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6 Slick & Sensational Ice-Skating Rinks

Wintertime fun does not always have to include snowy slopes and enchanted forests covered in deep snow. You can also make the most of this chilly time of year gliding—or simply slipping and sliding—across the ice with your BFFs and loved ones.

Whether you're ready to perfect your double axel or just want to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while watching others take a turn on the ice, here are six lovely locales (and the best places to stay) to strap on your skates this winter.


Paris, France

Situated on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the elegant Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris features a Dior Institute spa, five restaurants, a cocktail bar and its very own seasonal ice-skating rink. After experiencing a perfect winter day in Paris, guests can relax at the spa, while ice skating enthusiasts of all ages can have a memorable experience on the hotel's cosy, boutique rink.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Travellers visiting the Dutch capital, should not miss the unique ice-skating rink on Amsterdam’s Museumplein available from the 18th of November. The rink stays open until the beginning of February and occupies the pond in front of the iconic Rijksmuseum.

The Conservatorium Hotel is right across the street from the Museumplein and offers unique design accommodation with extensive wellness facilities.


Vail, USA

From skiing to snowboarding and snowshoeing to ice skating, there is no shortage of winter activities in Vail, Colorado. Located only five minutes from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, the luxurious  Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort  has its own outdoor ice-skating rink during the winter months. Travellers who don’t want to practice their skating moves in public can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by the outdoor fire pit or an après-ski cocktail on the terrace


London, United Kingdom 

The beautiful English capital hosts a number of ice-skating rinks throughout the city, with the rink at Somerset House being a fan favourite thanks to its unique location and magical atmosphere.

Only 200 metres away from Somerset House, Exeter Street London Apartment offers elegant apartments with a fully equipped kitchen for cooking up a home-cooked holiday meal and a terrace for taking in the stunning city views.


Chicago, USA

Take your skates to the Windy City and immerse yourself in a unique, rooftop winter wonderland with stunning views. Located along The Magnificent Mile, the stylish The Peninsula Chicago is home to a stunning rooftop ice-skating rink – the Peninsula Sky Rink. Nestled between Chicago’s stunning skyscrapers, the hotel’s beautiful rink donates all of its proceeds to children's charities in Chicago.


Ottawa, Canada

Known as the largest skating rink in the world, the scenic Rideau Canal is a great place to practice your jumps and twirls during the winter period. The canal is almost 8 kilometres long and the access to the rink is free.

After spending the day gliding on ice, you can warm up at the nearby Sheraton Ottawa Hotel  in downtown Ottawa, which is also close to Parliament Hill and ByWard Market.