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The champagne is chilled. The DJs are finalizing their playlists. Your sequined outfit is hanging up in your bedroom closet. Now, all you have to do is figure out exactly what you're in the mood for. New Year's Eve is this Saturday night, and though guest lists are filling up quickly, these hotels still have openings. So whether it's a masquerade ball or a tequila tasting or a circus-themed soiree, we guarantee you'll find what you're looking for below.
For people who like to dress up
When The Americano sent us the menu for their new restaurant back in November, we salivated over the "Latin fare with a French flair"-inspired menu (Chile Rellenos, $10; Turbot (flatfish) a la Plancha, $27; Poulet Fermier, $26). Though chef Oliver Reginensi is supposedly moving onto NYC's Le Cirque, he's sticking around long enough to put together a lavish feast for the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball (above). Choose between a three-course dinner ($95) or a four-course dinner ($200). The first comes with a glass of champagne, the second comes with a whole bottle of Moet a Deux. Take your pick. Afterwards, everyone will take to the lower level for a big ol' dance party.
Despite the craptastic "Believe" show from Criss Angel, not all hope is lost at the Luxor. The hotel just put on sale tickets for the New Years Eve bash at LAX which will be hosted by the most famous couple from the mid-1990s, Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee, who are reuniting to usher in 2009.
Tickets cost $200 a piece and if you want bottle service, well that's a heck of a lot more. Interestingly, room rates at the Luxor are not that much more than the party ticket, starting at $287 a night for Dec. 31st.
· Luxor LV Twitter Feed [Twitter]
· Luxor Must Now "Believe" It Made a $100 Million Mistake [HotelChatter]
The Gramercy Park Hotel has prided itself on having impressive art in its (somewhat) public spaces but even GPH gets tired of looking at the same old thing.
According to the NY Daily News, the Rose Bar has swapped out "old Andy Warhol and Julien Schnabel paintings for new pieces by Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat."
If you love Warhol, don't be too alarmed as the guestrooms in GPH feature his photography. As for Schnabel, he did the hotel's interior design so you'll still have plenty of him. Now if only the Rose Bar would swap out their old celebrity clientele for some new.
Want to spend New Year's admiring this new art at the Rose Bar? The hotel is currently accepting table reservations for from $1,000 for four people. Call the concierge at 212-673-5604 to book.
Consider this our very last New Year's Eve hotel purge, until the end of 2008 of course. This year we saw an unprecedented number of celebrities hosting parties at hotels across the country as well as simply attending parties.
Sin City was a big draw but so was NYC and Miami. For you celeb-fanatics, which we have vowed NOT to be in 2008, here's a round-up of who did what and where.
·Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino: Avril Lavigne hosted the opening of the Prive nightclub.
·Bellagio: Leonardo Di Caprio and on-off girlfriend that we could care less about partied at the new nightclub, Bank
·Shore Club: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz hosted a party here.
·Gansevoort Hotel: Perez Hilton hosted the party here with Kid Rock who did not fight anyone (that we know of.)
·Caesars Palace: Pam Anderson partied solo without hubby "Scum" at PURE
·The Palms: Kanye West performed a New Year's Eve and Early Morning Day concert here.
·The Raleigh: Mandy Moore helped South Beach ring in 2008.
·The Setai: Jennifer Hudson gave a midnight performance here.
There's just a few days left in 2007, plenty o' time for you to get your New Years Eve plans going. If you haven't decided where you wanna be, check out some New Years Travel plans over at Jaunted. You can also check out our New Years Eve Hotels Map where we have listed a few places to stay in cities around the world (Moscow anyone?)
Should you want to venture up North to Canada, The Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites in historic Old Montreal is holding a roaring '20s New Year's Eve party called The Moonlight Serenade. (Last year's party was Casablance-themed.) The party will feature a 10-piece Big Band Orchestra and a 5-course dinner with champagne toast and open bar. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres start at 6:30 pm and tickets cost $200 CDN per person (taxes included.)
The hotel is also offering an accommodations package which includes tickets to the Moonlight Serenade, two nights in a room or suite, continental breakfast each morning, and wine and cheese cocktail each evening. The package starts at $697 CDN.
Come New Year, the Spaniards have an excellent custom to celebrate this momentous (well okay, annual) occasion. They fill their mouths with grapes - one for each and every clang of the bell at midnight - then rush around to kiss each other Happy New Year and quirt grape juice over everyone's cheeks. And Spanish supermarkets haven't heard of seedless grapes....
Spend New Year on the rooftop terrace peering up at the stars or in the much-talked-about restaurant. You're a few steps away from Madrid's upmarket bars and restaurants so you'll have no trouble finding chums with which to celebrate.
Double rooms from 110 ($155) for two people per night.
The Hotel Gansevoort has a three-tiered event happening December 31, and while all the options are pricey, they're not outrageous by New York standards. The entry-level ticket is $200, which gets you a six-hour open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast. For $300 a person, you get bottle service and a cocktail waitress, plus, of course, a guaranteed place to sit down. For access to the rooftop, you'll need the $350 ticket, which also includes bottle service.
