, Managing Director of Blackstone Real Estate, said: “We are very proud of this project, which represents a continuation of our significant investment in this historic property. Our $400 million investment to date has created hundreds of local jobs, and we look forward to ensuring The Del continues to be a destination of choice for visitors and the community. Rapoza said Shore House had created 130 new jobs, mostly with new staff.
With a total of 901 rooms, this majestic 28-acre resort now offers three arrival experiences, the new main entrance, Beach Village on the north side, and Shore House, just off Avenida del Sol. While the master plan is nearing completion, a refresh of the existing guest rooms, meeting spaces and dining options remains to be completed. The Sheerwater restaurant calendar, which is currently being designed, will be next fall. Windsor Cottage, the Beach Village’s restaurant, is currently undergoing renovations and will be completed by Memorial Day 2023. The Beach Village’s interior upgrades will begin in January and will be completed in three phases through November 2023.
An overview of the master plan schedule~
In 2019, one of the first projects to be completed was Vista Terrace, formerly Vista Walk, which could accommodate up to 700 guests, offering panoramic views of the ocean and the iconic Dragon Tree. Additionally, Serẽa got its start in the former 1500 Ocean space, which has hosted a variety of iconic restaurants over the decades, including The Prince of Wales Grille. Serẽa offers an upscale sea-to-table experience with JoJo Ruiz, executive chef and partner from San Diego, and Clique Hospitality. The Laundry, which operated for almost 100 years, has been modernized and now serves as an administrative, meeting and event space. The north entrance and new 700-space parking structure was created to ease the construction transition and now also serves as the entrance to Beach Village.
2020 saw upgrades to the Babcock and Story Bar, a dramatic refresh to the Sun Deck, the debut of The Cabanas, an update to ENO Market & Pizzeria and a design refresh to the Spa and Salon.
2021 was the year in which the most spectacular renovation was completed with the historic restoration of the porch and entrance hall to their former grandeur. The fitness center has been expanded, along with the unveiling of The Views neighborhood, the revitalization of the Windsor Lawn, the addition of the Ice House Museum, and the conversion of the power station into coworking and meeting spaces. meeting.
2022 saw the completion of the renovation of the commercial corridor, with some old favorites and new shops, as well as the opulent restoration of the Founder’s Hall, formerly Great Hall.
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