19 Top Bucket List Hotel Experiences Around the World
Why not take in the best festivals and parties around the world while staying in the perfect hotel—and the perfect room? Here’s your bucket list guide.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Courtesy Four Points by Sheraton
Visitors at Oktoberfest need not go far to reach the Four Points by Sheraton Munich Central, which is the closest hotel to the main fairgrounds. Its rooms book up quickly—often nearly a year in advance—thanks to its excellent location. A recent renovation touched up all corners of the hotel including in the Wanderbar, where you can enjoy even more beer surrounded by photos of iconic Munich locations. Any of the fifth-floor studio rooms, like 508, overlook the fairgrounds (some even come with small balconies).
NCAA Final Four in Atlanta
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Next year will be the fifth time that Atlanta hosts the Final Four, but it’s expected to be the first time a basketball game will be played at Mercedes Benz Stadium, which was built in 2017. Staying at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis will take a lot of the guesswork out of the experience. Not only is it within one mile to the stadium—an easy walk, especially considering the average temp in April in Atlanta doesn’t dip below 49 fahrenheit—Marriott International is an Official NCAA Corporate Partner for the NCAA Final Four and across all 90 NCAA championships. The hotel boasts a 47-story atrium, views of downtown, and an indoor/outdoor pool.
New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia
Courtesy Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney enjoys a perfect position across from the harborfront. It is one of the few hotels to enjoy commanding views of both Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. There are lots of exceptional New Year’s Eve events taking place around the world worth traveling to see in person. New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a highly sought-after experience, especially from the coveted Horizon Premier Grand Harbour rooms, like room 3313.
Tour de France in the Champagne Valley, France
Courtesy of Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
The new five-star Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa offers an exclusive package for this world-famous, three-week cycling race. From the hotel balcony, you can watch as the racers toil up the famous Col de Champillon climb this July. As part of a two-night offer, fans can take part in a morning bike excursion that follows the actual route of the race, summer lunch for two at the famed Le Bellevue restaurant with a complimentary bottle of champagne (that’s in addition to the bottle awaiting guests when they check into their room).
Fashion Week in Milan, Italy
Courtesy Baglioni Hotels
Terrace Suites 310 and 435 at the Baglioni Hotel Carlton in Milan come with a canopied and furnished balcony overlooking the famous Via della Spiga, where some of the city’s most famous designer stores are located. During Milan Fashion Week, many top designers hold functions at stores and hotels in the neighborhood, including at the Baglioni Hotel Carlton, making it one of the best home bases for those into fashion. In fact, the hotel’s new Assoluto Program is designed to immerse guests into the local culture; the staff can coordinate a visit to a local fashion designer for one-on-one tailor sessions.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Lousiana
Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Room 333 and Executive suite 311 at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans offer incredible views of the Mardi Gras parades that traverse Canal Street. The hotel’s position, directly on the main thoroughfare, makes it convenient for guests to feel in the heart of it all during the city’s biggest event. No need to search for taxis to get around when you are so close to the parades. Check out these 11 unforgettable bucket list trips that won’t break the bank.
Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain
Courtesy Ayre Hoteles – Only YOU Hotels
According to the Tourist Office of Spain, the Ayre Astoria Palace puts you in the center of the Fallas festivities; you can’t get much closer to the mascletas (daily daytime fireworks) at City Hall and other festivities during Valencia’s famous Las Fallas. During the annual March festival, this hotel is a beehive of activity for both tourists and in-the-know Spaniards; in the past, it was home base for bullfighters and their entourages.
Christmas Markets in Budapest
Courtesy Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection
Some of the closest rooms to the famous Christmas Markets in Budapest are at Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection, where guests can walk less than a minute to reach St. Stephen’s Square. From the North Panorama Terrace of the hotel’s High Note Skybar, guests can enjoy 360-degree views of the city including the glistening lights of the Christmas Market Stalls.
International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China
Courtesy Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
The Shangri-La Hotel in Harbin, China is the perfect home base for those attending the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. After spending the day exploring the carefully sculpted and beautifully illuminated frozen creations, guests can enjoy hot pot and cocktails in a palace made of ice back at the hotel. Don’t miss these other unique hotels you can stay in around the world.
The Great Migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park
Courtesy Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp
At Elewana Collection’s Serengeti Migration Camp, you will have the best chance to witness one of nature’s most wondrous events: the migration of herds of wildebeest storming across the savannah. Often, they wander quite close to the camp. Many of the camp’s accommodations showcase the perfect view to watch the migration, although the season in which you travel will determine how much of the spectacle you see. July through October is the optimal time. Room 15 is the highest, making it the best option for viewing animals in the distance. If it’s more close-up action you prefer, room 16 has an open view of the river where some of the animals come to graze and drink water.