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Winter at The Hotel del Coronado

By Edited Jul 8, 2014 10 48

The Hotel del Coronado

People normally don't associate winter fun with a seaside resort but the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego California has got the season covered, in ice!

With their Skating by the Sea attraction visitors can skate on a temporary ice rink, located on the oceanfront Windsor Lawn. Imagine ice skating next to the Pacific Ocean, and if that isn't enough, you can also feel good about skating at the Hotel del Coronado because a portion of all ice skating proceeds goes to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.

At night you can ice skate and enjoy the sight of the Hotel illuminated in 100,000 lights! On Thursday evenings you can "Disco on Ice," with every person dressed in disco attire receiving free skate rentals. If you don’t feel like ice skating, you can enjoy a hot beverage while sitting next to one of the many fire pits and take-in the beauty of the hotel while you watch the skaters.

Night skating
Night Skaters
Fire Pits (34278)

Visitors and guests can ice skate daily from mid November  through early January, and lessons are available.

Lobby Tree
Sea Themed Tree

Hotel del Coronado is also all decked-out in its Christmas finest! The first thing you will notice as you enter the lobby is the 20 foot tall Christmas Tree decorated from top to bottom with an array of holiday lights and ornaments. There is even an ocean theme tree decorated with starfish, seahorses, and other spectacular sea theme ornaments. In addition, throughout the hotel and shopping area you will notice festive holiday decorations.

Once you have checked-in you'll want to check-out…the shopping that is! The Hotel del Coronado offers some of the most unique gift and decorative items that you will find. If there's a Marilyn Monroe fan on your Christmas list, you can purchase a hand crafted Marilyn Monroe Christmas ornament. For the person who loves to collect unusual and beautiful ornaments, the Hotel del Coronado has created an annual collector’s ornament every year since 1993 and this year, they are offering a beautifully boxed set of their top 14 ornaments. There is something for everyone at the Del’s gift shops!


Marilyn Ornament
Collectors Ornaments
Snowman (34273)
Holiday Shopping (34275)
Christmas Girl
Hotel Del 2010 Ornament

After a long day of shopping, relax and enjoy the Hotel Del’s "Spa La La La La." The spa is offering a brand new menu of wellness-inspired treatments including their Shell Coronado Facial and a De-stress Hydrotherapy Soak.

Top off your evening with a delicious dining experience at one of the many restaurants located at the hotel. Then, it’s off to your room to sleep to the relaxing sounds of the ocean. Just another winter at the Hotel del Coronado!

For additional information, contact the Hotel del Coronado at 1-800-Hotel Del or go to their website Hoteldel.com.

Hotel del Coronado


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Dec 7, 2010 9:42am
Going to the "Del" during the holidays is an absolute delight. I recommend it to anyone who has never been there!
Dec 7, 2010 12:49pm
LOVE THIS ARTICLE! The "Del" is beautiful on it's own but with lights and all the holiday decorations it has to be gorgeous. I should take a drive to see this and bring my skates. Congrats on your front page article!
Dec 8, 2010 10:10am
Thanks Diva.
Dec 8, 2010 7:34am
Great Pictures wish we could go and see this but too far to go. I love the lights at Christmas time. We used to take our kids and grandkids but they all grown up so dont get to see so many now.thumbs up.
Dec 19, 2010 4:06pm
Thanks everyone; it was a lot of fun doing the "Research" for this article! :o)
Jan 28, 2011 12:48am
A country away and yet now I feel like I've been there. Thanks, Thumbs up!!
Feb 3, 2011 11:32am
Thank you so much dreamaker!
Jan 28, 2011 9:14am
Fabulous. Congrats on feature ^^
Feb 19, 2011 7:20pm
Thank you!!
Jan 28, 2011 3:28pm
Quality...pure quality.
Feb 3, 2011 11:31am
Thank you manspaugh, your comment is truly appreciated!
Jan 28, 2011 5:12pm
Nice article. Never heard of it, but the next time I am in San Diego I will remember to look it up.
Feb 3, 2011 11:30am
Hello dpeach, thanks for the comment. The Del is in San Diego County, on a peninsula in the city of Coronado.
Jan 29, 2011 12:33pm
The spa sounds tintillating! Nice feature.
Feb 19, 2011 7:19pm
Thanks footloose!
Feb 3, 2011 7:09pm
Wow! this takes me back to one of our (pre children) holidays on Coronado, where we attended a friend's wedding. We stayed about a 10 min walk from the hotel.

