Error message

Lingotek profile ID 4 not found.
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VC_OldHollywood_Module11_HotelDelCoronado_Stock_RM_A855JG_1280x640
America/Alamy

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado
Find the spirit of a Hollywood legend at this grande dame beach resort

Having this Queen Anne–style hotel—about 120 miles south of Los Angeles—portray a Florida resort was a stroke of geographic luck, according to Some Like It Hot director Billy Wilder. “People who have never seen this beautiful hotel will never believe we didn’t make these scenes on a movie lot,” the late director was once quoted as saying. “It’s like the past come to life.”

For bystanders, the main attraction during the film shoot was a reportedly relaxed and happy Marilyn Monroe, who portrayed a singer tangled up with on-the-run musicians played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. While only exteriors were shot on location, the cast, crew, and entourage all stayed at the “Hotel Del” during filming (including Curtis’s wife Janet Leigh, who was pregnant at the time with Jamie Lee Curtis). Indoor scenes were shot on sets designed to mimic locations inside the hotel, like the lobby stairs and elevator.

As befits a National Historic Landmark, the Hotel Del has stayed relatively unchanged ever since. For a selfie related to the film, pose by the striking, century-old Dragon Tree next to the resort entrance, which was the backdrop for one scene featuring Jack Lemmon in drag. 

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado SDRegion_Hero_Surfing_Mom_LaJolla_Myles_1280x642_sized
Myles Mcguinness

Southern California

Discover San Diego County

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado vca_maps_sandiego
21
November
Average (°C)
Sept - Nov
22°
High
15°
Low
Dec - Feb
18°
High
9°
Low
Mar - May
19°
High
13°
Low
June - Aug
23°
High
18°
Low

Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean, and a year-round daily forecast of 70°F, and you’ll understand why this southernmost stretch of the state is all about outdoor fun. Discover top theme parks and attractions like Seaworld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and LEGOLAND California.

The first European explorer to land in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, came ashore in San Diego in 1542.

Relax at legendary retreats like Hotel del Coronado, find art and culture in San Diego and surrounding cities like luxurious La Jolla, and enjoy world-class golf at Torrey Pines, and enjoy culture and diversity, all at the edge of a sparkling blue sea.

Coasterra in San Diego, California
Courtesy of Cohn Restaurant Group

Coasterra

San Diego County on a map of California
Book a table at this San Diego waterfront knockout

Got a boat? That’s the only way you’ll get a better view of San Diego’s waterfront skyline and twinkling bridges than the panorama you get from...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VC_LaJollaSunsets_RF_168579929_1280x640_0
Steve Skinner/Getty Images

Where to Watch a La Jolla Sunset

Want to nail your sunset shot? Our expert has six sensational recommendations to match any mood

As a San Diego concierge for more than a decade, Brett Hamblen is well versed in sunset recommendations. For his role as the chief concierge at...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_TI_T11_lauridsen_140702_2634-sized
Stretching 1,942 feet, the historic Oceanside Pier is the longest wooden pier on the Pacific Ocean.
Oct 1 - Oct 31
October

Planning a fall family vacation? Save money and head to San Diego, where kids eat, stay, and play free throughout October.

Multiple kid-centric attractions have always made San Diego one of...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VC_KidsFreeSanDiego_BXEGB8_686x885_downsized
Freiheit/Alamy
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado vca_maps_sandiego
Giraffes at the San Diego Zoo
Courtesy of San Diego Zoo

Spotlight: San Diego Zoo

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado vca_maps_sandiego
See rare and endangered species

Visiting this expansive zoo in San Diego’s Balboa Park is more than a chance to see animals from all over the world: it’s a chance to see one of...

Too darned pretty. Everywhere you look out there, everything's just too danged pretty! I'm usually the prettiest thing!
musician Little Richard on San Diego
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_SD_D_T5_La Jolla_kayakers_lauridsen_140618_563-sized_0
Dave Lauridsen

La Jolla

Find something for everyone in this multi-faceted seaside jewel

La Jolla is (so many) different things to different people. Posh shopping? Browse the boutiques along Girard Avenue. At La Jolla Shores, surfing,...

