Hotels With The Best New Year’s Eve Fireworks Happening Right Outside The Window

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It’s often said that how you ring in the New Year sets a precedent for the next 365 days to come. We believe this to be true.

After all, when a year starts with a black-tie soiree at the iconic Café Carlyle in New York, or on the shores of Copacabana Beach, it’s sure to be anything but ordinary. Throw in a sumptuous hotel room that you can slink back to at midnight to enjoy a blazing fireworks display right outside your window, and you’ve got a winning hand.


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With that picture in mind, here’s our list of cities who know how to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and the best hotels to check into for spectacular fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

Sydney Harbor Foreshore
Sydney, Australia

The lowdown

Being in Sydney for New Year means you’ll be among the first people to welcome 2019, but that’s not the only perk here. There is the Sydney Harbor fireworks extravaganza too, with the city’s iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge providing a spectacular backdrop for the festivities. Another bonus for being in Sydney around this time of year is summer’s just getting started. Temperatures hover around the 24°C mark, making for a glorious winter sun destination.


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The hotel to check into

Sitting in the shadow of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, The Langham, Sydney offers an unrivaled location from which to enjoy the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. The Terrace Room, in particular, affords commanding views of the city skyline from its signature balcony, and it is the one to book to greet the new year in style.

While you’re here…

The Langham, Sydney, located in the heart of Sydney’s historic The Rocks neighborhood, puts you within walking distance of everything you want to see (and do) in the city. From seaplane flights along the Northern Beaches to visiting the oldest museum of Australia, the city is yours to discover after you cure your New Year’s Eve hangover, and the Concierge team will be happy to help you with both.

Victoria Harbor
Kowloon, Hong Kong

The lowdown

Hong Kong celebrates New Year with a stunning spectacle of lights, fireworks and choreographed LEDs that explode across the city’s skyline, and there is nothing quite like it. For the best view of the show, forget joining the crush on the waterfront and go up one of Hong Kong’s many skyscrapers on the Kowloon side of the harbor.


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The hotel to check into

As luck would have it, the tallest building in Hong Kong is also the home of the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong hotel with an iconic 118th-floor bar and rooms that afford sweeping views of the city. Our tip: check into the Club Deluxe Victoria Harbor Room. It offers a fantastic viewing platform for the ceaseless activity of the harbor, and superb club benefits.

While you’re here…

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, sprawled across the top floors of Kowloon’s International Commerce Center, is no ordinary bolthole. It boasts restaurants that cumulatively hold 3 Michelin stars, and a rooftop lounge where dance parties featuring popular DJs attract the who’s who of Hong Kong’s elite. A visit to the 116th-floor spa is also a must. It’s a place where advanced skincare treatments meet traditional massage techniques, all to stunning skyline views.

Taipei 101
Taipei, Taiwan

The lowdown

Taiwan’s capital city is a bustling metropolis with enough sights, cultural landmarks and natural beauty to keep even the most active traveler busy. At New Year, things only get better when the city has a happy bustle to it, and New Year’s Eve events are organized across its huge assortment of nightclubs and bars. Then, of course, there is the special fireworks display hosted at the Taipei 101 building; it’s considered one of the world’s best.


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The hotel to check into

With a beautiful view of the city and Taipei 101, the Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei is the perfect place to enjoy the fireworks. At almost 400 square meters, it’s also the largest suite of the hotel, so you’re in for a treat.

While you’re here…

Taipei, with its galleries, creative areas, green spaces and mountain trails, is a place to feed mind and soul. Welcome 2019 in style with a memorable trip to the “Heart of Asia”.

Chao Phraya River
Bangkok, Thailand

The lowdown

New Year celebrations in Bangkok are the stuff of travel dreams….and we’d expect nothing less of a city that regularly tops roundup lists of Asia’s best nightlife destinations. Thais enjoy any excuse to party, and December 31 brings even more crowd, noise and revelry to the city’s popular entertainment areas, especially along the Chao Phraya River.


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The hotel to check into

To many Bangkokers, New Year’s Eve is all about flocking to the banks of the River Of Kings to watch the fireworks. Our advice: avoid the massive crowd and check into the Peninsula Bangkok bordering the Chao Phraya River. It’s the best viewing platform to enjoy the New Year festivities.

While you’re here…

Any stay in a Peninsula hotel comes with certain guarantees: sumptuous restaurants, various activities and unique experiences tailored to guests of all ages. The Peninsula Bangkok is no different. Around this time of year, you can also look forward to traditional end-of-the-year events, from themed afternoon teas to roaring galas.

Burj Khalifa Tower
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The lowdown

In 2014, the New Year’s Eve fireworks display put up at the Burj Khalifa entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest. 2019 promises to be just as impressive, making Dubai a great place to be on December 31st. Burj Khalifa is also one of the world’s tallest buildings, so anywhere you are in the area, you’ll be able to enjoy the show.


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The hotel to check into

When it comes to luxury hotels in Dubai (or anywhere else in the world), the Burj Al Arab, built on a man-made island, is in a league of its own. The hotel also hosts its own New Year’s Eve fireworks, so you’re in for quite a celebration.

While you’re here…

No one goes to Dubai to stay holed up in a hotel room the whole time, no matter how luxurious it is. The city is a major food destination, with top-tier restaurants scattered everywhere, and the shopping is simply out of this world.

