What better place than San Diego to welcome the New Year? With the downtown district full of options for dining and entertainment, you can create the perfect New Years itinerary. If you’ve never spent the New Year in downtown San Diego, here is a bit of information on what you can expect and the top events where everyone wants to be seen.
Staying Downtown on New Year’s Eve
It’s always best to make accommodations as far in advance as possible, however with New Years landing in the middle of the week, making plans ahead of time might be a bit tricky. A few select hotels in downtown San Diego are offering NYE Packages, however you can expect to pay upwards of $300 per night the entire week leading up to and following New Years. Opt for cheap accommodations near the Gaslamp Quarter, a few blocks away from the center of the action. This will provide you with additional savings to put toward the event or party you plan on attending!
2014 New Years Events
The typical cost of a New Years event in the downtown district is about $125. Some of the most highly anticipated events include:
- Black and White Party at the W – If you’re looking for a fabulous party to ring in the New Year in style, the W will be hosting the event of all events. As its name suggests, guests are only allowed to wear black and white and ties are preferred. Those attending will be able to indulge in a 4 hour premium open bar from 9:30pm to 1:30am and can dance the night away in one of two music rooms with live DJs. The heated outdoor patio will also be open for those looking for a bit of fresh air.
- New Year’s Eve at the Hard Rock Hotel – This event will take place on 3 different floor and include 5 different venues where attendees can enjoy sets from Tony Arzadon and Chris Garcia, DJ Loczi, Scooter and Lavelle, Starry Eyed Music and DJ Fingaz. Promising a balloon drop to remember and some of the hottest crowds in San Diego, those ready for a full night of lavish partying should consider the Hard Rock event.
- More Affordable Options – The Andaz in San Diego will also be hosting a fantasy themed NYE party with 4 levels of live music and entertainment for a mere $40. The popular nightclub Fluxx will also be hosting their yearly New Years bash ranging from $20-$60 per person. General admission includes entry and a midnight Champagne toast, and if you’re looking for the VIP treatment, they have a special reception which includes d’oeuvres from 8pm to 9pm and champagne from 8pm to 10pm.
Transportation on the Eve
If you are staying at a cheap hotel close to San Diego Convention Center, your best options will be to walk or catch a cab. Fortunately, with the high demand for transportation on New Years, hailing a cab shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Uber and Lyft, popular ridesharing companies will also be offering service on New Years to accommodate late-night partiers. Leaving the downtown district? The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will be extending service on all three trolley lines and four major bus routes to help visitors get back to their hotel or home safely after the midnight countdown.
If you haven’t booked a hotel yet, it isn’t too late! Click here to make an online reservation at the affordable Marina Inn in downtown San Diego or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a reservation manager who will be able to provide you with the best possible prices and additional discounts.