"El Cortez Hotel, An historic landmark." Top 5 Page for this destination Downtown San Diego Tip by lmkluque

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Between 1927 and the 1950's the El Cortez Hotel was the tallest building in San Diego. Today, it is the 28th tallest. Over the years it has changed occupations and declined in repairs. To protect this iconic landmark when the El Cortez Hotel was threatened by demolition the San Diego Historic Site Board designated it an historic site in 1990 and in 2002 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Besides it being the tallest in town, two other distinctions made this Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styled building stand out, the exterior glass elevator, and a moving sidewalk known as the Travolator.

This is no longer a hotel, but the famous and beautiful Don Room and the gardens, just outside, is still used as a private events venue. Planning a wedding in San Diego? This would be a lovely site for the reception.

Anyone interested in architecture can see this gem at:
702 Ash Street, downtown San Diego.

Phone: (619) 338-8338
Website: http://www.donroom.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 14, 2013
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