Believe it or not, it's not too late to snag a hotel room in New York City for the night of December 31. Rooms overlooking the ball drop in Times Square may be gone, but the hotels listed below still have rooms available and will get you pretty darn close to the action.
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel Location: Times Square and Midtown West Price for the night: $499/night. Must arrive on Dec. 30 As with any Times Square hotel, guests pay a premium for location -- but at the Renaissance they also get to stay in an up-to-date hotel with a fun and extravagantly designed lobby and lounge area, attentive service, and comfortable beds. If you want proximity to the bustle of Times Square, this is a very solid choice.
Hotel: The Westin New York at Times Square Location: Times Square and Midtown West Price for the night: $599/night. Must arrive on Dec. 30 This bustling, convention-focused, 863-room Westin has a prime Times Square location, a high-quality gym, a business center, a spa, a steakhouse, 24-hour room service, and enormous rooms with famously comfortable beds.
Hotel: Library Hotel Location: Midtown East Price for the night: $599. Book online to save 20% A homey, 60-room, literary-themed boutique, located down the block from New York's famous Public Library, and among Midtown East's corporate skyscrapers. It's one of New York's best values, with some nice perks -- free Wi-Fi, free gym passes, and free daily pastries, wine, and cheese -- plus an upscale bistro on the ground floor and a lively bar on the penthouse floor.
Hotel: Time Hotel Location: Times Square and Midtown West Price for the night: $419-$444 Clean rooms, an excellent, uncommonly quiet Times Square location, and a happening lounge -- for the price, the Time is a fine option. But the nearby Dream and Mela provide more comfort and style, and the many nearby chains, like the Marriott Marquis, come with much bigger and more comfortable rooms.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square Manhattan Location: Times Square and Midtown West Price for the night: $449 and up. Must arrive on Dec. 30 Since its 2008 renovation, the 770-room Crowne Plaza boasts spacious rooms, great views, a top-notch gym with a lap pool, and attentive service, all of which make it a premier pick in the heart of Times Square. Just watch the nickel-and-diming: $19.95-per-day fee for Wi-Fi and $10 for gym access.
Hotel: The London NYC Location: Times Square and Midtown West Price for the night: $569 This stylish, all-suite hotel is one of the best luxury deals around -- incredibly large rooms, two on-site restaurants from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, a central location near Central Park and Times Square, and a great fitness center.