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3 Hotels for Traveling Fashionistas Over The Holidays

December 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

'Tis the season to be extra stylish at these fashion-minded hotels.

THE NEIMAN MARCUS CLOSET at St. Regis Washington, DC: Need the perfect dress for the holiday party but no time to shop? The Neiman Marcus Closet, as the service is called, will ask St. Regis guests a list of fashion questions before they arrive, such as "Who is your style icon?” along with sizes and body type. Neiman Marcus’ personal shopping team will then pick out a few items and set them up in the closet for the guest to try on and eventually, purchase. There is no cost for the service, which is arranged through the St. Regis Butler or the hotel's concierge. Guests only need to pay for the items that they want to wear, and of course, the room, which starts at around $300 a night.

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Bellagio Baubles and World Flags: the Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Tree at Claridge's Is Here

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  Site Where: Brook Street, London, United Kingdom
November 19, 2014 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve shown you the sketch, and here is the real thing: this year’s Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Tree extravaganza at Claridge’s.

While we’ve struggled on the holiday cheer front so far, a few minutes in the lobby of the hotel on Brook Street may have managed to help even us get into that festive feeling. The 8-metre tall tree is the centerpiece of the decoration throughout the lobby and public spaces, which, together with candles here and there and soft lighting, is hard to resist for even the most cynical of spirits.

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'Tis The Season for Sketch of the Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Tree at Claridge's!

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  Site Where: Brooke Street, London, United Kingdom, W1
October 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Halloween hasn't even happened yet Claridge's in London, a Must-Stay Hotel, is already looking forward to the Christmas holidays.

As usual, the Mayfair hotel has released the sketch for the fashionable Christmas tree. And once again, fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana will be in charge of the tree decorating.

To be unveiled on November 19, the "Fairy Merry Christmas" tree will be surrounded by an enchanted forest, tended to by woodland animals and decked with hand-painted, blown-glass spheres featuring famous landmarks from cities around the world. Well, this is certainly different than last year's outrageous tree.

You can peep the sketch for the tree here but we'll be back with pictures of the real thing on or around November 19.

[Sketch: Claridge's]

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The World's Largest Chocolate Santa Now Has a New Friend

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  Site Where: 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd. [map], Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States, 32830
December 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Happy Holidays! We're leaving you with one last story to admire read before we head out for the next few days. We'll be off tomorrow and Christmas but we'll back with a full slate of stories on Thursday. Remember, if you're waking up in a hotel on Christmas, we wanna hear about it!

Heading to Disney World for the holidays is a dream for many folks--young and old. But if you're staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts, your vacation just got a whole lot sweeter.

Laurent Branlard, the hotel's executive pastry chef, constructed a 7-foot tall, 400-pound nutcracker made entirely from chocolate along with an entire Christmas scene made up of another 2,000 pounds of chocolate that includes a life-sized Santa Claus (something the resort is well-known for.)

The scene and nutcracker took 80 hours to complete and both will be on display through December. Best of all, it's entirely edible. However, if you were to consume it all you would be taking in about 4 million calories. On second thought….

The hotel is still open on for Christmas Eve and Day. In fact, they have an entire website up and running for the holidays: www.santasfavoriteresort.com . Rates at the hotel, which is part of Starwood Hotels start at $209 a night.

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée Has the Snuggliest Christmas Tree

Where: 37 East 64th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
December 23, 2013 at 12:10 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 or 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!

This year we've seen Christmas trees decorated with wine bottles, macarons and umbrellas, but here comes a late contender for most over-the-top tree of 2013: it's a Babar the Elephant tree.

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Will You Wake Up Christmas Morning in a Hotel? Tell Us About It!

December 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (7)

Despite being in the travel industry and finding ourselves on the road much of the year, the holidays are the one period of time where we can guarantee a few nights at home in our own bed. In all honesty, this contributor has never woken up on Christmas morning in a hotel room, so the idea of it seems very foreign in some way. Hotels are our home away from home, but there's never been a substitute for waking up in our own bed on Christmas morning.

Sitting here, we wonder what it would be like to rise on the 25th in a hotel. What would we do? How would we spend our morning?

If we were in a suite at the Goring, things would be pretty merry given the pile of presents that looks like a Christmas tree. And lots of hotels do their best to create a festive atmosphere for those traveling during the holidays, including giant macaron Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.

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This is What a Grand America Christmas Looks Like

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  Site Where: 555 South Main Street [map], Salt Lake City, UTah, United States, 84111
December 20, 2013 at 4:37 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!

With a name like The Grand America Hotel, you can be sure the hotel is going to go all out for the holidays. And indeed the five diamond hotel in Salt Lake City has done just that.

For starters, the hotel itself is lit up with red and green Christmas lights (Thankfully, it's on the exterior of the building and not something that they string up on every guest room window) Then outside in their 2 1/2 acre courtyard, there's a giant Christmas tree that's surrounded by lighted trees and bushes (pretty much everything has some lights strung on it.) Inside, there's a giant Victorian gingerbread house while the Shops at The Grand have created old-school retail window designs for guests to admire. (We especially love the Paint Department.)

