Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hotel del Coronado

    -Postcard by Gaston Lokvig, from a pen-and-ink drawing, 1979, 
      Published by Carol Mendel, San Diego.                                                            

This charming pen-and-ink illustration of the Hotel del Coronado is by the late 
Gaston Lokvig, an immigrant from Denmark, who settled in Southern California 
in 1959.  He did many drawings of San Diego landmarks, and was featured in a 
number of travel books.

The Hotel del Coronado has been the playground of presidents, potentates and 
celebrities since it opened in 1888.  This massive wooden structure is one of the 
finest examples of a Victorian beachside resort, and was designated a U.S. 
National Historic Landmark in 1977.

The "Hotel del" has been the setting for books and movies.  Scenes in the 1959  
movie "Some Like It Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack 
Lemmon were filmed on location at the hotel.

Today the Hotel del Coronado is a resort with all the amenities, and is also 
available for conferences, wedding receptions, and other special events.  
Day trippers are welcome! 

The Hotel del Coronado has a superb website:

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