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10. The New York Palace, New York City
The Palace's famous facade, originally constructed as part of a private mansion in 1882, twinkles among a sea of Midtown skyscrapers. Its superb holiday decorations (historically among New York City's best), combined with its proximity to Fifth Avenue shopping, ice skating, the famous tree at Rockefeller Center and the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, make the Palace a prime holiday hotel pick. Take a look at Oyster.com's hotel review for the New York Palace.
Vegas may not seem like an obvious holiday choice (unless you're in the "naughty" column on Santa's list), but Sin City does Christmas bigger and better than just about anywhere. The Bellagio, arguably Vegas' most iconic luxury hotel, has phenomenal decorations in its indoor garden. In the past, we’ve seen everything from Christmas trees to rocking horses to polar bears to reindeer to snowmen to tin soldiers — all on a giant scale. Plus, you can stock up on Christmas presents in the Bellagio's luxury shopping areas. Check out Oyster.com's hotel review of the Bellagio.
8. The Jefferson, Washington, DC
Elegant rooms, warm service and Colonial charm (an intimate library, a working dumbwaiter) make this DC's best boutique hotel. And its location in old downtown is ideal for taking in the holiday decorations: It's easy walking distance to the stunning Christmas trees near the White House (including the National Christmas Tree and the Capitol Christmas Tree), as well as the holiday windows in Dupont Circle. See Oyster.com's hotel review for the Jefferson.
7. The Plaza, New York City
It could be said that no other New York hotel is as synonymous with luxury — or has carved out such a place in 20th-century culture — as the Plaza. And at Christmastime, the hotel is decked out in lights and garlands, making it even more spectacular. It's across the street from Central Park, where guests can take horse-drawn carriage rides through the snow, and steps from luxury boutiques and Bergdorf Goodman. Take a look at Oyster.com's hotel review for the Plaza.
6. Palace Hotel, San Francisco
Boasting ample turn-of-the-20th-century elegance and 550 rooms on only 8 floors, the Palace is aptly named — it is indeed palatial. It's also within easy walking distance of the shopping, giant Macy's Christmas tree and holiday windows in Union Square. Check out Oyster.com's hotel review of the Palace Hotel.
5. The Waldorf Astoria, New York City
Built in 1931 (then the tallest and largest hotel in the world), the Waldorf Astoria retains its stunning art deco grandeur. Every president since FDR has stayed in the presidential suite. The hotel adorns its lobby with poinsettias, garlands and several Christmas trees during the holidays, and Rockefeller Center, known for its giant tree and ice skating during the cold months, is a short walk away. Get the real details and see Oyster.com's hotel review of the Waldorf Astoria.
Fifteen Beacon is one of few Boston hotels located in picturesque Beacon Hill, a quiet area with brick, Federal-style houses, hidden gardens and more than 40 antique shops. All of the 60 rooms come with gas fireplaces, making this a particularly cozy winter pick, and Boston Common (home to a big Christmas tree, dozens of trees strung with lights and ice skating on Frog Pond) is a block away. Read Oyster.com's hotel review of XV Beacon.
3. Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City
The hip Gramercy Park Hotel's velvet-heavy, bohemian-style, plush rooms and its proximity to the Christmas markets at Union Square make it an inviting winter pick. It's a celebrity favorite, so be sure to make reservations if you plan to warm up by the big fireplace in the popular Rose Bar. Get more info and take a look at Oyster.com's hotel review of the Gramercy Park Hotel.
2. The Peninsula Beverly Hills
One of the best hotels — if not the best hotel — in the entire Los Angeles area, the Peninsula accurately bills itself as an "exclusive oasis." You can stock up on pricey Christmas presents for the really (really) special people in your life on Rodeo Drive, which is 6 blocks away. Don't miss out! Check out Oyster.com's hotel review for the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
1. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL
Christmas at Disney World is as magical as it gets. The Grand Floridian, Disney's crown jewel, is as elegant as it is expensive. It features excellent holiday decorations, often including a soaring Christmas tree in the lobby and a 1,000-square-foot, edible gingerbread house. Its prime location on the monorail and the Seven Seas Lagoon also makes it an extremely convenient home base for experiencing the phenomenal holiday decorations and shows at Disney. Before you book you should take a look at Oyster.com's hotel review for The Grand Floridian.