Seven landmarks stays for St Patrick's Day

The Chicago River is dyed green every year for St Patrick's Day. Photo / Supplied
The Chicago River is dyed green every year for St Patrick's Day. Photo / Supplied

Dust off that "Kiss me I'm Irish" T-shirt and get ready to down a pint or two of green beer - St Patrick's Day is nearly upon us.

It's that festive time of year when everyone's proud of their Irish heritage - no matter how far removed - so whether you plan to march in a parade or just clink a few glasses of Guinness with your mates at your local pub, it's time to pay homage to the Emerald Isle.

With the help of Booking.com, we've put together a list of destinations that commit to St Patrick's day in a truly unique and spectacular way.

With these incredible stays, you'll have front row seats to savour stunning views of seven sensational landmarks that quite literally "go green" and take St Patrick's Day to a whole new level.

Chicago River (Chicago, US)

For over 40 years, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers have been turning the Chicago River a miraculous shade of green in celebration of St Patrick's Day.

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. Photo / Supplied
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. Photo / Supplied

As usual, the annual dyeing of the river and parade are taking place on the Saturday before the actual holiday, so make sure you've checked into a room at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago by March 12. It's the perfect place to take in the vermillion views as the river snakes through the downtown skyscrapers.

Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia)

As one of the most-photographed pieces of architecture in the Southern Hemisphere, it should be no surprise that the Sydney Opera House also goes green in 2016.

The Park Hyatt offers a spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House. Photo / Supplied
The Park Hyatt offers a spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House. Photo / Supplied

Although this feat is accomplished with lights instead of a temporary coat of paint, there's no better vantage point to relish the emerald glow than from the Park Hyatt Sydney - each room boasts a direct view of the opera house.

Empire State Building (New York, US)

New York City's Empire State Building turns green for St Patrick's Day. Photo / Supplied
New York City's Empire State Building turns green for St Patrick's Day. Photo / Supplied

As host to the world's largest St Patrick's Day parade - and one of the largest and oldest Irish communities outside of Ireland - the Big Apple is not about to be outdone in terms of the sheer magnitude of its gesture of Celtic pride.

The rooftop bar at the Strand Hotel. Photo / Supplied
The rooftop bar at the Strand Hotel. Photo / Supplied

To take in the shiny green top of the Empire State Building, nothing beats the towering, unobstructed views from the rooftop bar at The Strand Hotel.

The Coliseum (Rome, Italy)

The Coliseum is set for a fantastic display of shimmering Gaelic pride. Photo / Supplied
The Coliseum is set for a fantastic display of shimmering Gaelic pride. Photo / Supplied

Although the Coliseum went green for the very first time in 2015, current reports predict that it's gearing up for another fantastic display of shimmering Gaelic pride this year.

Dining at the 47Luxury Suites Colosseo. Photo / Supplied
Dining at the 47Luxury Suites Colosseo. Photo / Supplied

For a fabulous panorama of these most famous of Roman ruins, look no further than 47Luxury Suites Colosseo. You'll be feasting on your own private slice of history from this chic Italian dining room with a view.

London Eye (London, UK)

The London Eye takes on a green hue. Photo / Supplied
The London Eye takes on a green hue. Photo / Supplied

Towering 135m above the banks of the River Thames in London, it's hard to miss when the London Eye turns a dazzling shade of emerald green.

The Park Plaza. Photo / Supplied
The Park Plaza. Photo / Supplied

For picture perfect views of the giant Ferris Wheel in all of its St Patrick's Day glory, book a room on one of the upper floors at the Park Plaza County Hall London. It's also the perfect basecamp to enjoy a host of special St Paddy's day celebrations in the capital, including the annual parade on March 13.

Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls, Canada)

The Niagara Falls are illuminated green for St Patrick's Day. Photo / Supplied
The Niagara Falls are illuminated green for St Patrick's Day. Photo / Supplied

Whether you decide to stay on the American or the Canadian side of the falls, hearing the roar of 168,000 cubic metres of water plummet into the Lower Niagara River is a truly unique way to get your blood pumping on St Patrick's Day.

The Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa. Photo / Supplied
The Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa. Photo / Supplied

After a day of pampering at the Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa, toast your Irish heritage with a shot of whisky while basking in the green glow of the illuminated falls from your room.

Dublin, Ireland

The River Liffey in Dublin. Photo / Supplied
The River Liffey in Dublin. Photo / Supplied

With bridges over the River Liffey and monuments throughout the city going spectacularly green for the annual festivities, any tour of noteworthy St Patrick's Day celebrations must begin and end with Dublin.

Owned by Bono and The Edge, the Clarence is about as Irish as you can get. Photo / Supplied
Owned by Bono and The Edge, the Clarence is about as Irish as you can get. Photo / Supplied

Just steps away from legendary Temple Bar and the Ha'penny Bridge, you'll experience the city like a rock star at The Clarence, a hip and cosy retreat owned by U2 royalty, Bono and The Edge.


- nzherald.co.nz

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