For those wishing to truly immerse themselves into local culture, arts and festivities, Carnival is the perfect time to explore many cities across the world. With over 9,000 hotels in more than 80 countries, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has picked a selection of hotels as the perfect base to join this year’s celebrations. From the world’s renowned extravaganza of Rio de Janeiro Carnival, to the iconic Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wyndham’s hotels are there to welcome guests every step of the way.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans (US): 22nd February – 6th March
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is notorious for being an unforgettable, energetic celebration of culture. This Carnival gives tourists the chance to celebrate like locals, dress up in costume, eat famous Southern cuisine and catch colourful Mardi Gras beads through the bustling crowds. With many activities centred on the lively Bourbon Street, Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter is the perfect base for travellers, situated just one block from the action. Guests staying at Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter on Mardi Gras day receive a King Cake and beads to ensure they are festival-ready. Following an exhilarating day of celebrations, guests can unwind in the comfort of their room with breath-taking views of the Mississippi River or French Quarter and enjoy dinner at Deuce McCallister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap, combining the local flavours and culinary expertise of the Southern hospitality.
Room rates, from 22ndFebruary to 6th March start from approximately £120 per room per night based on two people sharing. Breakfast included and subject to availability*
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): 2nd– 9th March
Widely considered as the biggest Carnival in the world, the streets of Rio de Janeiro boast an electrifying atmosphere during the vibrant week-long party which sees the streets filled with revellers, floats and iconic samba dancers in the lead-up to Lent.
Wyndham Rio de Janeiro Barra offers Carnival goers a beautiful beachside hotel retreat from the hustle and bustle of Carnival life. Guests can embrace the tranquillity of the five idyllic pools and blissful spa services and the on-site restaurant offers delicious round-the-clock dining from a variety of international favourites.
For individuals wishing to be fully immersed in the nightlife Rio has on offer during Carnival week, Days Inn by Wyndham Rio de Janeiro Lapais the ideal base. Centrally located between the vibrant Santa Teresa neighbourhood and Guanabara Bay coast, guests can experience the Samba school parades and local festivities in the heart of the Carnival before retiring for the night in comfort at the hotel.
Room rates during Carnival, for a minimum of 4 days from 1st-5th March 2019 at Wyndham Rio de Janeiro Barra, start from approximately £1,264 based on two people sharing. Breakfast included and subject to availability*
Room rates during Carnival, from 1st March 2019 at Days Inn by Wyndham Rio de Janeiro Lapa, start from approximately £105 per room per night based on two people sharing. Subject to availability*
Torres Vedras, Lisbon (Portugal): 1st-6th March
The biggest event of the regions calendar, Carnival in Torres Vedras brings friends and families of the surrounding areas together for a week of festivities. The theme this year is “Made in Portugal” and guests can expect representation of well-known characters and football in the highly-anticipated event.
Staying at Dolce by Wyndham CampoReal Lisboa will allow guests a tranquil retreat away from the upbeat setting of the Carnival. The serenity of the full-service spa offers the opportunity to unwind and guests wishing to explore the area further can explore the local wineries and surrounding countryside on horseback.
Room rates during Carnival start from approximately £250 per room per night based on two people sharing a Deluxe room. A special Carnival package includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, a Carnival buffet dinner and transfers to and from the Carnival grounds. Subject to availability*
Sitges, Barcelona (Spain): 28th February – 6th March
The Sitges Carnival party in Barcelona is one of the greatest celebrations in Spain. The popular seaside resort of Sitges is famous for its flamboyant parades showcasing its vibrant culture and traditions. Dolce by Wyndham Sitges offers its guests the opportunity to take part in the energetic festivities knowing they have a safe haven to return to at the end of a long day. Individuals can also discover Catalonia’s rich culinary traditions at one of the hotels seven distinct restaurants and bars. Following a day dancing and celebrating in the streets of Sitges, guests can enjoy a glass of crisp white wine at the Bar Malvasía with sea views or savour a delicious dinner menu at the elegant Restaurant Esmarris.
Room rates during Carnival, from 28th February 2019 start from approximately £108 per room per night based on two people sharing. Subject to availability*
Cologne (Germany): 28th February – 6th March
A contemporary retreat in the heart of one of Germany’s largest and oldest metropolises, Cologne, Wyndham Koeln acts as the perfect base for individuals visiting the parades, balls and stage shows of this tradition celebration, dating back to the 1800s. The six-day street Carnival, known as “Crazy Days” sees locals celebrating, singing and dancing in the halls, pubs and restaurants of Cologne. Each of the 131 bright and modern guest rooms welcomes guests with a comfortable bed, HDTV and a tempting breakfast buffet each morning to fuel them for the day of celebrations ahead.
Room rates during Carnival, from 28th February 2019 start from approximately £160 per room per night based on two people sharing. Subject to availability*
Nice (France): 16th February – 2nd March
More than 1,000 dancers and musicians from all over the world will line the streets of Nice for the annual magical Carnival. Traditional flower covered floats travel through the crowds and the flower battle that follows is a lively and colourful celebration on the French Riviera. Situated in the city centre, Days Inn Nice Centre, boasts a panoramic rooftop terrace and a great location for Carnival goers to rest following a long day celebrating.
Room rates during Carnival, from 16th February 2019 start from approximately £34 per room per night based on two people sharing. Subject to availability*
Basel (Switzerland): 11th -14th March
Often known as the heart of the creative energy of the city, Basel Carnival is a musical festivity that combines unique music and traditional Swiss costumes with artistic performances over three upbeat days. Part of the Trademark Hotel Collection by Wyndham, Hyperion Baselallows Carnival goers the chance to stay in style. The high-rise hotel features an eye-catching architecture, 224 guest rooms with panoramic views of the city and the Sky Lounge, an ideal spot for a post-Carnival cocktail.
Room rates during Carnival, from 11th March 2019 start from approximately £221 per room per night based on two people sharing. Subject to availability*
*Room rates correct at time of press release distribution