Friday, January 18, 2019

Deck the hotel halls

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again, and with many guests travelling over the holiday season Accomnews spoke with AccorHotels about what accommodation providers are getting up to over Christmas and New Year’s, and what guests are looking for in terms of accommodation, entertainment and dining.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Hotels across Sydney are reportedly readying themselves for a range of corporate Christmas celebrations, family affairs and festive Christmas day lunches, as well as month-long Santa appearances amongst the decked-out hotel halls.

“This year, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is hosting a snowy Christmas Day Luncheon in the historic Wentworth Ballroom, proudly presented by Disney,” AccorHotels announced.

“Guests will enter a magical ‘Winter Wonderland’ and celebrate Christmas traditions along with special guests from Arendelle.”

Family Christmas celebrations are a popular occurrence within hotels this season, with celebrations such as the Frozen-themed Christmas at the Sofitel happening across the country.

Corporate Christmas parties and end-of-year events are currently kicking off for the year, with hotel restaurants and bars beginning festive decorating and introducing Christmas menus and specials.

“Novotel Sydney Parramatta’s hotel chef has created a Christmas-inspired menu for lunch and dinner especially for the occasion,” AccorHotels reported.

A number of hotels also host families, travellers and individuals on Christmas or Boxing Day for a holiday meal. Traditional Christmas menus continue to be popular on these days, with several Australian hotels offering an extensive seafood or roast buffet lunch. The popularity of sharing plates is on the rise this year in the food and beverage scene, with a recent increase in the popularity of tapas style restaurants.

AccorHotels described various hotels’ atmospheres as being ‘formal’, ‘festive’ or more ‘relaxed’, with different guests and diners looking for different ways to celebrate the season. Some hotels have extended the days that Christmas lunches are available to cater to a wider range of guests, with hotels such as ibis Sydney Airport offering a Christmas lunch or dinner from December 24 to 26, and the Swissotel Sydney offering Christmas-style dining right throughout December.

Across other states, the offering is much the same, featuring roast dinners, seafood buffets and Christmas desserts. Some hotels are putting their own spin on the festivities, with Mr Good Guy at ibis styles Hobart pairing their Christmas lunch with Asian street foods, and donating part of the profits to Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Live entertainment is also a major feature at many hotels this Christmas and New Year’s, with the Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Mercure Gold Coast, and other big-name accommodation providers offering live music for guests to enjoy during a meal or drinks. 

Getting ready for a happy New Year…

While hotels with a view are undoubtedly popular for New Year’s celebrations, accommodation providers around the country are expecting big celebrations and full guest rooms on New Year’s Eve.

Hotels such as the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, and the Quay West Sydney Suites all offer a view of the iconic Sydney Harbour fireworks, and will offer guests specialty food and beverages to accompany the view on offer.

Other accommodation providers, such as Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains, will offer a different style of dining and accommodation, with a degustation dinner, live music and an accompanying wine menu for guests and visitors.

About Lauren Butler

Lauren Butler is a junior journalist here at accomnews. You can reach her at any time with news, opinions and submissions.

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