Boasting a shimmering zero edge swimming pool that is just steps from a sandy beach, the Hotel del Coronado has opened the $153 million Shore House.
The new 75-suite Shore House is a separate hotel connected to the main Hotel del Coronado.
Each suite is owned by a private investor who can only use it for 90 days a year and for no more than 25 days at a time, under California Coastal Commission rules.
For the rest of the time, the room is rented as part of the Hotel del Coronado.
“It’s a hotel zoned for transient occupancy and we kind of control the inventory,” General Manager Harold Rapoza said. “You buy it, you have limited use for it and then we kind of control the inventory.”
The proceeds from the suite rentals are split between the owners and Hotel del Coronado, Rapoza said.
“What it does for the Del is it gives us more variety in terms of room products that we can offer to our hotel guests, so now, when you come to the Del, you have guest rooms, you have suites, and now you have one, two and three-bedroom units available at Shore House,” said Denise Chapman, director of marketing.
“It’s great for longer stays,” Chapman said.
With kitchens and dining rooms, the Shore House suites are ideal for families, Chapman said.
Rapoza said the addition of the Shore House is part of a drive “to elevate everything that we’re doing at the Del, which honestly, it’s been neglected for years but now Blackstone’s really reinvested in this product that is going to kind of give us another 100 years of life.”
Blackstone Real Estate, headquartered in New York, is the hotel owner.
Construction of the 324,830 square-foot Shore House completes a $400 million uplift of the historic property.
“This completes the master plan, but really there are still ongoing renovations that are going to continue,” Rapoza said. “That’s what hotels do, right? They continue to do renovations.”
Rapoza said The Shore House was “the crowning achievement” of the overall renovation undertaken by Blackstone Real Estate.
“We are very proud of this project, which represents a continuation of our significant investment in this historic property,” said Brian Kaufman, managing director of Blackstone Real Estate.
“Our $400 million investment to date has resulted in the creation of hundreds of local jobs, and we look forward to ensuring that The Del continues to be a top destination for visitors and the community alike,” Kaufman said.
The Shore House was built on the southernmost point of the Hotel Del Coronado Property on what had been a surface parking lot.
The project was designed by Leo A Daly, based in West Palm Beach, with Swinerton as the general contractor.
Priced at up to $5.2 million, the suites were sold a year ago while construction was under way. They range from 833 square feet to 1,925 square feet, and all have balconies and large windows for natural lighting.
Nightly rates vary depending on the season, but they generally range from about $1,200 to $3,000, Rapoza said.
The Shore House has its own restaurant – The Bistro – with indoor and outdoor seating and a communal table as a focal point for gatherings, including wine tastings and guest lectures.
There’s also a pool lounge with ocean views, and a fitness regimen for Shore House guests.
“You can participate in the overall fitness programs at the Del, but there are also exclusive classes that are offered only for Shore House guests,” Rapoza said.
According to the architect, the pool is the focal point of the project. It’s framed by day beds, loungers and private cabanas. “The pool ocean view is amazing,” Rapoza said.
“When you walk from the pool, you’re right on the beach in Coronado, which is amazing. You can’t get that anywhere (else) in California.”
The overall look of the Shore House is meant to blend in with the original hotel, Rapoza said.
“When you look at the roof, when you look at the overall appearance and design, we want it to be very similar to what the Del has to offer, that vintage, that Victorian kind of style,” Rapoza said. “The attention to detail is incredible.”
Hotel del Coronado,
General Manager: Harold Rapoza Jr.
Social impact: Hotel del Coronado supports a variety of local charitable organizations including the Coronado Historical Society, Coronado Schools Foundation, Coronado Island Film Festival, Make-A-Wish San Diego, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Rady Children’s Hospital.
Notable: The Del was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.