Chic Ice Skating

Chic Ice Skating

From November 18, 2011 to January 1, 2012 the pool at hotel W Los Angeles – Westwood is transformed into a chic ice skating rink.

The 1,600 square foot rink is surrounded by a backdrop of colorful lights and candles. Each of several outdoor cabanas is stylishly decorated with mirrors, modern textiles, handmade rugs and white deer heads.

(Yes, deer heads… reindeer maybe?) Snow falls once every hour, quite an appropriate touch… don't you think?

The rink is open Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 10 pm. Saturday hours are 10 in the morning until 10 at night. The cost for one hour of skating is $10 per person, ages five and up. Rental skates are included in the price. (I have to admit, the cost is a bit too steep for my blood, but then again… it IS Los Angeles and there IS snow involved.)

No reservation is required and guests are welcome to bring their own skates. Hot cocoa, winter cocktails and a variety of comfort foods are available at the onsite bar.

Several special events are scheduled on the weekends. They include fitness classes every Saturday at 9 am and ice skating performances every Saturday at 6 pm. The children's design station is open from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, as well. Kids (age 12 and under) are invited to participate in a gingerbread cookie decorating activity.

The hotel also offers an overnight skate package, which includes one-night accommodations, two ice rink tickets, two complimentary winter cocktails, all day cabana rental and a minty soap and scrub gift from the hotel spa.