Iconic movies and TV shows will confirm it: There's no better place to be on New Year's Eve than New York City. The sparkling lights, the glistening snow, extravagant shop windows, and the yellow cabs zipping past all contribute to the magic of Manhattan during the holidays. And while most days, the city moves at the speed of light, it all seems to slow down as the year comes to an end—that is, until New Year's Eve.
While the enchanting charm of New York at Christmastime is undeniable, Times Square on New Year's Eve isn't quite as glamorous as it might seem. Crowds gather as early as the night before in anticipation of the ball drop—and people often stand in the freezing cold without food, drinks, or even toilets for hours on end.
But fear not, there's much more to New York on the last day of the year than watching a giant ball drop from the sky—and many activities happen in the best NYC hotels. If you plan to stay far away from Times Square, we handpicked the best hotels in NYC for New Year's Eve.
Gramercy Park Hotel
For pure and unabashed luxury, check in to the Gramercy Park Hotel, where plush velvet beds in rich jewel tones will make you feel like royalty. You may even get key access to NYC's most exclusive private park. Treat yourself to a dinner at Maialino and toast the New Year at Rose Bar downstairs for a classic New York experience.
Where: Gramercy Park
Undoubtedly this year's most anticipated hotel opening is Brooklyn's The Hoxton, the European boutique chain's first stateside venture. Tucked away on a quiet Williamsburg street, this swanky hotel has all the hallmarks of an ultra-cool hot spot: a buzzy restaurant and bar, tons of lounging space, and meticulously designed guest rooms. You can bet The Hoxton will be the place to be come New Year's Eve.
With its roaring fireplace, cozy club chairs, and impressive cocktail list, there is no better place to hunker down in Manhattan in the winter than Greenwich Village's Marlton Hotel. The rooms may be petite, but their Parisian charm more than makes up for the size. If you're looking to keep it low-key this New Year's Eve, The Marlton is your place.
Where: Greenwich Village
Ian Schrager's Public Hotel has been attracting the fulcrum of New York nightlife since its opening last year, and New Year's Eve is bound to be no different. The minimalistic rooms offer unparalleled views of downtown Manhattan, and the hotel's bars and restaurants have more than enough to keep you entertained. This is where you should stay to be in the heart of the action.
Where: Lower East Side
Located in the heart of Meatpacking, The Standard is the perfect place to ring in the New Year. You'll likely spot a few fireworks from your hotel room, and you might even get coveted entry into the Boom Boom Room's new year's party. The infamous cocktail club located on the eighteenth floor is glitzy and glam, perfect for a New Year's Eve to remember.
In the heart of SoHo, you'll find 11 Howard, home to one of the best restaurants in the city (and a pretty great nightclub too). Manhattanites have been flocking to this Scandinavian enclave to experience Le Coucou—a stunning French restaurant with Michelin-starred food to match. At night, The Blond attracts locals and celebs alike in its intimate loungey setting.
Travelers on a budget will love Freehand New York, a hostel-hotel hybrid designed by prolific architecture firm Roman and Williams. The rooms are simple albeit stylishly designed, and the restaurant and rooftop bars will not disappoint. Grab a bite to eat at Simon & the Whale and head up to Broken Shaker for nighttime activities and some of the city's best cocktails.
Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, The Ludlow will make you feel immediately at home. Stylish cozy interiors, a roaring fireplace, and craft cocktails are just the start of an unforgettable holiday. Grab dinner at hot spot Dirty French or a drink in the lobby lounge—and you might never want to leave. The hotel's quaint rooms and Instagrammable bathrooms will entice you to stay as well.
Where: Lower East Side
For a more uptown experience (and a chance at catching views of the fireworks), check in at The Viceroy on W 57th Street. Offering unparalleled views of Central Park in a stylish Art Deco atmosphere, this sleek hotel will welcome you right in the heart of the action. At night, head up to the rooftop bar to soak in the views (and a cocktail or two).