CORONADO, CA — Just one block from one of the nation’s top-rated beaches, El Cordova Hotel in Coronado, CA is undergoing a series of improvements and restorations to bring the 102-year-old property back to the luster it enjoyed in the past, this time blending its hacienda style with modern touches.
The most recent renovation at this 40-room hotel, include a complete remodel of its signature Casa Grande Suite in July 2011.
This 1800 sq. ft. hacienda-style suite was adorned with décor embracing the theme ‘Spices of Spain’ with warm and sensual tones reminiscent of melted butter, hand-tossed tortillas, rich salsa and Mexican chocolate.
The hotel outfitted the main living space with new furniture, including a Spanish-style study desk, solid wood plank-style table, two custom-made sofas with scroll arms, estate-quality large scrolled metal chandeliers and a leather-wrapped freestanding bar and chocolate leather chairs. The entrance to the suite is flanked by handcrafted hacienda estate doors made of solid wood.
At the helm of the hotel’s re-imagining is hospitality management firm, R.A. Rauch and Associates (RAR), which was awarded the contract to manage the property in January 2011.
“El Cordova has a paramount place in Coronado’s history,” said Robert Rauch, principal RAR. “Now it’s our job to build a new history for this property, while enhancing the experience for Coronado residents and visitors.”
RAR also upgraded the historic hotel with modern luxuries and necessities, such as iPod docking stations, flat-screen TV’s, key-card entry for added guest security, AutoClerk reservation system for online bookings, and a Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy amenity set in all the rooms.
Rauch brought in 14-year hospitality pro, Mica Jackson, as El Cordova’s general manager in March 2011. With former stints as director of operations at the Holiday Inn San Diego Downtown and front office manager at the Holiday Inn Express Old Town, Jackson is poised to lead El Cordova into a new era.
“I see the hotel truly progressing into the 21st-century now, “ Jackson said. “However, even with all of these updates, we want to keep the unique ambience and feeling of El Cordova,” Jackson said.
“I don’t want to ignore the history of the hotel. “
Along with contemporary accents to the property, Rauch and Jackson agreed to move the hotel into the social media scene with a regularly updated Facebook page and Twitter feed, plus prompt responses to TripAdvisor reviews.
EL CORDOVA HOTEL
El Cordova Hotel was originally built as a retirement mansion for a wealthy industrialist in 1902. In 1930, it was converted to a Spanish Village hotel and has been updated and expanded several times to provide additional rooms and amenities. The hotel sits in the heart of the Coronado village, on Orange Avenue, one block from the best beaches on Coronado Island. It has twelve boutique shops on site and four restaurants, including The Brigantine and Miguel’s Mexican restaurant.
R.A.RAUCH & ASSOCIATES
R. A. Rauch & Associates are specialists in the hotel sector, having built, owned and managed hotels, and consulted in the hotel sector for over 20 years. RAR focuses on hotel management, asset management, comprehensive hotel consulting and advisory services as well as expert witness work and litigation support. Assignments cover this complete range plus providing support to government agencies and financial institutions.