When it comes to holiday decorations, we can probably all agree that "less is more" doesn't always apply. At All. Actually, our philosophy is more like "The more (there is), the merrier (we are)." And that's because, let's be honest, nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like the sight of hundreds of twinkling lights and a richly decorated Christmas tree. In that spirit, we've scoured the globe for ten hotels that boast outstanding holiday decorations year after year.
1. Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
For guests celebrating on the road, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo will set up in-room Christmas trees and festive décor upon request, and at turndown on Christmas Eve, each room receives astocking with tangerines. (Talk about spoiling the guests, right?!) This year, the hotel's lobby and exterior décor is themed "Metropole Moonlight Christmas."
2. Conrad Miami
At Conrad Miami, guests can enjoy 'snowfall' over the bar every 30 minutes while indulging in signature holiday cocktails and bites. In addition, the Conrad Miami's 'elves' put a memorable holiday treat in each guest room with festive adornments, including pillows, a wreath, and Christmas tree.
3. Hilton Chicago
Hilton Chicago's life-size gingerbread hotel stands over six feet tall and took more than 250 hours to create using 16,000 gingerbread bricks. Floor-to-ceiling décor includes a 24 ft. Christmas tree, a 30" Poinsettia kissing ball, and 60 ft. wreaths.
4. The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa boasts a 24 feet Golden Barrel Cactus Christmas Tree comprised of more than 300 living cacti. At the conclusion of the holiday season, each Golden Barrel Cacti will be planted into the resort's landscape nurtured for future years to come.
5. French Quarter Inn
Guests of Charleston's idyllic French Quarter Inn are treated to a fully decorated room of tinsel and greenery, as well as an evening turndown of peppermint bark, hot chocolate, and a personalized gift under the Christmas tree.
6. Inns of Aurora
Taking a week to decorate, four elaborate holiday themes with hand-painted ornaments and hand-cut crystal hurricanes make up the picturesque Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes, NY.
7. Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans
Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans features a 19-foot Christmas tree in the lobby that boasts more than 25,000 mini-white lights and ten Colorado blue spruce trees donning more than 3,000 ornaments. Four, six-foot gold magnolia wreaths and over 1,500 feet of gold magnolia garland round out the holiday décor, along with a gingerbread masterpiece of the tower at Windsor Castle in the UK, the hotel's namesake.
8. Sheraton Puerto Rico
Sheraton Puerto Rico embraces the "Navidad" spirit by transforming the lobby into a cozy and intimate living room complete with a festive fireplace, oversize ornaments and cookies for Santa.
9. Sandos Caracol Eco Resort
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort created a sustainable tree that was built with 598 recycled glass bottles.
10. The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa has constructed an entire gingerbread village for guests to revel in this holiday season.
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