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Beat the iPad 2.0 Rush with Local Hotel Stays
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.
Image © Apple.com 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!
Image © Apple.com 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.
Image © Apple.com 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!
Image © Apple.com 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.
Image © Apple.com 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)
At 130 years old, the Opéra store is one of the coolest, as far as we're concerned. Oops, we mean Le coolest!
Image © Apple.com 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.
Image © Apple.com Montreal
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.
Image © Apple.com Frankfurt
At not even one month old, the Apple Store in Frankfurt is seriously fresh.
Image © Apple.com Zurich - Bahnhofstrasse
The Zurich store is the only Apple Store other than the 5th Avenue location to feature an underground floor.
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