New Year's Eve is not the time to get a hotel deal. That is for sure. And hotels—from Las Vegas to Dubai—are making sure of that.
Let's start in the U.S. Hotels are—not surprisingly—sold out across South Florida, and not only is availability an issue, so are rates, from Fort Lauderdale beach to Miami Beach, according to a survey from hotel website MiamiHotels.org, which used data from Kayak.
The survey reveals that for Fort Lauderdale beach, rates for hotel stays between December 30 and January 2 are around $178 per night for the most affordable room. Put simply: that's about 79 percent more than the regular $99 nightly rate for stays between January 13-16.
In Palm Beach County, the Delray Beach Marriott also has no rooms left for New Year's Eve, Rick Konsavage, regional director of operations, told the Sun Sentinel. Among the 20 popular oceanfront Florida oceanfront destinations surveyed, Miami Beach had the second most expensive rates for New Year's celebrations at $309 nightly rate.
Hotel rates in Key West had the highest prices with nightly rate of $472, a 161-percent increase over regular rates.
More of the same is true in Las Vegas. According to The Associated Press, hotel occupancy is approaching 100 percent for Tuesday, and rooms are going for about three times the normal price.
And it's not just room rates that are getting the hike. Casinos are charging big money for parties (think $3,000 bottle service and open bars).
In New York (where even the Applebees in Times Square is getting in on the act of charging guests exorbitant rates—$375 pp—; Applebees, people), for $40,000 the Dream Downtown is offering a king's table for 30 people. What's included: 20 bottles of Circoc vodka, 20 bottles of 2004 Moet Chandon Imperial and—get this—pop star, Macklemore.
Miami reportedly is doing something similar. LIV, the club at Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel, has a dream table for its NYE bash featuring Pharrell and Afrojack.
Across the pond, far across, Dubai—of course—is getting in on the act, too. From Zawya: Hotel room rates in Dubai are soaring at levels not seen in recent past.
Room rates in all sectors have been going up since mid-December. The article cites the Mina A' Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, where a room is priced at Dh2,450 per night if you check in on the 29th of December and check out the next day. Come 31st and this rate doubles to Dh4,900.
On the 31st, the Armani hotel is fully booked out with the only option of Armani Dubai Suite which is priced at Dh40,000. The other two options are Armani Fountain Suite and Armani Executive Suite but can only be taken for a minimum stay of three nights. Checking the rates in the first week of January it comes down to nearly half with the Armani Dubai Suite priced at Dh22,000.
Ah, New Year's, the best of times, the most expensive of times.