The hotel also has a NYE package, including a room for the night, valet parking, breakfast the morning after and discount tickets to the rooftop party. Rates start at $675 plus $175 for the party.
The three Morgans Hotel Group in NYC are gearing up for their New Year's Eve parties, and each promises to be booze soaked. But surprisingly, only the event at the Hudson Hotel promises to be loud and sloppy.
At the Hudson, $225 gets you general admission to what they say are three venues. Really, they're just different bars at the hotel, but whatever. Tickets are good for a four-hour open bar (starting at 9), two-hour tapas bar (starting at 10) and the obligatory champagne toast. A hundred bucks more per person gets you a table for four and bottle service.
New Year's at Morgans centers around the restaurant, Asia de Cuba. A four-course menu and a bottle of champagne is $175 per person, and the second seating happens at 8:45.
The Royalton is hosting a "semi-formal" open bar (9-1 am) with hors d'oeuvres and midnight toast. General admission is $195. If you're not in the falling-down-drunk mood, the midnight seating at Brasserie 44 is $135, not including beverages.
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Miami Beach is another popular New Years Eve destination but the prices here are beyond extravagant. Still, if the hotels throw a party with celebrities and champange, the guests will come. Here are some options we thought worthy of mentioning.
Lenny Kravitz's Florida Room is an instant hit at the Delano Hotel. We're hearing from sources, it's the best place to be these days. So why wouldn't you consider hitting it up for New Years? Well, we have two reasons: Expensive tickets and no vacancy.
The lounge is hosting a killer party on Dec. 31st from 9pm until 4am featuring Gnarls Barkley and the Florida Room Players. Tickets are outrageously expensive at $400 a pop and include cocktails and a midnight champagne toast with Veuve Clicquot. (What, no appetizers or party favors?)
And forget about getting a room there. The Delano, which requires a 3 to 5 night minimum stay is totally sold out over New Years Eve. However, if you want to catch the tail-end of the partying, there are rooms open from Jan. 1-4th.
More New Years Eve Hotels in Miami after the jump.
If we had to say goodbye to 2007 with a bang, we would hop on a plane to Tokyo and spend three party-filled nights at the Mandarin Oriental. We've never actually stayed inside a Mandarin Oriental room and we are making a point of doing this in 2008.
We've also never been to Tokyo although we done plenty of reading on it. So what better way to see a new city than from the top of this Mandarin Oriental. The lobby is actually located on the top floor (the 38th) and has panoramic views of Tokyo from every inch. So if you can't splurge on a penthouse suite, sipping tea in the lobby lounge is the next best thing.
From there, things only get better. The MO has some of the largest hotel rooms in all of Japan filled with high-tech gadgetry. The hotel also has a killer-looking spa on the 36th floor and several dining options, all with amazing views of the city.
We found a Mandarin Deluxe room from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 for $635 a night. Wowzsa. So we won't be ringing in 2008 here but we can dream right?
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For a slightly different New Year's Eve celebration, we want to recommend heading to Russian capital Moscow for a chilly but spectacular way to bring in 2008. There's probably no better way than to experience the very first New Year at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow, a decadent hotel that only opened during 2007. Even without the luxury inside, it's a hotel with the perfect location, and a view over the heart of Moscow (pictured).
This hotel seems to exist to remind the world that Moscow is actually full of millionaires. That means it might be a bit pricey for your New Year celebrations, but fortunately that's only a once-a-year event, right?
The Ritz-Carlton Moscow isn't advertising any special New Year packages, but still has room availability for December 31. Rates start at 14,500 Roubles (US$580) and rise quickly to 126500 Roubles (over $5,000) for a Carlton Suite with Club level access. You'll usually have to pay extra for breakfast but imagine waking up to this as your first meal of 2008:
The Tsar's Breakfast includes a Kobe beef steak with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and truffle omelet, foie gras "Au Torchon" with caramelized apple and pain brioche, Beluga caviar with blinis, sour cream and quail eggs and Italian prosciutto and cheeses -- all washed down with fresh juices and a bottle of Crystal champagne.
The only problem is that with a start like that, the rest of 08 would probably seem like a downward slide.
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· Cubicle Dreamin': Absolute Decadence in Moscow [HotelChatter]
· First Look: Ritz-Carlton Moscow [NY Post]
· Hotels in Moscow [HotelChatter]
Many of Hollywood's celebs are getting out of town to party in Las Vegas for New Years Eve, which means the streets of Los Angeles should be safe from any crazy celebrity drunk drivers (cough, Lohan, cough) and clusters of paparazzi stalkers. Although, we don't really know what Britney Spears is doing but we say avoid any of the Four Seasons here and for good measure, avoid the Mondrian which did not have a good year at all.
But you can hit the Viceroy in Santa Monica for a chill Westside party. If you're partying north of Sunset or below hit up the Sunset Marquis or the Sunset Tower which still had rooms available. Maison 140 is a small hotel but if you plan on partying the night away, you won't need much space here, just a bed. And lastly, if you're a brave soul, the Sheraton Downtown LA has just got a makeover and its close to a few NYE events.
More on what's going on at each hotel after the jump.