The world is officially in “Countdown to Christmas” mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we’ll be featuring a hotel that’s in a holiday mood–whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves “festive.” Which is why we’re looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that’s super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
The Goring (who, as of two weeks ago, became the only London member of Relais & Châteaux) recently unveiled what is, undoubtedly, London’s most unconventional and quintessentially British Christmas tree.
The tree, called “Christmas Rain,” is part of a collection of Christmas trees created for the hotel by British luxury brands. This one is the focal point, though, standing tall at 30 feet in The Goring’s garden, and designed by a fellow Royal Warrant Holder and Britain’s leading rainwear specialist, Fulton Umbrellas (they’re famous for their see-through umbrellas favored by the Royal Family including Wills and Kate and, we expect, little Prince George will follow in their rain-booted footsteps). Rather than regular glass baubles, the tree is decorated with bespoke Fulton umbrellas (ever-at-the-ready for the traditional Christmas rain shower) and a shimmering shower of mirrored raindrops arranged in a waterfall of crystals, beading and sequins.
For those staying in the hotel’s top suites, the Christmas magic continues in there. Five other luxury retailers—Boodles Jewellery, Rococo Chocolates, Olivia von Halle, Honeyjam Toys, and The Real Flower Company—have created festive Christmas trees that focus on the luxury items that they purvey, such as silk from nightgown designer Olivia von Halle and fresh perfumed flowers to create a Magical Woodland from The Real Flower Company.
If you want to stay at one of these Christmas tree-festooned suites over Christmas, it comes at a price: 1,750 GBP ($2,845) per night for a Belgravia One-Bedroom Suite with breakfast included. If you can do without the tree (but want to keep the breakfast), you’re looking at 370 GBP ($601) for a Delightful Queen Bedded Room.