February 15, 2011 09:16 ET

Beat the iPad 2 Rush With Local Hotel Stays

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - If you're like us at, you can't WAIT for the launch of the iPad 2. Nothing beats the thrill of tearing open the box of a new Apple product and, let's be honest, getting your new gear on launch day is a bit of a badge of honour.

As with past Apple launch days, you can expect some crazy lines for the iPad 2. Everyone's seen those avid Apple fans camping out to be the first in the store with their bleary eyes and sore backs. We figured there had to be a way to get the best of both worlds -- be one of the first to get an iPad 2 and get a quality, sidewalk-free sleep the night before. Turns out there is.

We have put together a list of hotels close to some of the world's best Apple stores. Now you can dream about your new iPad in style instead of on the street. Oh, and they all have high speed Internet, of course. We broke up our list in to four different categories of hotels:

Around the corner -- Scope lines from the window and wander out in your slippers and robe.
Luxury -- Do it in style. Send the bellboy to pick up your iPad. Well, try to.
Budget -- Save some cash for those slick accessories.
Trendy -- The place to be!

New York - Fifth Avenue
The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple store with its glass cube exterior and underground lair is a tourist attraction in itself. I heart Apple!
Around the corner + Luxury: Plaza Hotel
Budget: Flatotel Hotel
Trendy: Stay Hotel

San Francisco - Union Square
Once used as a rally point during the civil war, Union Square will once again bring the masses together on launch day.
Around the corner + Budget: Herbert Hotel
Trendy: Diva Hotel
Luxury: Four Seasons

Beijing - Sanlitun
Mainland China's first Apple store in the Chaoyang District, Beijing is located amongst some of the trendiest shopping, clubs and dining in the city -- a perfect place to show off your new iPad!
Luxury: Ascott Raffles City Hotel
Trendy: Hotel G
Budget: Dongdan Hotel

Sydney - George Street
The George Street Apple Store in Sydney is the second biggest Apple Store in the world. The three floors of pure Apple goodness are enough to make even the most stoic fans shed a single tear of joy.
Around the corner: The Grace Hotel
Luxury: Shangri La Hotel
Trendy: The Establishment Hotel
Budget: City Lodge Hotel

Tokyo - Ginza
The Ginza store was the first to be built outside of the US and can transform into a giant fighting robot. (That last part wasn't true)
Around the corner: Gracery Ginza Hotel
Luxury: The Peninsula Hotel
Budget: Ginza Capital Hotel

Paris - Opéra Store
At 130 years old, the Opéra store is one of the coolest, as far as we're concerned. Oops, we mean Le coolest!
Around the corner: Excelsior Opera Hotel
Luxury: Park Hyatt Paris Vendome Hotel
Budget: Hotel Prince Albert Opera

London - Regent Street
The biggest Apple store in the world and former home of Thomas Cook travel, the Regent Street Apple store has some impressive history.
Luxury: No 5 Maddox Street Hotel
Trendy: Charlotte Street Hotel
Budget: Hallam Hotel

Montreal - Sainte-Catherine
Renown for its art, music and culture, you couldn't pick a better place to get your iPad 2. Try not to spill any poutine on it, that'd be a real downer.
Around the corner + Budget: Quality Inn Downtown
Trendy: St. Paul Hotel

Frankfurt - Große Bockenheimer Straße
At not even one month old, the Apple Store in Frankfurt is seriously fresh.
Around the corner: Innside Premium Suites Eurotheum
Trendy: Goldman 25 Hours Hotel
Budget: Best Western Hotel Domicil

Zurich - Bahnhofstrasse
The Zurich store is the only Apple Store other than the 5th Avenue location to feature an underground floor.
Around the corner: Sorell Hotel Seidenhof
Trendy: Widder Hotel
Budget: Hotel Limmathof
Luxury: Dolder Grand Hotel

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