Washington, DC (December 22, 2011) – New Years Eve is only 9 days away and you might not know where to go. I found eight hotel places to ring in 2012. These places vary from the obscene to the relaxed, and from luxurious to casual. Hope you share my picks and enjoy your new year in style.
Hotel Helix – No Cover Charge and $179 for a nights stay.
Kicking off at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, listen to a live DJ, watch the ball drop at midnight on the lounge’s flat-screen TV, and cheers with a celebratory champagne toast at midnight, all while enjoying $5 Absolut drinks all night until 1:00 a.m. It’s a New Year’s Eve party with all the fun and no fuss. Helix Lounge is located at Helix, a Kimpton Hotel, 1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW; (202) 462-9001; www.helixlounge.com
W Hotel – $200 a ticket or $699 for 2 tickets and a night stay.
W will step back in time and transform the rooftop into a burlesque cocktail club, with dancers, shadow boxes, pool tables and more. Beginning at 8pm, DJs will begin the rooftop celebration in the P.O.V. indoor lounge, leading into a live performance by renowned cover band Gonzo’s Nose in the Altitude Ballroom. A premium open bar from 8-10pm, hors d’oeuvres and desserts throughout the night and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.eventfarm.com/WDCNewYears. For room packages, please visit http://deals.whotels.com/
Greenbrier – Fully Booked
Celebrate at the Greenbrier as you and guests ring in the New Year in grand style. The Greenbrier is simply spectacular and alive with excitement during this festive time of the year. Festivities include a kid-friendly Mini Makeover & Fashion Show, the “Big Night” Children’s Dinner & Party, New Years Eve Gala in Colonial Hall featuring the Ray Caddell Orchestra and the Sound Connection Performs in The Casino Club.
Mandarin Oriental – $240 per couple and $335 for a nights stay.
The celebration begins at 9 p.m. with music sets until 1 a.m. The band will feature Chris Grasso, piano; Zack Pride, bass; and Lenny Robinson, drums. Vocalist Sharón Clark has been dazzling critics and winning over audiences wherever she goes, including recent multiple tours of Russia. A spectacular vocalist and trumpeter with a wide range, beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Byron Stripling is also the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, leader of his own quartet, and constantly in demand to perform with pops orchestras around the world. D.C. favorite Chuck Redd is an accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. The night also includes; custom designed hors d’oeuvres for two persons, custom designed dessert for two persons, and a bottle of Moet et Chandon Brut Imperial. For reservations please call 202.787.6140.
Park Hyatt Washington – $165 a ticket or $539 for a nights stay and 2 tickets.
Enjoy a comfortable yet luxurious New Years with a complimentary upgrade to a spacious Premier Park Deluxe room. With room accommodations, you will receive two tickets to the New Year’s celebration in the Lounge, featuring a premium open bar from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am, live music by The Ira & NIcki Gonzalez Band, performing a mix of American standards and Brazilian Bossa Nova, sumptuous tapas table, decadent dessert and chocolate buffet, plus champagne toast at midnight. Breakfast table for two. http://parkwashington.hyatt.com/Just the ticket: firstname.lastname@example.org
Omni Shoreham Hotel – $189 a ticket and $199 for a nights stay.
Enjoy all of the fantastic amenities our New Year’s Eve Gala has to offer and complement them with our Special VIP Reception and Dinner. Treat your taste buds and hungry appetite tonight to a very special, private, intimate, exclusive prepared dinner by the kitchen that U.S. Presidents, World Leaders and celebrities. You will also get early check-in at 7pm, private reception, seated chef’s dinner, and 8 themed party rooms. http://www.thingstododc.com/
Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue – $175.00 if purchased by 5 p.m. Friday, December 23, No room availability
This year Third Eye Blind and the Dirty Heads will be rocking out as you and guests ring in the new year! With a ratio of one bartender for every 75 guests and 1 buffet station for every 250 guests, you won’t spend your New Year’s Eve waiting in lines. Capacity is limited to a very comfortable number. http://www.ticketzone.com/
Gaylord National Harbor – $199 VIP ticket
The largest and most incredible New Year’s Eve gala is adding over 20,000 square feet more to the event – giving Big Night DC 200,000+ square feet party areas, amenities, and fun. We welcome you to join us for the most amazing party in America. This night includes 15 themed party areas, 6 dance floors, *New: Shuttle service to and from the King Street Metro. http://www.bignightdc.com/Tickets.aspx
Hotel Sofitel Lafayette Square – No Cover and room packages start at $480
Enjoy a quiet New Years, but a memorable one at Le Bar. If you choose an overnight accommodation, you can stay in one of their Luxury rooms, enjoy Chef Franck Loquet’s special New Year’s Eve dinner for two at iCi Urban Bistro, and join the New Year’s Eve celebration at Le Bar. Overnight parking is included with hotel stay. Reservations: 202.730.8800. Read more about this event at their site www.icibistro.com