Holidays at the Hotel del Coronado

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Quasquicentennial Celebration

Every year is a great year to spend the holiday season at the Hotel del Coronado ("The Del"), but this year is extra special because it is their "quasquicentennial" (125th) anniversary.This extraordinary hotel, located in San Diego County, California, has been declared one of Americaâs most beautiful beach resorts. In addition, the Hotel del Coronado was named a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The Del's rich history includes welcoming eleven U.S. Presidents, Hollywood royalty (including Marilyn Monroe who filmed the movie "Some Like It Hot" at the hotel), famous authors (including L. Frank Baum), and many, many more celebrities and dignitaries.

To mark this significant anniversary the hotel has released a new book. Hotel del Coronado History is a charming 208-page coffee table book. It includes more than 440 beautiful photos, many which have never before been published. Discover the fascinating history of this historical hotel, including the legend of the ghost believed to dwell there.

The holiday theme this year is "Celebrating 125 Years of Holiday Magic" and the resort has been dressed up with Victorian decorations, vintage Santas, antique platinum accents, and other unique classic displays. In addition, each night the hotel lights up with over 100,000 white lights, placed throughout the resort. This is the ultimate holiday destination.

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The Hotel del Coronado Opened Its Doors to Guests in February 1888

Hotel del Coronado History

To help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Hotel del Coronado, the folks at the hotel have put together a commemorative piece covering the most important milestones. This book offers a look back at the Hotel del Coronado's rich history and celebrates its 125th anniversary with stunning photographs. Beautifully written, it makes the perfect coffee table book or gift.

Beachfront Ice Skating

Only at the Del

Photo Credit: Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 There is only one place in all of Southern California where you can ice skate directly in front of the Pacific Ocean – at the Hotel Del. Think about it, no one would ever associate outdoor ice skating at a beachfront resort. But the Del is changing the way people think with their Skating by the Sea attraction.

Visitors can bring their own ice skates or rent a pair and skate on a temporary ice rink located at the resort's oceanfront Windsor Lawn. Imagine ice skating directly in front of the Pacific Ocean. But what is even more heartening is that the hotel gives a portion of all ice skating funds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

When the sun goes down, it’s time for the holiday lights to go on! At night, skaters enjoy the sights of a resort illuminated in over 100,000 lights. If you’re not in the mood to skate, you can watch all the action and take-in the beauty of the beach and resort while enjoying a warm beverage and relaxing next to one of the many fire pits. The Hotel del Coronado has got the holiday season covered . . . in ice.

The Hotel del Coronado Introduced their Unique Attraction Skating by the Sea in the Winter of 2004. It has been a Popular Event Every Year and a portion of the skating proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

Holiday Adornment and Shopping

Christmas at the Del

Photo Credit: Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 The Hotel del Coronado has decked the halls with its Christmas finest! When you enter the lobby one of the first things you will notice is the 20-foot tall Christmas tree, adorned with charming ornaments and a myriad of twinkling lights. As you walk through the resort you will notice several themed trees, including a large tree decorated with starfish, seahorses, and other spectacular sea theme ornaments.

As soon as you've checked-in you'll want to check-out . . . the shopping that is! Throughout the resort you will observe carefully placed festive holiday decorations framing various quarters, including the vast shopping areas. The Del offers a unique collection of gift and decorative items including their 2013 Hotel Del Collector's Ornament. This is one of a number from the Del's Annual Collector's Ornaments, available every year since 1993. This year's ornament displays the hotel's famous ballroom red roof turret enclosed in a glass globe and it is the first collector's ornament to light up.

The resort shops are known for their specialty items such as a one-of-a-kind hand crafted Marilyn Monroe Christmas ornament. There is also an array of books, photos, and keepsakes by the famous Wonderful Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum, a frequent and longtime guest of the hotel. The resort also offers fine jewelry, apparel, toys, bath and body, accessories, and holiday keepsakes.

L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, visited the Hotel del Coronado numerous times throughout the years, staying at the hotel for months at a time. During his many visits the celebrated author wrote at least three books in the Oz series: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (1908); The Road to Oz (1909); and The Emerald City (1910).

