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The Top New Year's Eve Fireworks Viewing Spots

December 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM | by | ()

Listen, we dodged that whole Doomsday thang (though we are Girl and Boy Scouts of preparedness, nonetheless), so let’s try and celebrate some good times, shall we?) We’ve clued you in on some Choice New Year’s Eve parties being held at hotels across the world. So, we hope you've decided (for once) to relax, relate, and release and get your party on!

But do you know which hotels to book if you want front-and-center views of fireworks and the action come midnight, whether you feel like going out, or prefer to stay in?

We've asked our HotelChatter editors and contributors to pick their favorite spots to trip the lights fantastic! Here are their around-the-world faves:

New York:
So, you want to see the ball drop from Times Square, but you're a bit squeamish about the crowds (and regulations you’ll face)? Well, there’s an option we discovered this summer that suits us just fine. If you’re in the Big Apple during the festivities, we suggest checking in to the InterContinental Times Square. Now, although all of these rooms are fan-bloodytastic, and hard to get a bad view, you must be specific about which quarters you want in order to get a prime Ball Drop view facing 42nd street. Score one and you can toast 2013 in style, and then Tweet or FB about it in the rooms, which have free PCs!-Chanize Thorpe, Editor)

Bankok's Lebua Hotel is all that. You may recognize it from the movie Hangover 2, and you might even reenact your own "Hangover" moments at one of the five different bashes happening there. Best event (and best views of fireworks and Chao Phraya River) is at Skybar.–Jimmy Im, Contributor,

The river Thames is the setting for London’s fireworks, more specifically the stretch between Charing Cross and the Houses of Parliament, right in front of the London Eye. There are a number of hotels that will get you a front-row seat for the evening, but few can get you as close as Marriott County Hall. An Executive Room on the 5th floor gets you a step out balcony, putting you almost underneath the firework display. A two-night New Year’s Eve package at £772 ($1,240) includes lounge access, bottle of champagne, late checkout, and tickets to the black-tie gala dinner in Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar. For a slightly different vantage point, the Royal Horseguards across the Thames on Embankment also has a number of river view rooms and suites within reach-out-and-touch-it proximity of all the action.-(JasonD, Contributor)

The Shangri-La or the Four Seasons are best bets since they are right next to each other and basically right next to the Harbour Bridge. If you go with Shangri-La, its location makes for the perfect vantage point. Both the Altitude and Blu Bar on 36, the restaurant and lounge, overlook Sydney Harbour from the 36th floor, offering panoramic views of the fireworks show. You won’t miss any of the pyrotechnics here.Jetflyboy, Contributor

Honorable Mention: This quintessential party town is known for throwing top New Year events in their own right. We'll let them explain what they've got in store.

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