Skating on thin ice? Season passes for Hotel Del skating increase.

Was shocked to discover our "neighbor" the Hotel del Coronado raised the price of a season pass at the ice skating rink from $70 last year to $150 this year. Whaaat? Clearly a cold shoulder (pun intended) to locals as we are the only ones likely to want a season pass. It's worth the trip over the bridge to the also outdoor "Fantasy on Ice" skating rink for Rady Children's Hospital at Horton Plaza where a season pass for the same period of time (with better hours) is only $35. 


Editor's Note:  The Hotel del Coronado contacted and gave us this clarification regarding pricing:

This year the Club at The Del season pass rate is $100 (in 2010 it was $75) and the general public rate is $150 (in 2010 it was $115).

We have also encouraged the Hotel del Coronado to add their own comments to this post.

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Comment by Brian on November 26, 2011 at 9:26pm

That's ridiculous!  Thanks for the info about the Horton Plaza ice.  We'll definately be doing that instead this year.  Plus it's for a great cause...double bonus!

Comment by Kathy Schafer on November 26, 2011 at 9:39pm

Our Girl Scout Troop has been saving cookie sale profits so that we could purchase Hotel Del ice rink season passes.  We based our sales goal on last year's price.  We expected the cost might go up a bit, but an $80 increase was a total shocker!  At $150 per pass, we cannot afford this for our girls.  They have been looking forward to it all year.  What a disappointment!  We had planned for the girls to skate after school at least a couple of days per week and during their Holiday Break.  

Comment by Buzz Fink on November 26, 2011 at 10:07pm

Wow!  Thats 114% increase in 1 year.  

Comment by Wendy Birnbaum on November 27, 2011 at 9:01am
The Del continually proves to the locals that they are NOT a good neighbor and they don't 'need' us!
Comment by eCoronado on November 28, 2011 at 8:57am

See our updated comment below this one...there is indeed a season pass.

Hi Maria, we contacted the Hotel del Coronado and they said that they do not offer a season pass.  Here is the information they gave us regarding pricing:

Skating by the Sea offers fun for the whole family throughout the holiday season. From November 23 – December 16, three-hour skating sessions will be offered daily, 2:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:00pm, with special matinee skating sessions from 11:00am – 1:00pm on weekends and holidays. From December 17 – January 1, 2012, all three skating sessions will be offered daily.

Three-hour sessions cost $25* for adults and $20* for kids (ages 10 years and under); two-hour matinee sessions cost $20* for adults and $15* for kids (ages 10 years and under). Skate rental is included in the price of admission. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.

Skating & S’mores is a new and fun family option this holiday season. The Del is pleased to offer an ice skating session followed by s’mores on the beach for a family of four (2 adults/2 children) for $165. Please contact the Recreation team at 619-522-8815 for reservations.

Make a night of it with the Sea & Skate Package, which includes accommodations and one free ice-skating session for up to 2 adults and 2 kids. Book early! Availability for this package is limited.


Comment by Kathy Schafer on November 28, 2011 at 10:54am
I would recheck that info. They are definitely offering a season pass. I confirmed this with their Recreation Director.
Comment by eCoronado on November 28, 2011 at 3:43pm

A representative from the Hotel del Coronado recreation department got back to us and shared that there is indeed a season pass and the prices did increase from last year.  The 2011 pricing is $150 for the general public and $100 for Hotel del Coronado members.  Last year (2010) the prices were $115 for general public and $75 for Hotel del Members.

Comment by Kathy Schafer on November 28, 2011 at 5:18pm

They're giving you inaccurate info again, I'm afraid.  I bought a pass for my daughter last year.  Several of my friends also bought passes for their children.  The passes cost $70.  We are not Del members.  I just confirmed with a friend who does belong to the Del that she also paid $70 for her kids' passes.

Comment by Peter L. Fagan on November 28, 2011 at 11:20pm

It would be nice to see a response from a senior management person from the Del on this string. Seems like they are withholding information, not to mention the already discussed significant increase in price.

It is nice to see that, as part of their smooth sales pitch, a "portion" of the proceeds benefits Make a Wish. Make a Wish is probably my most favorite charity. I looked at their web site and see that the Del donates $1 of each ticket to Make a Wish. That is 4% on a full price adult ticket and 5% on a child's ticket. I would think that with the ticket price increase, they would increase the Make a Wish contribution.

Comment by Buzz Fink on November 29, 2011 at 8:52am

Its quite apparent that the Hotel Del is going to stand by their $150 price for non-members.  With Horton plaza only minutes away and with a price of $35 vice $150, I think the choice is clear.  


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