December 9, 2011 by Rob Hurlbut
First View Of Christmas Tree & Lobby Of Hotel Del Coronado
Hotel Del Coronado at Christmas has a very unique feeling on all five senses; it is a quintessential Christmas experience. I was so impressed with The Del’s Christmas lights last year that it helped add to my pre-Christmas excitement THIS year! This year, the theme for the tree is “Silver Bells” and it is beautiful. As soon as you walk into the lobby, you are greeted by décor that would make Queen Victoria proud.
Grand Staircase and Elevator Inside The Del
The lobby of The Del is massive, large enough to hold a Christmas tree that’s a good 15 feet tall. I think Christmas invokes thought of the past because Christmas, fun as it may be as an adult, is nothing compared to the pure awesomeness that it is to children. When you are inside The Del, you can see right away that the architecture is different than any other hotel you’ve ever seen. It’s one of those amazing things from the past that has survived 123 years & counting. I think seeing the distant past like this makes us think of our own past and childhood and that’s what makes being at Hotel Del Coronado at Christmas so fun and so special.
Decorations and Annual Hotel Del Coronado Christmas Ornament
The decorations on the lobby Christmas tree are worth a good look from you. It has a very dense assortment of ornaments, in keeping with the Victorian way of having a beautifully cluttered eye for interior design. It is beautifully decorated and there is even an annual Hotel Del Coronado Christmas tree ornament available in the gift shop.
Asleep In The Lobby Of The Del
Above is the foyer that separates the lobby and the main entry. If you walk out those double doors and take a left you’ll be on the southern end of Orange Ave., the main thoroughfare of Coronado. If you take a right after exiting the doors, you’ll be able to wonder through the grounds of The Del, past the Skate by the Sea ice rink and eventually end up on the beach and the vast Pacific Ocean. When you are all done, head on back and have a quick nap in one of the comfy chairs, just like the gentleman above. Below is a video that shows the ice rink, the exterior lights of The Del and a glorious Coronado sunset. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!