It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and while that can mean cosying up at home, it’s also a great reason to get away on a festive trip. From the twinkling lights of London to the winter wonderland of Banff in Canada, check out these picks from our expert panel of travel bloggers for festive hotels for a fantastic Christmas away.

Our panel

Claridge’s, London

Chosen by: Drew and Julie from Drive on the Left

Claridge’s in London really comes to life around the holiday season. The iconic hotel, with its Art Deco design, is all done up with lights and decorations come December. Claridge’s also offers a special festive menu to help put you in the holiday spirit, and it’s a short walk from Hyde Park, with its annual Winter Wonderland festival.”

If you want to see more hotels in London, visit our London hotels page.


Cashel House Hotel, Galway, Ireland

Chosen by: Hilary from Hilary Finlay

“The idea of a festive Christmas for me means a joyful and convivial setting. Cashel House Hotel in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway epitomises the traditional Christmas. Lots of chatter amongst guests relaxing and enjoying mulled wine and champagne; banquets and brunches; afternoon teas and festive dinners all prepared and served with courtesy and a smile. What could be more charming than a Christmas with all the trimmings, such as sparkling decorations all imbued with the scents of holly and ivy? Definitely top of my Christmas list!”

If you want to see more hotels in Galway, visit our Galway hotels page.


Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Wenatchee, Washington

Chosen by: Katie and Ben from Two Wandering Soles

“If you’ve ever dreamt of spending the holidays in a Christmas village, then Leavenworth, Washington should be on your bucket list. Located two and a half hours from Seattle, this Bavarian-styled village is beyond charming. With the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop and Christmas lights as far as the eye can see, this town will truly warm your heart. Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is just outside town in a magical setting. Soak in the hot tub, enjoy a delicious dinner and try snowshoeing under the stars at this beautiful getaway.”

If you want to see more hotels in Leavenworth, visit our Leavenworth hotels page.


Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Canada

Chosen by: Roxanne from Luxe in a City

“Nothing beats a white Christmas, and the Fairmont Banff Springs is a historic castle-style building nestled in the centre of the snowy Canadian Rockies, not far from breath-taking Lake Louise. Since the hotel is surrounded by Banff National Park, you can enjoy the winter holidays on a guided mountain tour or a horse-drawn sleigh ride. If that’s not enough, try skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating or snowmobiling, or get pampered at the hotel’s luxury spa. It’s great for everyone in the family and just what’s needed for the perfect Christmas holidays.”

If you want to see more hotels in Banff, visit our Banff hotels page.

Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Chosen by: Amy from Amy West Travel

“Cookie-decorating, stories by the fireside and breakfast with Santa are just a few of the reasons Christmastime at Village Hotel at Biltmore Estate stands out. Decorated to the rafters with the most festive holiday décor, the Village Hotel is the perfect getaway to experience the magic of the holidays in the South. While on the property, be sure to tour the Biltmore Estate for a peek at what it was like celebrating this joyous occasion with the Vanderbilts. Finally, a trip to the Biltmore isn’t complete without a tour and tasting at the estate’s winery, conveniently located just steps from the hotel.”

If you want to see more hotels in Asheville, visit our Asheville hotels page.

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