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Name: Hotel del Coronado (1888-)
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Historical Note:

The Hotel del Coronado has been a noted landmark in the history of Coronado and the greater San Diego area since its groundbreaking, and has been a National Historic Landmark since 1977. Beginning with two visionary men, Elijah Babcock and H.L. Story, the mission to build one of the greatest hotel resorts in the world became a reality. Since its opening in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has become a world-renowned destination. From the use of early cutting edge technologies (such as providing guests with telephone service and electricity), to its ideal atmosphere for entertaining, to its Victorian elegance and charm, the Hotel del Coronado is truly one of a kind. The Hotel del Coronado has touched the lives of most San Diegans, and has attracted numerous notable names throughout the world including Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Richard Nixon, world dignitaries, movie stars, and other world figures such as Charles Lindberg.

The Hotel del Coronado has had a number of owners throughout its history, including Elijah S. Babcock, Hampton Story, John D. Spreckels, John Alessio, and Larry Lawrence. The Coronado Beach Company was created to help fund the construction of the Hotel, and continued to own many of the facilities available to the public after the Hotel was completed, as can be seen in the records of the Hotel del Coronado which detail dealings with services such as waterways to railroads.

The Hotel del Coronado has a rich history from its amazingly quick construction, its illustrious guest list, and its reputation for excellence as a Hotel.

Note Author: Aislinn Catherine Sotelo

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