It just wouldn’t seem like New Year’s Eve in New York without watching the infamous ball drop, which descends from One Time Square, at midnight. But do you know how the tradition started? It began in 1907, to usher in 1908 and since then, it has only ever been missed two years, due to wartime blackouts.
On New Year’s Eve, Times Square lights up with festivities and it feels like every person in New York City heads down to catch a bit of the action. If you want to avoid the crowd, but want to be part of one of New York’s most epic new year festivities, then book a stay in one of these top hotels with views of the Times Square ball drop. Watch it all from the comfort of your own room.
Choose from a superior king room or a one-bedroom king suite - either way, they both have views of Times Square. This is a great choice if you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve in New York City. The hotel even hosts a party to celebrate the end of the year. Granted, the admission fee is a splurge, but you’re sure to have a grand time.
Watch the ball drop from this luxury hotel’s private terrace of The Chatwal’s Producer Suite. With art-deco style and beautifully appointed suites, some curated by master designer Thierry Despont, The Chatwal’s rooms, as wells as services are opulent. Have your own butler service, access to the wellness center and spa while keeping connected with their unlimited internet connection. Be part of one of the most iconic events of New York away from the crowd and in the comfort of this stunning accommodation.
Situated right in the heart of Times Square and of midtown Manhattan, Millennium is one of the rare New York hotels that offer rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, with a sweeping view of the city’s skyline. If you are keen to get the Time Square Ball Drop view, you better book a Superior Double Room. This 355-square-foot (33-square-meter) air-conditioned room comes with an ensuite bath, a closet, a working desk, towels, and toiletries. It is also near Broadway theaters like Majestic Theatre and Palace Theatre.
Located on West 45th Street, Hyatt Centric Times Square New York offers complete amenities for a comfortable stay. It’s also conveniently located close to many top attractions. When visiting New York City to watch the ball drop, make advanced reservations at Bar54 because you’ll find the best views of Times Square from this incredible lounge.
The Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel is located in the Theatre District and features 312 soundproof rooms but by far, our favourite rooms come with a balcony from where you can enjoy the view. All of the bedrooms are decorated with deep coloured wood furniture, featuring gold and blue accents. The best place to see the ball drop is from the communal lounge area, where you can also get drinks to see in the new year.
You’ll need to stay in a private room on one of the top floors of this beautiful hotel to get a good view of the New Year’s ball drop, which is just one block away. The hotel has a clean, classicly Hilton style and all of the amenities that you want and expect from any Hilton hotel.
Located right in Times Square, this Marriott hotel is perfect for watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Head up to the top of the 48 floors to the View Restaurant because, on New Year’s Eve, they have an open bar, live music and views of the midnight ball drop.
The hotel itself has spacious modern rooms with Netflix, a seating area, three onsite restaurants and two communal terraces.
In the heart of the theatre district, just a stone’s throw from Times Square, this hotel is in a fantastic location to enjoy the New Year’s Eve ball drop. With 94 boutique rooms on offer, you’ll be impressed with their slick black furnishings and metallic decor - it’s the perfect glam stay for New Year’s. Not all of the rooms have Times Square views, so be sure to check the details before you book.
Situated just a stone’s throw from the beautiful fountains in Central Park, this stylish and elegant four-star hotel offers rooms with a kitchenette, fantastic views in all directions and a wellness centre. The best view of the ball drop in Times Square is from a room overlooking the intersection - preferably on the 65th floor or higher.
This all-suite luxury hotel is in the heart of Times Square and 40 of the suites offer views of the New Year Ball drop. Each of the suites has plenty of room, a separate seating area and a fridge, so you can open up that bottle of champagne before the big countdown. We love the attention to detail at this hotel, from the well-stocked minibar to the chocolate biscuits offered on arrival.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel NYC - Times Square
Address: 1568 Broadway, Times Square, New York (NY), United States, 10036
This hotel’s best view of the New Year’s Eve ball drop has to be from the rooftop terrace and bar area. There are different packages you can purchase for your New Year’s Eve trip, so have a look whilst booking your room. With a fabled history (it’s said that the martini was invented here), excellent customer service and beautifully decorated rooms, you’re guaranteed a 5-star experience.
Although you can’t see the ball drop from the private rooms here, their rooftop is one of the best secret places to watch the ball drop. It’s worth noting that over New Years’, there is a four-day minimum stay and all guests must be over the age of 21. The rooms are decorated in a homely manner, with wooden furniture, a bed throw and comfortable seating. The suites are particularly special!
Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection
Address: 147 West 43rd Street
You’ll find this four-star hotel in Times Square, the perfect place to watch the New Year’s ball drop. Fantastic American cuisine is available from the hotel’s restaurant and a concierge service is here for all of your needs. The rooms are spotlessly clean and spacious and you can choose to watch the ball drop from either your private room or the communal restaurant which overlooks Times Square.
Crowne Plaza Times Square
Address: 1605 Broadway Avenue
Other hotel near Times Square (without a ball drop view)
Time Square Edition New York has 452 guest rooms, most of which offer stunning city views. Located only 984 ft (300 m) from Times Square, its Superior King and Premier King Rooms feature some of the best city views. Guests rave about the modern luxury they’ve experienced during their stay. Each room has a flat-screen cable TV and a private bathroom.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Get ready to party, whether it’s catching the ball drop with your special someone, or just enjoying New York alone there is much to do in NYC. Once you’ve chosen the perfect hotel to see the ball drop, all you have left to do is to think about what to wear for this special New Year’s Eve event.
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