Who says you need to get on a plane for the perfect holiday getaway? We’ve narrowed down the best and (mostly) local hotels that celebrate the holidays with an all-out festive bang. Scroll down to discover the destinations in and near LA, dedicated to hosting you for the merriest Christmas ever!
photo: Holly Jolly Day
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE: Located in bustling DTLA, JW Marriott transforms for the season with opulent décor and interactive experiences meant to shower your family with holiday cheer the moment you arrive. Guests enjoy world-class amenities such as access to the full-service spa and fitness center, outdoor heated pool and an array of dining options. And if that’s not enough, L.A. Live and the Staples Center are just a few short steps away for more entertainment options.
On Saturday, Dec. 16 the third-annual Holly Jolly Day emerges with a morning feast fit for mini royalty. At this event, you’ll find seasonal culinary treats like chocolate fountains, a cookie decoration station, private ice skating access plus a visit from Santa that includes a meet-and-greet and photo session.
Parents, don’t forget to head over to the inaugural life-size Gingerbread Bar consisting of 1,300 lbs. of spiced cookie dough and delight in seasonal cocktail tastings and mixology classes. This edible wonder is adorned with bar tools and bottles made exclusively from candy.
Through December, the Exclusive Holiday Shopping Package offers a deluxe room, a $50 gift card to Macy’s and a $50 hotel credit per night.
We’re pretty sure this will be one of your sweetest vacations!
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
Cost: Rate start at $299 per night
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
photo: Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel: Leave it to this Beverly Hills property to roll out the red carpet and make it a season to remember. Families who book their stay here experience the epitome of glamour and luxury. The Signature Room comfortably sleeps a family of four and offers a mobile app to facilitate service requests like terrycloth robes and slippers, Ferragamo amenities and twice daily housekeeping. Rodeo Drive is a stone’s throw which makes this vacation the premier destination for locals (and tourists) alike.
This season, the Hotel lobby transforms into a magical holiday wonderland, featuring a 12-foot Douglas fir. Kids can marvel at the edible life-sized gingerbread house big enough to pop into for selfies. The house also offers holiday gifts for purchase like caramel popcorn and gingerbread emoji cookies. For the first time in 15 years (and running until Christmas), guests are invited to enjoy roasted chestnuts as snow falls from the porte cochère every evening. At the famed outdoor patio, guests can gather around the fireplace and indulge in an exclusive menu and cocktail list that offers family-friendly items such as hot cocoa and fondue.
Perhaps the biggest draw for parents is the festive ‘12 Days of Spa-liday’. From Dec. 13 through Dec. 25, The Spa at Beverly Wilshire offers daily gifts, discounted treatments and upgrades. Oh and moms, add the ‘Pretty Woman for a Day’ experience to your Christmas wishlist! You can thank us later.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
Cost: Rates start at $550 per night
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
photo: Mission Inn
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa welcomes the holiday season with its 25th Annual Festival of Lights celebration, featuring one of the nation’s most adored light displays that will wow both children and parents alike. Though the lights are the main attraction here, the experience is enhanced by “Dickens carolers; appearances by Santa, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees; and delectable holiday confections at the famous Casey’s Cupcakes.”
This heavenly destination is what Christmas dreams are made of. Not only can kids can dine with Santa by day, they can be tucked into bed by his elves at night; complete with a small present and bedtime story.
Want to really splurge this year? Book a two-night special package (rates start at $1000) like “Sweet Dreams Suite” that includes turndown amenity for four with choice of hot cocoa or milk, $200 Dining credit dining credit towards any of their restaurants, a Casey’s Cupcakes doll and an elf tuck-in.
The Mission Inn feels so much like Christmas, we wouldn’t be surprised if this were Santa’s secret hideaway!
The Misson Inn Hotel and Spa
Cost: Rates start at $250 per night
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
photo: La Quinta Resort and Club
La Quinta Resort & Club: During the holidays, this world-renowned Palm Springs resort transforms into a quaint Christmas village adorned with twinkling lights and festive scenery. No matter where you find yourself in the resort, it feels, smells and looks so much like Christmas, you’ll almost forget your in the desert. From the spectacular tree to the aroma of roasting chestnuts in the lobby, the holiday spirit is palpable.
Kiddos can meet Santa for breakfast during their stay and spend time creating fun holiday arts and crafts. In addition to the holiday festivities, there’s a children’s playground adjacent to the main pool and a daily Kids Kamp to keep their (and your) spirits merry and bright.
By day, parents enjoy a few rounds of golf, a dip in the natural springs and a heavenly spa experience. Parents seeking a romantic dinner at night under the mistletoe can rely on the resort’s nightly child-care services.
With amenities, this good, booking La Quinta Resort and Club should be on everyone’s Christmas wish list.
La Quinta Resort & Club
Cost: Rates start at $180 per night
49499 Eisenhower Dr.
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