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26 Expensive Hotel Rooms Around The World For New Year’s 2016

Each year I try to spend the first day of the New Year in a different country. I’ve been doing this for many years now and still enjoy it. In 2014, it was Hong Kong, 2015 was Singapore and 2016 is still unknown. It is such a fun experience as you get to experience the different cultures. There can be very expensive hotels though as you will see with this round up of 26 expensive hotels around the world for New Year’s 2016.

I’ve swallowed 12 grapes in Madrid, Spain while drinking champagne, which sounds easy, but its not :-). Picked a fortune off a tree in Japan. Froze in Times Square in New York and Amsterdam plus watched the city come alive in Panama City, Panama and Manilla, Philippines. I don’t think there are strict laws about fireworks in either of those cities.

One thing I’ve always wanted to do is to take Qantas’ flight to nowhere. Each end of year they have a flight that flies over the Antarctic. It’s also done a few other times during the year as well. It’s a privately chartered Boeing 747-400 and the flight last about 12 hours. Passengers take turns sitting at the window. For some, this is as close they come to the Antarctic. The one for 2016 leaves Melbourne (MEL) on 31 December 2015. Starting at about $1,199, its cheaper than two of the hotels on the list :-).

New Year's Hong Kong 2014
New Year’s Hong Kong 2014

Luckily I usually stay with friends, but when I have to do a hotel, its usually a very sad place that is so overpriced its not funny. I once did a YMCA which was not too bad, but cost way more than it should. But at the last minute you usually don’t have many choices.

New Year's Singapore 2015
New Year’s Singapore 2015

So I thought that I’d start looking at hotel rates for New Year’s 2016 in the major cities where New Year’s is celebrated. It’s pretty amazing what I found. Some places are odd as you can find cheaper places right in the heart of everything; still pricey though.. Take NY Times Square for example, you can still find properties in Times Square with availability that is less than the most expensive New York property currently available. So go figure? You can even uses your hotel points to book. But don’t wait too long as these rates will disappear very soon. I’m actually surprised that reward nights are still available in right in Times Square as well.

IHG New York Times Square Hotels for 2015/2016
IHG New York Times Square Hotels for 2015/2016

I used our partner HotelsCombined to search for the hotels on December 6, 2015. You can do your own searches below for your New Year’s hotel stays:


Below is a table with the prices for two nights; December 30, 2015 arrival and checkout January 1, 2016 for two person. Take a look and leave a comment below and let me know what you’ve found, what you normally do for New Years, etc.:

Most Expensive New Year Hotel Hong Kong
Most Expensive New Year Hotel Hong Kong
Cost for 2 nightsTotal w/taxes/feesCityHotel Details
1.$580,678$638,747 (HKD 4,950,352)Hong KongGolden Island Guesthouse (1 star) Flat 2, 7/F Alhambra Building, 385 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2..$19,439$21,772.46Berlin, GermanyNovotel Am Tiergarten 106-108 Tiergarten Berlin, Germany
3.$12,371Apartment: $12,372 (€12,750)
10 % VAT: $1,237
Cleaning fee: $272
Total: $13,881

Paris, FranceLoft Luxe et Design Champs Ulysses 08. Champs-Elysees, Paris
an apartment for 13 guests
4.$10,698Apartment: $10,699
Cleaning fee: $40
Price: $10,739
Property's Currency Brazilian Real: R$ 40,160 (for 6 guests and 2 nights)
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilIlive008 Apto 3 quartos Copacabana
Rua Almirante Gonçalves, 4, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22060-040,
5.$10,694Amount: US$ 10,694.00Miami, FL USAFour Seasons Hotel Miami (five stars)
1435 Brickell Avenue - 33131
6.$8,590Total Price (for 2 nights & all guests) USD 10,425.37 Hotel tax and service fees USD 1,037.37 included, Resort Fee Amount 2 night(s) USD 5.98 not included (collected by hotel)Las Vegas, NV USATravellodge Las Vegas 2830 Las Vegas Boulevard South, The Strip, Las Vegas
7.$6,795.88Total room price: $8,155.08 (£5,396.22)London, United Kingdomonefinestay - Knightsbridge Apartments London, GB http://www.onefinestay.com/london/knightsbridge/
8.$6,627$7,290Sydney, AustraliaIntercontinental Sydney (5 star) Sydney CBD, Sydney
9.$6,350Total price including taxes: $ 6,927.28 1 x Meadow Suite -65 sq m -700 sq ft -King Bed -AC -...,New York, NY USACrosby Street Hotel (5 star) 79 Crosby Street, 10012 New York, United States
10.$5,935Double Room Free Breakfast,
Taxes and fees $593.54
Total room price: $6,528.84
Rome, ItalyRomebest Via Varese 31, Rome, 00185, Italy
11.$5,822Dubai, UAEJA Ocean View Hotel
Dubai Marina
12.$3,824US$ 4,329.51Vienna AustriaHotel Bristol Vienna (5 stars) Innere Stadt Kaerntner Ring 1, Vienna, 1010, Austria
13.$3,698Total Price: $4,251.22New York, NY USADoubleTree Suites by Hilton NYC (4 star) 1568 Broadway, Times Square, New York (NY), United States 10036
14.$3,681$4,343.66Cape Town, South AfricaCape Town Lodge
15.$3,518TOTAL PRICE: US$ 4,218.50Hawaii - Wailea, HI USAFour Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Wailea, HI
16.$3,1972 x Two Bedroom City View Residence + Breakfast
$ 6394.96 Price
$ 1039.18 Tax recovery charges and fees
Total price (USD)

San Francisco, CA USAFairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square (five star)
900 N Point Street, San Francisco, CA, United States of America
17.$3,166US $3,938.94Tokyo, JapanThe Ritz Carlton, Sydney Minato Tokyo
18.$2,998Total room price 1 king bed or 3 single beds
Balcony with ocean views
BahamasSea Duction The Grove, Nassau 270 West Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
19.$2,490Classic Twin - Breakfast included
Tax Recovery Charges & Service Fees: $498.14
Total: $2,988.82
Edinburgh, Scotland United KingdomGilmerton Road, Lasswade, EH181AP
20.$2,452$2,803 (€ 2,575)Amsterdam, NetherlandsThe Crown Overtoomse Sluis
21.$2,251Hawaii - Kapalua, HIRitz-Carlton, Kapalua
Kapalua, HI
22.$1,836$2,771.86Bangkok, ThailandPenthouse Sukhumvit 23 (4 star) Soi.Sukhumvit 23, Sukhumvit Rd., Wattana, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Hawaii, HI USAAston Waikiki Beach Tower Waikiki, HI
24.$1,287Total room price: $1,739.94 (€ 1.599,00)Reykjavik, IcelandReykjavik Residence Hotel (3 star) Hverfisgata 45, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
25.$976Total Price $1,219.00New Orleans, LA USAFarrah’s New Orleans Warehouse District, New Orleans
228 Poydras Street - 70130
26.$829Seattle, WA USAFour Seasons Hotel Seattle Seattle Central Business District, Seattle

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