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The Hotel Del Coronado  

has been celebrating the holidays in grand tradition since 1888. Famous for its elegant surroundings and lavish service, The Del is also known for its festive holiday traditions. It was here in 1904, that America was favored with the first electrically lit outdoor Christmas tree, setting the stage for a century of holiday enchantment. Today that tradition of festive elegance continues. This year's holiday theme, A Wish for Peace, reminds us of the true spirit of the holidays.

Upon our arrival at the Del we were escorted to our rooms which were incredibility appointed and included a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

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After unpacking, we enjoyed the “Royal High Tea”. The “Victorian Tea” served in the Palm Court included gourmet accompaniments such as Almond Dusted Caramelized Asian Pear, Smoked Sturgeon, Cured Duck Roulette, Curried Egg Salad, Cucumber and Radish Sprout, House Smoked Salmon, Belgian Truffles and Chocolate-dipped Strawberries.
As we enjoyed our tea we were serenaded by live piano music. What an elegant way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

After our tea, we went for a walk to familiarize ourselves with the beautiful hotel and its surroundings. Our first stop was the newly renovated Spa and Fitness Center which overlooks the tranquil Pacific Ocean. This Spa features state-of-the-art Cybex weight training equipment, Trotter and Tectrix treadmills, bicycles and Stairmasters. The men's and women's locker rooms feature private showers, steam bath and whirlpool. We were told that the spa will be expanded in the next year and a half, so we will be enlisted with the chore of visiting again upon it’s completion Poor Us!

We enjoyed a quick work out before our extraordinary dinner at the Prince of Wales Restaurant.
The cuisine and presentation was beyond our expectations. Our server Jill was exceptional. We were able to enjoy many of The Prince of Wales signature dishes along with wine pairing with each of the selections. Below are the dishes that we experienced:

Wine Amuse Bouche
Chilled marinated tiger prawns set on eggplant caviar with chive oil

First Course
Duo of Foie Gras
Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras Napoleon, duck foie gras layered with Granny Smith Apples and Smoked Sturgeon.
French Goose Torchon, goose foie gras poached then chilled, set with frisee salad and a port wine reduction

Wine Pairing: 2000 Grgich Hills Late Harvest Riesling "Violetta", Napa Valley

Second Course
Baby Greens Salad (Lola Rossa, Romaine, Red Oak)
Tossed with a sherry vinaigrette (shallots and olive oil, salt and pepper) Escabeche vegetables (olives, tomatoes, shallots, turnips, beets, onions, crimini mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms) garnished with a walnut bread crisp topped with tapenade (Spanish olive paste)

Wine Pairing: 2000 Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Third Course
Crispy Skin Hawaiian Red Snapper set on a parsnip puree with wild mushrooms salsify, cipollini onions, lobster claws, and a Parsley Lemon Fish-fume finished with an oyster. Mr. Roberts' (who was lactose intolerant) snapper was set with fingerling potatoes instead of parsnip puree and finished with a cinnamon and anise infused chicken jus.

Wine Pairing: 1999 Stonestreet Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Fourth Course
Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast set with Port Braised short ribs wrapped in a crispy filo pastry topped with a braised endive accompanied with a fricassee of root vegetables (yams rutabaga, and celery root) and finished with a truffle infused duck jus.
Wine Pairing: 2000 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Warmed Praline Fondant set with stone fruits
(Apricots, pears, and peaches) marinated in armanac topped with homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

Pairing: 1983 Ramos Pinto Porto, Portugal

This was the most exceptional fine dinning experience ever!

The next day we enjoyed another workout at their fitness center prior to our treatments.
Our male reviewer enjoyed the “Serenity”. This was a 25 minute refreshing body polish, and a 50 minute deep Swedish massage.
Our female reviewer enjoyed the “Balance” This was a 25 minute Body Polish or Salt and Sea Glow, with a 50 minute massage with a peppermint foot or eye zone treatment. She opted for the eye treatment which was completely enjoyable!
Both of the review team felt that the staff was both knowledgeable and exceptionally skilled.

