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Bliss Out Instead of Bingeing Before the New Year at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach

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  Site Where: 6801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33141
December 7, 2009 at 1:08 PM | by | ()

Come January 1st, many of you will be atoning for a holiday spent bingeing on champagne, sweets, and other seasonal vices. Kick starting the new year on a healthy note is no easy feat, even for the most disciplined among us, so it's a good idea to start thinking about self-care before the allure of caviar and egg nog come calling.

Though Miami Beach is associated more with party culture than it is spa culture, Canyon Ranch Miami Beach is shifting the travel hotspot's focus with several healthy living packages.

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Hotels Still Hungover From New Year's Eve

January 5, 2009 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The reports from New Year's Eve parties at hotels are still rolling in and the latest comes from the mega-shindig that the Gansevoort South threw, featuring everyone's favorite rapper and soon-to-be prison inmate TI.

Page Six reports:

Promoters sold revelers poolside tables for a whopping $10,000, but when partiers got there expecting to see the concert, they were told T.I. would be performing inside the hotel's small ballroom instead. "The city wouldn't allow him to perform outside," a Gansevoort rep said.

Dayum! We love TI and we are probably going to write him letters everyday while he is in prision, but $10,000 for a table? In a recession? And then, he doesn't even perform outside for you? We would be pissed. Add some alcohol and we would probably be raging.

Partygoers also had to deal with some fool named DJ Cassidy who wouldn't get off the stage for TI. Fortunately, TI saved the night by doing the countdown and an a capella version of "Live your Life." Drama.

More on celebs behaving badly on the eve of 2009 in hotels after the jump.

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Perez Hilton Reflects on His "A-List Status" at the Gansevoort

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  Site Where: 18 Ninth Avenue [map], New York, ny, United States, 10014
January 2, 2009 at 12:52 PM | by | ()

Apparently celebrities are smarter that we suspected. Anyone with any weather-related intelligence got the freezing cold out of New York heading south or west. For once, New York was quiet, but that meant a lone blogger called Perez and his party at the Hotel Gansevoort could emerge from the bone chilling cold as an A-list star within the hottest spot of the night-- with Madonna apparently on-hand to vouch for his coolness. (She wasn't there unfortunately, so we'll have to take P-Nasty's word.)

While Chloe Sevigny and T.I. kept things sizzling at Miami's Gansevoort South, the slimmed down Perez was the celeb of the mo at Gansevoort New York. The adorable former lover of E on Entourage, Emmanuelle Chriqui, was there too, but somehow Perez stole all the thunder.

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Base Jumpers Caught Bragging at the W Hotel Foshay Tower

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  Site Where: 821 Marquette Ave. [map], Minneapolis, MN, United States, 55402
January 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

Busted. That's what happened to three party-goers at the W Minneapolis on New Year's Eve who were arrested for base-jumping 32 stories off the Foshay Tower, the 80-year-old building which houses the W Hotel.

Investigators said David Juntunen, 36, of Minneapolis and three other men took the elevator up to the 30th floor around 1 p.m. Wednesday and bought tickets to the observation deck. Officials said the men then walked up one floor higher and used a wrench to unbolt a ceiling gate. That is where police said Juntunen jumped more than 400-feet with a parachute. The group video taped the jump and left without incident.

Apparently these base-jumpers didn't know the first rule of committing a crime (if indeed base-jumping is a crime.) The trio partied in the hotel's living room bar with a laptop and were overheard bragging about the jump, even showing some video they took to other peeps at the bar. Hotel security called the police, who arrived to arrest the trio. They resisted arrest and are now cooling their heels in jail, accused of obstructing the legal process.

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What Went Down at The Venetian and Palazzo NYE Parties

January 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

We sort of wish we'd been ringing in 2009 with a collection of entirely random celebrities that nobody has really heard from since 2002 just so we'd have a fun story to tell our friends today. Think about how cool it would have been to brag that you partied with Mena Suvari, David Spade, Pauly Shore (!) and Coolio in one night.

