New Year’s in Amsterdam Can Be Way More Civilized Than You Thought

December 29, 2009

The view at midnight from the Blauwbrug

Looking to say goodbye to the craptastic year that was 2009 and still in need of a hotel room somewhere? We’ve already told you where to book in MiamiNew York and the important timezones but we’ll be hitting up more cities today for New Year’s Eve. Did we miss a city? Want a better deal? Let us know and we’ll help you out.

Amsterdam’s so famously louche that spending Thursday there would be a New Year’s to end all New Year’s, right?

Kind of. You can get stoned as you like, obvs, but the Dutch actually make it a rather civilised do, with fireworks going off left right and centre. If you want fireworks and impromptu street parties, you need one of the main squares – like Nieuwmarkt or Dam Square – or stand on any of the central canals.

But if you want a full-on partay, try Jimmy Woo – reputation has this place down as the best club in the city, and Caspar the owner is a riot (we met him the other week). Expect a classy affair – Moet and caviar are doing the rounds – running from 11pm to 5am. Presale tickets cost €55 from here.

As for where to stay: there’s swank, but it doesn’t come cheap. Caspar’s favourite hotel is the Dylan, and it has some superluxe suites free… but they’re going for a whopping €950 (garden view) or €1050 for a canal view.  Via: juliab – HotelChatter

[Photo: Jan van der Woning]

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Choose Your Own New Year’s Eve Shindig at the Ivy Hotel

December 18, 2009

Oh hai in the pink mini-dress. We totally see you making out.

New Year’s Eve is almost here, but you have last-minute options other than watching Ryan Seacrest in Times Square. San Diego’s Ivy Hotel will usher in 2010 with a Masquerade bash with mini-celebrations throughout the hotel.

Pick your own NYE celebration based on your partying preference, whether you want to dance all night or just have some good grub.

· Hardcore Party People
The action will go down in Envy Nightclub, where revelers will grind in the New Year to the sounds of a whole slate of DJs. Admission is $95 and doors open at 8pm. If you want to party hard, opt for a bottle service package—eight people costs $2,000, six is $1,600 and four is $1,100. Bottle service packages include VIP admission to the bash, premium liquor with mixers, bubbly and party favors.

· Dinner Party People
The food festivities take place in Quarter Kitchen with a three-course prix fixe meal. It’ll kick off with a chef’s-choice amuse bouche and a first course with choices like shrimp cocktail and foie gras terrine. The entree selections will include braised prime shortribs, duck two ways and lobster pot pie. You’ll finish with sweets like Meyer lemon semifreddo or an apple frangipane tart. Dinner costs $99 before 7:30 p.m. and $129 afterward. To give it an NYE vibe, a DJ will spin and there’ll be a Champagne toast.

· Sleepy Party People
For those who want to do a little celebrating and then a lot of sleeping, the Ivy offers an NYE Room Package, priced from $559. It’ll get you VIP entry to Ivy’s bash, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Then you can make a quick getaway to your room for the evening and leave the all-nighter to the clubbers.  Via: Jennifer Kester – HotelChatter

[Photo: Envy’s Facebook]

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New Glass-Domed Rooftop Lounge in New York

December 16, 2009

Last week, The Strand, a boutique hotel recently opened in Manhattan’s Fashion District, threw a party to celebrate the opening of it’s glass-domed rooftop lounge. Friends, family and press sipped Champagne and stood with jaws dropped, staring at the incredible reach-out-and-touch-it view of the Empire State building just three blocks away.

The glass-roof is retractable (shown here open) and is one of just two in the city. The other covers Plunge, the rooftop bar at The Gansevoort Hotel further downtown in the Meatpacking District). The Strand’s lounge is more intimate and filled with comfortable Asian-inspired plantings and banquets, the perfect spot to enjoy a drink at night’s end. The lounge is The Strand’s sexiest asset, the rooms, while fairly large by New York standards, are simply furnished.

The hotel will likely be hopping twice a year during Fashion Week. As a tip of the hat to the fashion crowd, the owners sourced vintage fashion shots from Condé Nast’s archives and framed them in rooms and public spaces. So even if guest aren’t a part of the fashion crowd, they can feel like they are. And a new, soon-to-be-opened ground-floor restaurant features a cozy two-sided fireplace, another great gathering spot for this mid-town hotel.  Via: Carrie Culpepper – Luxist

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Monolithic Stacked Structures – The Axis Viana Hotel in Viana Do Castelo, Portugal

December 16, 2009

The Axis Viana Hotel in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, was conceived by architectural firm VHM. It functions as a business and spa hotel and it’s overlapping, stacked sections make it an extremely impressive structure.

Two lower concrete levels bolster the uneven steel structure sitting on top to make up the 4-star Axis Viana Hotel. The modern black building is quite the imposing sight and the interior offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

References: hotelaxisviana, archdaily

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Nicole and Joel Will Take Over Lavo for New Year’s Eve

December 15, 2009

All the stars are coming out for the New Years Eve soirees in Sin City this year. We’re kinda surprised that Paris, LaLohan and Brit Brit haven’t staked claim on hosting any parties – yet. There’s still time and we know these three never pass up an opportunity to kick up their Louboutins in Vegas. Here are three more options to add to your NYE party consideration list:

The Spectacular Spectacular NYE featuring Paul Oakenfold at Rain at Palms. General admission tickets cost $75 (not completely outrageous). Jump to $225 for a host bar from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. with Ketel One Vodka and Perrier Jouet. $375 will buy you a VIP All Access wristband and express admission to Rain Nightclub, Playboy Club, Moon Nightclub, & Ghostbar. And for an additional Benjamin, you get all of the above, plus the vodka/bubbles hosted bar at all venues from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m., except for Moon Nightclub. Buy your tickets here.

If you want to ring in the New Year with the Playmate Playmates, you may want to think about The Spectacular Spectacular NYE: Maroon 5 After Party at the Playboy Club (also at Palms). Tickets are a bit spendier than the Oakenfold gig – $125 for general admission, but the ticket pricing structure is basically the same as above for host bar and VIP All Access wristband. Buy your tickets here.

Wasn’t Nicole Richie recently placed on bed rest for pneumonia? Anyway, the rehabbed party queen (and mother of two) and her tattooed hubby will be on hand at LAVO at The Venetian for their NYE festivities. While Nicole plays host, hubs Joel Madden will DJ a special set. Tickets run $160 per person and includes entry to LAVO, open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from 9pm to 11pm, and a champagne toast at midnight. After midnight, flash your LAVO New Year’s Eve ticket stub at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian (where Christina Aguilera is hosting NYE) for complimentary admission. Get your tickets here.  Via: globetrotting gourmet – VegasChatter

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Glowing Jelly Hotels -The Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel is the World’s Largest LED Structure

December 9, 2009

The Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel is one of the city’s most elaborate and magnificently designed luxury hotels, but now it will boast another title—it is the world’s largest LED structure.

Designed by Asymptote Architecture, the Abu Dhabi Yas Hotel features LED lighting designed by Arup, which wraps around the building like a dazzling neon shell due to its more than 5,300 sparkling diamond-shaped LED panels. According to Inhabitat, the curvilinear structure of lights can also change color as well as display low-resolution 3D videos.

References:  asymptote.netinhabitat 

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