New Year’s Eve

Legend has it that when Dom Perignon first discovered champagne, he called out, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” It’s hard to disagree with the Frenchman — a cool glass of bubbly can make even the most stoic person let loose a giggle or a smirk. And this is doubly true on New Year’s Eve. Tonight, 2013 will be rung in with champagne toasts around the world, and the best place to do just that? In a swanky champagne bar right in the comfort of your very own hotel, of course! On-site champagne lounges provide uniquely festive ambiances and make stumbling home post-festivities all the easier. Some of our favorite luxury hotels feature these sophisticated spots, so sit back, pop open a bottle of bubbly, and start spying for someone to kiss at midnight. It’s almost 2013 — Happy New Year!

PJ Lounge at the Dukes Hotel, London

The PJ Lounge at the Dukes is a classy spot to ring in the New Year.

While Dukes may be famous for its martinis — James Bond-creator Ian Flemming originated the famous “Shaken, not stirred” line here — its newest addition to the fold is serving up the finest champagne and champagne cocktails. The Perrier-Jouet Champagne Lounge (or, more simply, the PJ Lounge) is a stylish space, outfitted in rich greens, with bright pops of pinks and whites, to sip some bubbly. The bar is classic and playful all at once, just as any New Years Eve affair should be. Read More »

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We know how bloated/badly/gross you felt on New Year’s Day — and how you vowed to kick the nasty habit causing your “pain.” (Or weight gain, whatever.) Well, folks, it’s January 16 — can you say that you’ve started your resolution yet? Because around here at Oyster.com, many of us have (whoops) let our resolutions fall to the wayside — because we’re so dedicated to our jobs, of course. But for the rest of you, well, you don’t have an excuse. No matter what you’ve planned on resolving, we’ve got the perfect hotel to remedy it.

YOU RESOLVED TO: HIT THE GYM

VISIT: The Affinia Dumont, New York City

The fitness center at the Affinia Dumont; New York, NY

WHY: This fitness-themed hotel (Like, literally, there’s sports-themed artwork in the lobby) provides a complimentary “StayFit Kit” in each room, which includes a yoga mat, stretching blocks, 3 DVDs, workout bands, wrist/ankle weights, and a city map for a DIY jog. Basically, the Affinia Dumont is giving you all the tools to get ripped — in your PJs. And since the hotel is suites-only, you’ll have the space in your room to do so. Should you want to actually throw on some clothes, there’s an amazing gym and a special fitness concierge to help whip you into shape, too.
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Finalized your New Year’s Eve plans yet? If you’re lucky (or looking for last-minute inspiration), you’ll be spending the night partying at the Wynn Las Vegas. There’s plenty to do: sneak in one last decadent pre-New-Year’s-resolution meal at Okada, pick up the gifts you wish you had been given during the holidays with on-site high-end shopping, and finally party into 2012 at super trendy Tryst nightclub. Who wouldn’t want to brag that they rang in the New Year at one of the Strip’s most extravagant luxury hotels?

Tryst at the Wynn Las Vegas

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It’s that time of the year. You’ve been so busy wondering how it’s possible that it is already late December that you still haven’t planned where and how you will spend the last night of 2011. No need to fret — Oyster has compiled a list of the best hotel parties in our most popular cities to help you ring in 2012.

LAS VEGAS

Bellagio

Bellagio

WHERE: Bellagio
WHAT: A jam session by Bruno Mars, champagne, and other surprises await at The Bank, one of Las Vegas’ most exclusive nightclubs. Hyde, slated to open on New Year’s Eve, will put the cap to the celebrations with a grand opening party on the 31st and a New Year’s Day session by Paul Oakenfold. Tickets are $175 per person.
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2011

Spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square is one of those crazy things that everyone should try before they die. But if the thought of standing in the cold for twelve hours with a million of your closest friends and no bathrooms has you putting it off for another year, plenty of other fun things will be happening that night. Here’s a guide to the city’s best alternatives to New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

Fireworks
Starting at 10pm, New York Road Runners will be hosting a free party in Central Park, with dancing, a laser show, and a costume parade, followed by fireworks at midnight and a four-mile run. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to participate in the run.) Activities center around the Bandshell, which is easily reached on foot from the Surrey Hotel New York.

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Times Square, New York City

Times Square, New York City

Believe it or not, it’s not too late to snag a hotel room in New York City for the night of December 31. Rooms overlooking the ball drop in Times Square may be gone, but the hotels listed below still have rooms available and will get you pretty darn close to the action. Read More »

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Brasserie 8 1/2

Brasserie 8 1/2

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Ah, New Year’s Eve dinner at a fancy Manhattan restaurant. Always sounds like such a perfect, romantic idea. That is, until you start calling around and discover that every eatery this side of Applebee’s is offering a “special” NYE menu at a not-so-special price of something like $250 a plate.

Free Champagne toast or not, we don’t think eating out on New Year’s should be more expensive than an entire vacation, so we’ve found four classy New York restaurants that are offering New Year’s dinner at relatively reasonable prices. Read More »

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The pool deck at Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica

The pool deck at Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica, which hosts part of the hotel's New Year's Party

Los Angeles is bound to be hopping on New Year’s Eve, and we can’t think of a better place to party than in the city’s hotels: no need to find a designated driver, room service is available all night, and your bed is just steps away. Below we’ll tell you what each of our Best Party Hotels in L.A. has planned for ringing in 2010.

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Jet Nightclub at The Mirage, where rocker Pete Wentz is hosting New Year's Eve celebrations

Jet Nightclub at The Mirage, where rocker Pete Wentz is hosting New Year's Eve celebrations

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, so why not celebrate it in the biggest party city in the country? We’ve compiled a list of Sin City’s most sinful New Year’s Eve blowouts, where you can rub elbows with celebrities instead of the sweaty revelers on the Strip.  But be warned: access to these exclusive boozefests doesn’t come cheap. And prices are liable to shoot up the closer it gets to the 31st.

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