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Party Into The New Year With These 16 Hotel Bashes

December 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (2)

It's 10:30am on a Thursday. Do you know what your New Year's Eve plans are? If you're anything like us, you'll wait 'til the last possible moment and hope everything comes together for a night of champagne guzzling merriment. Otherwise, here are 16 awesome New Year's Eve celebrations happening at hotels around the US. Here's to a drunken start to 2013!

MIAMI—At Anglers Boutique Resort, you can choose something quieter and more refined than Miami's usual bass-thumping circus. At the New Year's Eve Gala, there will be two seatings (a 3-course meal at 6pm, $100; or a 5-course meal at 9:30pm, $150)—though both will offer live music, a complimentary cocktail and champagne toast, and delicious Latin-inspired fare like dulce de leche pine nut-crusted rack of lamb, or stuffed dates and manchego cheese roasted pork loin. You'll even get to try out the Spanish "12 Uvas" tradition, where everyone gets to make 12 wishes on 12 grapes—then when the clock strikes 12, you pop 'em in your mouth to bring a year of good luck and prosperity! A DJ'd pool party will kick off after midnight.

SAN FRANCISCO—The Westin St Francis is where you'll find the city's largest hotel-hosted NYE event for the past 7 years, known as Passport to the World ($130). The attractions are almost too many to name, but here's the main gist: throughout the liquor-fueled evening, guests are encouraged walk from room to room, experiencing the music, fashion, art and performances of dozens of different cultures around the world. You'll see an 80s cover band, 15 international DJs, live art, stilt-walkers, taiko drummers, an Asian night market, and igloo-inspired cabanas (gotta show some love to the North Pole!). Best part, though? Drinks are included.

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BROOKLYN, NY—Though it'll probably be too cold to hang out on The Wythe's gorgeous rooftop, the hotel still has something special cooking in the kitchen. Literally. Downstairs at Reynard's, guests (and non-guests) can show up for a 4-course NYE prix fixe meal ($95). Drinks aren't included, but here's the rundown on the delicious morsels being offered: a shellfish raw bar, scallops, caviar, beef carpaccio, a choice of Maine lobster or grass-fed steak (um, we'll take the lobster, thanks), and a dessert of chocolate stout cake or Meyer lemon pudding cake. By the time midnight rolls around, you'll be rolling on the floor along with it!

MIAMI—We wonder if W South Beach is feeling slighted at all by the fact that Drake has opted to ring in the New Year at a different Miami hotel. Though he brought his talents to the W last year, this time you'll find him at the Fontainebleau, where he'll be poolside, singing/rapping/whatever it is he does, while guests enjoy a 3-hour open bar (9pm-midnight). Tickets range from $250 (general admission) all the way up to $25,000 for a stage-front table for 18 people. Calvin Harris (tickets start at $350) will then take the stage inside LIV.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD—Down at the Harbor View Hotel in Martha's Vineyard, things aren't any less exciting. The oceanfront hotel's semi-formal NYE party (8:30pm-1:30am, $75) will consist of live swing music, yummy hors d'oeuvres (think dirty martini oyster shooters, yukon potatoes with caviar, and duck confit spring rolls), and a champagne toast accompanied by a big ol' firework display outside the hotel.

ATLANTIC CITY—Never one to miss out on a party Revel is offering revelers a "Revelry Package," ($1845) which includes a 2-night stay in an Ocean King Room, 2 pairs of tickets for 2 major concerts happening at Ovation Hall (Kanye West on Sunday 30, DJ Tiesto on Monday 31), 2 60-minute spa treatments, 2 day passes to Bask's bath house, and 2 passes to a New Year's Day champagne brunch. You may find yourself thinking back to the Sandy-induced calamity of last month, but know that the hotel is fully up and running, and only really has one thing on its mind: getting you schwasted for the New Year.

SAN FRANCISCO—If you feel like something a little more upscale, head to the Clift Hotel, where in between the Velvet Room and the Redwood room, you can spend the night dancing to live music, sipping on cocktails, and generally surrendering to exuberance. Unlike its sister property, the Delano in Miami, this place goes for a more cozy, minimalist vibe, but that probably won't stop guests making the most of the party's premium open bar (9pm-2am, $150; table tickets $15,000) and after-party hosted by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

BERKELEY—Know that gleaming white edifice sitting atop Berkeley, CA called The Claremont? They want you to spend New Year's Eve with them this year—and to entice you, they're offering a $699 Ultimate NYE package that includes a one-night stay, dinner for two at Meritage (think rustic, California-inspired fare), and admission to the NYE bash, spread across five venues within the hotel. Two additional bonuses of the package are a late check-out, and free parking (this seems trivial but it's actually a perk).

