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The Circa 1902 El Cordova Hotel in Coronado, California
Completes Redesign

January 18, 2013, Coronado, CA
 -  El Cordova Hotel recently unveiled a redesign that brings a modern touch to its signature Old-World Spanish style.

The redesign, which included 14 deluxe rooms and suites, features a cohesive and elegant palette that successfully maintains the original hacienda character of each room. The renovation has been a phase in the hotel’s long-term remodeling project to ignite a consistent rustic elegance throughout this 110-year-old Coronado property.

Designer Kristine Smith of KS Designs found inspiration in the property’s colorful Mexican tiles that adorn several areas of the hotel, from the courtyard fountain to the bathroom and kitchen walls. These colors of blues, reds and rusts were the driving force in the redesign, which included new carpeting, fresh honey-colored paint, lighting, bedding, drapery, artwork and furniture. The design team hand-selected furniture and lighting, which included wrought-iron detailing with textural and vibrant patterns, providing the perfect balance of lavish and comfortable while still maintaining the hotel’s hacienda charm.

Minimal redesigns were made to the guest bathrooms to uphold the integrity of the hotel's original character. New mirrors, bath accessories and light fixtures were added to the original cabinetry and colorful tile-work. The hotel’s “all-white” bedding  was paired with a soft gold bed skirt and accent pillow to maintain a fresh, clean feel, while adding a touch of texture and color. Vibrant Mexican-style ceramics, prints and photographs were added throughout the rooms to offer bright splashes of colors throughout.

While the hacienda-style architecture, blooming courtyard, and spacious accommodations have brought guests to this hidden jewel for more than eighty years, the hotel’s general manager Mica Jackson hopes that this most recent transformation will continue its tradition to keep customers coming back for many years to come.

“This property has a sort of ambiance that lingers with you long after your stay,” Jackson said. “With our new design, you can really enjoy the roots of San Diego  without even leaving the property.”

The El Cordova Hotel was originally built in 1902 as a getaway retirement mansion for wealthy industrialist Elisha Babcock. The picturesque Spanish-hacienda style hotel sits in the heart of Coronado Village on Orange Avenue, just one block from the breathtaking beaches of Coronado Island. Located on site in the hotel’s charming Spanish village are 12 boutique shops, a salon and a spa, as well as four restaurants including Miguel’s and The Brigantine. Guests will find oversized accommodations in the hotel’s 42 rooms, an open courtyard with Spanish-tiled grills, and an outdoor swimming pool.


Junvi Ola
Hospitality Content Studio

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