Great hotels are made for New Year’s Eve. They host great parties and lavish dinners in rooms strung with holiday lights with live music and revelers wearing expensive cocktail attire and absurd hats. At the end of the night there’s a perfectly-made-up bed and black-out drapes. And in the morning, eggs and strong coffee at your door.
Here’s a guide to ringing in 2015 at Stash partner independent hotels from San Francisco to New York City.
New York, New York: The Strand Hotel
The party: It’s at Top of The Strand, a glassed-in 21st floor aerie with close-up views of the Empire State Building. The Strand Hotel is a couple of blocks from Times Square, so you can feel the energy of the famous ball-drop, but instead of standing behind a police barricade (one kind of fun), you’re accepting passed hors-d’oeuvres and fashion-district themed cocktails (Needles & Pins starts with cucumber vodka and egg white and gets better from there.) Make a party reservation or get more info here.
San Francisco, California: Serrano Hotel
The party: Belle of the Ball dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay. Three floors of dancing and a very cool vantage point for the midnight fireworks.
The deal: 2 tickets to the cruise (party), a beautiful suite at Serrano Hotel, New Year’s brunch for 2 at Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen (coffee, mimosas, you’re gonna want it), free parking (which in San Francisco is a minor miracle), a surprise welcome amenity, and Stash points. This package already sold out once; Serrano Hotel re-created it just for Stash members.
Palm Springs, California: Riviera Palm Springs
The party: Frank Sinatra Jr. returns to pay hommage to Frank Sinatra, père, in this famous Rat Pack haunt. The entire resort is decked out in red velvet and crystal on an ordinary day; expect them to put on the ritz for New Year’s Eve, starting with a 4 course dinner, dancing, and a midnight champagne toast. Yes, that’s just the start.
1. New Year’s Eve Celebration package—2 tickets to the show, a spa credit, Stash points, and more.
2. Stash Members Only—30% off and double Stash points, no tickets, but access to the entire swanky resort including the massive spa. You can still buy tickets to the show, reserve the New Year’s Eve dinner, and dance all night.
Seattle, Washington: Edgewater Hotel
The party: A four course dinner at Six Seven, where you’ll find artisan Northwest wines, some of the best seafood ever, organic veggies, and this view. And a short walk or cab ride to all of Seattle’s New Year’s events: Winterfest, the Seattle Symphony’s concert and after-party, the Hayride to Hell (they can skew dark, viz: grunge. Roll with it.)
1. Ring in the New Year package—four-course dinner, breakfast for two, a night in a room with either a view of the Seattle skyline, or the mountains and water again (you won’t get tired of it,) Stash points.
2. Stash Members Only—10% off and triple points.
Houston, Texas: Hotel GranducaThe party: A nine course meal at Risorante Cavour, with wine pairings, taking you from caviar blini, (sounds even better in Italian—Strati di Caiviar Tsar Nicolai, Polpi. Cetriolo, et Blini,) to roasted figs with gorgonzola. Then enjoy your 5-star surroundings.
Pacific Beach, California: Tower23 Hotel
The party: 2 DJs, wristbands, dance rooms, a hosted cocktail hour—this is a PARTY. Pacific Beach boardwalk in front of the hotel is sure to provide its own entertainment.
The deal: Stay the night and get 2 party wristbands, party favors, sparkling wine, and Stash points.
Boston, Massachusetts: The Lenox Hotel
The party: First Night, Boston’s famous New Year’s Eve celebration, includes intricate ice sculptures, concerts, and midnight fireworks.
The deal: The Lenox’s First Night package includes a luxurious room in Boston’s Back Bay, chilled champagne delivered to your room, Stash points, and—critical!—late check-out. Concierges sell First Night buttons, your pass to all the night’s activities.