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El Rancho Motel in San Diego, CA

El Rancho Motel in San Diego, CA


El Rancho Motel Coronado is conveniently located in the heart of beautiful Coronado Island, and offers 10 charming rooms full of amenities and warm hospitality that will make your stay a memorable one.

Surrounded by attractions such as the Ferry Landing Marketplace, the historic Hotel Del Coronado, and the world famous Coronado Beaches, we know you will truly have a wonderful stay at El Rancho Motel.

San Diego is also close by, just a drive on the majestic Coronado Bay Bridge. Explore the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and so much more. Access to the San Diego Airport is also close and convenient.

Coronado is a peaceful island community and resort destination, with a world class golf course, a marina, parks and beaches. The weather is perhaps the best in the world, making it the perfect destination for families and seasoned travellers.

With plenty of dining and shopping options within walking distance, we know your stay will be a pleasurable experience. We look forward to making your stay at El Rancho Motel as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Welcome to Coronado Island!


Company Info:

Rating: 3.73

Address: 370 Orange Ave, San Diego, CA, 92118
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Comments (15):

1. Eric L.
probably the only motel here around san diego county  i could actually sink my face into  pillows without the fear of bed bugs and other creepy hair crawlers. seriously. furniture is pretty updated and well maintained... finally a motel i could actually tell mom to go to if she's ever in town. sweet HBO channels available at your command. forget BW and the ramada, i would actually cross that creepy bridge need i be around SD agAIN.

01/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Henan J.
This motel is super-cute and met or exceeded all of my expectations.    Check-in was not til 3 which worked great for us and check out too was negotiable.  
The front desk lady was very accommodating.  

The decor in the room was very sleek and modern - it almost feels like you're in an actual mini-apartment rather than a motel room.  

The location is extremely convenient -- within walking distance to the bars/restaurants, Seaport, shopping, etc., and a short drive to Coronado, La Jolla, Mission Bay, Sea World, Balboa Park, and I'm sure tons of other places we didn't make it to.  Definitely consider staying here when you visit San Diego.
The only downside i could mention would be the lack of internet access and limited parking in the alley.

30/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Patrick W.
This is a great deal for Coronado Island. I stayed for 4 nights in a two bedroom room for $85/night. It's in a great location right off the main roads, has good internet, A/C, cable TV, plenty of parking, and nice rooms. The maitre'd is an adorable old Spanish-speaking lady who is very welcoming and sweet. She was also very responsive to e-mail inquiries and changes in my travel plans.

Was it perfect? Of course not--the bathroom was a tad musty, the linens weren't changed every day (though they were clean when I arrived), and there's not much of a view from the rooms. But do you want to pay an extra $150/night for that stuff?

29/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Alisa B.
Simple. Quaint. Cozy. Essential. Such a perfect place to pop into on a beautiful island. $80 a night is a small price to pay for basic room on a gorgeous island.  Stop by LeRoys for dinner. Buy some trinkets at the Attic. Far a touristy T at Bullshirt and get drinks at night at the Little bar. A perfect night and again simple accommodations. I would recommend it to any ine budget conconsciece.

31/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. David J.
More like El Ranchy

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
6. Bernadette M.
The owner was wonderful. The room was clean and everything worked.  It is in need of some  repairs but for the price it was a pleasant stay

04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Mia B.
I love Lupee! I think she's the owner. Very sweet and wiser (older) lady. It's a decent motel. We stayed here for the holiday wknd b/c everything else was either SKY HIGH ($300 plus) or unavailable. Stayed here for $100 a night. With taxes $110. It's a small 10 unit motel. You get fridge and microwave. IKEA furniture in room. Beds are not too shabby. Rooms are small but we barely stayed inside. Walking distance to restaurants, shops, bars, etc. We walked down to Hotel Del (about 20 minutes, about 8 blocks) Free parking at the motel, Free WIFI and lots of good cable channels. Bring body lotion, they only offer shampoo, conditioner and face soap. I would stay here again. Gracias, Lupee!

08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Christine W.
Found this place on Yelp and decided to book a room here as we were only staying in town for the night and were on a budget. The motel is located on popular/busy Orange Avenue but was easy to find. Lupe was very friendly and showed us to our room. Cute, quaint, clean and cozy is how I would sum up the El Rancho Motel. Room was small but it sufficed as we only stayed one night. Sheets were nice and soft. Toilet paper wasn't cheap, but nice and plush. While it's a budget place, they did put some care into certain things which is very nice. Some of the furniture, (small end table from Ikea- the surface was warped, but whatever), and the small chair (also Ikea) was stained. But other than that, it was mostly clean and I was comfortable. Would I stay here again? Yes!

NOTE: There are only 2 assigned parking spaces in front of the motel. Everything else is street parking. They didn't have an actual parking lot. We had no problem finding parking on the street very close/in front of the motel.

