ADVERTORIAL • November 2022

’Tis the season… to hibernate with Marriott Bonvoy

Sarah Jappe
Sarah Jappy


Baby, it’s cold outside – so let’s have a hotel hibernation with Marriott Bonvoy®, featuring marshmallow-soft duvets, crackling fireplaces, giant bath tubs, pampering spas, delicious food, plus bonus Christmas markets. Here are five firm favourites, with Avios perks as the icing on the lebkuchen.

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W Verbier

W Verbier, Switzerland
Check in, drop your bags and hit the slopes within moments. Perched at 1,531m, W Verbier (above and opening image) is a pole’s throw from the Médran Gondola access point. Alternatively, cosy up by the fireplace in each of the hotel’s 123 rooms and suites, and starfish on the Signature W bed, featuring goose-down bedding, 350-thread-count sheets and a W pillow menu. W brings the W-ow factor throughout, updating the classic Swiss ski aesthetic with pops of colour and irreverent artworks. Pre- and aprés-ski options include the AWAY spa with its indoor/outdoor pool, plus six restaurants and drinking dens, including Eat-Hola Tapas Bar and W Off Piste. Let Verbier entice you out for Christmas markets, festive fun and the joyful annual Santa Ski event.
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The Socialist

The Socialist, Copenhagen
If anywhere should have good heating and electricity this winter, it is The Socialist, set in a former transformer station – with all the glowering industrial chic to prove it. Admirable original features abound, including lustrous bronze slats and hefty green iron doors. On the cosy side, rooms feature plush carpets, strokable fabrics and pillow-top beds inspired by first-class airline cabins. Additional first-class features include the brilliant Bobo Food Studio, captained by Boris Buono, who has a thing for open-fire cooking. Don’t miss his multi-course tasting menu, starring seasonal dishes such as steamed blue mussels with smoked-tomato bisque. You’ll also want to spend a generous chunk of time at the bar, sampling the head barman’s liquid wizardry. Save room for caramelised almonds, æbleskiver (battered apple slices) and mulled wine at Tivoli Gardens’ magical Christmas market.
Marriott Bonvoy® bonus: best rates guaranteed, free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in, Avios.

Matild Palace Budapest

Matild Palace, Budapest
This hotel has royal pedigree. It’s housed in one of two Unesco-listed mansions built in 1902, at the behest of Princess Marie Adelheid Amalie Clotilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Ageing very gracefully, Matild Palace sparkles from an extensive five-year renovation. In its new hotel incarnation, historic charm shines through, with original features such as Zsolnay ceramics, Gyula Jungfer wrought-iron gates and Miksa Róth stained-glass windows. Bedrooms survey the Danube, Elisabeth Bridge and Buda Castle; bathrooms and the Swan Spa glitter with blue mosaic tiles, in honour of Budapest’s bathhouses. There’s a buzzing restaurant helmed by Wolfgang Puck, plus iconic Matild Café & Cabaret: enjoy coffee and creamy eszterházy (hazelnut, meringue and custard torte). Outside, get twinkly at St Stephen’s Basilica’s charming Adventi Ünnep a Bazilikánál market.
Marriott Bonvoy® bonus: best rates guaranteed, free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in, Avios.

Hotel Luc

Hotel Luc, Autograph Collection, Berlin
Discover Berlin’s Prussian past – reinterpreted through a quirky modern lens – at the handsome Hotel Luc, which pays tribute to King Frederick the Great, aka ‘Old Fritz’. Old Fritz was a fan of potatoes and so is the hotel: starchy tubers feature in porcelain form and make multiple appearances, embellished with a blaze of golden glory, in Hotel Luc’s brilliant artworks. Prussian Blue – a dark, inky hue invented by paint-maker Johann Jacob Diesbach in Berlin around 1706 – bedecks the hotel’s walls and furnishings, lending a simultaneous sense of gravitas and decadence throughout. Discover modern cuisine with special touches in the HERITAGE Berlin restaurant, or make a beeline for artisan gifts and gourmet cuisine, served in heated tents, at the city’s luxurious Weihnachts Zauber market at nearby Bebelplatz.
Marriott Bonvoy® bonus: best rates guaranteed, free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in, Avios.

Ritz Carlton Vienna

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
You know a hotel has the goods when its charms include a crystal ballroom. Spanning not one, not two, not three, but four 19th-century palaces, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is as luxurious as hotels get. Lures include: 201 bedrooms (including 43 superlative suites), a swish fitness centre, an 18m swimming pool playing calming underwater music, and an opulent spa with Susanne Kaufmann elixirs. As anyone who has enjoyed schnitzel or sachertorte knows, Vienna takes eating seriously – and so does the hotel. Savour prime cuts at Dstrikt Steakhouse, Sicilian small plates at Pastamara – Bar con Cucina, and cocktails with Viennese views at D-Bar. For festive fun, follow the aroma of roasted chestnuts to the nearby Christkindlmarkt in front of Rathaus City Hall.
Marriott Bonvoy® bonus: best rates guaranteed, free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in, Avios.

Cosy up this winter with the British Airways and Marriott Bonvoy partnership, and pick from 8,000+ participating hotels and all-inclusive resorts across the globe. It’s snuggle time.

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