Choosing where to ring in the New Year is not a decision to be made lightly. Do you want to be surrounded by loved ones in a private villa in Italy, or would you rather party with thousands of new friends during Boston’s signature First Night celebration?
No matter which form of revelry you choose, these high-end hotels provide plenty of fun and a supremely sumptuous spot to rest your head after the clock strikes midnight.
The Jefferson, Washington, DC
With its custom-built replica furniture and hand-painted Monticello mural, this opulent Four-Star hotel just blocks from the White House makes a stately retreat to usher in the season.
Through January 1, the D.C. property is featuring a Thankful For You This Holiday Season offer that includes a $50 daily credit for you to use how you choose.
We suggest trying an indulgent eight-course New Year’s Eve feast at Five-Star Plume or making a midnight champagne toast at Quill. An elegant brunch (also a part of the package) the next morning at The Greenhouse provides the perfect antidote to a night of revelry.
Not only is this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Boston hotel ushering in the new year, it’s also commemorating two decades at the address. Book the Beacon Hill property’s 20th NYE at XVB package to count down the last minutes of 2019 in your cozy room by the fireplace (all 63 guest rooms have one) or party during First Night with thousands of other revelers at New England’s largest New Year’s blowout.
Either way, you’ll receive festive extras like a bottle of bubbles, a signature XV champagne stopper and exclusive access to the boutique hotel’s roof deck at 7 p.m., so you can watch the fireworks over Boston Common in comfort. Late checkout on January 1 ensures you can linger long in to the night.
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
Why celebrate for just one evening when you can enjoy a three-day Tuscan getaway to ring in 2020? Take advantage of this historic estate’s New Year’s Eve Villa Offer to hole up in an enchanting, elegantly restored farmhouse with your nearest and dearest.
Befitting your Italian wine country surroundings, the package includes a cooking class, a Tuscan wine tour and tasting at the property’s onsite winery, and a traditional cenone (multi-course) dinner complete with a private fireworks show, all enjoyed from the comfort of your rustic-chic villa.
Taj Cape Town
In the center of the Mother City, this luxurious lodging offers a great base to explore the capital’s sights and participate in a packed calendar of New Year’s Eve festivities.
Be a part of the lively ambiance at The Reserve, where a welcome glass of champagne sets the mood for a buffet of international delights (pistachio-stuffed leg of lamb, Thai fish curry, salmon gravlax) created by executive chef David Tilly and dancing to a live band.
For slightly more elevated environs, dine at Bombay Brasserie, where a six-course menu (a vegetarian option is available) of dishes like pulled duck confit, chicken kebabs and more set the scene for a savory new year.
Aspire at Mohegan Sun
Any preconceptions you may have about a casino resort are thrown out the door as soon as you step into this luxurious Connecticut skyscraper, a sleekly designed hotel-within-a hotel that features modern décor and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows.
This blend of flash and elegance makes the riverside getaway the ideal base in which to ring in a new decade. Snag tickets to the resort’s Party into the New Year to dance the night away with music from L.A.’s DJ Kat Nova, and partake in an open bar, a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast buffet that starts 2020 off with a little indulgence.
This Four-Star Naperville, Illinois (about 45 minutes outside of Chicago), property mixes playful personal touches (your favorite snacks will be pre-stocked in your room) with thoughtful design elements (it’s the state’s first LEED-certified hotel) to make for a comfortable stay.
Book the suburban retreat’s New Year’s Eve Package to get those sumptuous accommodations on December 31, plus extras like sparkling wine for an in-room toast and a $50 dining credit for Italian fare at Che Figata or succulent steakhouse favorites at CityGate Grille.
The next morning, you can sleep in soundly knowing that breakfast for two and late checkout are also included.
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa
On the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, this refreshed Cabo classic gives you a spectacular setting to say goodbye to 2019.
The resort’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza looks to be a fun-filled affair, with a poolside cocktail hour, gourmet food stations, an open bar, party favors and live music.
Other entertainment includes the dance ceremony “A Mexican Journey: Feeling the Ancestral Soul” at 10 p.m.
The celebration continues the next morning with New Year’s Day Brunch at La Roca, where bottomless mimosas and a buffet of sweet and savory delights help you to recover after a night of excitement.
Rather than joining the throngs of onlookers waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, reserve a spot at this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended NYC restaurant for an elegant evening of revelry. After nibbling on canapes washed down with champagne, cozy up in a red leather banquette for a four-course, wine-paired feast.
As midnight draws near, you’ll head outside to take in the last sights and sounds of December 31 in the Big Apple — the dining room’s location within Four-Star The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel puts you just a block from the holiday’s famous sphere. When the clock strikes 12, you’ll return inside for dessert, drinks and dancing.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
New Year’s celebrations take a sophisticated turn at this historic Four-Star stay in the heart of Turkey’s capital. On December 31, the regal property will host a masquerade-themed gala in its shimmering Ballroom, complete with a four-course feast from chef Sadık Ünal.
Local talents Mine and her Band, Cello Vox Band and a roster of DJs will keep you dancing long after midnight.
Revive yourself the next morning with brunch in alfresco Seasons Restaurant. A hearty meal, some Mediterranean sunshine and strong Turkish coffee will have you ready to face 2020.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
This Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Palm Springs property is entering the new year in style with its fun-filled Dance Through the Decades party on December 31. The fete features a DJ spinning hits from the 1950s to today along with celebrity lookalikes and party favors to get you in a festive mood.
As the clock winds down, head to The Show concert venue for a live countdown, confetti cannons and a state-of-the-art light show that will welcome 2020 in dazzling fashion.