The Queen Marry
Long Beach, CA, USA
6 Hotels in North America Perfect for a Winter BreakA winter break is one of the most worthwhile things you can invest in. Of course, summer holidays are great, but let’s face facts: winter can be dull and miserable, so a vacation somewhere exciting could be just what you need to enliven the greyest months.
If you find yourself struggling through winter, then a winter holiday might just be the solution you need. Just getting away, enjoying a change of scenery, and playing slot games on your phone rather than worrying about work can be all it takes to blow away the cobwebs and re-energise you for the months ahead. Even better, you can stay in a hotel so good you don’t need to venture outdoors if the weather is being frightful. Thankfully, there are plenty of hotels to choose from in North America -- but which have the biggest cool factor?
The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA.
Do you want a hotel with history? What about one that was used to ferry world leaders across the Atlantic during World War II? Yes, the Queen Mary was once an ocean-going liner. Now moored off the shores of California, it’s a functioning hotel with guided tours, along with themed restaurants and bars serving fish and chips and high tea.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada
Located in Quebec, Hotel de Glace really is one of North America’s coolest hotels, because it’s made of ice. See what we did there? Cool, ice? Okay, never mind: the hotel is still amazing even without the bad puns. With 36 rooms, each stocked with Arctic-style sleeping bags, it’s a unique hotel that’s glorious to look at. It’s open from December through March, after which it melts and has to be reconstructed for the next year.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Fla.
This underwater hotel - the only one in the world - is named for the legendary sci-fi writer Jules Verne. Don’t worry, it’s not 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea; it’s more like thirty feet down, but you do have to scuba dive to get to your room. Once there, you’ve got a stunning view as fish swim by your porthole, while the on-site “mer-chef” cooks up a range of specialties.
Featherbed Railroad, Nice, CA.
Bear with this one, because a stationary railway truck may not sound like a pleasurable holiday, but trust us. Featherbed Railroad really is incredible, with themed cars from which you can take your pick. The art-deco-inspired Orient Express truck is not to be missed, adding a touch of class and luxury to a unique hotel stay.
Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton, Canada
Back to the depths of the frozen north for this hotel, ideal for the young and the young-at-heart. Fantasyland Hotel has 355 rooms, of which 120 are themed. Concepts for the themed rooms range from Polynesian to Victorian, as well as a literal out-of-this-world Space room -- so there’s plenty of variety to choose from. Along with your incredible room, the hotel also throws in free movie passes, as well as free use of the waterpark and its huge swimming pool.
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV.
Las Vegas may not be by the beach, but the motto at Mandalay Bay is “If you can’t go to the beach, we’ll bring the beach to you”. They have three swimming pools, of which the standout is the 1.6 million-gallon wave pool. If you want the beach combined with the heat of the desert, you can’t go far wrong here.
If you want cool hotels in North America, you can’t go far wrong with one of the above.