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If the Hotel del Coronado strikes you as overblown (and overpriced), consider a stay with its charming neighbor across the street. The stately white mansion, built in 1908 by sugar baron John D. Spreckels (who was also a major investor in the Del), features a marble staircase, a music room, period fixtures, panoramic views of the bay, and 11 antique-filled guest rooms. More units are available in the motel-style structures added in the 1950s, and while some boast small kitchens and views of the marina, none offer the historical ambience of the original building. The staff is known for its warm, personalized service; let them point you in the right direction for the area's countless activities—restaurants and shopping, hitting the beach, tennis, golf, biking or boating in the bay.