25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. federico p.
Stayed last weekend with the wife... this is our 5th Visit in about 2 years; we normally stay here because it's the best deal in the Island & we love the location & feel about the place... My wife says it makes her feel relaxed and disconnected.. If you know whats good for you then you go with what the boss says.. I don't know where she gets the disconnected part... (free Wifi and local calls...) oh and I love to say it but --NO RESORT FEES!!! I can't believe everyone is charging a resort fee for services you don't use!!.. Anyways long story short.. great location!!.. Ferry Landing, Parks, Beach... New administration!! we noticed the changes !.. but still family owned & operated (which we appreciate).. we will miss Lupe the previous manager she was the sweetest !...but we understand the need for a few upgrades.. very nice by the way.. you know flat-screens, clean rooms!.. amenities etc... you can feel the change!.. We shall return again and again!!!

16/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. David S.
Lupe the owner is a wonder lady...

We booked our 2 rooms a year ago(7/2012) when we last stayed at this quaint lil hotel.

We checked in on June 30,2013.  One room had a faulty A/C unit. We told Lupe the next morning, she said she would have it repaired. We return after our day and the room is broiling hot.  A/C not working. same story July 1st and July 2nd.

Remember, there is no other room in all of Coronado Island available this week.

To top it all off, both rooms are flooded. Apparently the bath tubs in both rooms decided at the same time to back up.

Well so much for private little wayside motels.  Excuses after Excuses on the A/C.
Now the flood. We are sitting outside our rooms. They did not even get towels to dry the floors and carpet.

Unbelievable!  There are ways to take care of these issues besides making up lies and excuses.  

Perhaps it's time to sell the property and build a proper B&B on this prime Real Estate!
Just an add on its July 3. The rooms are dried out but still no air in room number 6.
Lupe did not feel the need to fix the air or give any compensation for the inconvenience of  80 plus degree heat in the room.

We found another room in LA for the rest of our stay.

02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
11. Nora C.
Great little jewel in the middle of town!

This place is a hidden jewel in beautiful Coronado! After reading the reviews, some good, some not so much, decided to give it a go.

Best decision ever! The rooms were newly renovated, clean and pretty!

Apparently its under new management and they have done wonders! Great hospitality!

I highly recommend it since its perfect for the weekend get away or for a longer vacation.

12/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Inge C.
Amazing cute, little hotel in Coronado. They have done some remodeling and it's fabulous!!
Good service and clean :))
We'll be back soon........

02/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Rhonda H.
Darling room - clean, completely remodeled- New everything..  No doubt, I'd have family stay here when in town.  Irene is very sweet.

19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Brad L.

I don't even know where to begin...

After reading all the recent 5-star reviews, I thought this place would be exactly as described, but I'm now convinced that the owner is telling all of her friends just to write 5-star reviews, because my experience was completely antithetical to the reviews. This whole "Under New Management" thing has to be a ploy.

My family and I decided to stay here for my birthday weekend. There's only two pet-friendly places to stay on Coronado Island. The El Rancho and the Hotel Del Coronado. El Rancho is considerably cheaper, and for good reasons.

We arrive, and notice there's two parking spots out front. We park in the open spot and go to check in. This motel is the size of a doll house. It's TINY. We check into our room, and the woman at the front desk gives us a key for room #5. The key doesn't work. So we have to go get a new key from her. Once we get in the room, we're completely disappointed. Two queen beds, on rollers. The room is the size of a lunch box. We set our stuff down and look over the room. The bathroom door doesn't shut properly. You have to jiggle the handle and press the latch bolt with your finger to get it to come out of the door so it will shut properly. The bathroom is tiny tiny. You can barely even turn around it's so small.

I go to turn on the AC unit.. It turns on, but has no real power on the MAX COOL setting. It doesn't hardly blow out any air, and the air it did blow out definitely wasn't cold. Which sucks, because it's already in the 80's and it's humid.

Next we notice there's no coffee. There's only tea? Weird. We ask the front desk for coffee, and she says the maid must have forgotten to stock it when she was cleaning, so she went to look for some. An hour later, we go back to the front desk after she never returned, and the same woman says "It's against our policy to serve coffee." Uh...okay? She's either lazy or an just stupid. I know it's illegal to smoke on the island, but coffee..really?

We go to dinner and return. It's so hot and so humid. The AC has been on the entire day, and you couldn't even tell. The room was hot and moist. FUN!

We all get ready for bed and try to turn on the over-head fan to get some air moving. To our surprise..there's one switch in the room, that controls everything.. I'm not too sure what kind of electrician wires everything to one switch, but they did. So, in order to have the fan on, you also have to have all the lights in the room on, which creates even more heat. We decided to just turn the fan and all the lights off and crack the window. All four of us didn't sleep at all. It was miserable. The pillows are paper thin. It had to have been 85 degrees in the room. No fan. No AC.

After a night of no sleep and laying in puddles of sweat, we couldn't get out fast enough the next morning. We checked out and went to stay at the Hotel Del. Pricey, but SO worth it.

If you like to waste your time and money, the El Rancho Motel is definitely the place for you! We will definitely never ever stay here again. This was the worst experience ever, and completely ruined the first day and a half of my birthday weekend. Thanks, El Rancho.

13/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
15. Anna E.
The best hidden motel in Coronado! The staff are friendly and I love that it was close to the beach! My Husband and I stayed there for Valentine's Day and we loved it! We would recommend it to all our friends and we would definitely come back!!!

18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0