NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - St. Patrick's Day, which will be celebrated next week, has become a worldwide phenomenon with festivities that occur not only in the United States and Ireland, but also in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Japan.
Website HotelsCombined.com (http:\\www.hotelscombined.com) has come up with a list of the top 10 hotels in the heart of the festivities worldwide. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.
1. La Stampa Hotel and Spa, Dublin, Ireland
Centrally located in the heart of Dublin, this luxurious boutique style townhouse offers Irish enthusiasts a chance to experience firsthand the world's premier St. Patrick's Day Festival, Ireland's largest national celebration.
2. Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel, New York City, New York
Located within the hotel, the Wheeltapper Pub invites parade-watchers to unwind after the largest U.S. St. Patrick's Day parade in this intimate venue decorated with authentic turn-of-the-century memorabilia from Ireland's railroad system.
3. The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
A Chicago icon for more than 80 years, The Drake combines tradition and elegance to create a perfect complement to the city's historic St. Patrick's Day celebration, which begins with the world-famous dyeing green of the Chicago River.
4. The Lenox Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
Travelers commemorate one of the oldest American St. Patrick's Day celebrations with a new spin on "green" in Boston's premier environmentally innovative hotel, which was chosen as one of the five greenest luxury hotels in America by U.S. News & World Report.
5. Hotel Le Crystal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
At the onset of Canada's oldest St. Patrick's Day parade, a giant replica of St. Patrick greets parade-watchers and signals the official start of the festival. Afterwards, visitors enjoy a peaceful and cozy stay at Hotel Le Crystal, located just blocks from the parade route.
6. The Bohemian Hotel Riverfront, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah's foremost luxury hotel blends vintage allure with modern style to create a storied hotel experience. The city's weeklong St. Patrick's Day celebration, which draws more than 400,000 visitors, peaks with a grand parade just one block from the hotel.
7. Tropical Mansion Suites, Montserrat, Caribbean
Considered the "Emerald Isle of the Caribbean," Montserrat has a unique Afro-Irish culture and an impressive weeklong celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Travelers partake in Montserrat's natural beauty with a relaxing stay at the Tropical Mansion Suites.
8. The Arlington Resort, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Nicknamed the "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade," this celebration is truly one-of-a-kind with Irish belly dancers and the Irish Order of Elvis impersonators. After experiencing this quirky parade, visitors relax at the Arlington Resort in historic downtown.
9. Heritage Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
Located underneath the Heritage Hotel, the distinctive Muddy Farmer Pub contains genuine Irish relics and memorabilia, brought to New Zealand from real Irish pubs, which perfectly enhance Auckland's exceptional St. Patrick's Day festivities.
10. Hotel Metropolitan, Tokyo, Japan
While Japan may seem like an unlikely destination for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Tokyo's parade is one of the city's most beloved international events. The Hotel Metropolitan provides travelers with a peaceful urban oasis to unwind in after the parade festivities.
Editing by Miral Fahmy