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Memorable NYE: 9 Hotels With Views Of The Times Square Ball Drop, NY

Katie
Published Dec 12, 2017

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 10 hotels and watch it from the comfort of your own room.

1. Residence Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan / Central Park (from 239 USD)

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, New York, NY 10019, United States (see map)

Price: from 239 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.4 (from 2,011 reviews)

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2. New York Marriott Marquis (from 314 USD)

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.

New York Marriott Marquis

Address: 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, United States (see map)

Price: from 314 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.2 (from 4,232 reviews)

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3. Casablanca Hotel Times Square (from 246 USD)

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!

Casablanca Hotel Times Square

Address: 147 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA (see map)

Price: from 246 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Exceptional 9.5 (from 494 reviews)

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4. The Pearl Hotel (from 690 USD)

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 Years. Not all of the rooms have Times Square views, so be sure to check the details before you book.

The Pearl Hotel

Address: 233 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019, United States (see map)

Price: from 690 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.9 (from 1,466 reviews)

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5. The Knickerbocker (from 999 USD)



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.

The Knickerbocker

Address: 6 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, USA (see map)

Price: from 999 USD

Star Rating: 5 Star

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.9 (from 3,206 reviews)

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6. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Times Square (from 3,599 USD)

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 - Times Square

Address: 1568 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, United States (see map)

Price: from 3,599 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.2 (from 2,054 reviews)

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7. Crowne Plaza Times Square (from 2,400 USD)

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.

Crowne Plaza Times Square

Address: 1605 Broadway Avenue, New York, NY 10019, United States (see map)

Price: from 2,400 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.2 (from 7,233 reviews)

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8. Hilton Garden Inn - Times Square (from 823 USD)

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, New York, NY 10019, United States (see map)

Price: from 823 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.4 (from 1,716 reviews)

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9. Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel (from 237 USD)

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.

Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

Address: 714 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10036, United States (see map)

Price: from 237 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.3 (from 355 reviews)

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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!

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