For even those only slightly interested in history, The Del has still kept much of its original structure and one can almost imagine perfectly what the hotel looked like at the turn of the 19th century especially when wandering through the front lobby with its dark wood paneling, carpeted hallways and probably one of the oldest-working elevators.
The Del also boasts an impressive roster of famous visitors The movie, "Some Like it Hot" with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, was filmed there.
The Wizard of Oz author, Frank L. Baum, loved The Del and was a frequent guest. Every president since Lyndon B. Johnson has stayed at the hotel and even European royalty, England's Prince of Wales visited in 1920.
Now, The Del is a national landmark and like anything that old, the hotel comes with a few ghosts. One in particular is Kate Morgan. In 1892, this young woman checked into the hotel under a fake name, stayed for a few days, then killed herself outside the back entrance to the hotel. Throughout the years, guests who stay in the room she occupied during her short visit have complained about some unsettling disturbances. The lights will go on and off. The television will turn itself on. The phone will inexplicably ring off the hook. The doors slam. An especially freaky occurrence is the constant indentation on a pillow as if someone's head is resting there. Even after the pillow is shaken and fluffed, the indentation remains.
A few guests have even reported seeing her walking along the beach and in the hotel hallways.
The Del has made Kate Morgan's ghost a sort of hotel mascot. In the bookstore, on the website, and even on the hotel's own in-house television channel, they play up Kate Morgan's ghost. Case in point: The hotel has published an entire book about Kate Morgan, "Beautiful Stranger: The Ghost of Kate Morgan and the Hotel Del Coronado."
If you want to check out whether the ghost is real or not, the hotel is offering a special from now until March 15 where if you stay two nights, you get the third night free. But that doesn't guarantee you a peaceful night's sleep.