It would be just my luck that absolutely nothing would happen

Did you know?

I found out a few days ago that the historic Hotel del Coronado was sold in May.

Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California

The selling price? A mere $512 million. The last time it had sold was about ten years ago for something like $384 million, making it the most expensive real estate in the United States of America based on sales price at that time. The new sales price keeps it there. Nothing else comes close. There are some properties that are insured for more than that, but when it comes to sales price, the Hotel del Coronado is in a league of its own.

Hotel del Coronado

Known locally as the Hotel Del, it is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre, the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States, and is both a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark.

The Hotel Del opened in 1888 and was the largest resort hotel in the world at that time. Throughout the years it has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities, as well as being featured in many books and movies. Arguably its most famous appearance was in “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe. The dragon tree shown in the following picture is quite noticeable in the film:

Yucca which appeared in the movie Some Like It Hot

The Hotel Del also is one of America’s most haunted places, almost always showing up in various Top 10 Most Haunted lists. On November 24, 1892, Kate Morgan checked into Room 304, telling staff that she was waiting for her brother, a doctor, who was going to treat her stomach cancer. He never arrived, and three days later Kate was found dead on the steps leading to the beach. Her death was declared a suicide, the ruling being that she had shot herself.

Since that time, guests who have checked into the room (renumbered twice, first to 3318 and currently 3327) have reported flickering lights and floating objects.

Sadly, the hotel is too expensive for my budget. I would love to stay in that room, but it would be just my luck that absolutely nothing would happen.

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26 thoughts on “It would be just my luck that absolutely nothing would happen

  1. quarksire

    many years ago i had water filters under evry bar anbd on every ice and water machine outlet in that hotel, is a fabulous place, i used to love evry 3 months etting to visit them there and caruse through the joint,,was a lotta fun, photos reminded me of those gewd times onc3 upon a time 🙂 lol. wow another life hehe. 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      That is another tale. And one more tale says that she and her lover met and that her brother caught them and shot her. Those are the three tales I found, and I used the one that was repeated most often in my books.


  2. gigoid

    As a native Californian, though a Northerner, mostly, I’ve always wanted to stay there, just to see what the fuss is all about, but, it’s out of MY range, too… I think, though, I’d want another room than 304, as I like to sleep at night…


    Nice to see you over catching up at ECR… I appreciate it, and wish I could get by here more often… Sadly, my time for surfing is decreasing even more, as my arthritis gets worse, but, I’ll be back, eventually…. I always enjoy your photos, and the accompanying comments you make…it’s always of interest, and engaging…

    Take care, & Blessed Be….

    Ned, aka gigoid, the dubious


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Yeah, it’s tough getting old. The mind wants to do things but the body says, “Nope. Been there, done that.”

      I was pretty devastated when I finally realized that I really needed to give up beach and indoor volleyball, as well as tennis. Without that daily exercise I’ve gone from 170# to 200#.

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      1. gigoid

        I hesitate to mention actual numbers, since I’m too cowardly to keep a scale in the house…. so, I can empathize completely with that one… and also why I didn’t immediately type “lol”, because, though I did laugh, it wasn’t at you, it was one of those nervous laughs that burst out when we identify too closely with something…


        I miss volleyball, too, except for the sand part in wet shorts…. murder…


        Take care…. & Blessed Be

        Ned, aka gigoid


          1. gigoid

            I can agree with that; at the point in time I was playing it most often, it was in Santa Cruz, near the Boardwalk, so, I wouldn’t have created a huge sensation sensation, until it got noticed & registered on all the stoners playing ball… or, by the tourists watching from the street… So, it didn’t seem practical… or wise..


            Would have been fun, though, no doubt… *sly grin*


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