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Like it or not, the holiday season has officially begun. So while you're drawing up your Christmas wish lists or plotting out the best strategy for door-busting on Black Friday, don't forget to plan out your hotel stay. From now through New Year's Eve, we'll be pulling out the holiday hotel news, deals and events 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!
We love this time of the year not just for the Mariah Carey Christmas album, the Ginger Spice lattes from Starbucks or the ugly holiday sweater parties we can attend but it's also when hotels attempt the impossible--ice-skating rinks in warm weather.
For instance this Friday, The W Los Angeles--Westwood will once again open their signature hybrid ice rink which in true W fashion is given the one-word moniker, CHILL.
It turns out you don't have to go to Vegas, Dubai or Macau to experience some high roller fun--you can just go to Connecticut!
That's because the Foxwoods Resort and Casino has completed a brand new High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge with 20 bowling lanes (six of 'em for VIPs), billiards tables, a two-level lounge with a piano and 50-seat marble bar, two full-service bars and more than 60 HDTVs. Already this place, which actually opened back in October, is fulfilling our New Year's Resolutions list for 2011 (see #4.)
In an article from Hospitality Design, we learn that the inspiration for the bowling lanes was actually "evoking the glamour of Las Vegas in the '20s and '30s." Interestingly enough, Vegas casinos weren't actually around in the 20s and the 30s.
The Standard NYC is known for its nekkid guests (and even employees) flaunting their business in front of the wall of windows. So imagine our surprise to hear that people are heading to the hotel all bundled up.
They are actually coming out to hit the brand-spankin'-new ice rink, which sits at Washington and 13th streets.
Hotel Del Coronado
The weather is getting chilly—and downright freezing in some parts—which means that hotels are rolling out one of our favorite wintertime amenities, ice rinks. Hitting the ice just makes it feel like the holidays, and you have your pick of hotel rinks across the country where you can lace up and work on your figure eight.
Check out five hotel ice rinks after the jump.
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!
For the holidays, the Hotel Del Coronado is bringing out the gingerbread, lollipops, cupcakes and candy canes. But don't worry about packing on the holiday pounds. The treats are ornaments on the hotel's Christmas tree.
The 30-foot tree is decked out with 2,000 of these sugary, albeit fake, sweets and other sparkly ornaments. It's all set aglow with more than 15,000 lights. The decor all falls under this year's holiday theme, "The Sweetest Season."
When we finally wiped the glitter out of our eyes after staying at the Andaz 5th Avenue last week, we took a stroll around the neighborhood and were tickled to have stumbled upon Citi Pond at Bryant Park behind the New York Public Library.
The Pond is an ice rink alternative to the famous rink at Rockefeller Center and it's much more manageable. When we popped by the day before Thanksgiving, it seemed far less crowded than Rock Center. Plus, there were all sorts of cutesy pop-up shops on-site, making it a perfect stop to pick up holiday gifts. There's even a restaurant, Celsius, on site to grab some grub if the skating gets you hungry.
From now through the end of February, guests and Athens residents can skate for free at the rink which is operated by the hotel atop the Star City Cinema complex next door. And it's not called "The View on Ice" for nothing as the amazing scenery of Athens is spread out before the skaters as they go round and round the rink. Check out the Acropolis in the background of this photo!
The rink is open from 11am to 11pm daily. Seasonal drinks and food catered by the hotel are also served.
Right now, the hotel is also offering a two-night "Explore the New Acropolis Museum" package which gives you two complimentary tickets to the new Acropolis Museum, accommodations with an Acropolis view and of course, the chance to do triple axels on the ice. The package is priced from $179-$249. Use promotional code M11 when booking. It's available from now through February 7.
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The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa may be smack-dab in the Sonoran Desert, but the hotel isn't letting the arid climate stop it from ushering the holidays with a winter wonderland complete with a 30-foot tree, sledding and ice skating.
The hotel will open Arctic Pass, an outdoor 1,500-square-foot synthetic ice rink and the first of its kind in Southern Arizona, when it kicks off its wintertime festivities on December 18. Santa will be in attendance, ditching the reindeer and arriving by helicopter at 8:30 p.m. After posing for pictures with the guy in the big red suit, hit the ice.
The Pond at Bryant Park.
In anticipation of winter, we told you about five hotels where you can sleep and ice skate earlier this week. For those of you who are jonesing for some cold-weather fun, here are other hotels that have rinks nearby so you can lace up and hit the ice.
Find out three more skating-hotel picks after the jump.
The Hotel Del Coronado.
Forget free wifi or yoga classes, it looks like the hot hotel amenity for winter is a private ice rink. Hotels all over are going all Ice Capades and putting up rinks—even if they are in a warm-weather locales. So you Michelle Kwans and Brian Boitanos can lace up your skates and practice your double axel—or if you're like us, teeter and fall on your booties—even when you're traveling.
Find out where you can sleep and skate this holiday after the jump.