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Baubles are hung, tiny white lights are twinkling from treetops, cheerful carols and soulful violin notes are filling the air. There is magic in the air and it is undeniable that Christmas is well and truly around the corner. Hotel Intel shines a spotlight on a few hotels that have truly captured the festive spirit ingeniously with a determination to infect their guests with Christmas cheer.

The Gingerbread House of Dreams

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Sweet tooths need look no further then the enormous Gingerbread House at the The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel. Constructed by the culinary team, the house stands more than 22 feet high and 23 feet wide, including thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a tonne of royal icing and candy décor.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

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We cannot resist the remarkable 12-foot-tall Christmas tree standing tall at the five-star Hilton Chennai, India. Did we mention a dozen chefs and half-a-dozen carpenters crafted the tree using 250 kilograms of chocolate and ice cubes? Adorned with Santa Claus, snowmen and mini tree ornaments, that happen to be made from icing sugar, the tree took “six days of preparatory work and 14 hours to assemble” an official said. Whoever thought of combining the treasured Christmas tree with delectable chocolate goodness, is indebted with our everlasting admiration.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

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The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at the Reynolds Plantation are concocting nostalgia with an array of traditional activities on offer. The list ranges from smore roasting, ice-skating, gingerbread house-decorating, elf tuck-ins for the kids, breakfast with Santa, and the complimentary Story Time with Mrs. Claus.

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It’s not quite Paris but the light display at Opryland Resort’s Country Christmas is simply dazzling. More then 2 million holiday lights spanning acres of stunning decorations, lend to the resort becoming an annual holiday destination for more than 1 million visitors

A Taste Down Memory Lane

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Fancy taking your palette to a Christmas feast experienced in 1914? The staff at Pitlochry’s Atholl Palace Hotel have uncovered the Christmas dinner offered 100 years ago and have decided to revive the menu items to raise cash for the Royal British Legion. The original menu boasts Cold Sliced Beef Tongue, Young Turkey with Giblet Grave, Pumpkin Pie, Amontillado Sherry and of course to finish off, a fine selection of cigars.

We at Hotel Intel encourage our readers to jump into the festive sprit and wish you a very merry Christmas.