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9. Hotel del Coronado, San Diego

The Hotel del Coronado hovered in my mind as I drove south from L.A. I'd never stayed there but knew about it from the 1959 Billy Wilder movie "Some Like It Hot," which was filmed partly at the hotel. Storied, elegant, traditional, the Del opened on Coronado Island (actually a 5.3-square-mile... Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times