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Some Hotels Put Up Christmas Lights, The Westin St. Francis Constructs a Sugar Castle

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November 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM | by | ()

Hotels are getting in a holiday mood! Usually around this time, we spotlight all the delicious holiday cocktails that hotels concoct for the season. Don't worry, we're not giving up the booze but we are keeping tabs on all the wonderful, wild, and in some cases, weird Holiday Hotel Decorations that hotels put up this year. Seen some great holiday decor in a hotel recently? Send us a snapshot!

The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco is doing it again this holiday season and by "it" we mean building a 12-foot sugar castle that weighs more than 1,200 pounds and features 20 grand circular towers, 30 illuminated windows and an entire landscape of sugar trees, stars and snowflakes, chocolate balls and even little elves made out of marzipan.

The castle was inspired by a French chateau in Bordeaux, the hometown of the hotel's executive pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdré who has been creating sugar castles for the hotel for six years now. (That's the 2008 version pictured above and below. The hotel will remake the castle, not reuse.)

The castle will be unveiled on Wednesday, November 24 and will remain up at the hotel through January 3rd. Remember, you can look but you absolutely cannot swipe a sugar tree.

Also sweet? Rooms at the hotel are rather doable over Thanksgiving in case you want to be on hand for the sugary reveal. We found advance purchase rates of $134 a night for a queen and a room with a king bed for $152 a night.

What do you think of the Westin St. Francis' annual Sugar Castle--Wonderful, wild or weird? Let us know in comments below!

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