We have stayed at The Viking many times in the past. We stayed there last year around this same time. The hotel is in a good position for sightseeing & always nicely decorated for the Christmas Holiday. The staff is always friendly & helpful. We arrived early for check-in and the room we requested (the same one as last time) was unavailable, so the girl at the front desk chose another room for us that was basically the same, but it overlooked the Courtyard. We stay in the Newport Rooms which are larger than the Manor rooms. Our room had 2 comfortable Queen beds.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because of the bathroom which is small and has the Toilet & Tub/shower on one side of the entrance hall & the sink/closet on the other side. The bathroom is tight so it may not be suitable for a larger person. It was fine for us.
We enjoyed drinks & snacks while listening to the live music in the hotel lounge both Friday & Saturday nights. The lounge was crowded as there were weddings going on in the function rooms & after the weddings some of the guest came in to have a drink. I enjoyed seeing the wedding guests all dressed up.
We walked to Bowen's Wharf to listen to the Carolers & to witness the tree lighting ceremony. Santa & Mrs. Claus came by boat to The North Pole Building to greet the kids. We also visited one of the 3 Mansions that are decorated for Christmas. Then we went to Rough Point, one of the homes of Doris Duke. Be aware that the furniture was covered for the Winter so this tour is limited.
We also recommend The Brick Alley Pub. It is usually crowded so expect a wait. The parking at the meters is free at this time of year. Also, there is free parking adjacent to the Visitor's Center.