You can be one of the million people brave enough to be in Times Square watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, or you can be one of the 100 million who’ll be watching it on tv, safely parked in your couch.
Or… you could be one of the few smart ones who’ll be in Times Square and watch the ball drop live and in person, but from a comfortable viewing perch up in a hotel.
These are the few hotels in Times Square that have a clear view of the ball, and some that are even going out of their way with NYE packages and specials.
Crowne Plaza Times Square: NYE package for 2 includes a luxurious room, a bottle of champagne, party favors, free welcome amenity and 2 spots in a special viewing area to watch the Times Square Ball Drop live.
Renaissance New York: Distance from ball drop – 0 miles. Hard to beat that. They don’t have an NYE package per se, but the rooms that do have a ball drop view (may not be available) are worth a lot more than any package deal.
Casablanca Hotel: Package includes a champagne toast on the roof to watch the extravaganza unfold below. Also includes a bottle of Italian wine, free breakfast buffet, and a dinner party (with open bar) for 2 on Dec 31 at the hotel’s restaurant and a wine and cheese reception before that.
DoubleTree Guest Suites: Package includes suite plus overnight parking, breakfast and a bottle of champagne delivered on Dec 31. Two day minimum stay (Dec 30-31) required.
Marriott Marquis Times Square: Hard to talk about Times Square and New Year’s Eve celebrations without mentioning this hotel, since they do have a view of the ball drop and their NYE party is one of the hottest tickets in town. For more details, call 212-704-8747.
Hampton Inn Manhattan (Times Square North): One of the closest hotels to the ball drop. They don’t have an NYE package, but if there’s a possibility for scoring a relatively cheap room in Times Square for New Year’s eve, then it has got to be at this hotel.
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