Cozy Up On The Berkeley’s Rooftop With Hot Cocoa and a Flick
The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
Let’s face it: At the beginning of the Christmas season, we have warm, fuzzy thoughts of snuggling in front of the fire with a hot toddy in hand and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on the telly. Next thing you know, we’re fighting with crowds in malls, dragging the Christmas tree through the damn door, and making grocery lists for the three full days it’ll take to make all those holiday family feasts. Where did that warm, all-over glow go?
The Berkeley Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge is doing all they can to bring that fleeting festive feeling back with their rooftop Winter Cinema.
Known as a happening rooftop terrace overlooking Hyde Park in the summer, the hotel’s Health Club & Spa has transformed the space into a pine-filled forest with twinkly lights, rustic-chic wooden chalets built for two and a cinema screen more than large enough to accommodate Jimmy Stewart’s face.
While watching classics such as "Miracle on 34th Street" or "The Nightmare Before Christmas" snuggle deeper under your feather down Moncler blanky with your hot water bottle and copious amounts of homemade hot chocolate and mince pies. If it starts to get really chilly, staff is on hand to turn up the heat lamps. And don’t worry about your neighbor: there can only be six of you at a time at this private cinema.
Screenings at The Berkeley’s Winter Cinema take place November 25, 2013 until January 31, 2014 with two screenings per night—one at 5 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. The Winter Cinema package is £55 ($90) per person and includes all of the above at one of the showings, but if you upgrade to the Luxury Winter Cinema package for £70 ($115) per person, you also get a cold glass of champagne perfectly chilled by the winter weather, and canapés. Call the Berkeley Health Club & Spa at 0207 201 1699 to make a reservation and help bring back Christmas.
If you want to make a night of it we found a stay at The Berkeley in January for £330 ($543) per night with the Winter Warmer rate for a Superior King room.
[Photos: The Berkeley]