Such a scenario would have been possible if we'd been in Vegas to celebrate the arrival of 2009 at The Venetian and The Palazzo, where Carmen Electra served as "mistress of ceremonies" at TAO and Fergie hosted and performed the first NYE celebration at LAVO.

At LAVO, we hear Fergie gave a concert prior to midnight, and then ran over to her man Josh Duhamel for a kiss before the two of them "partied the night away." Meanwhile, over at TAO at The Venetian:

Carmen Electra hosted the New Year's Eve festivities [...] Immediately after ringing in the New Year, Carmen went to her table by the dance floor and graciously posed for photos with fans and onlookers. She then danced the night away with Rob getting 2009 off to a great start. Brody Jenner was also celebrating with girlfriend Jayde Nicole and mom Linda Thompson [...] Brody and his mom rocked out to the sounds of DJ Vice and hyped up the packed house of club goers.

So there you have it; while you were busy with whatever you were doing on New Year's Eve, you could have been partying it up with Brody and his mom. And Pauly Shore.

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The Catalina Hotel Boasts Russian Dancing, Ian Ziering for NYE

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  Site Where: 1732 Collins Avenue [map], Miami, fl, United States, 33139
December 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM | by | ()

The separation of A-list and D-list stars is never greater than when it comes to who gets to host what New Year's Eve party in Miami. While Diddy parties it up at the Fontainebleau with Chace Crawford and Lindsay Lohan jives to Samantha Ronson spinning at Mansion, the has-beens and Dancing With the Stars alumni will always be welcomed at the budget hotels.

To fulfill your decennial 90210 needs, Collins Avenue's Catalina Hotel has invited Ian Ziering to shake his moneymaker all over their pool deck. Tagging along will be Melrose Place's Grant Show to complete your junior high flashbacks.

Full-access tickets are $150, a bargain compared to Diddy's $300 bash, and the Catalina guarantees three buildings of international dancing with Brazilian Capoeira Fighting, Russian Gopak dancers, Taiko drummers and even some Samurai warriors milling about the spectacle. Act fast, because although the hotel rooms are all sold out, there are still some tickets left to get you up close and personal with Cheryl Burke's lover man.

[Catalina Image via msnbc; Ian Ziering Image via GearDiary]

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The Gaylord National Hotel Rings in 2009 with Big Night Out

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  Site Where: 201 Waterfront St. [map], National Harbor, MD, United States, 20745
December 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM | by | ()

New Year’s resolutions are overrated, if you ask us. We’re more the types to draft long lists of vices we should really ditch, then resolve to this year not be so hard on ourselves when we can't make a decision. If you’re bad decision makers like us, you might like Wednesday’s blowout party at DC’s “ridonkulously large” Gaylord National Hotel.

Just like the sprawling property, Big Night DC’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza promises to be epic, with open bars, 12 themed party areas, six dance floors, party bands and DJs, party favors, and more for $119 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.). That’s right, 12 themed party areas, so you don’t have to choose if you’d rather go Mardi Gras or ShamrockFest, hip hop or electronica. You can drunkenly wander through it all, like it’s a perverse cultural rite of passage. And if that’s not enough debauchery, $200 VIP tickets award access to a private casino lounge as well as food and drink upgrades plus exclusive ballrooms and seating areas.

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Chelsea AC Goes All Out for New Year's Eve

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  Site Where: 111 South Chelsea Avenue [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
December 30, 2008 at 9:47 AM | by | ()

Since we learned that the Borgata is all sold-out for New Year's Eve, we thought we'd check in on Atlantic City's other hip hotel--The Chelsea AC. The newest hotel on the block is throwing the last party of 2008 on their trendy 5th Floor called "Night at the 5" featuring an open bar and dancing until 3am. The 5th Floor nightlife area is actually made up of three separate rooms, The Game Room, The Bar and The Terrace. Naturally, the hotel has created some packages centered around the 5th Floor's party.

