The best Los Angeles hotel parties for New Year’s Eve

by Jennifer on December 22, 2009

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.

Hotel: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Location: Hollywood/West Hollywood
On New Year’s, the entire Roosevelt Hotel is turning into one big party (though A-list spot Teddy’s will be closed for a private event). The party flows from the lobby to the Tropicana Pool to the ballroom. The action kicks off at 9 p.m. and continues until 3 a.m., and $90 tickets get revelers an open bar until 11 p.m. DJ Grandmaster Flash mans the booth while plenty of musical artists take their turn (The EC Twins, Mei Lwun, Jonny Boy). Most exciting: a water ballet performance by the Aqualillies.

  • To buy tickets: Tickets are sold on this website.
  • Room availability: Superior rooms are still available for $349 (all rooms for the night include two tickets to the party). Deluxe king rooms can be had for $379, and cabana rooms are available for $479.

Hotel: Mondrian
Location: Hollywood/West Hollywood
Mondrian’s main event takes place at the poolside Skybar from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., where “Skybar Speakeasy” is the theme of the night. Tickets are $150 which includes an open bar and a champagne toast at midnight; hotel guests and patrons of Asia de Cuba (the trendy on-site restaurant) only pay $125. DJ Joe Greto provides the tunes.

  • How to buy tickets: Tickets are sold on this website.
  • Room Availability: The hotel still has studio suites for $435 and deluxe one-bedroom suites for $545.

Hotel: Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas
Location: Hollywood/West Hollywood
A home away from home for rock stars since 1963, the Sunset Marquis knows how to party. On New Year’s Eve it’s business as usual at Bar 1200, which means no cover charge but with the added bonus of some 12 o’clock bubbly. The hotel’s aptly-named Restaurant serves excellent Asian and French inspired food by well-regarded executive chef Guillaume Burlion. On New Year’s they’re offering a four-course prix-fixed dinner (langoustine and white truffle bisque; Dover sole with stone crab soufflé) for $100/person that includes a champagne toast at midnight.

  • How to buy tickets: No tickets are needed for Bar 1200; dinner reservations can be made by calling 310.358.3759.
  • Room availability: One-bedroom superior suites are available for $315, deluxe one-bedroom suites are available for $355, and villas are available starting at $455.

Hotel: The Standard Hollywood
Location: Hollywood/West Hollywood
Three events will happen simultaneously here on New Year’s Eve, though that’s hardly surprising for one of the best party hotels in Los Angeles. One party flows between the lobby and the pool deck ($20, or free for hotel guests who enter before 10 p.m.), a bigger party takes place in the Purple Lounge ($75, or $60 for guests), and a three-course dinner is served in the 24 + 7 restaurant ($45 per person).

  • How to buy tickets: To buy in advance, which is recommended, email the hotel’s events coordinator at amartirosyan@standardhotel.com
  • Room availability: Medium Rooms are still available for $280.

Hotel: The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica Beach
Location: Santa Monica and the Beaches
The white couches and billowy curtains of the chic Penthouse restaurant and lounge welcome revelers on New Year’s, be it in the lounge ($40/person) or at the restaurant for a five-course dinner. The 6 p.m. dinner seating ($75/person) ends at 8:45, and the 9 p.m. dinner ($125/person) bumps into midnight with a champagne toast.

  • How to buy tickets: Call the restaurant for dinner reservations (310.393.8080); pay at the door for lounge entry.
  • Room availability: Huntley King Rooms are available for $579 and Signature Suites are available for $699.

Hotel: Thompson Beverly Hills
Location: Beverly Hills/Bel Air
Thompson’s sexy rooftop pool area has 360-degree views of the city and come nightfall is home to ABH (short for Above Beverly Hills), the pink-lit poolside lounge where the hotel’s New Year’s Eve party takes place. Tickets to the party at ABH are just $25, and anyone having dinner at the upscale sushi restaurant BondSt ($86 tasting menu for New Year’s) that night has automatic rooftop access.

  • To buy tickets: Call Chelsea at 310.601.2236 for party or dinner reservations.
  • Room availability: There’s a two night minimum stay for New Year’s. Rooms for Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 start at $249 and $299 respectively (for a King Superior Room). On Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, the same room is $299 and $279. More expensive room types available as well.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
Location: Santa Monica and the Beaches
A slick and inviting boutique hotel fresh off a $30 million renovation, the Hotel Shangri La has a popular party scene that revolves around its chic pool deck and new rooftop bar. On New Year’s Eve, $25 gets partygoers access to the hotel’s restaurant and pool area, while $40 gains them additional access to rooftop bar Suite 700. Three DJs will set up around the hotel and fire dancers (yep, you read that right) will perform by the pool. Start your night at The Dining Room with an $85 (or $150 a couple) four-course prix-fixed dinner that includes crispy turbot and roasted beef tenderloin.

  • How to buy tickets: The hotel suggests buying tickets in advance, which can be done at this website.
  • Room availability: Two night minimum required for New Year’s, and rooms are currently only available for check-in on Dec. 31. All open rooms are Veranda Suites for $825 a night.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan G. Nevo December 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Great idea and wonderfully executed. Going to pass this on to my cousin in Santa Monica.

Mitch December 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

Great concept. Too late for this year but our group will love this Hotel Party thing. We’ll consider for next year.

Raymond Hodnett December 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

Great synopsis, thanks. Would like to see information on cab rides home if I get a little tipsy!

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