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13 Pop-Up Hotel Ice Rinks to Skate On This Winter

December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

It used to be that ice skating rinks at hotels were a holiday novelty. When we made this list back in 2009, those five hotels were rather, for lack of a better phrase, cutting edge. Fast forward to 2013 and it seems like everyone has an ice skating rink in their hotel backyard, even hotels in the desert. Especially hotels in the desert.

So, in case you feel the need for speed...on skates, here are 13 hotel ice skating rinks to glide on this winter season.

1. THE STANDARD HIGH LINE
The Standard Plaza's Ice Rink is now open from 12pm to 12am during the week and 9am to 1am during the weekends. The cost is $12 to skate plus a $3 skate rental. Kids can skate for $6 and a Standard Skater will be available to help you get your footing. Hot ciders, hot toddys, hot chocolate, donuts and waffles will all be served rinkside.

2. CHARLES HOTEL IN BOSTON
The 2,900 square foot ice Rink at The Charles Hotel will open this Sunday, December 15th at 12pm. The rink will be open to hotel guests and the public and the opening event this weekend is free.. Skate rentals, season passes, and lessons will also be available this season.

3. BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
The new 2,500-sq.ft Rotunda Rink will open on December 14 and will be open until February 28th. While opening day is complimentary, rates will be $10 for adults and $5 for kiddos going forward.

4. FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, Connecticut
The Foxwoods Resort Casino just opened its Rink & Winter Patio last week with Nancy Kerrigan christening it with a special performance. The rink will stay open from now through the end of February. The cost is $10 for adults aged 13 and up and $6 for kids 12 and younger. Skate rentals are $ but Rewards Card Holders and a guests can skate for $8 a person and for free on Tuesdays.

5. BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB, A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT
The resort has put up a Pink Rink, a real ice rink made with pink ice to reflect the hotel's iconic rosé-colored tower. The rink, measuring 85 feet long and 40 feet wide sits on the resort's Croquet Lawn and is kept cool under a large tent. The Pink Rink is only open to resort guests and is $20 for two hours of skating. It will be open through President's Day.

6. PENINSULA CHICAGO
The luxury hotel has opened its own Sky Rink above Michigan Avenue. The rink will be open to the public from now through March 3. Suggested donations, which go to two chldren's charities in Chicago, are $5 for children and $10 for adults. There will also be heated lounges on the terrace where guests can warm up with hot chocolate and beignets and spiced nuts.

7. W SCOTTSDALE
The hip desert hotel has launched CHILL, a 1,500-sq.ft. ice skating rink next to their outdoor pool (Next to, not on top of.) The rink will be open through December 29 to the public with select live performances happening on weekends. The cost is $10 for 1 hour of skating for folks ages 5 and up. That includes a skate rental but you can bring your own skates.

8. FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS
The hotel's Desert Ice Holiday Rink is once again open to skaters. Made with real ice, the rink is surrounded by the Cactus Garden and is even promising some "magical snowfalls." The rink will be open to the public from now through January 4. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Skates can be rented for $5 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital.

9. THE COSMOPOLITAN, LAS VEGAS
The flashy Vegas resort casino has opened its Ice Rink at the Boulevard Pool, presented by Zappos.com and UGG Australia, for the second year in a row. Folks can skate from now through January 5 from 3pm to midnight and from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for everyone else. You can rent skates for $5 or bring your own. And because this is Vegas, the rink will turn into an outdoor club scene on Wednesdays with super star DJs dropping beats. Not into that EDM stuff? Skate on Date Night Mondays or Throwback Thursdays when they play music from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

10. THE VENETIAN/PALAZZO LAS VEGAS
If you're in Vegas but not near the Cosmopolitan, then head to Doge's Palace at the Venetian and Palazzo where daily skating is offered from 3 to 11pm. Every night there's a Holiday Spectacular at 6:05pm, 8:05 and 10:05 pm where "dazzling real-life characters interact with guests." Prices are $14.95 per skate and includes a skate rental. It's $9.99 for locals and Grazie members.

11. CAESARS PALACE, LAS VEGAS
Wait! There's one more casino offering an ice skating rink on The Strip. Caesars Palace's rink will open near the Serendipity restaurant at the Bella Luce Terrace. Hours will be from 11am to 12:30am. Admission will be $10 while skate rentals will cost $5.

12. HOTEL DEL CORONADO, SAN DIEGO
The hotel's legendary Skate by the Sea ice rink is open form now through January 5. (Incidentally, it's closed today Dec. 10th for a special Make-a-Wish event.) Skating sessions are two hours and cost $23 per adult, $18 per child (ages 10 and under). Skate rental is included in the price but there is a $5 discount if you bring your own skates. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation of San Diego.

13. W TAIPEI
This far-flung W has its own CHILL with a hybrid ice skating rink too and is kicking off its opening day on December 13 with a big party. While room guests can skate free of charge, all others will have to pony up TWD 900 or about $30 US. That includes Including 2 hours of CHILL Ice Skating Rink, rental skates and 1 welcome beverage. SPG Members not staying at the hotel can get 15 percent off.

[Photos; Standard, Boca Raton Resort, W Scottsdale and Hotel Del Coronado]

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