Sitting on the deck by the bay at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Author’s note: We were guests of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Their generosity did not affect this post in any way.

One of the things that comes with being a travel writer is experiencing as much as you can while on the road. We don’t take a lot of chill time, but we did for one luxurious day at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, in San Diego’s beach community of Coronado. One of the few things we really miss living in landlocked Santa Fe is the ocean. Though I grew up with the Atlantic about an hour away, I’ve come to love the might Pacific Ocean. Oceanside time in California is something we treasure. We got it at this large resort set between Coronado Bay and the Pacific.

The entrance to Loew's Coronado Bay Resort is just east of this marina, photo/courtesy Loew's Coronado

The entrance to Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort is just east of this marina, photo/courtesy Loew’s Coronado

A room with a view

The view from room 1325, a Grand King, was spectacular. When we walked out on the balcony it got even better. To the east we saw the expanse of the bay and the soaring Coronado Bay Bridge, to the north and west we could see Point Loma where the bay meets the ocean. It was just what we needed to unwind.’

Bay view room at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, photo/courtesy Loew's Coronado

Bay view room at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, photo/courtesy Loew’s Coronado

The room had soft sea green walls, neutral, tones and contemporary furnishings. The result was a relaxing haven. We plug in when traveling so we can get a bit of work done on the road. We’ve taken to traveling with an electrical strip as convenient outlets are often non-existent in hotel rooms. That wasn’t the case here. Business travelers and writers will appreciate the many convenient outlets and usb ports provided at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Our strip stayed in the computer case.

Getting the perfect room

Not all rooms are created equal. There are 440 at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in five interconnected buildings laid out like fingers of the hand. All views are different. Poolside-view rooms may be louder as there are three pools (adult, family and children’s pools) and two Jacuzzis plus a bar. People like to party here. Other views include the partial bay and marina vistas. Ask a lot of questions to make sure you get the room and location that works best for you. Want that panoranic view we had? Book the right corner room in Building One and you can get the same view we savored.

Take the open-air shuttle to the beach, photo/Steve Collins

Take the open-air shuttle to the beach, photo/Steve Collins

We’d wanted to spend all day Saturday and all day Sunday enjoying what Loews Coronado Bay Resort had to offer. We had a weather glitch on Friday- it rained so we moved our scheduled whale-watch to Saturday afternoon. It was a tough call, but we didn’t know if the weather would hold and we wanted to see those whales.

We seamlessly checked into our room and headed for the harbor to board our cruise. When we got back to the hotel, darkness had descended. We were greeted by a view of the Coronado Bay Bridge all lit up. Nighttime has it’s benefits.

Coronado Bay Bridge at night photo Steve Collins

Night view of the The view of Coronado Bay Bridge all lit up from our room, photo Steve Collins

Chillin’ on a Sunday morning and afternoon

Sunday morning we slept in then headed for a leisurely breakfast on the patio of the resort’s casual Market Café overlooking the marina. There’s nothing like dining on Eggs Benedict and lox and bagels while looking at sumptuous yachts and sail boats with the ocean beyond.

Marina view at Loews Coronado Bay Resort photo Stve Collins

Our breakfast view from the Market Cafe patio, photo Steve Collins

After breakfast, we checked out the Upper Terrace off the east side of the lobby. We sat in comfortable chairs with our feet up on matching ottomans as we read the Sunday New York Times, a rare treat for us.

The Bay Terrace was a great place to sit and read the NY Sunday Times photo/courtesy Loew's Coronado

The Bay Terrace was a great place to sit and read the NY Sunday Times photo/courtesy Loew’s Coronado

When done, we explored the pool area a bit. But time was limited and we really wanted to get to the beach. The hotel has a complimentary open-air shuttle that takes guests to the nearby state beach or you can walk if you prefer. We waded up to our shins in the bracingly cold water then retreated to the beach and read for a while in the sun. Reluctantly, we called for the shuttle and headed back to the hotel to check out. It had been a perfect stay.

 

 

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