Opening in 1888, the hotel became a hot spot for US presidents and in the 1920s, for the Hollywood elite. When World War II broke out it was taken over by the US government and used for housing, hospital and victory garden (they still grow some items on site today!). While many movies were filmed at the Del, most notably Some Like it Hot, the post-war years were not good to the hotel, and even had a brief chance at being demolished before it became a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and has seen a massive renovation in the last two decades.
The Del is also noted for its connection to L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz books, as he did much of his writing there, and the hotel is even host to Oz Con International – a convention dedicated entirely to the world of the Wizard of Oz. The hotel is also said to be haunted, most claim it to be Kate Morgan, who died of an apparent suicide at the hotel.
Carla and I had a delightful time walking around the grounds and peeking inside the hotel. We even watched a sand castle version of the hotel being built before we sat down to enjoy some ice cream and found a photobooth!