The History Behind the Luxury, Part 2
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
When the idea of the Del was beginning to form, San Diego was starting to undergo a transformation. With a population of only 2,637 in 1880, by 1887, the area had grown to over 35,000 people. Often, during this time, developers would build grand hotels to draw people to undeveloped land. Elisha Babcock and Hampton Story were no exception. In 1885 they, and a group of investors, bought a 4,000 acre island and began planning the town of Coronado, a resort community intended to service their piece de resistance, the Hotel del Coronado. They used the sale of land lots to help fund the project, and when construction began in 1886, nearly 2,000 laborers were working on the hotel full-time.