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Everyone has their own way of ringing in the new year. Whether you’ll be hanging from a chandelier or calmly catching some rays, below is a hotel for you.
PARTY IN STYLE
Mondrian, Los Angeles
This year, A-list nightclub Skybar hosts Neon New Year’s, an 80s-themed party complete with 80s pop songs performed live by The Spazmatics, a (hilariously funny) cover band outfitted in Revenge of the Nerds costumes. The open bar party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and tickets are $125. Get out your hair scrunchies and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts! …Or don’t. Buy tickets.
The Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
The Palms is one of Sin City’s most hedonisitic hotels, and on New Year’s they’ll have five parties going at once. Each of its nightclubs — Moon, Rain, Playboy Club, Ghostbar, and Pearl Theater — will have a DJed party, so take your pick. Tickets to each party are sold separately, though, so you can’t bounce around. Buy tickets.
Hotel on Rivington, New York City
Not only does this quirky hotel sit on the heart of the hip Lower East Side, known for some of New York’s best nightlife, but it also knows how to throw a mean party itself. On New Year’s Eve, the ground floor restaurant Thor turns into a swank lounge, with an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The trendy CV Club and the tri-level Penthouse-Suite-cum-party-space are likely to be crawling with VIPs as well. Tickets start at $115. Buy tickets.
This historic landmark hotel has played host to celebrities and exclusive nightlife for more than 80 years. On New Year’s Eve, a $100 ticket gets you into the parties at Tropicana Bar, the Grand Ballroom, and the dimly-lit lobby. Book a room and two tickets will be included. For access to the ultra-hip, celeb-filled Teddy’s nightclub, be sure to get a VIP ticket ($200). Buy tickets.
Gansevoort Miami Beach, Miami
At the on-site Louis nightclub, velvet, neon lights, and chrome skulls meet 17th century Paris. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., drinks will be flowing from an open bar and party favors will be passed around, though the DJ is still TBA. Tickets start at $125. The hotel is a great option for those who want to party in a setting more intimate than a huge mega-club. Buy tickets.
HIT THE BEACH
Eden Roc: A Renaissance Resort and Spa, Miami
Great for families, couples, or friends alike, this Miami Beach hotel has three infinity pools, direct access to a calm stretch of beach, and all the style you’d expect in Miami. Those who want to escape serenity for a party-filled New Year’s Eve can head right next door to the Fontainebleau Hotel, where more than 10 bars and restaurants await.
Sitting on one of the finest beaches in Nassau, this hotel is perfect for those who want a sun-filled retreat without paying an arm and a leg. Rooms are modern and stylish, which can’t be said for all Caribbean hotels, and there are three great pools and a fabulous gym.
Punta Cana Hotel, Domincan Republic
This giant property includes the La Cana golf course, Six Senses spa, a nature preserve, eight restaurants, horse stables, a beautiful beach, and more. And yet it’s very afforadble: It’s the Dominican Republic’s best value.
Smyth Hotel, New York City
This uber-mod Thompson boutique is stylish without being pretentious. The Tribeca gem has comfortable rooms, playful touches like vintage toy robots in the lobby, and pop-inspired art on the walls. On New Year’s Eve, French restaurant Plein Sud will offer a $90 prix-fixed dinner during its second seating, and Toro Lounge will host a party with passed hors d’oeurves, drinks, and a DJ (tickets are $150). Both can be reserved through the hotel.
More classic and beautiful than it is high-style, this small hotel in Boston’s Back Bay offers romance, understated elegance, and some of the best guest rooms in the city. The hotel’s French restaurant, Clio, one of Boston’s best, will offer a five-course ($125) and a seven-course ($175) prix-fixed dinner on New Year’s Eve, with a champagne toast at midnight.
Viceroy Santa Monica, Los Angeles
It’s best known for its sexy bar and quirky decor, but the Viceroy boasts substance as well: friendly service, an environmental conscience, and clean, comfortable rooms, many with ocean views. On New Year’s Eve, Whist restaurant and Cameo bar will turn into one big fête, including two outdoor bars, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and dancing. Tickets are $200 ($250 at door), purchased on the hotel website.