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Wooden Jigsaw

When you visit the shops at the Del, you will notice several of L. Frank Baum's works prominently featured. From his books to photos, cards, and games, you will find the greatest selection of Baum memorabilia anywhere. Most famous for his Oz series, you can find unique and one-of-a-kind items featuring his beloved characters. One such item is this puzzle featuring the 1900 Wizard of Oz book cover. This is a must-have item for any Oz fans.

Holiday Recreation and Pampering

Courtesy of The Del

Photo Credit: Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 Holidays at the Hotel del Coronado include a variety of fun activities. Participate in one of the hotel’s nightly bike tours through the Coronado Island. The tour is scheduled in the evening so that you can take-in all the lights and decorations of the season.

Let your creative side shine and decorate an ornament. There are also plenty of crafts to keep the little ones busy as well. After you’ve created your masterpiece, sit out by the beach in front of a bonfire and roast “Jingle S’mores” (gingerbread cookies, marshmallows, and Ghirardelli chocolate). In addition to the S’mores, hot cocoa is available. Bedtime is special during the holidays at the Hotel Del because they offer an “Elf Tuck-In” program. You can arrange to have an elf visit and say goodnight to your children at bedtime.

When you are ready to pamper yourself, indulge in the Del’s one-and-only “Spa La La La La” spa, offering a menu of wellness and ocean-inspired treatments including their De-stress Hydrotherapy Soak and Shell Coronado Facial. In celebration of the hotel’s 125th anniversary, the spa is offering an 80-minute treatment special. The “Revival 1888 Facial” includes an enzyme peel, a double mask, and more. Before or after your treatment, take your time and enjoy the spa’s steam rooms and Jacuzzis. Then relax in the magnificent outdoor terrace, sitting by the vanishing edge pool, overlooking the Pacific. For those who are looking for a romantic adventure, try the 50-minute couple’s massage. There is even a romance package that includes the massage, ice skating passes for two, a holiday-themed Jingle S'mores on the beach for two, and a keepsake memory globe ornament.

The Spa at The Del has been named one of the "Top 20 Hotel Spas in the World" by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Happy Christmas

Celebrate the Magic at the Del

Photo Credit: Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 The magic of the holidays comes alive in the Del's elegant Ballroom as the award-winning Lamb's Players Theater presents a dinner theater performance of An American Christmas. Enjoy the show plus a delicious four-course dinner prepared by the talented Hotel del Coronado master chefs. The dinner performances run through Christmas Eve and they are very popular.

Bring the whole family out to the Del on any Sunday in December (prior to Christmas) and share Sunday Brunch with Santa in the hotel's famous Crown Room. Don't forget to bring your appetite and your camera to this festive event.

If you can't make it to the Del on Sunday, consider indulging in Victorian tea, finger sandwiches, and sweets. You will feel like you've stepped back in time as you sip tea and listen to a harpist play relaxing music.

Spend Christmas Eve at the Del and savor the appetizing flavors of a Victorian buffet dinner. The meal is served in the hotel's Crown Room and there will be musical entertainment the entire family can enjoy. After a relaxing night listening to the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean, spend a quiet and relaxing day enjoying the sights and sounds of the season on the property. End Christmas Day with a grand holiday buffet in either the oceanfront Ballroom or the Crown Room.

Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado is Like Christmas in Wonderland

Hotel California - Purple Martin House

Welcome the birds to your home with this beautiful and unique Hotel Del birdhouse. The bright colors will attract your friendly flying friends and give your garden a lift. In addition, you will enjoy looking out your window to see this lovely replica of the Ballroom at the Hotel Del.

The Magic Continues

Through New Year's

Photo Credit: Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 The Hotel Del is the place to be to celebrate the New Year. The Del is hosting a "Pure Magic New Year's Gala" in their luxurious Crown Room and Ballroom. Take part in all the celebrations, including a champagne reception, bountiful dinner, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.

After a comfortable night's rest, wake-up to the hotel's annual New Year's Day champagne brunch. Enjoy all your favorite breakfast and lunch dishes as you look out onto the beautiful beachfront scenery. Before you leave the Del, be sure to explore all the nooks and crannies of the historical hotel and enjoy a dining experience at all of their top restaurants. This will be one holiday season you and your family will always remember.

