Let the Celebrations Begin!

Lighting Up for the Holidays

Featuring sparkling Christmas trees and brilliant light displays in frosty destinations, these Leading Hotels encourage guests to celebrate the holiday season.
along canals awash with Venetian light to and from this haven of a hotel.
holiday decorations at this Latvian hotel in the city where the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree began in 1510.
at Frankfurt’s abundant Christmas market before making your way back to this lovely traditional hotel, complete with a twinkling Christmas tree and classic ornaments.
in the holiday season at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, celebrated near this hotel in the U.S. capital since 1923.
with mulled wine and aromatic roasted chestnuts as you make your way from this palatial hotel to the top of the Duomo, featuring sweeping views of the city and a dazzling Christmas tree below.
a white Christmas as lights reflect off the snow at this alpine hotel, which is scheduled to open just before the holiday season.
at the historic Edinburgh Castle at this festive hotel which boasts spectacular views of the monument from many of its rooms.
through the renowned Public Gardens, decorated with white and colorful Christmas lights, next to this grand Boston hotel.
from this boutique hotel to the impressive nativity scenes tucked throughout the Spanish capital.
Berlin’s famous light displays, from the lavishly decorated Kurfürstendamm Boulevard to bustling Christmas markets, and enjoy the holiday season in style at this contemporary hotel.
Visitors can watch the ball drop in Times Square and then ring in the New Year in style in the serenity of these Leading Hotels in New York City.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York

New York, United States

Surrounded by elegant town houses on a quiet street off Madison Avenue, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée exudes European sophistication and has been a home to the discriminating traveler for over two decades. In 2010, the hotel unveiled new guestrooms, including four top luxury suites, a spa and an enlarged fitness center. Accommodations provide the feel of a New York townhouse and many suites have terraces with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Arabelle restaurant and sultry Bar Seine are popular with hotel guests as well as the discerning Manhattanite. One block from Central Park and steps from Madison Avenue shopping, the hotel is just a short walk from East Side museums and midtown Manhattan. The hotel is known for providing personalized, attentive service.

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Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue

New York, United States

For the discerning traveler, the Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue delivers an engaging blend of modern luxury and urban sophistication. Located in the heart of New York City, the Langham Place stands at the crossroads of art, fashion and design. From the captivating artwork throughout the hotel, to the stylish service delivery, the hotel is designed to inspire and destined to surprise. Capturing a residential mood, the spacious accommodations are distinguished by plush textiles and bespoke furnishings. Comprised of guest rooms and suites with full kitchens and private laundry facilities, guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments at Langham Place Spa, delight in the culinary excellence of Michelin Star Ai Fiori, or enjoy a more casual fare and cocktails while enjoying nightly jazz at Measure. The Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue caters to the guests who appreciate premium luxury.

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The Greenwich Hotel

New York, United States

Tribeca is one of New York City's most under-the-radar neighborhoods, beloved by locals and plugged-in visitors who appreciate its proximity to SoHo, Greenwich Village and Wall Street, but love being away from the tourist troves. One of the area's biggest spokespersons is Robert De Niro, who spearheaded the Greenwich Hotel, a bold statement of handcrafted design. The work of numerous artisans from around the world is woven into the interiors, which feature such design details as leaded glass windows, exposed oak beams and antique wood floors. A mix of styles, from Tibet to Morocco, is featured in guest rooms, and some have working fireplaces. The hotel's gorgeous library, leafy courtyard, spa and pool are open only to guests, making even first-time visitors feel like they are bona fide Tribeca residents.

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The Pierre, New York, A Taj Hotel

New York, United States

The Pierre, New York, A Taj Hotel occupies a choice corner right on Central Park,where Midtown's upscale shopping merges into the residential elegance of the Upper East Side. One of the city's original grande dame properties, the hotel is managed by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and offers a stunning blend of old-world glamour and contemporary innovation. The Grand Ballroom, one of New York's eminent wedding spots, has a restored trompe l'oeil ceiling and historic rotunda, while other public spaces boast a more modern sensibility, like the Art Deco inspired Two E Bar/Lounge created by designers Alexandra Champalimaud and Edwarth Melcarth. Guest rooms are understated with sumptuous touches, like silk fabrics and original artwork. The exceptional concierge team can arrange everything from picnic hampers and concert tickets to a private jet.

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In-the-know parents take advantage of extended school vacations to teach their children about three of the world’s main religions in these culturally rich cities, each home to at least one Leading Hotel.

Hotel Majestic Roma

Rome, Italy

Original, surprising and whimsical: Majestic Roma Hotel embraces its neoclassical heritage by reinventing it for the 21st century and offering guests the chance to step into a one of the city’s most glamorous residences. The hotel is an original combination of styles, a study in careful contradictions that juxtaposes white lacquered pieces of furniture, rich textures and the extraordinary use of color to evoke an emotional response from all who visit. Each of its guest rooms and suites are uniquely designed in this fashion. The Majestic Bar offers classic aperitifs, fanciful drinks and modern classics that hearken back to the golden age of the cocktail hour and is complemented by the gourmet restaurant featuring a charming terrace overlooking Via Veneto street.

The hotel Majestic Roma is located directly on Via Veneto, few steps from Villa Borghese, the second largest landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome. It is within walking distance to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and city’s finest boutique. In addition, it is convenient to enjoy museums, theatre, nightlife, restaurants and to reach the financial center.

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The American Colony Hotel

Jerusalem, Israel

At the seam of East and West Jerusalem, the American Colony Hotel occupies an enviable perch steeped in over a century of history. The former palace of a pasha, the historic building was transformed into a Christian charitable community in 1881, and at the request of Baron Ustinov (grandfather of the actor Peter Ustinov), into a hotel in 1902. Since then, it has functioned as a quiet sanctuary behind high stone walls. Interiors are stylish and comfortable, with Oriental rugs, Armenian ceramics and polished stone floors. The idyllic courtyard garden, where T.E. Lawrence and Graham Greene once sat, is a perfect spot to escape the city's relentless buzz. The romantic al fresco summer bar and atmospheric Cellar Bar offers refreshing cocktails, while the Arabesque restaurant is particularly famous for its indulgent Saturday buffet.

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The Grand Tarabya

Istanbul, Turkey

The Grand Tarabya, a true landmark of traditional Turkish hospitality, comes alive again on the European shores of the Bosphorus. Set along Tarabya Bay, with breathtaking views all the way to the entrance of the Black Sea, the hotel is ideal for business trips, weekend breaks, or spa retreats. Only 20 minutes by subway from Taksim Square, the center of the city, Tarabya is a unique neighborhood, with a picturesque harbor, lively fish restaurants, colorful scenery, a newly built marina and green landscapes. The spacious and tastefully decorated guest rooms and suites are designed to cater to the needs of discerning international travelers.

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