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What happens when you hold an upmarket music festival in a place with no accommodation just outside a major hotel town or city? Neon everywhere and flower headdresses in totally unthinkable hotels, that’s what.
Yes, if you thought Coachella was
bad enough unique for colonizing Palm Springs, you clearly haven’t heard of Tomorrowland, a gargantuan EDM festival that takes place in Boom, an appropriately named town 20 miles outside of Brussels, over two weekends: this and last.
Boom doesn’t really have any hotels, which is where Brussels comes in. For two weekends of the year, the supposedly staid (it’s not, but more on that another time) centre of the European Union is full of dayglo, and three of the city’s poshest hotels get done up as rave accommodation, having been bought up by the festival for the exclusive use of their guests.
Take The Hotel, the European Union's hotel of choice for businessmen, diplomats, and President Obama, where we’ve spent the last few days. Normally, it’s full of suits; this weekend, it’s awash with fairy wings, bro baseball caps and t-shirts that read “Fuck off reality, we’re going to Tomorrowland”. The lifts are paved with fake grass instead of the normal marble, and there are butterflies and flowers 'embroidered' all over the lobby.
La Posada de Santa Fe situated in the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico refuses to turn down the heat during the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta September 26-30, 2012.
Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and chef tours are among the many events at the upcoming 22nd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta. Ninety nationwide wineries will come to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants. In celebration of the Wine & Chile Fiesta, La Posada is, of course, offering a special limited-time only Wine & Chile Fiesta Package.
You might think the whole Halloween thing is over once November arrives, but down in Mexico, they spend a bit more time honoring the dead with the Day of the Dead. Their festivities to celebrate the lives of the deceased run over November 1 and 2, and the Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa is offering a special Day of the Dead package that hooks up with the Mixquic Festival.
Book into the Marquis Reforma for two nights and the Day of the Dead package will actually let you do a lotta living. For $820 per room you'll get the two nights in a Junior Suite, a tour to Mixquic including lunch, a spa treatment, daily breakfast and transport to Santa Fe shopping center when you're done celebrating the dead.
In Mixquic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, you'll see some of the most authentic Day of the Dead celebrations around, including dancing, decorated graves and special pan de muerto (bread of the dead). If you indulge too much you'll be able to rest up in the Marquis Reforma which is rated pretty highly on the list of 5-star hotels in Mexico City, and is apparently the only Mexico City hotel to belong to the Leading Spas of the World group.
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Carnival (Feb 17 - 20) is in full swing, and according to The Guardian, plenty of American soldiers on leave are turning the sensual Brazilian celebration into a sexual conquest game.
Companies like Tours Gone Wild make a mint packing soldiers and other tourists into Rio de Janeiro hotels this time of year, and it takes a toll on the hotels.
One such Carnival party hotel is Hotel Gloria. On the Saturday of Carnaval the Gloria hosts an insane costume contest early in the evening, which is considered one of the best Carnaval parties by many long time attendees.
Heaven for doughboys, no doubt, however, guests of the hotel see the post party fallout year round:
Our room was a huge disappointment. Paint off the walls, tv entertainment system not working.
Lots of loud Brazilian guests with getto blasters at the pool. Staff did nothing. People with bare upper bodies at breakfast.
Where we are from, we call these places topless donutshops, in Brazil sounds like they call 'em "luxury hotels".
We are sure Hotel Gloria cleans up nice at some point after Carnaval. After all, they have a helipad on the roof, and guests who check-in via helicopter tend to like a clean room.