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By Tricia Carr | December 15, 2017 | Lifestyle
If you don’t have New Year’s Eve plans yet, what are you waiting for? Make it an overnight celebration with these decadent packages from New York’s chicest hotels.
Real New Yorkers don’t look up (or at least they don’t like to admit it) unless there’s a really good reason—like The Beekman hotel’s stunning nine-story Victorian atrium. The space is surely gawk-worthy on its own, but on New Year’s Eve, it will set the scene for the Thompson-owned hotel’s unparalleled soirée capped with a very Instagrammable balloon drop from the top of the atrium.
Guests who stay the night get exclusive room rates and early access to event tickets. Upgrade your tickets to get a guaranteed table for the best view at midnight. 123 Nassau St., (212) 233-2300
Many New Yorkers want to be far, far away from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but still revel in the excitement of it all—The Peninsula has an answer. The Fifth Avenue hotel might be a stone's throw from the The Crossroads of the World, but its New Year’s Eve Gala will transport you to not one, but two alternate universes where every possible indulgence is at your fingertips. The hotel’s rooftop oasis, Salon de Ning, will be decked out for the black-tie-optional affair: The West Terrace will turn into a speakeasy-style lounge with music by French duo Jul & Co, and the East Terrace will boast endless eats and drinks to devour to the beats of UK cover band The Chip Shop Boys—and there’s even more to see, eat and sip at the interior bar.
The Peninsula’s New Year’s Eve hotel package includes a rarely offered room rate, two gala tickets, breakfast in bed, and late checkout, or tickets can be purchased a la carte. A VIP experience for 20 people is also available. 700 Fifth Ave., (212) 956-2888
For all the brave souls who actually want to be in Times Square, the only way to do it right is at a posh rooftop bar perched just 150 feet below the ball drop. The Knickerbocker’s extravagant New Year’s Eve fête will take place high above the crowded streets at its St. Cloud rooftop bar and offer guests a glimpse at the Waterford Crystal wonder, heavenly fare by chef Charlie Palmer, endless top-shelf libations, and live music. Upgraded tickets include extras like reserved outdoor seating for that once-in-a-lifetime view—you can even reserve a private corner Skypod for you and yours.
All ticket packages include a hotel stay, so you can live it up without worrying about snagging an Uber. 6 Times Square, (855) 865-6425
Make your last meal of 2017 the most epic one of the entire year with The Mark’s mouthwatering New Year’s Eve package. The main event—an extraordinarily indulgent six-course meal at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges—encompasses Champagne and caviar, lobster, wagyu beef tenderloin and short ribs, and a sweet finale and is bookended by a blowout at Fekkai hair salon and some me time to luxuriate in a gorgeous guestroom. A two-night minimum is required. 25 E. 77th St., (212) 744-4300
Sure, it’s not Times Square, but The Standard, High Line has something most locals still appreciate: a completely unobstructed skyline view. And if there’s one excuse to treat yourself to that, it’s New Year’s Eve. Not only will the property’s coveted Top of The Standard lounge throw a black-tie celebration with a spectacular backdrop, it’ll also host Gloria Gaynor to perform her disco hits and count down to 2018, as well as guest DJs to keep the party going long past midnight. The Ring in '18 on 18 package includes a hotel stay and two tickets to the Top of The Standard on New Year’s Eve. 442 W. 13th St., (212) 645-7600
New Yorkers are always busy—sometimes the best way to unwind is to let someone schedule your life for 24 hours. That’s what Thompson Hotels’ Gild Hall aims to do with its Gilded New Year package. Check into a cushy suite December 31st and look forward to a Champagne toast, a Tuscan dinner for two at Felice Ristorante, breakfast in bed, and late checkout. Partying like it’s 1999 is completely optional. Gild Hall’s New Year’s Eve package is available with its king suite, Thompson suite and penthouse. 15 Gold St., (212) 232-7700
No one wants to start 2018 out on a lackluster note. Four Seasons’ downtown property is partnering Roberto Coin to make sure its guests have at least one thing to smile about—a beautiful new piece of bling. For each room booked on December 31st, occupants will get a gift certificate to spend at the Italian jeweler’s Westfield World Trade Center boutique, and one lucky recipient will be surprised with a value of $10,000. 27 Barclay St., (646) 880-1999
If all those swanky parties around the city don't appeal to you—you'd rather spend New Year's Eve toasting with a close-knit group of friends—there's a private Times Square penthouse calling your name. Book The Time New York's New Year’s State of Mind party package, and the hotel will equip its glam three-floor suite with everything you need for an incredible night in: an Ayala Champagne bar and specialty cocktails, luxurious party food like caviar pizza and truffle grilled cheese, Glamsquad stylists to assist with getting ready, and a fortune teller to predict how your next year will play out. Just add disposable cameras! 224 W. 49th St., 212-246-5252
Photography Courtesy of Thompson Hotels; courtesy The Peninsula; courtesy The Knickerbocker; courtesy The Mark; courtesy Adrian Gaut (The Standard); courtesy Four Seasons