Red Square
Moscow, Russia

The lowdown

Russia is cold on New Year’s Eve, but it’s also undeniably beautiful as revelers gather in the Red Square that separates the Kremlin from the Saint Basil’s Cathedral. At the stroke of midnight, fireworks and stunning pyrotechnics light up the heart of Moscow in a cheerful and unforgettable experience. If you want to celebrate New Year in grand style, and with Russian flair, this is the place to be.


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The hotel to check into

Located just steps from the Red Square and the Kremlin, the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow is the closest you can get to the city’s New Year celebrations. Just look out of the window for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays on the planet.

While you’re here…

Moscow is all about Old World glamour that’s been given a contemporary spin. While you’re here, make the most of this one of a kind capital where imposing architecture meets broad avenues lined with shops and restaurants. This is an ancient city that hasn’t forgotten its history, and thank goodness for that.

Brandenburg Gate
Berlin, Germany

The lowdown

Berlin has an anything-goes energy to it that peaks on New Year’s Eve. Case in point: its massive open-air party that happens between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. Live music, laser shows, city lights and, of course, fireworks… Berlin welcomes New Year in style.

The hotel to check into

With a million people gathering around Brandenburg Gate, the city of Berlin is a crowded place on New Year’s Eve. Our advice: make yourself home at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. There is no hotel closer to the gate, with many rooms overlooking it.

While you’re here…

For many Berliners, the appeal of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski lies in its restaurants and bars. While you’re here, make time for a meal at its two Michelin star Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer restaurant with spectacular views of the Brandenburg Gate. Alternatively, Sra Bua by star chef Tim Raue is a dining venue as exotic- and edgy- as the name suggests.

Westminster Bridge
London, England

The lowdown

A New Year’s Eve countdown to the ticking of the Big Ben… Can you think of a better way to ring in the new year? London landmarks, like the London Eye along the River Thames, also provide a stunning backdrop for the city’s fireworks display- an event famous around the world.


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The hotel to check into

Set in London’s West End with many rooms overlooking the city’s historic buildings and the London Eye, Hotel Café Royal is a special London bolthole to check into on New Year’s Eve. For the best views of the fireworks, request a room on one of the higher floors.


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While you’re here…

At the Hotel Café Royal, the festive season is celebrated in style- think extravagant events, indulgent winter spa days and themed afternoon teas served in the gilded Oscar Wilde Lounge. Leave plenty of time to wind down after the New Year celebrations.

Hogmanay
Edinburgh, Scotland

The lowdown

The Scots take their New Year (and Hogmanay) celebrations very seriously with three days of spectacular events hosted throughout Scotland. Edinburgh’s party is, of course, the most elaborate, with fireworks that erupt over the Edinburgh Castle at midnight. There is also a Viking-style torchlight procession that happens along the Royal Mile, giving the rest of the world party goals.


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The hotel to check into

The Balmoral, located at the prestigious No. 1 Princes Street with many rooms overlooking the Edinburgh Castle, is the grandest hotel in the Scottish capital. There is no place more comfortable to enjoy (or recover from) the Hogmanay celebrations.

While you’re here…

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a three-day celebration that kicks off on December 30 and continues on New Year’s Day. Expect live music, concerts, street parties and Dookers braving the chill of the Firth of Forth to raise money for charities. You’re welcome to cheer the Dookers on, or you can take a fancy-dress dip yourself.

Times Square
NYC, USA

The lowdown

It may be the most cliché recommendation of all time, but New Year’s Eve in New York City has something magical about it. Maybe it’s the tradition of the ball drop that started in 1907, and never ceases to attract the crowds, or maybe it’s the madness of it all, but NYC is a New Year’s Eve hangout like no other.


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The hotel to check into

If you’re joining the New Yorkers in watching the ball drop in person, we suggest you do it from the stylish (and recently refreshed) Lowell Hotel with windows that offer unrivaled views of Times Square. The hotel, on the ritzy East 63rd Street, is also the last word in elegance, so you’re in good sheets.

While you’re here…

The attractions of New York City need no introduction. Amazing art museums, killer bars and restaurants, top-notch shopping venues and Broadway shows in over 40 theaters concentrated around Times Square, the Big Apple is a roundup of the absolute best things in life, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to kick-start 2019.

Copacabana Beach
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The lowdown

Rio de Janeiro is no stranger to throwing one of a kind parties, but its New Year’s Eve bash, on the shores of Copacabana Beach, is something else. Think live music, lots of alcohol, a 20-minute-long fireworks show and over two million people dancing the night away, and you’ll get the picture. It’s probably the world’s largest New Year’s Eve party, and it comes with our highest recommendation.

The hotel to check into

This one is easy. Sitting right on Copacabana Beach, Rio’s landmark Belmond Copacabana Palace puts you at the heart of the city’s New Year celebration. Party on the beach or watch the incredible fireworks display from the safety of your room…the choice is yours.

While you’re here…

Natural charms, mountains with statues, churches and beaches with sands perfect for a range of activities, Rio has something for everyone. Leave plenty of time to visit its botanical gardens and impressive art galleries with gems by the likes of Matisse, Modigliani, and Di Cavalcanti.

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