Love Christmastime, yet loathe the obligations the season can bring? We feel you! That’s why we’ve rounded up eight of the most spirited hotels to stay at during Christmastime. Whether you stay the week or get away for an evening, these hotels go beyond trimming the trees and invite you to become part of their holiday traditions.
Where: New Orleans, LA
For 125 years, The Roosevelt has welcomed generations of guests visiting The Big Easy. The hotel especially shines at Christmastime with its elegant lobby featuring a display of decked out birch trees and twinkling Christmas trees. Children can enjoy the hotel’s annual Teddy Bear Tea—with a special visit from Santa and his elves—from December 15 through the 24. Of course, it wouldn’t be New Orleans without adult beverages on offer. Sparkling wine and mimosas are included in the price for adults.
The Plaza Hotel
Where: New York, NY
If you’ve ever dreamed of staying at New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel, there’s no time like Christmastime. And any stay at the Plaza wouldn’t be complete without afternoon tea. You can choose from the special holiday tea menus: The New Yorker Holiday Tea—priced at $95—featuring an array of sweets and bite-sized savories, or the Champagne Tea—slightly pricier at $125—ups the ante with bubbles. Have little ones in tow? The Eloise Holiday Tea runs $60 for children 12 and under.
Where: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Speaking of afternoon tea, we cross the pond to find our next holiday hotel. Edinburgh’s Balmoral hotel is perfectly situated for accessing the city’s Christmas market, located just a few steps down Princes Street. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, carnival rides, and ice skating, return to the hotel’s whisky bar, aptly named Scotch, for a wee dram to warm your bones.
Fairmont San Francisco
Where: San Francisco, CA
For more than a century, the Fairmont San Francisco has celebrated the holidays with a sweet tradition—a two-story gingerbread house, that is! Guests can even book a private dining experience for up to ten people within its very walls. Is a flute of champagne and a selfie at a 23-foot tree more your speed? Head to the lobby and indulge in both. Better yet, opt for a boozy Christmas brunch with unparalleled views of the city—Crown Room Christmas Brunch reservations are available for $155 per person. We hear Santa also plans to make an appearance.
Triple Creek Ranch
Where: Darby, MT
If your idea of Christmas cheer means escaping the city to a rustic paradise, you’ve found it in Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch. On Christmas Eve, stockings are hung in your log cabin with care. That’s right. Locally-made stockings filled with fruits, nuts and sweets are delivered to your cozy abode. Guests can also pre-order special stockings stuffed with locally-made goodies such as candles, ornaments and treats.
Did we mention that this forested mountain retreat is also all-inclusive, complete with a world-renowned wine cellar? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
Where: Lake Placid, NY
Spending Christmas away from home this year? Are the kids worried Santa won’t know where to find them? Fear not, parents—the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, New York has you covered. Upon request, each guest room is decorated with a real Christmas tree—*closes eyes and breathes in the pine-y goodness*—not to mention the dozens of lit trees twinkling across the hotel grounds. Venturing into town, guests have ample opportunity to enjoy a winter wonderland, including ice skating on Mirror Lake, bonfires to roast marshmallows, and even a sleigh ride.
Hotel del Coronado
Where: San Diego, CA
We have four words—Skating by the Sea! Yes, a beachfront ice rink is as magical and joyful as it sounds. And that’s just one of the many festive activities taking place at San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado during the holiday season.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Where: Quebec City, Canada
A hotel fit for a fairytale, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac promises jaw-dropping backdrops to impress even the most discerning Instagrammer. The Frontenac at Christmastime is your ideal spot to explore Old Quebec—bonus if you can catch the city blanketed in snow. Staying in more your speed? Cozy up by the fire, enjoy the hotel’s spirited lighting display, and keep an ear out for the jingle of Santa’s sleigh.