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A Macaron Nutcracker Now Stands Guard at The Ritz-Carlton Boston

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  Site Where: 10 Avery Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02111
December 19, 2013 at 8:33 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!

Earlier this week, we were stunned by the Laduree Macaron Christmas Tree at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. Today, there's another macaron creation to drool over, The Nutcracker at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common which stands 14-feet tall and consists entirely of gingerbread macarons. Below are some fun facts from Chef Andrew Yeo about the structure, which apparently needs daily touch-ups because hungry guests keep filching macarons from it!

· The Nutcracker is made out of 20 pounds of almond flour, 100 pounds of granulated sugar, five pounds of water and 4,106 egg whites.
· In total, that's more than 3,000 macarons, flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, clove and almond.
· Using the hotel's entire pastry team, it took about a week to build from start to finish.
· Yeo was inspired by a gift he received earlier in the year from Laduree Paris and that set his mind on doing something for the holidays with macarons.
· Last year, the hotel built a life-sized gingerbread house that housed a gift shop for the Boston Ballet. This year, they wanted to go bigger yet still incorporate the ballet. Thus The Nutcracker, which comes to life next door at the Opera House.
· Lastly, the figure is 14-feet-tall to celebrate 2014. Clever!

The hotel still has rooms open for Christmas starting at $395 a night. The hotel also has a Nutcracker Suite package available that includes a stay in a luxury suite with holiday trimmings and elements inspired by Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, a Teddy Bear tuck-in service, a saint pointe shoe autographed by a Boston Ballet company dancer, a CD recording of The Nutcracker and a Sugar Plum inspired bubble bath drawn by butler. Fancy! But it costs $995 a night.

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Andaz Opens Virtual Pop-Up Shop for a Good Cause

December 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Since 2011, Andaz Hotels has worked with Women for Women International (WfWI) to provide women in war-torn countries with economic opportunities and be positive catalysts for change. Through these efforts, the Andaz Holiday Bazaar was born.

The Andaz Holiday Bazaar is a virtual pop-up shop offering locally inspired, unique gifts with proceeds donated to WfWI. The hotel brand collaborated with its Cultural Insiders from around the globe to curate the bespoke online Holiday Bazaar available through e-retailer, Joyus.

With everything from custom created home décor to one-of-a-kind artwork and artisanal food, here are a couple of our favorites:

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Even Christmas Trees Tote a Brolly at London’s Goring Hotel

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  Site Where: Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 0JW
December 18, 2013 at 4:37 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!

The Goring (who, as of two weeks ago, became the only London member of Relais & Châteaux) recently unveiled what is, undoubtedly, London’s most unconventional and quintessentially British Christmas tree.

The tree, called “Christmas Rain,” is part of a collection of Christmas trees created for the hotel by British luxury brands. This one is the focal point, though, standing tall at 30 feet in The Goring’s garden, and designed by a fellow Royal Warrant Holder and Britain’s leading rainwear specialist, Fulton Umbrellas (they’re famous for their see-through umbrellas favored by the Royal Family including Wills and Kate and, we expect, little Prince George will follow in their rain-booted footsteps). Rather than regular glass baubles, the tree is decorated with bespoke Fulton umbrellas (ever-at-the-ready for the traditional Christmas rain shower) and a shimmering shower of mirrored raindrops arranged in a waterfall of crystals, beading and sequins.

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The Hotel Vintage Plaza Has Found a Spirited Use for Empty Wine Bottles

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  Site Where: 422 SW Broadway [map], Portland, OR, United States
December 17, 2013 at 5:02 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!

As everybody must know, Kimpton Hotels' host a much-loved Wine Hour every evening from 5 - 6 p.m., and if the Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland's wine hour is as popular as those we've experienced, they must have a few (hundred) empty bottles knocking around. In the spirit of recycling and of Christmas, the hotel has put those empties to good use and decorated their tree with them -- and it looks so much classier than the wine bottle "decor" of our college days.

The hotel still has rooms open next week over Christmas from December 24-26 for about $128 a night. Plus, you know, free recycling services.

Photo: Facebook/Kimpton InTouch

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All We Want for Christmas is a Bite of the InterContinental's Macaron Christmas Tree

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  Site Where: 2 Rue Scribe, Paris, France
December 16, 2013 at 5:07 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!

One of the "must-dos" for visiting Paris is sampling some Ladurée macarons and bringing home a box or two (or three.) But if you're staying at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, you won't have to go far to get some macarons.

The hotel has just unveiled the largest macaron Christmas tree in the world, made out of 8,000 brightly colored Ladurée macarons. The main tree stands nearly 14 feet high, while 27 other Ladurée macaron trees of various sizes can be found throughout the hotel (until January 6th.)

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