"The Quintessential San Diego Vacation Destination - The Hotel del Coronado Offers Something for Everyone"

Holidays at the Hotel del Coronado

My Photos

Nutcracker Solder. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Marilyn Monroe holiday ornament. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Wooden Solder covered in pink decorations. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Jolly Snowman. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Christmas House. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Vintage Christmas Decoration. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

One of the Many Decorated Rooms at the Del. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Sea Theme Christmas Tree. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Starfish Ornament. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Sea Theme Ornament. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Hotel Entrance. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Collector's Ornaments. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

The Del at Night. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Hotel del Coronado. Copyright 2013 Introspective Pics./DebW07 - All Rights Reserved.

Have You Ever Visited the Hotel del Coronado?

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  • Vantis Jan 11, 2014 @ 12:19 pm
    Great presentation. I feel kind of a wanna go :)
  • Michellle Jan 05, 2014 @ 4:24 pm
    Nope but gosh it looks fantastic! beautiful lens.
  • Papier Dec 30, 2013 @ 7:22 pm
    I haven't but it would be a wonderful treat any time of year. Maybe I should go back to San Diego. Congratulations. It's a lovely scene presented beautifully.
  • sierradawn Dec 28, 2013 @ 12:03 am
    Congrats on your LotD! A great review and lovely lens! Well done!
  • Palmerl Dec 26, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
    I have been in San Diego, but never have visited the Del. I will plan to do so next time I visit San Diego. You did a great job describing the wonderful features of the Hotel.
  • FlowerChick Dec 25, 2013 @ 6:52 pm
    Yes and I would like to get back there. Such a beautiful and historic hotel. Lovely lens! You've captured the magic of the Hotel Del!
  • TeacherPat Dec 24, 2013 @ 10:48 am
    Great lens! I have visited the Hotel Del a couple of times. I've been there with my family at Christmas - the decorations and trees are gorgeous. I also stayed there for a night one summer. Beautiful place!
  • snazzyunicorn Dec 24, 2013 @ 1:34 am
    Awesome Lens! I grew up in San Diego and visited the Hotel del Coronado nearly every year during Christmas. Feeling nostalgic for home right now, and especially that yummy candy shop inside the hotel!
  • DebMartin Dec 23, 2013 @ 2:28 pm
    Beautiful photos. Very inviting.
  • Poetryman Dec 23, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
    Love the holiday lights.
  • rray001 Dec 22, 2013 @ 10:38 pm
    Great post I would love to see this hotel.
  • partybuzz Dec 22, 2013 @ 8:55 pm
    Never been there, but it looks like a great place to visit! Congratulations on LotD!
  • my-home-corner Dec 22, 2013 @ 8:02 pm
    I never visited the Del but can say the Christmas tree was over decorated. Oh lordy. lol.
  • glacier4 Dec 22, 2013 @ 7:55 pm
    Beautiful lens! We've been there once but not at Christmas. I can see that it is even more magical at Christmas!
  • Deborah-Diane Dec 22, 2013 @ 7:40 pm
    We have some friends who spend Thanksgiving weekend with their family at the del Coronado every year. When we lived in San Diego, we used to go there every Easter for brunch. What a lovely place. Fabulous lens!
  • DebW07 Dec 22, 2013 @ 7:58 pm
    Thanks Deb.
  • freedomleader Dec 22, 2013 @ 6:56 pm
    Awesome job on this lens.Thank you for sharing.
  • rauspitz Dec 22, 2013 @ 6:02 pm
    Can't say I have but it looks like a great destination. Congratulations on getting LotD!
  • eilval Dec 22, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
    Fascinating lens and great info . Congrats o LOTD !
  • grammieo Dec 22, 2013 @ 3:44 pm
    What a beautiful introduction to a lovely landmark! One day I just might make it there! I had a lovely visit through your eyes, thank you! Congrats on LoTD!
  • FidalgoGirl Dec 22, 2013 @ 2:25 pm
    I spent my honeymoon in San Diego, unfortunately never made it out there. Thank you for sharing.
  • nancymaggielee Dec 22, 2013 @ 1:54 pm
    Looks beautiful, I would love to visit one day - thanks for sharing this lens with all of us!
