I don’t live under a rock. Some days I wish I did, but that’s a different story. Thing is, before I took a trip to San Diego in March, I’d never heard of the Hotel Del Coronado. Friends were telling me “OMG, I’ve always wanted to stay there”, and “that place is on my bucket list.” Not a single one of them mentioned, the Hotel Del Coronado history, is haunting.
Famous Guests at the Hotel Del Coronado
I started to research the Hotel Del, to see what I was missing. In 1888, the western world was buzzing about it (just imagine if they’d had Twitter or Pinterest) , and today its a National Historic Landmark. And how could I have not known it was named America’s #1 wedding destination by the Travel channel? Other claims to fame include the celebrity guest list, you know, Presidents, Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, James Stewart, Walt Disney and many more!
There’s a lot of history at the “Hotel Del” as the locals call it. Marilyn Monroe’s “Some Like It Hot“, was one of over 12 movies filmed on hotel property.
Hotel Del Coronado History & Ghosts
After reading about how grand the hotel is, I discovered not all of the guests had checked out. Anyone else hear The Eagles, “Hotel California” playing right now? Nope, just me, okay. Well, as the story goes, a young woman named Kate Morgan, checked into the luxury hotel on November 24, and five days later killed herself on the beach. During our stay, several people in our group were freaked out by some paranormal activity.
Now, according to my husband, I sleep like a dead person. Could be true, since I don’t have any firsthand experiences to share with you. You can read about Jasmine’s encounter on Simply Real Moms. Interesting fact, Jasmine wasn’t staying in Kate Morgan’s old room.
Another fun fact about Hotel Del Coronado history, apparently a male guest checks into the Hotel Del every year at Thanksgiving. He reserves Kate’s old room, and orders room service for two, hoping to meet the Kate Morgan’s ghost. This guy must have a serious obsession, because he’s yet to see the ghost, but continues to return! Oh and since when do ghosts actually eat food?
Room 3327, Kate Morgan’s old room, is the most requested room in the resort. My room, was, well, just a room with a bed. It smelled a bit musty, and didn’t have much of a view. When the Del was built, it was the first to have a hydraulic elevator, and electricity with cutting edge technology. At 125 years old, it shows its age in some places, although the the resort itself is beautiful. The craftsmanship and exquisite details can be found everywhere!
We were fortunate enough to tour the property with some trivia experts from the Coronado Museum of History and Art. Unless you’re attending a private event, or eating Sunday brunch there, the tour is the key to getting inside the beautiful Crown Room. As the docents told us about the elaborate parties held in the room, I could picture the rich socialites dancing under the crown chandeliers. The exquisite chandeliers were designed by “Wizard Of Oz” author, L. Frank Baum, a frequent guest of the resort. (I highly recommend the tour)
The hotel has so much charm, character, and probably secrets. At night, I found myself thinking, if these walls could talk, what would they say? Or is that Kate Morgan’s ghost I hear…..
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