First up is the Premier Boardwalk Package which includes accommodations in a Chelsea Luxe ocean view room (or Penthouse Suite), a bottle of champagne and strawberries upon arrival, late seating at Stephen Starr restaurant Chelsea Prime with five-course dinner, entrance for two to the Night at the 5 party, in-room breakfast on New Year's Day, late check-out and complimentary parking. Total tab? $1,049 plus tax. Or $1,595 plus tax if you splurge on the Penthouse Suite.

If these are a little out of your price range, the hotel has some more affordable options after the jump.

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Ring in 2009 With Sweaty People at Chicago's Drake Hotel

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  Site Where: 140 East Walton Place [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
December 30, 2008 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

When one thinks of massive galas in the grand ballrooms of the historical Drake Hotel on Chicago's lakefront, the last thing that should come to mind is a mass of yuppies gyrating to cover bands. Yet on every New Year's Eve since 1999, four of The Drake's opulent ballrooms are filled to capacity with a combination of canapes, cocktails and cleavage.

It's arguably the largest NYE party in the Chicagoland area with over 2,000 in attendance, and according to their website, there are only fifty tickets left for the taking. The basic, party-only ticket goes for $175, but add on The Drake's holiday buffet for a total of $215, and that doesn't even include VIP treatment or one of the many after-parties. For those planning to party hardy, the only way to go is a Drake room package for $659, covering party access and a deluxe double room in one of the Grand Dame Hotels of the Gold Coast.

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All-Access Nightlife Pass at The Borgata on New Year's Eve

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  Site Where: 1 Borgata Way [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
December 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM | by | ()

[UPDATE:Some bad news for hotel guests; some good news for the economy---the Rock Star Package at the Borgata is sold-out!]

If the economy's got you feeling low, here's a way to boost yourself back up. The Borgata promises if you ring in 2009 at their hotel, casino and spa on Wednesday night that they will treat you like a Rock Star.

The hotel's Rock Star package sounds pretty sweet. It includes one-night in a classic room, breakfast for two at the Metropolitan restaurant and the clincher--an All-Access Nightlife pass which includes a VIP table for two at the MIXX club with a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne. You will also get two signature margaritas at the low-key Gypsy Bar and admission for two at the intimate lounge spot mur.mur.

The package costs $1,525 a night which is definitely more than we would spend on New Year's Eve but some people might want the extra velvet-rope attention. A cheaper alternative is the Borgata's Resolution package which includes a one-night stay in a classic room and a $200 dining credit for SeaBlue, a Michael Mina restaurant.

Currently, regular rooms are sold-out at the Borgata so to book these special packages call the hotel directly at 1-888-My-Borgata.

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The Standard Hollywood Will Ring in '09 With Two Parties

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  Site Where: 8300 Sunset Boulevard [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
December 29, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Not to miss out on throwing at least one of the most talked-about New Year's Eve events this year, The Standard Hollywood is throwing two separate "Gold 009" parties to ring in 2009 — one poolside and one in the Purple Lounge.

If hanging by the pale blue glow of a pool with a bunch of sexy people is your thing, then you've got the option of Gold 009 Poolside starting at 9:00 pm. The party will feature a live performance by Amsterdam sensation Le Le, whose official description is "French pop/Ghettotech/German pop" — and we can assure you that after our first time listening to the song "Breakfast" (okay, maybe our first five times listening), we are legitimately bummed we're missing out on the "ghettotech" greatness of this show (sample lyric: "holla, holla, holla, oatmeal and granola"). Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door, though it's recommended that you snag your tickets beforehand.

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Room Rates in Las Vegas Get a Little Steep

December 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM | by | ()

Planet Hollywood casino area.

Lately when we've been talking about Las Vegas we've only been talking about two things: the craptastic Believe show from Criss Angel and the amazing deals you can find at hotels on the Strip, thanks to the downturn in the economy.

But this New Year's Eve is starting to look a lot like the Vegas heyday of years past. Room rates are not totally out of control but they are much more beefed up than they have been in the past few months. And some hotels are even claiming to be already sold-out.

We've rounded up some of the New Year's Eve rates for hotels on and near the Strip for you after the jump.

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