November 12, 2013

Holiday Inns

For those planning to stay home for the holidays, West Coast hotels engage in the spirit of the season.

Luxury hotels on the West Coast offer some of the most festive, charming, and beautiful places to call home, even for a couple of days, this holiday season. Get into the spirit before the rush with a bustling and busy downtown city-stay, or kick back over Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a winter wonderland lodge, secretly hoping you’ll get snowed in.

Here are four of our favourite holiday inns.

Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler

Rustic-luxury is the best way to describe this gem of a mountain lodge. Guests who stay over Christmas Eve receive a little surprise from the resort’s team, and Aura Restaurant offers special Christmas and New Year’s Eve set menus for a special rate. Bring in the New Year at Cure Lounge with live music and a champagne toast.

Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

Something about the city at holiday time – twinkly lights, shopping for gifts, the Christmas rush – can be exciting if you embrace it. The Annual Festival of Trees event takes place again in the hotel’s lobby, with Christmas trees decorated by various sponsors to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Holiday Kids in the City package is designed for guests aged 5 to12, complete with souvenirs, a swim in the indoor-outdoor pool, games at Kids Playzone and nightly holiday-themed classic movies. The best Stollen bread in town? Right here.

Magnolia Hotel, Victoria

Guests are offered hot mulled apple juice with festive treats in the lobby, plus a $25 voucher per room per night can be used towards room service, Catalano Restaurant, Spa Magnolia, mini bar or parking. The hotel is just minutes on foot from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Expect holiday parades, shopping and skating at Butchart Gardens. Nightly turndown? Choose either hot chocolate or a rum toddy – and wine and cheese receptions from Dec. 20 to 30 on select nights make for one very civilized stay.

Fairmont Olympic, Seattle

Afternoon tea and the Fairmont brand are synonymous, and the Holiday Tea is offered daily for the whole family, as well as a special one with Santa on Dec. 21. The Annual Tree Lighting of the lobby’s 25-foot Noble Fir is a sight for sore (and shopped-out) eyes, and kicks off the Festival of Trees Celebration, supporting Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. If you have never peeked into the iconic Teddy Bear Suite, brace yourself – it’s a heart-melter.

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