Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg
Every year Hotel Astoria surprises its guests with unique Christmas trees and this year is no exception, the hotel’s tree is by legendary fashion house Dior.
The design is dedicated to Italian folk art - Luminaria and the Dior Cruise 2021 collection. The tree is decorated with 300 ornaments in bright colours to reflect the collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, dedicated to her home region - Lecce.
The Dior Christmas tree at Hotel Astoria is located in the very heart of the hotel, Rotonda Lounge, and will continue to create a fashionable festive atmosphere until 14 January 2021.
Hotel Amigo, Brussels
Famous Belgian designer and artist Charles Kaisin has partnered with the city of Brussels and Hotel Amigo to create monumental origami creations to celebrate the festive season. Visitors can follow the origami “birds” from the “Îlot Sacré” through to the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and the Grand-Place before ending at Hotel Amigo.
Charles Kaisin’s breath taking flight of golden origami birds await guests in the grand lobby as an enchanting spiral that makes its way from the reception desk to the tree mirroring a sensational flock of doves to symbolise peace and solidarity.
Guests who book Hotel Amigo’s Christmas offer will receive a golden origami signed by designer Charles Kaisin to remember their holiday spent in the wonderful city of Brussels.
Brown’s Hotel, London
Brown’s Hotel has teamed up with in-house florist, Ellie Hartley, who has taken inspiration from this challenging year, has created an enchanting fairy-tale like woodland Christmas tree using wild evergreen and lichen, pinecones, eucalyptus pods and cedar trees echoing a rustic feel throughout the hotel. Ellie’s aim was to symbolise nature throughout while still embodying the traditional and long heritage of comfort and sophistication of the hotel.
Roaring fires and a resident pianist playing Christmas carols accompany the hotel’s award winning traditional afternoon tea. Over at Charlie’s, where the decorations have followed a slightly more traditional theme, a special menu is available in the lead up to Christmas and on the day itself including venison wellington and whole roast goose. No visit to Brown’s is complete without dropping in on its stylish drinking den, the Donovan Bar, serving impeccable festive-inspired cocktails alongside a new and innovative food menu with dishes including seasonal cheese plates, crudité and olive tapenade, ricotta gnudi and sole goujons.
Those choosing to celebrate the festive season at Brown’s can book the starry suites package that includes a £100 dining credit at Charlie’s.
The Balmoral in Edinburgh has partnered with contemporary designer Strathberry this festive season to celebrate the best of home-grown Scottish luxury. Strathberry opens its first Scottish flagship store on Multrees Walk this December and in collaboration with The Balmoral, has adorned the sparkling trees in the hotel's famous Palm Court with decorations of the signature gold Strathberry bar which appears on the brand's designs. Guests can experience Afternoon Tea throughout the festive season under the decorated trees with a special sweet treat inspired by the brand. The collaboration between The Balmoral and Strathberry follows HRH The Duchess of Cambridge carrying a clutch bag from the brand when she stepped out in Edinburgh this week on a UK tour.
The hotel's traditional tree in the heart of the lobby features decorations in blue hues as a thank you to the NHS for all that it has contributed to our lives this year.
Discover more about The Balmoral this festive season here
Hotel de Russie, Rome
The well-known Roman florists, Sebastian Flowers, has set up a Christmas pop-up shop at Hotel de Russie alongside their creatively imaginative Christmas decorations. Upon entering the hotel guests will find different coloured displays of traditional Christmas colours such as deep reds and shiny golds to symbolise love, passion, magic, grandeur and prosperity in hopes of evoking a feeling of nostalgia for visitors to remember the “good old days”.
World-renowned chef, Fulvio Pierangelini has created special holiday menus for guests to enjoy in the hotel or at home complete with a special arrangement by Sebastian Flowers to feel as if they are part of the Hotel de Russie Christmas experience. For more information, visit Hotel de Russie’s festive page here
Hotel de la Ville, Rome
Alongside Hotel de la Ville’s sister hotel, Hotel de Russie, Sebastian Flowers has also expressively decorated the hotel with the wish that when guests enter the lobby they are stepping into a “wave” of Christmas decorations. The Ocean is this year’s Christmas theme and the ornaments all tell a story. The oyster ornament with pearl symbolizes obstacles that must be overcome to get to hope, and the seahorse ornament is a sign of luck, a good fortune charm, and also considered to be a symbol of strength and power. From brunch to dinner, Fulvio Pierangilini has guests and locals covered with dining available in the hotel’s restaurant, Mosaico, or home delivery can be arranged. For more information visit: Hotel de la Ville's Festive page
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 15 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de la Ville, Rocco Forte House & Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
Future openings: The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai and Villa Igiea, Palermo in 2021. The Carlton Milan in 2023.