As if ice skating on the beach at the Hotel Del Coronado near San Diego wasn’t cool enough, the hotel has now added an upscale rinkside lounge called Frostbite – A Place to Chill. Our family had the chance to check it out over the weekend, and we all give it big thumbs up!

ice skating by the sea at the Hotel Del Coronado

Skaters gonna skate!

Ice Skating at the Hotel Del Coronado

Ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado has long been one of San Diego’s favorite traditions. With sunny days and blue skies practically all year around, San Diego is not the place anyone would normally think of outdoor ice skating. Capitalizing on its beachfront location, the Hotel Del (as locals lovingly call it) puts up an ice rink each year between Thanksgiving and the first week or so of January. Locals and guests flock from all over for Skating by the Sea under palm trees with an ocean view, and it is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado

With the famous turret in the background, ice skaters have a blast skating by the sea at the Hotel Del Coronado during the holidays. (photo courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado)

Frostbite – A Place to Chill

Now there is even more to the experience. Positioned around two sides of the oval ice rink, Frostbite is a welcome addition and most definitely a good place to chill. Comfortable sofas and padded chairs are circled around private fire pits, available by reservation for both guests of the hotel and outside visitors. Our family’s fire pit had great real estate – positioned right at the north end of the rink so we could take in all the fun.

holiday cocktails at Hotel Del Coronado Frostbite lounge

Warmed by the glow of the fire, I was very happy with my holiday cocktail and some icecapades at the Hotel Del Coronado’s Frostbite lounge.

We bundled up and got cozy next to the fire, with twinkling white lights and holiday garlands all around us. With table service offering a limited menu of delicious treats, we ordered hot cocoas for the girls and warm adults beverages for the dads. Everyone was happy with their drinks of choice. Triton tried the Naughty and Spice ($16), made with Avion Silver, St. Germain, apple cider and lemon juice. I enjoyed Gnome for the Holidays ($16), a frothy concoction of Absolut Elyx, Kahlua peppermint mocha, Godiva dark chocolate and Bailey’s.

Frostbite at the Hotel Del Coronado

The firepit at Frostbite lounge casts a picture-perfect glow at the Hotel Del Coronado’s ice skating rink.

Nosh and Watch

While skaters both terrific and atrocious made their ways around the rink, we watched with drinks and munchies. Nestled around our private fire pit, we noshed on several menu items worthy of another visit. We tried the Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip ($19), which was slurpilicious with slices of french bread for dipping. The family favorite was the Crispy Short Rib Poppers (6 for $23), which we would go back for again and again.

Pricey But Worth It

Sometimes you have to splurge at the holidays, and this is one of those experiences worth the dollars. Private firepit seating can be reserved for $150 (group up to four) or $200 (group up to six), with drinks and food extra. Drinks average about $15, and menu items range from $12 to $28. After all, it is the Hotel Del Coronado and unique experiences like this have a special value. If you decide to go, there’s a special offer of up to $75 off if you use the code FROSTY at check-out. See Virginia? There really is a Santa Claus!

Next time we visit Frostbite, we’re bringing a photographer with us – our iPhone photos at night did not turn out the best but you get the idea. It’s a really fun time, and a holiday tradition we plan on repeating next year.

2 dads with daughters at Hotel Del Coronado Christmas tree

There’s something magic about the enormous Christmas tree in the grand lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado.

Happy Holidays!