HOTEL DEL CORONADO, SAN DIEGO
There are many reasons to like — or even fall in love with — “the Del”. The first is its outrageous design — vast acres of wood, lorded over by a 10-storey-high red-roofed turret. Or perhaps because it is one of America’s last surviving examples of a Victorian wooden beach resort.
Or maybe because it was one of the stars in director Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, which also starred Marilyn Monroe (“Sugar Kane”), Tony Curtis (“Joe”), and Jack Lemmon (“Jerry”).
Lemmon and Curtis play two musicians who dress in drag to escape from mafia hitmen. Among the film’s many gems is Kane’s vow to have nothing more to do with male saxophone players who have always left her with “the fuzzy end of the lollipop”.
The hotel — now managed by the Hilton hotel group — is both a national and state historic landmark. The red turret houses the ballroom. ● hoteldel.com
LANDMARK The hotel is a movie star in its own right.