Navy Lodge on Coronado Holds Grand Opening

Release Date: 1/26/2012

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek Stroop, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The Navy Lodge located on Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) held its grand opening ceremony Jan. 25.

The Navy Lodge just finished a refurbishment, making it the largest in the world, with 305 rooms. The refurbishment helped to make the lodge more family friendly by providing new amenities.

“We provide families with large kitchens, big beds, kid’s beds and overall bigger rooms for our families,” said Michael Bockelman, director of the Navy Lodge program.

The new rooms were designed around a nautical theme with wave shaped furniture and paint that resembles the tropics.

A family can stay at the lodge anywhere from two to 30 days. The new facility helps families who are new to the area get acclimated to their new surroundings.

“We want to provide a comfortable place to stay and provide a great first impression,” said Capt. Yancey Lindsey, commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado.

The new lodge provides a place to relax as well with a new rooftop patio that offers views of the San Diego skyline, Coronado Beach, Point Loma and Mexico, as well as new grills and lounging furniture.

“It is an incredible facility,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, former Chief Executive Officer of the Navy Exchange Service Command. “It has a relaxing environment and really puts me at ease.”

Navy Lodge room rates range from $85 to $135 per night. This is 40 percent less than their civilian counterparts. Each Navy Lodge finances itself and no taxpayer money is used in their construction.

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