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Seven Southern Hotels Offering In-Room Holiday Cheer

Why stop decking the halls at the lobby?

A silver tray with chocolates and hot chocolate

Photo: courtesy of the French Quarter Inn

Christmas treats from the French Quarter Inn in Charleston, South Carolina.

What’s more festive than a grand hotel lobby full of twinkling lights, poinsettias, and a big Christmas tree? A cozy hotel room full of twinkling lights, poinsettias, and a small Christmas tree. These seven hotels prove it.

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French Quarter Inn

Charleston, South Carolina

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The Sleigh Bell Suite package at this Holy City hotel brings a cheerful Christmas tree, fresh-baked holiday cookies, an eggnog bar, and spiced rum and bourbon to your room. There’s a fireplace to add to the ambiance, and each stay includes a $100 donation to St. Jude Research Hospital, the chosen charity of musician (and Charleston native) Darius Rucker.

Oak Hall Bed and Breakfast

Vicksburg, Mississippi

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The entire town of Vicksburg transforms into a Hallmark movie setting this time of year (hometown love interest not necessarily included), and Oak Hall Bed and Breakfast extends the theme to its private quarters, including the white-accented “I’m Dreaming of White Christmas” room and the reindeer-adorned “Great Outdoors” suite.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Amelia Island, Florida

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Draped in glittering garlands, frosted pine cones, and a sparkling tree, the Ritz’s Atlantic Suite gets a magical makeover come December. But the best part? The hotel’s pastry team crafts their most extravagant gingerbread houses for the occasion.

Hotel Washington

Washington, D.C.

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D.C. might be known as a serious town, but the Hotel Washington’s Whoville Hideout Suite brings a dose of whimsy courtesy of grinch-themed decor, bedding, and a tree. It’s the quirkiest place to stay while taking in the town’s famous seasonal sights, including the National Christmas Tree and the White House Christmas decorations.

The Westin Poinsett

Greenville, South Carolina

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Let your inner Kevin McCallister run wild at this grand century-old hotel in downtown Greenville. While the lobby decor is elegant and traditional, the festivities take a fun-filled turn with the Home Alone Experience package, which includes room service ice cream sundaes, a limo ride with pizza, and ice skating downtown.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando 


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Christmas in Florida is perennially popular even without the snow, and the talented elves at the Waldorf Astoria transform the hotel’s Holiday Suites into extravagant retreats (themes include Sparkle & Shine and Cool Christmas). The festive atmosphere continues with a Holiday Royal Tea Experience and a holiday-themed poolside cabana.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans 

New Orleans

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New Orleans is another magical if snow-less destination for the holidays, and the suites at this Canal Street landmark come elaborately decorated with a tree and all the trimmings. It’s the perfect home base for the hotel’s gingerbread house workshop or Papa Noel Tea.