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Hotel Del Coronado
The Hotel Del Coronado in the 1930s. (San Diego Historical Society)
The Hotel del Coronado has been a luxury resort hotel since it opened in 1888. During World War II it was situated at the hub of Navy activities in San Diego, as it was adjacent to the Amphibious Base and the North Island Naval Air station. The Eleventh District Naval headquarters were located directly across San Diego Bay, about half a mile away. The hotel was thus well situated to provide accommodations to Navy personnel when space was not available on board ship.

Navy and hotel records show five leases for rooms in the hotel between 1 July 1942 and 30 June 1946. The five leases comprise the following:
No records were found to show which rooms the Navy occupied.

The leases at the Hotel del Coronado were unusual because the hotel continued to accommodate its civilian guests while reserving a number of its 692 rooms for naval officer housing. Naval officers staying there were treated as regular guests and, per the terms of the lease, were provided the same food, privileges, and use of the grounds, tennis courts, swimming pool and other facilities.
The Navy made no alterations to the hotel to accommodate the Navy personnel.
Source: Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers
The Hotel Del Coronado today.
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Updated 8 February 2016