Holiday travel: Hotels with shopping incentives
Calling all fashionistas: With the holidays in full swing, why not plan a shopping weekend? We’re not talking the Saturday jaunt to the mall with your best girlfriend, but a relaxing weekend away at a stylish hotel in the city, where you can shop all day and lounge luxuriously at night (after dinner and drinks, and maybe spa treatments). The following chic hotels in cities known for fabulous shopping — Los Angeles, Chicago and, of course, New York — offer amazing discounts at the best stores and boutiques in town. Just don’t forget your cash or credit cards. Happy holiday shopping!
Celebrities love the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, and now there's even more reason to visit: the hotel's famed "Secrets of the Fashion District" shopping package.
Whether you're looking for the perfect holiday gifts or want to shop till you drop, this ultimate fashionista shopping package will take you on a whirlwind three-hour shopping tour, guided by an expert fashion stylist, through L.A.'s Fashion District. The tour will take you to the best stores and boutiques for designer clothing, accessories, costume jewelry and more. Then you'll return to the Biltmore for a signature cocktail and to relax in your stylishly appointed guest room. Rooms start at $249 per night.
Where to dine: The lavish hotel is also known for two excellent on-site restaurants: Smeraldi's (think organic steaks and homemade pastas inspired by southern Italian cuisine) and Sai Sai (creative pan-Asian cuisine and sushi). The hotel is equally famous for its afternoon tea served in the Rendezvous Court, which was the original hotel lobby.