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The Chinese New Year celebrations will kick off tomorrow but at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, the party will keep going through March 19.
Starting tomorrow, the hotel will offer a Year of the Sheep Package, priced from $489 a night, which includes overnight accommodations in a superior room (a two-night minimum is required), a special memento in the form of a silver fortune cookie, two Dragon's Gate cocktails, and an $88 dining credit for the hotel's Parallel 37 restaurant.
The hotel will also offer instruction cards for a self-guided walking tour of Chinatown (the largest outside of Asia) created by Parallel 37's own chef, Michael Rotondo. Highlights on the tour include the Chinatown Gate, The Wok Shop where the chef purchases kitchen utensils and the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.
One strong reason to consider staying the night? Dim Sum Room Service. While there are plenty of great places for Dim Sum in San Francisco (shout out to Yank Sing), the Ritz is offering a special Dim Sum Presentation consisting of savory and fried dumplings at the touch of the room service button. It's available for $21 and will be on the menu starting tomorrow through March 19.
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After New Year's, after CES and after the Super Bowl, comes the fourth biggest holiday/event of the year, so far, for Las Vegas--Chinese New Year--where most Vegas casinos celebrate the only way they know how--by going over the top with the parties, events, shows and decorations.
Here's what we saw when we popped into the Waterfall Atrium at The Venetian/Palazzo the other weekend.
This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Goat but there were a few different variations of the animal on display from rams to adorable baby sheep. (In truth, this year can be either/or ram, goat or sheep.) According to the resort, they consulted with a feng shui master to pull together the impressive display. We quite liked the informational tidbits that we saw as well that explained the meaning of the coins and other parts of Chinese New Year.
But aside from the decorations, The Venetian/Palazzo will throw a huge Eye Ceremony and Lion Dance on February 19 at 3pm with celebrations continuing on property through March 8.
There's no doubt that the Chinese New Year is one of the most auspicious times of the year in most parts of Asia so it makes perfect sense for Peninsula Hotels, a hotel brand that originated in Hong Kong, to have some special celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Horse. And here's how they are doing it:
The nine luxury properties are hosting "Ten Perfect Treats" to help Chinese New Year first-timers and veterans of the celebration get into the mood of the happiest cultural season. Treats involve decor, food, arts, activities and packages amongst other events.
The Peninsula Hong Kong will be the center of good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. This Saturday, the flagship property will host a Sun Terrace party with free champagne to watch the fireworks over Victoria Harbour. Once the show is over, you can fill your belly with traditional new year treats at one of the hotel's seven restaurants.
After the jump, see how some of the other Peninsulas are getting festive.
Happy New Year from Shangri-La Hotels!
Of course, a Hong Kong-based hotel portfolio would get a little loud about the Chinese New Year. It's the most important holiday in, not only the Chinese culture, but also a good portion of Asia. And with the number of hotels Shangri-La has opened in China, it's pretty fitting.
Shangri-La has welcomed the 'Year of the Snake' via their Instagram account. While the name sounds vicious, there's nothing poisonous about this serpent—he's made of flowers coiled around a tree in one of their properties.
Officially, Hong Kong celebrates the holiday starting today, the 11th, but many other Asian countries take part in the holiday from the 9th to the 13th. With a wealth of customs that accompany the special time of year, we can only hope for the traditional red envelope filled with monatary gifts when checking into our hotel on the New Year.
[Photo: Shangri-La Instagram]
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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.
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2012 is Year of the Dragon, and In case you didn't know, the dragon is a pretty big deal on the Chinese zodiac. So, to match the excitement of the new year, New York's Cassa Hotel & Residences is running a pretty nifty Chinese New Year promotion.
Guests who "like" Cassa on Facebook (and prove it by showing their computer or smartphone to the Front Desk) will be given a fortune cookie. Which at first sounds like not such a great trade-off. But hidden inside one of the fortunes is a voucher that will let you book your next stay for only $47.10/night—roughly 80% off the normal rate. All those limestone tubs and minimalist rooms just by
eating opening a cookie? This might be our new favorite holiday.
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Chinese New Year rolls around on Monday, and the Mandarin Oriental is feelin' festive. The hotel's annual Tea of Togetherness is all about good fortune, well-being, and—of course—togetherness, but as major dim sum fans ourselves, we're just stoked to get our snack on.
Everyday starting at 2:30pm, dumplings, rolls, cakes, and scones will all pop up in the hotel's 35th floor Lobby Lounge, where a more traditional Afternoon Tea is normally served during the rest of the year. But instead of Devon clotted cream and marmalade, over the next two weeks you'll find things like Jade Vegetable Dumplings, Pork and Watercress Wontons, Shrimp and Mango Rolls, Dragon Duck Wrap, Chinese tea cakes, and ginger scones.
If you are looking to ring in the Lunar New Year, San Francisco throws one of the best Chinese New Year parades in the world: the night-time parade features floats, elaborate get-ups, firecrackers and a 250-foot-long dragon manned by 100 martial artists. And, to lure Year of the Rabbit revelers, the Westin St. Francis is running a special for the February 19 festivities.
The hotel is offering rooms starting at $179 a night, and they are still up for grabs for that price. Rooms usually begin at around $255. The rate is good from February 17 to 20, just in case you want to have extra days to keep the party going.
Happy New Year! It's officially the year of the rabbit, and to celebrate that, China and the Chinatowns around the United States are making major celebrations today (watch for dancing dragons before crossing the road). Luckily for travelers who are San Francisco-bound, the city's hotels are in the spirit, and a certain deal at The Clift extends as far as the end of March.
Unfortunately it's not a room discountalthough rooms start at $200 over the next few monthsbut a deal for complimentary extras when you check in. Until March 31, if you mention the Year of the Rabbit, you can choose to get a free dessert in the Velvet Room, half-off a second cocktail at the Redwood Room, or a free upgrade to the next best available room. Obviously the latter is the best deal; we don't know why they even bothered with the half-off cocktail crap.
To book The Clift, call 800.606.6090 or check them out online.
The Chinese New Year is on Thursday, and if you're heading to China for it, you know that like nothing will be operating properly and everyone will be celebrating. In other words, it's the perfect time for a little treat in the form of a couple nights away. For the next couple days, we'll be looking at some last-minute hotel for Chinese New Year:
Although they're all booked up for Friday night, the New Year itself and the weekend is still open at Beijing's Opposite House, starting from $300 per night. As with their sister hotel in Hong Kongthe Upper Housethe Opposite House includes free WiFi, goodies in the minibar, and use of the room's tech goodies.