clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

The 10 Best Dressed Holiday Hotels in New York

View as Map

New York's hotels have decked their halls with every holly jolly thing imaginable?from taxidermic polar bears and snow leopards to tens of thousands of lights and 18-foot-tall Christmas trees. We've mapped out the ten best, and as the city's ritziest hotels host the fanciest decor, most are clustered together near Central Park, but one hotel's over-the-top winter wonderland is worth the trek downtown. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments.

Read More
If you book a reservation through an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Dream Downtown

Copy Link

The Dream Downtown takes the cake for the most over-the-top holiday decor. The hotel has, once again, transformed its lobby into a winter wonderland filled with taxidermic animals owned by taxidermist Frank Zitz. The menagerie includes a polar bear, elk, snow leopard, wolf, and owl, all nestled in a forest of 12' pine trees.

The New York Palace Hotel

Copy Link

For one of the city's grandest hotels, only the most extravagant of decorations will do. The Palace fills its courtyard with a large tree bedazzled with glittering lights, two more trees greet visitors inside the lobby at the top of the grand staircase. More than 1,700 ornaments and 200,000 LED lights were used, and there is 350-feet of hand-spun garland throughout the common spaces made of "magnolia, bay leaves, and old world style ornamentation."

Peninsula Hotel

Copy Link

Outside, the Peninusla Hotel is decked with sparkling garland and two silver carousel reindeer sit atop the awning. Inside, the lobby host several Christmas trees, more reindeer, and every available railing is covered with poinsettias and more garland.

Le Parker Méridien New York

Copy Link

For the fourth year, Le Parker Meridien has filled its lobby with unique, intricate gingerbread sculptures. Egypt's Sphinx, the Lincoln Memorial, Chichen Itza, and more were recreated as edible works of art, but our favorite was the "Candy Crane" replica of One57's dangling construction crane.

The Plaza

Copy Link

The Plaza went with a Great Gatsby theme this year, hiring designer Catherine Martin to decorate the tree. She created a veil of glass snowflakes that hangs around the tree, and hung lights, glittering garland, and bulbs on the 18' tall pine, which stands on a rotating turntable.

Four Seasons Hotel New York

Copy Link

This year, the Four Seasons' ceremonial tree is dressed to the nines, and spotted with a few holiday-themed TY beanie babies.

The St. Regis New York

Copy Link

Two large-scale toy nutcracker greet visitors to the St. Regis, where lighted garland and mini pine trees adorn the entrance. Inside, the hotel's annual Christmas tree sits in the library.

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Copy Link

Every year, the Waldorf Astoria decorates with large wreaths and beautiful trees more than 12' tall that are adorned with handblown glass ornaments and lights.

The Pierre – A Taj Hotel

Copy Link

The Pierre has no shortage of holiday trees. Nearly every common space has at least one, and all are shining bright with lights and ornaments. The trees in the lobby are accompanied by faux fireplaces hung with stockings.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Copy Link

The decor of the legendary Gramercy Park—tapestried walls, velvet furniture, warm jewel tones, leather-topped tables—is fit for a luxurious holiday any day of the week, but for the holidays, the hotel adds to the atmosphere with a glowing Christmas tree and lobby decorations.

Loading comments...

Dream Downtown

The Dream Downtown takes the cake for the most over-the-top holiday decor. The hotel has, once again, transformed its lobby into a winter wonderland filled with taxidermic animals owned by taxidermist Frank Zitz. The menagerie includes a polar bear, elk, snow leopard, wolf, and owl, all nestled in a forest of 12' pine trees.

The New York Palace Hotel

For one of the city's grandest hotels, only the most extravagant of decorations will do. The Palace fills its courtyard with a large tree bedazzled with glittering lights, two more trees greet visitors inside the lobby at the top of the grand staircase. More than 1,700 ornaments and 200,000 LED lights were used, and there is 350-feet of hand-spun garland throughout the common spaces made of "magnolia, bay leaves, and old world style ornamentation."

Peninsula Hotel

Outside, the Peninusla Hotel is decked with sparkling garland and two silver carousel reindeer sit atop the awning. Inside, the lobby host several Christmas trees, more reindeer, and every available railing is covered with poinsettias and more garland.

Le Parker Méridien New York

For the fourth year, Le Parker Meridien has filled its lobby with unique, intricate gingerbread sculptures. Egypt's Sphinx, the Lincoln Memorial, Chichen Itza, and more were recreated as edible works of art, but our favorite was the "Candy Crane" replica of One57's dangling construction crane.

The Plaza

The Plaza went with a Great Gatsby theme this year, hiring designer Catherine Martin to decorate the tree. She created a veil of glass snowflakes that hangs around the tree, and hung lights, glittering garland, and bulbs on the 18' tall pine, which stands on a rotating turntable.

Four Seasons Hotel New York

This year, the Four Seasons' ceremonial tree is dressed to the nines, and spotted with a few holiday-themed TY beanie babies.

The St. Regis New York

Two large-scale toy nutcracker greet visitors to the St. Regis, where lighted garland and mini pine trees adorn the entrance. Inside, the hotel's annual Christmas tree sits in the library.

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Every year, the Waldorf Astoria decorates with large wreaths and beautiful trees more than 12' tall that are adorned with handblown glass ornaments and lights.

The Pierre – A Taj Hotel

The Pierre has no shortage of holiday trees. Nearly every common space has at least one, and all are shining bright with lights and ornaments. The trees in the lobby are accompanied by faux fireplaces hung with stockings.

Gramercy Park Hotel

The decor of the legendary Gramercy Park—tapestried walls, velvet furniture, warm jewel tones, leather-topped tables—is fit for a luxurious holiday any day of the week, but for the holidays, the hotel adds to the atmosphere with a glowing Christmas tree and lobby decorations.