Friday, December 21, 2012

Best Hotels for the Holidays

Lobby of the Fairmont
Recently Travel and Leisure did a article on the Best Hotels for the Holidays in the US.  This article presented a number of posh hotels that were decked out for the most wonderful time of the year.  At WhatAHotel! we showcase many of the same great locations, but there are two of these elegant hotels where we provide exclusive complimentary perks and benefits.  If you are still planning on traveling for Christmas, check out these two luxury resorts and let WhatAHotel! treat you to a very Merry Christmas.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located in the always beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona.  This five-star resort just recently established the "Christmas at the Princess" and it is fast becoming a huge success.  The hotel transforms into a winter wonderland with carolers and animated light displays. As if that weren't enough, 65,000 lights have been carefully synchronized with lovely holiday music.  Inside next to the roaring fire you'll find Santa ready for a chat and a picture.  In the always impressive lobby you can find one of the main attractions, the six-foot tall gingerbread  nutcracker.  While there is a lot to see at the Fairmont, there is also a lot to do.  Catch up on some last minute shopping at the artisan holiday mart or try your hand at the resorts Desert Ice Holiday Rink.  The Fairmont Scottsdale has captured some yuletide magic and presents it along side their impressive amenities and exceptional service. Head to Arizona and experience the warmth of the holiday season.
Outrigger Reef on the Beach
Outrigger Reef on the Beach is another one of the Best Hotels according to Travel and Leisure.  Situated on the island of Honolulu in Hawaii, this resort has been recently refurbished and provides year round comfort and indulgence.  This remarkable beach front hotel knows it cannot produce a white Christmas, but it can showcase an island Christmas.  Guests can head to the free workshops where locals will teach the art of creating Hawaiian ornaments and holiday cards.  Employees get in the spirit of the season with a gingerbread house competition and local hula school students put on performances throughout the season.  Kids get the chance to dine with Santa and have their photos taken just before the big day and let's not forget families can head to the beach and enjoy the warm temperatures and white sandy beaches.  The Outrigger cannot provide snow and sleigh rides, but sand and surf might just be the next best thing.
Santa at the Outrigger
Traveling for the Holidays tends to be stressful and when you stay away from home it can feel impersonal.  Hotels and resorts around the world are aware of this and are doing their best to create a festive atmosphere in their lobbies, restaurants, and also in the attitudes of their employees.  Stay at some of the Best Hotels in the U.S. and have a Very Merry Christmas!

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