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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spanish "Old World" Coronado Village



In Coronado’s Downtown District and a block from the beach is a little known Spanish style alleyway that hosts hidden treasures of small shops and architectural wonders. Located within the Village of Coronado and El Cordova Hotel are dining establishments like Miguel’s Cocina and carpet shops like the Galleria that match anything you might find in Old World Spain. 

El Cordova Hotel is a traditional hacienda style local attraction. It was built for the wealthy industrialist Elisha Babcock in 1902 and was converted so a Spanish Village hotel in 1939. Since that time it has been updated many times and a number of shops are interconnected. While you wait for your dining number to be called you may walk around and see the fountains and historic architecture.
 
Miguel’s Cocina is located in the hotel’s courtyard. It offers a beautifully covered patio or indoor dining experience. The prices are reasonable ranging from $12-$20 per plate. Their offerings are Mexican by genre and have successfully allowed the establishment to expand into other communities. Try the carne asada or the vegetable enchiladas. Happy Hour times are available. 

You will notice the courtyard full of people, busy niche shops, and hotel residents. As you walk around the courtyard you may be surprised by the fountains, tile work, and the architectural design. It provides a charm unmatched by many other locations on the island. It is worth the walk, dining, and shopping experience. Take a few hours on your weekend and enjoy your time.


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