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Fact or Fiction: Is Hotel Del Coronado painting its lobby white?

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Posted at 10:50 AM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 18:15:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It's one of San Diego's crown jewels. The Hotel Del Coronado has been a landmark of America's Finest City since 1888.

While its walls are steeped in history, recently, rumors swirled that a face-changing paint job to the hotel's lobby was coming.

Facebook users on the "Coronado Happenings" page voiced worries that the iconic hotel planned to paint its wood-finished lobby white.

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Those rumors, however, are just that, according to the hotel.

Hotel Del Coronado's Public Relations Director Sara Baumann told 10News there were discussions of possible upgrades to retail shops on the hotel's lower level, but nothing regarding painting planned for the lobby. Nothing has been set in stone for any upgrades in any space, as well, Baumann added.

Could that change even be made to a National Historic Landmark? According to the National Parks Service, "property owners are free to make whatever changes they wish if Federal funding, licensing, or permits are not involved."