For fans of the Christmas holiday, celebrating the season away from home might lead to some trepidation. Will there be a tree decorated with ornaments? Is there a gingerbread house? Will Santa know where to find me? From milk and cookies to a full-on Christmas tree (with the option to decorate it yourself), hotels are pulling out all the stops this December to help guests celebrate the holiday. Whether it’s a snowy climate or the desert that you’re after, there are perfect-for-Christmas hotel options all around the world.
1. 21C Museum Hotels
Art-minded boutique-hotel group 21C Museum Hotels puts its own adults-oriented spin on the Christmas holiday. Included in the "Holiday Package" are peppermint Malin + Goetz bath amenities, two hot chocolate cocktails spiked with bourbon, a plate of milk and cookies at turndown, "lump of coal" whiskey stones, and a reindeer art print from artist Simon Johan.
Book It: Call 502-217-6300 and mention HOLISTAY; available from November 22–December 30, 2013.
2. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Staff at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit do all the heavy lifting when it comes to staging your perfect Christmas tree. Upon arrival, and based on your advance selections, the tree will be lit and decorated in your spacious suite (or, you can host a tree-decorating party for the family), with gifts delivered on Christmas Eve. A charitable twist allows donated toys to be sent to a local orphanage, too.
Book It: Call 888-407-4869 or email [email protected]; available on Christmas Eve and Day only.
3. The Inn at Christmas Place
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
At the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Inn at Christmas Place is perfectly poised to offer a dreamy Christmas. Some of the 145 rooms, in fact, are decked out with red-and-green Christmas decor—such as wreaths hung over the bed or decorated, fully lit Christmas trees in the corner—to properly celebrate the season. Throughout the hotel are examples of Bavarian architecture, to make you feel as if you’re in a ski chalet abroad.
Book It: Call 888-HOLY-NIGHT.
4. Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo
For pint-size travelers, a Christmas tree (complete with wrapped gifts) comes set up in the kids’ room (found within suite-size accommodations, with two connecting rooms) at the luxurious Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. Hugging the Mediterranean Sea (with fab views, to boot), visitors will find a lot of warmth for the holiday season at this 280-room luxe hotel—weather included.
Book It: Visit www.hotelhermitagemontecarlo.com and book the "Christmas in Family" package, available from December 22–24, 2013.
5. Le Richemond
If you hate shopping for the tree, but love to deck the halls, then simply check into a room at Le Richemond. Reservations come with a 50-percent-off discount on a nearby or adjoining room for the children, where a Christmas tree is trimmed.
Book It: The "Magical Geneva Christmas" package is available from December 15, 2013, to January 14, 2014. E-mail [email protected] or call +41-22-715-7000.
6. Trump SoHo New York
Give into the holiday cheer by springing for the penthouse at Trump SoHo: a reservation in these posh accommodations includes a full-size Christmas tree, all set up before your arrival. But even if you opt out of the penthouse, reservations for any other room can tack on the services of a special Trump Attaché, who comes bearing holiday decorations.
Book It: Call 877-828-7080 and inquire about the "Holiday Treasure Trove" amenity, or visit www.trumphotelcollection.com.
7. Mamaison Hotel Riverside or Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtuv Palace
Bite into a plate of homemade Christmas-themed cookies that are thoughtfully delivered to your room at either Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtuv Palace or the Mamaison Hotel Riverside in Prague. Once you’ve had you’re fill, head out to the city’s iconic Christmas markets.
Book It: Visit www.mamaison.com; the special treats are available from December 1–26, 2013.
8. Chase Suite Hotel
Homemade Christmas cookies paired with mugs filled with hot cocoa on your first night make Chase Hotel feel more like a house than a hotel. Bonus: Book a room in a fireplace suite for extra coziness.
Book It: Visit www.chasehotelkansascity.com and, under "Specials," opt for the "Christmas in Kansas City" package.
9. Copernicus Torun
Your room at Copernicus Torun comes stocked with a library of Christmas movies, along with a large wreath, to properly celebrate the Christmas holiday. The hotel also doles out a Christmas gift to each guest, and hosts a dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Book It: Email [email protected] or call +48-797-010-166 and ask for the "Christmas Package," available from December 24–26, 2013.
Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with new-hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living, and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit