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Cozy Up On The Berkeley’s Rooftop With Hot Cocoa and a Flick

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  Site Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7RL
December 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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10 Hotel Christmas Displays To Light Up Your Day

December 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's beginning to feel a lot like...a tropical Christmas?

Hotel delays exasperate us. Booking last-minute hotels sometimes stresses us out. So excuse us while we take a minute and just focus on the one thing that's guaranteed to bring us some joy: big, bright, colorful, and unnecessarily elaborate hotel Christmas displays.

We've found our favorite Christmas trees, life-size advent calendars, and gingerbread houses from around the world. London, Paris, Bangkok, New York—you name it, we went there.

Of course, if there happens to be some far-flung hotel Christmas tree you think we missed, all you have to do is jot it down in the comments, or shoot us an email with a photo and we'll pop it in.

Go on, click through our photo gallery and let the holiday magic unfold!

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W New York's Christmas Tree Spells It Out

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  Site Where: 541 Lexington Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
December 23, 2011 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

...And the award for most literal Christmas decorations in a hotel goes to the W New York. Walking into the lobby, it's a little tinsel tree and a few metallic mosaic tchotchkes all around, but go straight ahead and you'll see it: a TREE. No, really.

Their faux Christmas tree vertically spells out "T R E E." Sure, at first we just thought it was an awkwardly cube-shaped tree as W's attempt to be edgy, but it's so much more than that. It's...letters. Hmm.

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Rocking Around The Christmas Tree: The Opposite House

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  Site Where: 11 Sanlitun Road, Beijing, China
December 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week we'll be rocking around the Hotel Christmas Tree near and far to see how hotels are ringing in the holidays. So grab your eggnog, put on the Mariah Carey Christmas album (you know you own it) and come virtually admire these hotel Christmas trees with us!

The Opposite House in Chaoyang District of Beijing has done the opposite of a traditional Christmas tree with their “Solar Christmas Tree," an installation done in conjunction with Viessman Heating Technology.

The nearly 20-foot tall Christmas "tree" is actually made out of 105 reclaimed solar thermal vacuum tubes that are used to harness the energy of the sun. German graphic artist, Karl, Duschek, did the star atop the tree which is a three-dimensional solar energy icon. The tree is lit by using warm-white LED bulbs, energy-efficient of course.

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Rocking Around The Hotel Christmas Tree: The Beverly Hills Hotel

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  Site Where: 9641 Sunset Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
December 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week we'll be rocking around the Hotel Christmas Tree near and far to see how hotels are ringing in the holidays. So grab your eggnog, put on the Mariah Carey Christmas album (you know you own it) and come virtually admire these hotel Christmas trees with us!

The Beverly Hills Hotel, being a traditional luxury hotel, has opted for a traditional luxury Christmas tree with glittering gold and crimson bows, pine corn ornaments, golden balls of various sizes and tipped with what looks like golden banana leaf.

But of course, one Christmas tree is not enough. Aside from the tree that greets guest in the middle of the lobby, theres another one just a mere few feet away that is slightly smaller but features the same trimmings and a few boxed presents underneath. The hotel also features a menorah in the lobby for those celebrating "8 crAzy nights."

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They Love the Holidays This Much: The Shangri-La Pudong Built the World's Longest Yule Log

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  Site Where: 33 Fu Cheng Road, Shanghai, China, 200120
December 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Like it or not, the holiday season has officially begun. And no one enjoys the holiday season more than hotels. From now through New Year's Eve, we'll be featuring all the holiday hotel news, deals, events and over the top decorations, we think are the best (or the worst.) Got a question about booking a hotel over the holidays or what to do when staying in a hotel over the holidays? Let us know!

The holidays make hotels do crazy things. Like erecting Christmas trees adorned with money or oversized gingerbread houses or life-sized chocolate Santas (nom, nom.) So it comes as little surprise that the Shangri-La Pudong Hotel in Shanghai, China attempted yesterday to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest yule log cake.

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Claridge's Avoids Controversy with a New Designer Christmas Tree

Where: 49 Brook Street, London, United Kingdom, W1K 4HR
November 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

After John Galliano effectively ousted himself from the House of Dior earlier this year, owing to an anti-semitic tirade caught on camera, the luxury label has lagged in finding a permanent replacement. WIth so much tumult at the company, it's no surprise that London hotel Claridge's has chosen a different designer to take on their annual holiday tree decor. (Dior was responsible for the tree from 2009-2010.)

