Where will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve?
We asked our Facebook friends what their picks were for the best destination to spend New Year’s Eve. We have given you our suggestions for which hotel to stay at for each city, but you can be certain that their best rooms will already be booked out this year.
We spent New Year’s Eve 2010 at Soho House Berlin, and recommend it highly. It is a private members’ club with 40 hotel rooms ranging in size from “tiny” to “extra-large”. Set over eight floors of a restored Bauhaus building, Soho House Berlin includes a full Cowshed Spa and gym, a rooftop pool, restaurants, bars, a screening room and a private dining area. Our party was in one of their “Extra-Large” rooms, where we had a buffet dinner and drinks with a group of 12 friends. The private dining rooms can also be booked and catered.
The location in Mitte is central and easy to access, however far enough away from the Brandenberg Gate where over a million people congregate to watch the midnight fireworks in Europe’s largest New Year’s party. Fortunately you won’t miss the action as the Germans love setting off crackers and fireworks and you can watch from the safety and comfort of your well-appointed luxurious room. Outside Soho House resembled a freezing war-zone with explosions going off until the early hours, so don’t expect a quiet evening. If your own private party is not exciting enough, you can ride the lift to the bars and rooftop to join Berlin’s style set celebrating.
Soho House Berlin
49 (0)30 40 50 440
Rio de Janeiro
The beach at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro is regarded as the location of one of the best fireworks displays in the world at New Year. Over two million people turn up along the four kilometers of sand, making this the ultimate New Year’s party. Known locally as “Reveillon,” the entire beach turns into an all-day party, with several musical stages and everyone dancing. The locals start celebrating early in the afternoon and continue until the morning of New Years Day. Before midnight you will see people dressed in all white throwing flowers into the water as a symbol of good luck. Beautiful people, fireworks, a carnival atmosphere, an incredible setting on the most famous beach in the world, and you have all the ingredients you need to have the most incredible New Year’s experience of your life.
Just walking distance from Copacabana, Hotel Fasano is located at the eastern end of Ipanema Beach. It is close to fashionable cafes, restaurants and bars. Designed by Philippe Starck, the 91 room Fasano has a bossa nova-inspired lobby which gives the hotel an exclusive feel. The luxurious rooms have private balconies and marble bathrooms with rain showers. The breathtaking view from the rooftop swimming pool overlooks the beach and is an attraction in its own right. It would be the perfect place to recover from the festivities on the first of January, ordering hydrating coconut water (cocktails) and eating sliders by the pool.
Av Vieira Souto, 80
Rio de Janeiro, 22420 000
55 21 3202 4000
Arguably, the Quay Grand Suites would have to be the best hotel to stay in Sydney for New Year’s.
This contemporary all-suite hotel features an absolute harbour front position on the shores of East Circular Quay with each Harbour View Suite designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the Bridge. With a perfect vantage point for Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display, the Quay Grand Suites are in high demand during the New Year’s period. Predictably, they are long booked out this year. See the RoomCritic Facebook page for more pictures of the hotel.
The large (75 – 100 m²) suites have either one or two bedrooms, a spacious lounge/dining room designed to maximise the views, a bathroom with spa, kitchen with integrated laundry and a private furnished balcony. The central city location is excellent for access to transportation, world-class restaurants, tourist attractions and shopping is just a short walk through the CBD.
Sydney is considered to be one of the very best places to spend New Year’s and is very busy at this time of year, with visitors from all over the world. Over a million people flock to Sydney Harbour to celebrate and so you won’t be short of places to party and new friends to meet.
Quay Grand Suites
61 Macquarie Street
East Circular Quay
Sydney NSW 2000
61 2 9256 4000
New York City
New York City’s Times Square is considered the center of the universe on New Years Eve. Millions people wait to see the Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball descending from the flagpole atop One Times Square building starting at 11:59 pm and reaching the bottom of its tower 60 seconds later, at the stroke of midnight. Musical performances, pyrotechnics and myriad bars and clubs in close proximity make this a massive party. If you want to witness the ceremony in a more comfortable atmosphere, there are several hotels at Times Square with a great view. The festivities continue after midnight with remarkable fireworks around the city.
If you want the classic Times Square New Year’s Eve experience, our choice is the stylish W Hotel Times Square. Personally, we would rather stay downtown and check into The Nolitan. Located on Crosby Street in Nolita (duh!) it is perfectly placed to shop for a party outfit and eat in Soho, then head to the edgy bars of the Lower East Side and the East Village to see in the New Year for an authentic party with the locals.
W Hotel Times Square
30 Kenmare Street,
(212) 925 2555
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