Notable New Year’s Eve Guide 2014: Toronto Hotel Edition

This is it – the only midnight that matters. We promise that where you choose to spend the 31st is just as important as who you’re with and what you’re wearing (not to mention what you’re drinking). Hence why we’ve put together the ultimate list of NYE options for young professionals (YPs) in Toronto. So stay with us, cause over the next week we’ll roll out and recommend every desirable destination this city has to offer. From hotels to restaurants, and clubs to events, we’re going to let you know all the best ways you can step into 2014 in style. So choose wisely, YP. The celebration may only last one night, but if play your cards right you could be talking about it all year.

Like we said, this isn’t your typical night out… so why spend it that way? Heading to one of Toronto’s chic hotel ballrooms is the perfect upscale option for an unforgettable NYE. So bust out your black tie or your favourite party dress and glam it up while the glamming’s good. A night at one of these elegant events means you’ll be counting down in the lap of luxury.

The Twelfth Hour
57 Social will ring in their second Toronto NYE at the Trump Hotel with a high-end gala that’s sure to deliver all the shameless glitz, glam, tuxedos, and killer cocktail dresses you can shake a stick at. This two-floor, two-room ballroom dance party will feature guest DJs spinning the latest top 40, R&B, and house music all night long.

What You’ll Get:
– Decadent hors d’oeuvres (served between 9:30-10:30) from the Tower’s own culinary master, Executive Chef Geno Santos
– Champagne toast at midnight
– Desserts at 1am
– A personal recording of Donald Trump saying ‘You’re Fired!’

The Details:
325 Bay St. – 9:30pm; $90. Tickets and more info here.

Thompson NYE
The Thompson Hotel’s offering both Lobby Bar and Rooftop packages this NYE, each complete with themed party favours and entertainment. But for the ultimate glimpse of the city (and the fireworks), we suggest you opt for the Rooftop option. This is, after all, one of the finest places in Toronto to both see and be seen – so you’ll probably want to make sure you have the best view.  

What You’ll Get:
– DJ Geoff Brown, DJ Soundbwoy, DJ Eric The Tutor, DJ Mike Toast
– The swank Thompson Hotel vibe (definitely not something to be overlooked)
– Optional table reservations with bottle service
– A signed copy of the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill

The Details:
550 Wellington St. W; 10pm; $25/$85. Tickets and more info here.

The Ritz-Carlton
Like any event held in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, the dress code for NYE is boldly stated as glamourous. Drawing inspiration from the glorious Golden Age, this event is likely the most exclusive in the city. And since a portion of your ticket proceeds will be donated to The Herbie Fund at The Hospital for Sick Children, you can enter 2014 knowing you’ll have done at least one good deed for the year already. 

What You’ll Get:
– Champagne and caviar reception featuring elaborate oyster, sushi, and charcuterie presentations
– Five-course dinner
– Live jazz performance from Soul Train Award-winning vocalist Nicole Henry
– The finer things in life

The Details:
550 Wellington St. W; 10pm; $395. Tickets and more info here.

Majestic NYE at the Royal York
Hosted by 57 Social media and Fame Media, this NYE party is the very first event of its kind to be held at the iconic Royal York Hotel. Taking place inside the magnificent Concert Hall and Canadian Room, these spaces boast soaring ceilings, full stages, balcony crystal chandeliers, and delicately arched windows that all combine to offer photo backdrops that will make your friends jealous enough to delete you from Instagram.

What You’ll Get:
– Midnight Champagne toast
– NYE party favours
– DJ Delirious, Vicar DjGrandslam Boodram, DJ DR & Julian Tulino
– Show by Toronto’s best drummer, JB Allen
– Live stand-up comedy by Ali BADSHAH
– Live cabaret show by DivaGirl Fitness Laura Furtado
– A new Instagram account 

The Details:
100 Front Street W; dinner at 7pm/dancing at 9pm; $50 (dance only), $100 (dinner and dance). Tickets and more info here.

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Cover image: Trump Hotel Toronto