  • d-artist Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:16 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! I have seen this Hotel but never been in it.
  • grannysage Dec 22, 2013 @ 10:56 am
    Yes, I lived in the area for ten years and loved visiting the place where my favorite author, L. Frank Baum, spent so much time.
  • StephenJParkin Dec 22, 2013 @ 9:46 am
    No as I am British and living in Nova Scotia Canada. I must say that your lens does it full justice and that if I am ever in the area this is now definitely a place on my must do list! Well done on the LOTD.
  • PaigSr Dec 22, 2013 @ 7:36 am
    Sorry never been there. But you have peeked and interest. Thanks for sharing. And congrats on the LotD
  • esmonaco Dec 22, 2013 @ 7:31 am
    Back to tell congratulations on LOTD, Well Deserved!!!
  • DebW07 Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:18 pm
    Thank you!
  • sbpiInc Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:39 am
    Excellent Lens and choice. Have been there many times during visits to one of my offices in San Diego, unfortunately not during holidays, and it is truly a beautiful place.
    Thank you for sharing.
  • lhbeninger Dec 19, 2013 @ 3:40 am
    I'm ashamed to say I've never been (I'm a native Californian and have no excuse), but would love to visit especially after reading your lovely lens.
  • JoanneOtt Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:05 pm
    Yes I was there twice. I love the San Diego area.
  • CarolHoule Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:41 pm
    This lens gets better and better. Just a few days to go to lens of the day!
  • DebW07 Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:45 pm
    That's sweet. Thank you!
  • klaartje-loose Dec 18, 2013 @ 3:32 am
    No, but I would like to indulge...
  • lidiyahuong Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:15 am
    Nice place!
  • Steve_Kaye Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:51 am
    Yes! It is a truly magnificent hotel.
  • Max_Globe Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:52 am
    Great lens. I wish my Christmas were celebrated in such a wonderful place! Thanks a lot to the author!
  • sousababy Dec 15, 2013 @ 12:38 pm
    Oh, I'd love to visit "The Del" and I'd feel very much at home being able to ice skate. On my list of places to go and see.
  • DebW07 Dec 15, 2013 @ 4:18 pm
    It's beautiful!
  • PadmashriSriram Dec 15, 2013 @ 5:04 am
    Looks like a lovely hotel to spend the holidays. Great lens.
  • jsr54 Dec 14, 2013 @ 11:35 am
    Yes, twice! Once just a week before Christmas when I was in town for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Game when TCU played Northern Illinois. We took a taxi over the mother of all bridges to the island, walked around the Hotel Del and ate lunch at an outside cafe with plexiglass windows that gave us a full view of the ocean. Very unique! We then walked across the island and ferried back across the bay on the civilian ferry. It was a beautiful experience and your tour and pictures bring me back to that weekend in detail. Thank you!
  • DebW07 Dec 14, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
    Yes, the San Diego-Coronado Bridge is quite an adventure. Sounds like you just might have your own article about the Del. :) Thanks for the comment!
  • Merrci Dec 13, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
    Yes! It's such a classic. I haven't been there at Christmastime though. Beautiful lens.
  • favored1 Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:43 pm
    No, I've never heard of it. Looks like a lovely place to visit, especially around Christmas.
  • CarolHoule Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:14 pm
    Very interesting, tho it took a while for me to figure out where this place is. San Diego, is it? I like getting a peek into centuries old buildings. Check out the University Club of Montreal on my page. Much of the furnishings were designed for the building by the building's renown architect over a hundred years ago..
  • DebW07 Dec 13, 2013 @ 5:29 pm
    Great point! I will put that information into the article. Thanks!
  • esmonaco Dec 13, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
    Thanks for the wonderful tour. I visited there once, years ago, I think it's such a beautiful place. I would love to go there again someday.
  • LiteraryMind Dec 13, 2013 @ 10:53 am
    I never thought of the Del as a winter place. I visited in the summer and there was outdoor dining overlooking the Pacific. Very interesting.