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Hotel del Coronado completes underground parking garage, renovations continue

Posted at 6:25 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 13:53:25-05

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) - A major makeover is underway at the Hotel del Coronado, and now the project is moving into phase two, which includes a new entrance.

On Wednesday, hotel guests and the public will be able to use the hotel's new underground parking structure, which features 729 spots.

For the next two years, guests will enter the hotel from the north side, as the main entrance is redesigned. The temporary entrance can be accessed from R.H. Dana Pl.

The project will cost $400 million, a figure that's double the original estimate.

"To ensure that the Hotel Del is staying relevant with the times, but also that it's here for another 130 years," said Nick OrRico, the resort manager.

OrRico says they've been working diligently to enhance the guest experience while construction is underway.

After the popular restaurant Sun Deck closed for construction, the hotel created an alternative eatery on the beach with a food truck.

"We are still looking for ways to build unique experiences for guests, so they still want to come over here and experience our beautiful beach," said OrRico.

Holiday traditions will continue despite renovations, including Skating by the Sea, which kicks off this Friday.

For Thanksgiving, the Hotel Del is expecting close to 3,000 guests for dinner in the Crown Room and Ball Room, plus more in the restaurants.

On Christmas Eve, they'll serve 500 guests in the Crown Room. And on Christmas Day, they're expecting 2,000 in the Crown Room and Ball Room.

The renovation project is expected to be completed in December 2021.