If your winter getaway isn’t complete without a spin around the rink, consider booking a hotel where you won’t even need to leave the property to lace up your skates. Here are five hotels where you can show off your on-ice moves this holiday season — whether you’re a guest or not.
Hotel del Coronado. Want the wintery tradition of ice skating but with the Southern California perk of ocean views? Hotel del Coronado turns its lawn into a rink that’s just steps from the beach. Skating is available in three-hour sessions in the afternoon and evening, with an earlier session on the weekend and every day after December 17. Hit the ice before it closes January 1.
The Standard. This rink in New York’s meatpacking district is open all winter, and so is the Kaffeehaus stand that serves waffles and crepes as well as hot chocolate and cider, which can be spiked upon request. Ice skating is open from noon until about midnight during the week and starts at 9 a.m. on weekends. Catch a hockey tournament or just people-watch as you skate — the rink draws a stylish crowd.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. This might be the only ice skating rink where you’ll see gondoliers gliding beside the ice. The Four-Star hotel’s synthetic rink sits over the outdoor canal and doesn’t require electricity or refrigeration, but it still has plenty of holiday ambiance thanks to the lights strung above. Skating is open for 30-minute sessions until January 8.
The St. Regis Atlanta. The hotel’s Astor Holiday Rink is named after the famous family that founded The St. Regis New York and set up an ice skating rink in its Manhattan ballroom. This rink is outdoors and serves up hot cocoa, mulled wine, s’mores and cheese fondue for that after-skating appetite. Reservations are recommended for skating, which is open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and starts an hour earlier on weekends, until they close for the season on January 3.
W Los Angeles-Westwood. For skating with a chic touch, the hotel turns their pool deck into a hybrid rink surrounded by loungey cabanas outfitted with purple draperies and metallic accents. Skaters can take a break by ordering seasonal cocktails, desserts or even steak tartare while kids decorate gingerbread men. It’s truly a Los Angeles-style winter wonderland — complete with faux snowfall every hour.
Photos courtesy Hotel del Coronado and W Los Angeles-Westwood