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Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Three Luxury Hotels

February 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you can’t make it to Shanghai or Hong Kong for Chinese New Year on February 10, all is not lost. From an authentic “Year of the Snake” Cantonese culinary experience in London to an authentic Chinese Carnival in Paris to VIP access at San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, hotels around the world are celebrating Chinese New Year in style.

The Dorchester Hotel in London is celebrating with a special “Year of the Snake” menu at the China Tang restaurant. If Snake Soup with Fish Maw is on your list of most favorite things to eat, then this is the place for you. The restaurant is reputed to have some of the best and most authentic Cantonese food outside of China, so you can bet that Peking Duck and Shanghai Smoked Fish are also on the menu. When you’re finally stuffed to the gills (we couldn’t resist!), then head over to the China Tang Bar for a classic digestif or a contemporary Asian one such as the yummy-sounding Xiao Mi Mi with Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh ginger root, a slice of orange, fresh lemon juice, cinnamon and orange syrup, and strawberry liqueur.
The Chinese New Year Package is only available on Sunday, February 10 and starts at £1,260 ($1,973) in a Junior Suite.

The iconic Le Meurice in Paris is hosting its annual carnival in honor of Chinese New Year on Sunday, February 24. The “Carnival Package” is meant for you and the kiddies: there’s live ballet based on Chinese beats, balloon and magic workshops, and the “can’t-invite-kids-and-not-have-this” classic -- face painting. The hotel will even get your little ones to dress up and parade around in a Chinese New Year costume parade. And after the day’s activities are over, hopefully the kids will be pooped out but not you. Le Meurice’s pastry team will have prepared a yummy buffet that you don’t want to sleep through.
Rates for the Carnival Package start at €700 ($947).

The Omni San Francisco Hotel, located steps away from Chinatown, is a prime place to take in the festivities during Chinese New Year including the famous San Fran parade. The Lunar New Year Parade tends to feature over-the-top floats, elaborate costumes, lions, exploding firecrackers, a 268' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung"), and the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Omni’s “Chinese New Year Package” includes deluxe room accommodations, two tickets for seating on the February 23 parade route, full breakfast for two through room service, fortune cookies, and complimentary valet parking for one vehicle.
The Chinese New Year package starts at $301 per night and is available February 22-24.

[Photos: The Dorchester Collection and Omni Hotels & Resorts]

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Wow, I wish I could stay a night on that paradise.

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