El Cordova Hotel Redesigned

El Cordova Hotel has announced the unveiling of a redesign that is said to “bring a modern touch to its signature Old-World Spanish style”.

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

Designer Kristine Smith of KS Designs found inspiration in the property’s 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, honey-colored paint, lighting, bedding, drapery, artwork and furniture. The design team hand-selected furniture and lighting, which included wrought-iron detailing with textural patterns, providing the balance of lavish and comfortable while still maintaining the hotel’s hacienda look.


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 gold bed skirt and accent pillow to maintain a clean feel, while adding a touch of texture and color. Mexican-style ceramics, prints and photographs were added throughout the rooms to offer bright splashes of colors throughout.

The El Cordova Hotel was originally built in 1902 as a getaway retirement mansion for wealthy industrialist Elisha Babcock. The Spanish-hacienda style hotel sits in the heart of Coronado Village on Orange Avenue, just one block from the beaches of Coronado Island. Located on site in the hotel’s 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.

Photo credit: Ramon Purcell