Del History

A living legend for more than 130 years, The Del celebrates its rich history as the proud host to celebrities, royalty, U.S. Presidents, and beach-loving guests for generations. Built in 1888 by Elisha Babcock, Jr., and Hampton L. Story and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, this historic beach resort is a famous San Diego icon.

Be a part of The Del’s ever-evolving California history with a personalized engraved brick paver commemorating a family, special occasion or memory of a  loved one.

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Historic Hotels of America: National Trust for Historic Preservation

1886 A Decided Place
1886 Coronado Beach Company Created
1886 Development of Coronado Island
1886 Proposed Design
1887 Groundbreaking Ceremony
1887 Hotel Construction
1887 First Wedding at the Hotel
1887 The Highest Point of the Hotel
1888 The Del Debuts
1888 The Rotunda
1888 New Technologies
1888 The Woman in the Window
1888 The Crown Room
1888 Guestrooms
1888 The Ballroom
1890 Owner John D. Spreckels (1890-1926)
1891 President Benjamin Harrison Visits The Del
1892 Noel
1892 Kate Morgan Mystery Begins
1900 Tent City Opens
1904 Author L. Frank Baum
1904 World’s First
1915 President William Taft
1916 The Pearl of Paradise
1920 Charlie Chaplin
1927 Charles Lindbergh
1931 The Ballroom Expands
1935 President Franklin Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt
1958 Some Like it Hot
1969 San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge Opens
1972 Nixon’s State Dinner at The Del
1977 The Stunt Man
1977 National Historic Landmark
1979 President Jimmy Carter
1980 President Gerald Ford
1983 The Oxford
2007 Beach Village at The Del Opens