Will it be ho-ho-ho or bah-humbug at your hotel this Christmas?

As December beckons, the Christmas shopping season really takes hold and everyone starts to get into the Christmas party spirit(s), the hotel industry takes the lead in decking the halls and getting everything looking festively fabulous.  Christmas shopping weekends, romantic winter breaks, trips to see Santa and stop-overs after the office party  all mean that hotels see an upsurge in visitors out to have a fun and festive time, and that means they expect to see more than a tired old tree and couple of crackers.

We’ve had a look around the world wide web at some of the more wonderfully elaborate hotel Christmas makeovers.  Featuring Christmas accessories galore, these hotel receptions, lobbies and bedrooms have been sprinkled with some seriously seasonal supplies, so if you’re stuck for a few ideas, these might just inspire you…

The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans has constructed it’s Waldorf Wonderland Lobby, an enchanted forest of fabulous fairy lighting…

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The Bellagio in Las Vegas (never knowingly understated) does a great line in giant baubles and leaping reindeer through the lobby, not to mention the plethora of multicoloured poinsettias…

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Palm Springs’ Gaylord Hotel wowed with a Santa’s wonderful workshop, transforming the hotel’s facade into a festive feast for the eyes…

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and the lighting display outside the hotel, complete with igloos didn’t disappoint….

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The lobby of the Ritz Carlton in Naples has been known to host a huge, deliciously smelling gingerbread house…

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And the ever chic Arc de Triomphe Hilton in Paris created a Christmassy snowglobe bar, with an unbeatable view of the floodlit forest of Christmas trees…

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The New York Four Seasons Hotel doesn’t mess around when it comes to twinkly Christmas trees…

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and The Opposite House in Beijing has created an eco  statement-making solar Christmas tree, made from thermal tubes which harness the sun’s energy, proving that sustainability can still be seasonal…

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There’s nothing like a few twinkly lights and the smell of cinnamon to spread some festive spirit, so if a 40 foot tree and giant inflatable Father Christmas is not the look your hotel is going for this Christmas, then how about adding a few tealights in pretty colours to your hotel bedrooms or dining room, popping a sprig of festive foliage into a posy vase or leaving a special little gift in your guest rooms over the Christmas weekend?

We’ve got lots of ideas in our Turndown and Gifts collection.  Ho ho ho.

(Images from pinterest via eccentrichotels.com & hotelchatter.com)

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