DOUBLETREE BY HILTON has sweetened the holiday season by offering its 12 Days of Cookies program. Up until December 24, guests and non-guests can visit any U.S. DoubleTree property and pick up a DoubleTree Cookie for themselves – or to leave out for Santa.
“We open our doors every day to guests, paying attention to little details that have a big impact on their stay,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “For the next 12 days, we welcome anyone to come in, enjoy one of our delicious (and free!) signature DoubleTree Cookies and celebrate the warm and caring spirit of the holiday season – a feeling we strive to achieve all year.”
DoubleTree, one of McLean, Virginia-based Hilton’s 13 brands, has also undertaken a few surveys to provide some tidbits of seasonal knowledge. For example, nearly 40 percent of Americans agree that milk isn’t the only beverage to pair with cookies. This information led the hotel chain to create its “Chocolate Chip Cookies and Drinks: A Pairings Guide,” developed by the mixologists at the soon-to-open DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West.
The Pairings Guide includes cookie combos with seven cocktails, two mocktails as well as beer and wine. The “Coming in Hot Toddy” is one example, a hot toddy that adds ginger beer and Brandied Bedside Bourbon, a mix of muddled brandied cherries and bourbon.
DoubleTree also polled Americans on how they preserve and celebrate their favorite traditions at home and on the road. Below are some of the results:
• Thirty percent of U.S. adults have re-gifted homemade cookies and claimed them as self-made.
• Sixty-eight percent of couples who leave cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve know exactly who will eat the cookies.
• Twice as many Americans would rather spend the holiday season at a hotel than with their in-laws. In fact, nearly one in four Millennials agree that staying with family is one of their biggest holiday stressors.
• One in five Americans who have stayed at a hotel during the holidays made sure there was a plate of cookies waiting for Santa during their stay.