Nice one

Feb 5, 2011 12:57pm
Hello tmoth; thanks for your kind words. I'm happy the article brought back some nice memories for you!
Feb 8, 2011 2:48pm
Feb 8, 2011 2:48pm
Feb 19, 2011 12:41am
Thanks for sharing the information.i propose to everybody enjoy at "del" in holidays.
Feb 19, 2011 7:18pm
Thank you so much for your comment, resonance!
Feb 22, 2011 8:20am
Thanks for sharing this article Introspective! As the CVM (chief vacation planner)in my family, I'll be sure to add The Hotel del Coronado to our places to visit.
Feb 22, 2011 9:03pm
As the CVM for your family, I'm sure you plan some great vacations! Thanks for the comment Web_Info!
Feb 24, 2011 12:26am
nice article. pure.....
Feb 25, 2011 11:11am
Thank you ltstajul, I appreciate your comment very much!
Mar 3, 2011 10:14am
I like the little slideshow of pictures down below, were those all taken by you?
Mar 4, 2011 12:13am
Hello TheAwesomeGuy; yes, I did take the photos, I'm happy that you enjoyed them. Thanks so much for the comment.
Mar 8, 2011 2:55pm
I like the pics used & nice art. Dude
Mar 9, 2011 6:45pm
Thanks khalsaprince!
Mar 9, 2011 6:16pm
Hi Introspective, love this article!
Mar 9, 2011 6:46pm
Hi Buffy10, great to hear from you! Thanks so much for the comment!!
Mar 10, 2011 1:05pm
Nice feature. We stayed at the Loews Coronado resort for our honeymoon which was up the highway. We would drive in every evening and walk around and would cap off the evening with a double dip ice cream cone (PB & chocolate) from the ice cream store at the Hotel del Coronado.
Mar 10, 2011 2:19pm
My family and I have also stayed at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, it's beautiful. The Del is a just a short drive away, and we've had our share of ice cream at the Moo Time Creamery as well! Thanks for the comment bh25!
Mar 11, 2011 8:38am
Great info! And you are right about saying that not too many people are commonly associating winter with resort vacations. This article will make them to start thinking twice about it. :-)
Mar 11, 2011 8:26pm
Thank you Sapphire!
Apr 6, 2011 1:07am
great Sharing
Jul 6, 2011 9:42pm
Thank you!
May 17, 2011 10:24am
I enjoyed this artilce! The pictures were very beautiful and made me want to jump the first jet out! Thanks for the information. This is definitly something I am going to remember for my next vacation.
Jul 6, 2011 9:44pm
Hello jemorin, thanks so much for the comment. The Del is a beautiful place and I hope you will get the chance to visit it someday.
Jul 12, 2011 1:44pm
Had a drink at the "Del" in Coronado when my son graduated US Navy SEAL BUDS school. Beautiful hotel, lovely at holiday time. Thanks for the photos.
Aug 5, 2011 11:31pm
You're welcome Sharon; I hope you have the chance to return to the Del one day. It truly is a beautiful place!
Aug 5, 2011 11:58am
My parents stayed here when I was younger, I still have a t shirt they brought back.
Aug 5, 2011 11:32pm
Wow, that is great vladimirmolotkof; I love getting t-shirts from the various places I visit.
Sep 30, 2011 1:32am
Nice article. I didn't realize the hotel did so much decorating for the holidays, I guess I've only been there in the summer and maybe for spring break. It is a great old hotel and your photos really captured the special charm of the place. Great job!
Oct 1, 2011 5:20pm
Yes, Christmas time at the Del is beautiful! Thank you for your comment!
Oct 1, 2011 2:56pm
I used to live in LA and I'd go down to Coronado on the Amtrak on the weekends. The Del was my favorite place to stay. I felt like I'd been there in a former life. You made me miss it so much. I love your pictures. Do you know about the ghost legends? I have a great book on it. Contact me if you're interested.
Oct 1, 2011 5:19pm
Hello oxfordian; Thank you for your kind words, I'm happy this article brought back some nice memories for you. I have heard about the "ghost" legends; and when I was at the Del I saw a couple of books on the subject in their gift shops. Thanks for your offer, but I have some information on the subject, and in the future I may write an article about it (you might also want to consider writing about your experiences at the Del and/or about the ghost). Thanks again!
Dec 13, 2011 9:07am
Great pics. The Coronado is great any time of year, but looks magical for the holidays.
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