There's not long to go now, but if you are thinking about taking a last-minute getaway for the holidays, here are a few hotels offering deals and special activities.
New York City
Refinery Hotel's “Deck the Halls” package includes VIP admission for two at The Rink at Bryant Park’s Winter Village including “fast pass” access, skate rentals, bag check, discount shopping passes to the holiday shops, and rink-side hot cocoa. Guests also receive two signature cocktails at the rooftop bar. Rates start at $459 and the package is available to book through January 4.
The recently revamped Hotel Chandler has a Holiday Family Package, that includes accommodation in the exclusive executive suite, VIP admission to Bryant Park’s skating rink, hot chocolate, a 10 percent discount at Celsius Restaurant at Bryant Park, and in-room amenities for the kids. Rates start at $309 per night and it is available through January 5.
Clift's "Silver Skates" package includes hotel accommodation, complimentary access to the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, skate rental for two, buffet breakfast, and 20 percent off dinner at Velvet Room. Rates from $215 a night are available through January 20 with promotion code PKSLVR.
Hotel Palomar San Francisco is partnering with Bonobos Guide Shop in Union Square to offer a "B. Festive" experience for men: a beer-fueled personal shopping experience at Bonobos, followed by "Bourbon, Burger & Beer" at the Fifth Floor Bar and one night of accommodation. Additionally, guests will receive complimentary gift boxes and a 15% discount when they spend more than $250 at the store. Rates start at $214, and can be booked online, or by calling 866-373-4941. Rate code: BFEST; package valid through December 30.
JW Marriott Chicago offers a "Night at The Nutcracker" package available through December 28 in partnership with the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Package perks include an overnight stay in a deluxe guestroom, two VIP tickets to The Nutcracker, welcome cookies, a hot chocolate nightcap, in-room breakfast for two, and a Nutcracker “swag bag” that includes a signed pointe shoe and poster. The package for two is available for $475 with the rate code ZZLO and can be made online or by calling 312-660-8200.
With the Radisson Blu Aqua's "Unwind, Blu Style" package, guests receive a jelly bath in one of the hotel's luxurious deep soaking tubs, aromatherapy scented sticks, and a bottle of Prosecco. Rates start at $199 per night and can be booked until December 31 for stays through March 31.
At the Rancho Bernardo Inn guests will enjoy activities ranging from photos with Santa, storytelling, gingerbread cookie decorating, complimentary hot cocoa and treats, and a holiday music and light show. The package includes in-room "S'mores & Snores" amenity, providing kids with a special room service delivery of a pop-up tent for the room and a freshly made S'mores dessert. The "December Days and Nights" package starts at $179 per night for two adults and one child. Additional children are $15 per child.
The US Grant Hotel is offering the "Holi-Date Escape" package that includes a bottle of Cocktail Sur Lie, a couples Gingerbread Massage Treatment, and a $100 Food & Beverage credit for a romantic dinner for two at The Grant Grill. It's valid for arrivals through December 30, 2013 with promotion code LWX. The "New Year's Eve Stay & Soiree" includes two VIP tickets to The US Grant's Bivouac New Year's Eve Soiree with live music and unlimited champagne all night. Valid for arrivals on December 30, 2013 and December 31, 2013 with promotion code LVG.
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole (in SKI Magazine's Readers Choice #1 Ski Resort in North America) is offering a "Sleep with #1" package that includes four nights' accommodation, a $20 breakfast credit for use at Terra Café, a three-day lift ticket for two, and discount on ski/snowboard rentals and delivery. The package costs $263-$556 per night.
The four-diamond Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa is offering a "Winter 20-30-40" package including 20 percent savings on your room, $30 daily breakfast credit at Spur Restaurant & Bar, plus a $40 spa credit. Rates start at $159/night.
Omni Hotels and Resorts are offering an “Elves and Eggnog” package. In addition to 20 percent off accommodations, the package offers two specialty eggnog aperitifs and complimentary breakfast for two. Each package also includes holiday turndown service with a treat, delivered by hotel elves, and late check-out.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the renowned five-star resort, offers guests a chance to treat themselves while tackling their holiday shopping lists with the "Stocking Filler" package. It includes accommodations, a €100 gift card to London’s famous Harrod’s department store, a pedicure to ease tired feet, full English breakfast, and late checkout. It starts at $520 per night.
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel offers a "Spirit of Christmas" package including luxe overnight accommodation, a welcome "Winter Warmer" cocktail, full English breakfast, ice skating at the iconic Natural History Museum, and an exclusive chocolate making class at Rococo Chocolates. The package starts at $385 per night.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel is using its relationships across the city to design the ultimate Christmas experience. Guests who stay at one of the eight suites at the 137-bed, four-star hotel will be able to tailor make their festive fun from a menu of options designed to celebrate the best of London at Christmas, such as Santa Claus making a specially-extended visit to read the timeless “The Night Before Christmas” before filling the stockings hung on the bed, and a short scene from The Nutcracker or a sketch from a traditional pantomime performed live in their room. The “Festive Mercer Suites” package is available from December 15, 2013 through January 12, 2014 and prices start from $749 per room per night
The Fairmont Southampton's "12 Days of Christmas in Bermuda" features family activities and events including cookie making, sandcastle competitions, and nature walks. Santa’s grand arrival gala, wine tastings and uniquely Bermudian New Year’s Eve celebrations round out the opportunities for special Bermudian holiday events. Book the “3rdNight Free” package, with rates starting from $279 USD per night.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Capella Pedregal is offering a full week of Christmas activities under the name "Christmas in Cabo". December 23 kicks off with “La Noche Buena” to mark the end of the series of processions and parties to celebrate the upcoming holidays. During the week, guests can enjoy “Vilancicos” Mexican Christmas carols at the Christmas Eve Posada Cocktail Party. On Christmas Day, guests have the opportunity to greet “Papa Noel” (a.k.a. Santa Claus) and his helpers as they bring gifts for each child. There will also be a full buffet breakfast selection from Su Cocina and a full a la carte menu with a selection of Mexican Christmas Specials. For lunch, Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz is putting a modern twist on Mexican street food by serving it in the shape of a family-style traditional Christmas dinner.
Swissôtel Zurich's "A Chocoholic in Zurich" package encourages guests to make sweet memories while strolling around the picturesque old town on a "Sweet Zurich" tour, and taking part in a chocolate-making course with Swissôtel Zurich's patissier. The offer also includes two nights’ accommodation, a chocolate welcome amenity, buffet breakfast, and more. Rates start at $142 per night.