That evening the review team experienced the award-winning Lamb's Players Theatre.
The Del offers their annual production of “An American Christmas”. This 2-½ hour performance includes stories, songs; dance and holiday cheer from the turn-of-the-century. Fourteen cast members portray the Marshall’s, a typical American family in the early 1900s. This charming production includes hors d'oeuvres and a traditional four-course yuletide dinner prepared by The Del's master chefs. Returning this year, the Lamb's Players are pleased to present a matinee offering called Aunt Agatha's Christmas Tea. This special engagement includes a three-course Christmas tea hosted by the irrepressible Aunt Agatha and is offered December 21 and December 22 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.Our staff did not enjoy this special event, but they are certain to feel confident to recommend it to the viewers based on the experience of the production they experienced.

Other activities offered by the Del during the holiday season include:

Santa's Sleigh Ride

Ride with Santa or one of his elves on a Surrey sleigh ride throughout the holiday decorated streets of Coronado. After your 20 minute trip, warm up with some piping hot cocoa or apple cider. The cost is $10.00 per person and all ages are welcome. Please make reservations 3 hours in advance.

Holiday Activities Elf Tuck-Ins

This holiday season, the Del is pleased to offer Elf Tuck-Ins, the perfect way to send your little ones to bed with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. Del elves will come to your room with treats for all the good girls and boys read, and leave them with magical memories that will last a lifetime. The cost is $25.00 for one child and any additional children are $20.00. Please make reservations three hours in advance.

Activities for Kids - TCK Camp

Tent City Kid's Camp offers a vacation get away designed just for kids. Themes vary throughout the week and include fun activities like roasting smores on the beach, going on a treasure hunt and having a snowball fight in San Diego! Each camp includes a kid friendly dinner, served on a tent city Frisbee. Call (619) 522-8815 for more information or to register in advance. This program is offered to children ages 4 - 12 and costs $35.00 for the first child and $30.00 for each additional child.

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Coronado, CA -In grand tradition, the Hotel Del Coronado offers several festive dining options for celebrating Christmas with family and loved ones.

Christmas Eve, December 24

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a lavish Victorian buffet dinner in the magnificent Crown Room from 5pm to 9pm. The celebration will include live musical entertainment. Cost is $70 for adults, $30 for children (age 6-10) and free for children ages 5 and under.

For a more intimate celebration, Prince of Wales will offer a special prix fixed menu along with romantic candlelit ambience and jazz piano from 5pm to 10pm. Cost is $75 per person.

Christmas Day, December 25

The oceanfront Ballroom and the magnificent Crown Room will feature Victorian holiday buffet dinners decked with all the trimmings from 12pm to 6pm. Cost is $60.50 for adults, $28.50 for children (age 6-10) and free for kids 5 and under. Prince of Wales will present a special prix fixed Christmas menu and jazz piano from 5pm to 10pm. Cost is $70 per person.

Crown Room
Crown Room


Prince of Wales Restaurant

Prince of Wales Restaurant


Available from November 10 to January 9

  • Accommodations
  • One $20 gift certificate issued for each night of your stay, good for dining or shopping.
  • One 2002 Hotel del Coronado keepsake ornament.
  • Rates start at $189* per night.

Available from December 30 to January 1

  • Accommodations for two nights
  • New Year's Eve Celebration in either the Crown Room or Ballroom for two
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet at Shearwater for two
  • Rates start at $780*

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We highly recommend spending the Christmas holidays at the Del. We felt as though we were transported back in time to a less complicated world and one filled with the kind of tradition and festivities that have been depicted in some of our time honored movie classics. Perhaps the Del is a place to start a family tradition of your own.

Thank you for joining us.

See you at the Spa!

Finest Health Spas Review Staff.
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