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Après-Ski in the Heart of London, Minus the Whole Skiing Bit

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  Site Where: 15 Montague Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1B 5BJ
October 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Us Hotel Chatter-ers on the ground in London were recently unnerved at the site of boxed minced pies in our local Marks & Spencer. Holiday season: it has begun. Shudder.

Local hotels are gearing up in kind, crafting robust packages to spread a little Christmas cheer to their winter patrons (and cheer to those handling the profit-raking side of things). The Montague on the Gardens has gone over the top in conceiving of yule tide offerings, cobbling together a—wait for it—"magical winter wonderland" on their Wood Deck. And yes, there will be reindeer.

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How Long Before a Hotel Decorates Their Gingerbread House with Diamonds and Rubies?

December 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that hotels like to do it up BIG for the holidays and just like Christmas trees, when it comes to hotel gingerbread houses, hotels have gone above and beyond the call of festive duty.

We've added a few new shots to our Hotel Gingerbread House collections, including the whopping 8-foot Gingerbread Castle put forth by The Drake Chicago which was constructed with 75 lbs of frosting, 150 lbs of gingerbread and 75 lbs chocolate, sugar candy and other décor.

The hotel says the castle is completely edible but we suggest bringing a carton-load of Tums with you if you plan on helping them "break it down."

And you can't miss the gingerbread house--literally, a house!--from the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. A tipster sent us a snapshot saying:

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Light Up Your Life at Paris’ Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière

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  Site Where: 46, Avenue George V, 75008 , Paris, France
December 23, 2010 at 11:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hotels are getting in a holiday mood! Usually around this time, we spotlight all the delicious holiday cocktails that hotels concoct for the season. Don't worry, we're not giving up the booze, but we are keeping tabs on all the wonderful, wild, and in some cases, weird Holiday Hotel Decorations that hotels put up this year. Seen some great holiday decor in a hotel recently? Send us a snapshot!

The latest holiday decorations to catch our eye comes from Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière who is lighting up the Parisian skies. To celebrate the festive season, Paris’ most ecological hotel has created a “cutting-edge light and animation show”.

We haven’t come across anything like this before but the press release makes it sound pretty special:

Using sophisticated 3-D video-projection technology, the hotel's traditional Haussmann façade is painted in an array of colors, a shower of snowflakes falls, giant water fountains "drench" the façade in water, and multicolored swirls float throughout."

Plus we really liked the photos.

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'Sand'a Baby, Hurry Down the Shoreline of the Sheraton Waikiki Tonight

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  Site Where: 2255 Kalakaua Ave [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
December 22, 2010 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels are getting in a holiday mood! Usually around this time, we spotlight all the delicious holiday cocktails that hotels concoct for the season. Don't worry, we're not giving up the booze, but we are keeping tabs on all the wonderful, wild, and in some cases, weird Holiday Hotel Decorations that hotels put up this year. Seen some great holiday decor in a hotel recently? Send us a snapshot!

We've seen chocolate Santas and towel angels but those don't come close to the wacky sand sculptures on display at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The three sculptures were created by World Champion Sand Sculptor Thomas Koet and his partner Jill Harris. After four days of construction and 20 tons of sand, the sculptures were put on display on November 17 and will remain up through the holidays. They depict Santa and Mrs. Claus in various stages of relaxation at the Sheraton. Hey, the fat man deserves a vacation too.

If you want to vacation at the Sheraton Waikiki, room rates in January start around $235 a night for a city view king room. Ocean front rooms start at $315 a night.

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Hotel's Snowflake Decoration Breaks the Fall of Hotel Trespasser

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  Site Where: 2 Boland Way [map], Springfield, MA, United States, 01115
December 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been covering the wonderful, wild and weird hotel decorations going up this season but this is the first time we've heard of a hotel decoration saving someone's life, even if they were trying to break into the hotel.

Last night near Boston, a man was attempting to break into the penthouse suite of the Marriott Springfield on the 10th floor. But he ended up falling more than 70 feet, yet still survived the plunge. The Republican Newspaper has the detes on what exactly happened:

Hotel employees originally reported at about 9 p.m. that a trespasser was on the roof, police said.

The man plummeted 70 feet from the 16th floor to a ledge on the sixth floor after attempting to climb on one of the Christmas decorations.

He was not a guest at the hotel and broke a window to gain access to the roof, said Fire Department spokesman Dennis Leger.

The man climbed down onto a decoration and was clinging to it and knocking on windows asking people to let him in, but the windows on the high floors do not open.

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