There’s something about Christmas time that makes you wish it was Christmas every day. And if you’re looking for the best Christmas things to do in New York city, then why not stay at the best Christmas hotels, with dramatic lobbies?
NYC’s elaborate Christmas window displays may get all of the attention in December, but hotels in Manhattan go all out in their holiday decor too. Whether you want to take in 30-foot Christmas trees or visit a pop-up winter wonderland, the city’s hotels deck their lobbies to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
A stand-alone space that merges an 1882 residence with a modern 55-story tower, this historical relic has been refurbished with a contemporary flare. Round-trip shuttle service from both the Theater District and Wall Street as well as private car service make commuting a breeze.
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At the Plaza Hotel, all that glitters is gold. Literally. From chair legs and mirror frames to the bathrooms of each guest room and suite, the details are gilded with 24-carat gold plating. It’s classy and opulent and reminiscent of another time—but then again, it’s the Plaza. The midtown hotel has been a New York icon, offering first-rate lodging since 1907.
Throughout the years and after many renovations, the National Historic Landmark’s guest list has been a who’s who of celebs, from the Beatles to Christian Dior, and the backdrop for many cultural works like The Great Gatsby and Eloise at the Plaza.
The Dream Downtown’s first selling point is its obviously spectacular location. Just around the corner from Chelsea Market, a block from the High Line, and a stone’s throw from the Meatpacking District and West Village, this hotel is literally everywhere you want to be. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s ’hood home of Chelsea is a mecca of world-class art galleries.
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But the highest compliment to give the 12-story Dream Downtown is that to experience the city’s standard of cuisine and nightlife, guests needn’t leave the property. The hotel itself is a weekend affair, young and sceney, with a club atmosphere that resonates throughout the design and decor.
Four Seasons Hotel New York
In most New York places, space is hard to come by. So it’s easy to see how the sprawling rooms and high ceilings can be added to the long list of amenities at the Four Seasons Hotel New York.
Stroll through nearby Fifth Avenue institutions like Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co. and Bergdorf Goodman. And during the holiday season, enjoy the stores’ festive window displays.
This swanky hotel boasts 731 rooms, as well as conference areas, event spaces and a restaurant.
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