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, in order 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 heads down to catch a bit of the action, so, if you want to watch the ball drop but avoid some of the crowds, book a stay in one of these top 11 hotels and watch it from the comfort of your own room.
Situated just a stone’s throw from 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 place to view the ball drop is from a room on the 65th floor or higher, overlooking Times Square.
Residence Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Central Park
Address: 1717 Broadway
Price: from 134 USD
Accessible parking Facilities for disabled guests Tour desk Safety deposit box 24-hour front desk Mini-market on site Babysitting/child services Heating
Located right in Times Square, this is the perfect hotel 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.
Although you can’t see the ball drop from the private rooms here, there is a fantastic view from the rooftop. 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!
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.
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
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 on-site 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.
You’ll need to stay in a private room on one of the top floors of this 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.
Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
Address: 790 Eighth Avenue
Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Internet services Guests can opt-out of accommodation cleaning service Newspapers Smoke alarms Express check-in/check-out Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Safety deposit box
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.
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.
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.
Millennium Times Square New York
Address: 145 West 44th Street
Wine/champagne Internet services Fitness Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Guests can opt-out of accommodation cleaning service Ironing service Security alarm
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Once you’ve booked your hotel, all you have left to do is think about what to wear for your special New Year’s Eve ball drop event. Get ready to party!
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.
Address: 6 Times Square
Price: from 313 USD
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