The Best Airbnbs for Celebrating New Year's Eve
Last New Year's Eve was Airbnb's biggest night for group stays in its nine-year history. So this year, if you're planning a getaway to bring in 2018, the short-term rental platform is ready with apartments and houses perfect for groups — big or small.
To help you plan the perfect celebration, we've selected a handful of New Year's Eve-ready Airbnbs where you can gather with your best friends and closest relatives.
Also, this week Airbnb announced a new split-payment method, which could make rounding up your favorite people easier. When you request an Airbnb that is eligible for split payment, the host will hold your chosen dates for 72 hours. Everyone in your group must then log into Airbnb during that time to pay their share, and once the host receives full payment, the reservation is yours.
Whether you're planning a big night out in the city or a cozy house for a New Year's Eve getaway, these rentals offer comfort, luxury, and a memorable experience.
Gather a group of up to 15 friends and spend the night in a luxurious castle this December 31. Just 35 minutes from downtown San Diego, head into the city for a fun and memorable night out, and return to luxury in this six-bedroom rental. As a bonus, it comes with a wine cellar to entice all the amateur sommeliers in your group.
Yucca Valley, California
For a peaceful and relaxing New Year's, this two-bedroom cabin is only 10 minutes from an entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and offers additional private hiking trails in its own backyard. Don't forget to look up at the night sky as you ring in 2018, as the desert landscape promises breathtaking views of Jupiter, Venus, and the Milky Way.
Miramar Beach, Florida
You and 37 of your closest friends can have the most glamorous start to 2018 at Venetian Palace, with everything you need to throw the ultimate New Year's celebration: two enormous refrigerators, two dishwashers, and a pizza oven to feed all your guests; a hot tub and heated pool to relax in; a home theater where you can watch the ball drop; nine bedrooms that can sleep everyone comfortably; and beautiful views of the Gulf to enjoy as you share New Year's resolutions.
Escape the cold and the crowds on this four-acre private island. You'll need to take a boat to get there, but the home comes with everything you and nine friends could possibly want or even need for a one-week getaway: three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, an indoor fireplace, a pool — and a private beach.
Castle Hayne, North Carolina
Walkerworld is a go-to Airbnb for celebrating New Year's with your artsy friends. Surrounded by oak trees, this eclectic home comes with heated floors and an indoor fireplace to keep you warm, and a 9-foot Knabe concert grand piano to play Auld Lang Syne at the first stroke of 2018.
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
With three floors and eight bedrooms, this oceanfront rental can comfortably fit up to 29 guests for a spectacular New Year's Eve bash. Cooking for all your friends and family won't be a problem here; in this luxurious home you'll find two large refrigerators and two dishwashers in the kitchen, wet bars on the second and third floors, and in the laundry room, a commercial ice maker. There's also a pool and hote tub, ping pong tables, and a large deck for enjoying views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bolton Landing, New York
With stunning panoramic views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains, this gorgeous fairy-tale castle is the New Year's destination for hopeless romantics. Whether you're dining like a wizard in the Great Hall, venturing down to the nearby public beaches, or antique shopping in nearby Bolton Landing, here's where to find a lovely and relaxing start to 2018.
Bridgehampton, New York
Get away from the daily grind inside a luxurious farmhouse this New Year's. Nestled in the woods and featuring a home gym and game room, this Airbnb offers a quiet reprieve to help you and 15 guests rejuvenate after a busy year.
Croton-on-Hudson, New York
An hour outside of New York City, Lakewood Estate offers up a whole host of ways to celebrate the New Year. Head into the Big Apple to watch the ball drop, or stay in town and explore the Airbnb's 200-acre property. With eight bedrooms and 15 beds, you can invite up to 15 friends and family (and their pets) for the trip of a lifetime.