MARFA, TX—Just because you're in the desert doesn't mean you can't have fun this New Year's Eve! The retro-tastic El Cosmico in Marfa, TX is planning a big NYE party (6-10pm), complete with cocktails, tamales, a DJ and a photo booth to capture all the inebriated mayhem. If you happen to show up the next day, you'll enjoy a wholesome New Year's Day brunch ($15) featuring sandwiches by Fat Lyle's. The oddball hotel sits on an 18-acre plot in southwestern Texas, and offers vintage trailers (from $125/night), safari tents (from $65/night), teepees (from $80/night) and a campground (from $12/night) by way of accommodations.

BOULDER, CO—If you find yourself in Colorado this New Year's Eve and are craving a little funk, look no further than Millennium Harvest House. The hotel, which is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, is throwing a "Millennium Rocks the Ages" package ($300), featuring a one-night stay with free breakfast, Funkiphino, a four-hour funk concert with an open bar, plus a dinner buffet, and champagne toast at midnight. Though, if you're able to make it past the four-hour funk show, you should be getting a medal, not just a flute of champagne #justsayin.

NEW YORK—Over two months later, we're still wrapping our head around how delicious our Tuscan feast was at Mondrian Soho's secret dining room. Luckily, the hotel is offering Italophiles something even better to look forward to at the end of the month. Taking place in Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar (pictured), Buon Anno (9pm-1am, tickets from $125) will feature DJ Michael Baltra, an open bar, stuzzi and hors d'oeuvres, and a midnight performance by Tennis. With all that liquor in your system, we guarantee you'll be swinging from the chandeliers in no time.

LOS ANGELES—Mr. C Beverly Hills is asking you to put on your party chic attire for a 4-course dinner ($125) the hotel is hosting in the restaurant. The menu will consist of poached Maine lobster, truffle egg ravioli, pan roasted filet mignon and Chilean sea bass—dessert, in case you think that's the most important part (we'd agree) will be a chocolate espresso tortino. Yummers! Following the dinner will be a dance party with DJ Bobby French, and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight.

AUSTIN—At the W Austin, you can pretend you're staying at not just one W hotel but four! During the Coast-to-Coast NYE bash on the hotel's second floor, guests will hear performances by local rockers Quiet Company and The Tontons, while being able to count down to midnight in different time zones with W New York, W Hollywood and W Scottsdale. Alternatively, if you just wanna get stoned and chill, septuagenarian Willie Nelson will be performing two shows next door at ACL Live (tickets are included in a $449 Willie Nelson package at the hotel).

NEW YORK—W New York Downtown, which is always wooing is with some delicious beverage or other, is throwing a "Glimmer & Glitter" soiree (8:30pm-1am, $250 table minimum) on December 31 in the fifth-floor Living Room Bar, featuring DJ StadJBeautiful, tarot card readings, and a specialty champagne list.

CHICAGO—Getting really, really pumped for New Year's Eve? Then head to the Pump Room at Public Chicago, where there'll be a 4-course dinner, followed by a NYE bash with a 4-hour open bar, hor d'oeuvres, dessert, and a champagne toast ($215 for both). Of course, if you simply can't turn down the idea of actually spending the night too, then make use of the hotel's New Year's Eve package ($585), which includes the dinner, celebration, and a one-night stay.

NEW YORK—One thing the Empire Hotel is known for these days is fashion, since it sits right next to the NYFW tents every fall and spring. So it makes sense that the Empire is throwing not just any old champagne-DJ bash on New Year's Eve, but a classy masquerade ball (9pm-2am). The soiree will take place in the hotel's lobby bar, and rather than selling tickets, the hotel is only accepting table reservations. Go gather up some friends, slap some glitter on an upside paper plate, and get the party started!

[Photos: Anglers Boutique Resort; The Wythe; Mondrian Soho; HotelChatter]

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One of the best New Year's

One of the best New Year's bashes that we have seen was at one of the large estates in Surrey, where the hosts had a marquee hired for the night. The events company who handled from start to finish (from the planning until the execution and post-party details), did it in exquisite taste that everyone was in absolute high during the party and even after. From I have heard, the events planner made a name during that party and had bookings until half of the following year.

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