SPECIAL FEATURE
Discover quintessential sun and fun at these coastal charmers

Take one part water, one part sand, one part sun-soaked coastal charm, and you’ve got the recipe for some of California’s most appealing destinations. The Golden State’s beach towns stand out for...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado SanDiego_LaJolla_preview_686x885
Lucas Himovitz
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado PoliteProvisions_SD_sized
Gwynne Spann

Where to eat, what to drink

Endless Sun, Oceanfront Dining & Craft Breweries

With its endless sun and oceanfront location, as well as strong influences from Mexico, San Diego offers plenty of dining options—from flaky fish...

SPECIAL FEATURE
Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in elegant tasting rooms for kid-friendly fun zones that...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_SI_T5_John_preview_686x885
John/ Flickr
SPECIAL FEATURE
Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind-the-scenes tours at California’s theme parks and attractions. Here’s a roundup of worth-the-...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_SI_VIP_T1_MichaelSaechang_preview_686x885
Michael Saechang/Flickr
SPECIAL FEATURE
Unleash the kid within at California’s ultimate playgrounds

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone. Take a tram ride to tour movie back lots at Universal Studios...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado AmazingThemeParks_preview_868x686
Lucas Himovitz
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado SD_PipesBeach_Miller_1280x642
The historic 101 Café in Oceanside is the oldest continuously-operating restaurant on historic Highway 101.
A lion cub at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Alexa Miller

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado vca_maps_sandiego
Find out where the wild things are

Like a journey to Africa, a day at this spectacular park lets you see some of the world’s most magnificent—and endangered—animals at close range...

SPECIAL FEATURE
Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini Ufos. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_SI_FarmersMarket_T4_CV_DavisFrmMkt1_Flippen_preview_686x885
Laura Flippen
Thanks be to God, I arrived here...at this Port of San Diego. It is beautiful to behold, and does not belie its reputation.
Father Junipero Serra
SPECIAL FEATURE
Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and kids—it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. This sandy dozen offers appealing, family-friendly features, such as calm water for new swimmers, tide pools for intrepid...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado Carmel_BeachDog_Farnum_preview_686x885
Alex Farnum
SPECIAL FEATURE
World-class accommodations in world-class locations

Head to the heart of California’s cities for luxurious stays at world-class accommodations. From San Francisco’s historic hotels to celebrity hot spots in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California’s...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado PalaceHotel_LynGateley_preview_686x885
Lynn Gately/Flickr
SPECIAL FEATURE
Taste the delicious dishes from these amazing California chefs

From a candy-colored pastry shop to Michelin-starred dining rooms, top restaurants run by celebrity chefs dot the Golden State. And even if you don’t know these chefs from the TV...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_SI_T10_Milliken&Feniger_Portrait_preview_686x885
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_D_SD_T7_TorreyPines_lauridsen_140618_754-sized
Dave Lauridsen

San Diego Golf

Get your daily dose of greens at oceanfront courses

Perfect weather, challenging course, and incredible settings make San Diego County a golfer’s dream destination. It’s not surprising that many of...

This four-day event in San Diego turned a simple taco fest into something delightfully global

When this festival first launched in 2013, its inspiration was pretty local: the south-of-the-border Mexican cuisine of Baja California. But the four-day event—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—...

Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VC_LatinFoodFest_Supplied_Image4_686x885
Courtesy of Latin Food Fest
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado vca_maps_sandiego_0
Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel del Coronado VCW_D_SD_T9_lauridsen_Julian
Dave Lauridsen

Julian

Visit a surprising mountain town that’s as American as apple pie

Poised between the desert and the coast, a little more than an hour’s drive east of San Diego, this surprising mountain town makes a great day...

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau