Glorietta Bay Inn celebrates 100 years of historic charm. In 1906, John Dietrich Spreckels — a genius of commerce and a founding father of San Diego — commissioned a world-class architect, Harrison Albright, to design a home for him in Coronado’s Glorietta Bay just off the coast of San Diego.
Today, that mansion has been converted into a hotel, and the Glorietta Bay Inn is the focal point of the island. It caters to families and tourist from all over the world.
The historic landmark’s architecture is outstanding, even by today’s standards. A marble staircase with leather padded handrails is just inside the main entrance, and it is among the first interior features that guests come to admire about the property, which has undergone restoration to return much of it to the original appearance. Another beautiful feature is the brass cage elevator that guests use to access the penthouse overlooking Glorietta Bay.
The rest of the property, which has over 11 guest rooms, displays an elegant quality that stands out from most mansions in the Southern California area. The Edwardian style décor is complete with chandeliers, ornate moldings and a living room with mirrored doors that once opened into a garden. It will take you back in time.
Glorietta Bay is absolutely the place to visit for those who enjoy the tranquility of a beach and old-world charm. Guests appreciate the specialized touches, such as turn-down bed service, plush down bedding and breakfast in bed.
The property caters to small business groups for meetings and gatherings of up to 50 in the intimate outside patio. There are 89 rooms in the modernized addition to the main hotel.
I want to thank the manager, Holly Ansley, for her hospitality. It is because of the hotel’s high-class presentation, staff and management that Celebrity Scene News rates Glorietta Bay Inn a 10.
For reservations, call toll-free (888) 267-6236, visit www.gloriettabayinn.com for more information.