With its exceedingly high expectations, New Year's Eve can feel like an epic letdown. This year, consider a change of scenery to turn the holiday from mundane to memorable.
Hit the road and head to Houston, where swanky hotels across the Bayou City are offering sweet deals so you can party like a rock star this New Year’s Eve — and even be treated like one. (And make a detour to one of these quaint roadside restaurants along the way.)
We’ve rounded up five spots offering hot deals for you to dine, get a little nuts, and recover the following day.
The stately downtown hotel is your New Year’s Eve party headquarters, with multiple options to ring in 2019. When it comes to accommodations, consider a spacious one-bedroom apartment with a bed-and-breakfast package for $585, which includes breakfast the next morning.
Bayou and Bottle hosts a Prohibition-themed NYE party, with waiters dressed in their 1920s best and serving Prohibition-era cocktails. The regular food menu is available and there will be a Champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 9 pm, with a $30 per person cover charge. Tables may be reserved with a $400 minimum.
If you’d prefer a seated dinner, Quattro has a four-course meal available starting at 7 pm. The cost is $135 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $60. 1300 Lamar St. 713-650-1300.
Check into a deluxe king room for $495, which includes a welcome amenity; $200 food credit at Lucienne; and offers four-course dinner seatings at 4:30 pm ($55 per person), 6:30 pm ($75 per person), and 9 pm ($95 per person). Cocktail or formal attire is requested, so make sure to pack accordingly.
The package also includes valet parking, a Champagne toast for two at midnight at the hotel’s Bardot bar and a 3 pm checkout on New Year’s Day. Want more space? An executive suite under the same package is $515. 1070 Dallas St. 713-242-8555.
Book a junior suite at this Uptown luxury property for $539, or treat yourself to signature suite for $599. Both packages include a five-course dinner with wine pairing for two in the hotel’s Ristorante Cavour, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of prosecco in your room, Granduca roses, and complimentary transportation within a three-mile radius of the hotel. 1080 Uptown Park 713-418-1000.
CityCentre’s swankiest address pulls out all the stops for its Quite the Night New Year’s Eve package. Rates start at $469 for a classic king room and include complimentary sparkling wine on your arrival. Guests also receive entry for two into the Monnalisa bar’s New Year’s Eve party featuring live music, a balloon drop, and a glass of bubbly at midnight. The next morning, indulge in a complimentary mimosa during brunch at the hotel’s Radio Milano restaurant. 800 Sorella Ct. 713-973-1600.
The resort turns into the famed Studio 54 to usher in the new year. Book the Celebrity for a Night package for $550 and receive accommodations for two; a five-course seated dinner at Robard’s; and access to the Studio 54 party, which features live music, a photo booth and midnight ball drop. The following morning, shake off the hangover and take part in the Polar Bear Plunge from 11 am to 1 pm. Plus, your stay includes a late 1 pm checkout. 2301 North Millbend Dr. The Woodlands; 281-367-1100.