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City Celebrations for Every Occasion

In between the major holidays, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate life’s in-between moments with a quick getaway or staycation to your favorite destination.

We’re no strangers to using travel as a tool for celebration at SmartFlyer. So whether it’s a homecoming for your globetrotting BFF or a well-earned promotion, no reason to celebrate is too small to plan a trip to mark the occasion! With clients across the globe, we chose six major US cities as home base to get the party started.

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. Miami, FL
  6. New York, NY


Atlanta, GA

  1. Kimpton Sylvan Hotel
  2. Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead
  3. The St. Regis Atlanta

Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

Celebrate: Reunions, Welcome Home Parties

Coined “The Beverly Hills of the South,” Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood serves as a geographical meeting point for West coasters and East coasters to convene for your celebration of choice. We love Kimpton Sylvan Hotel for those looking to host those larger milestone reunions. This newly restored 1950s residential building features its St. Julep rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city. We recommend gathering on the roof for celebratory views after toasting to your reunion at Kimpton’s Wine Hour. For optimal group arrangements in close proximity, the hotel also offers a Nested Collection option that connects three adjoining guestrooms.

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Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead

Celebrate: Team Spirit

Set within a soaring 42-story property, Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead embodies modern southern elegance. This hotel is ideal for sports fans looking for the ideal home base for a game watch party or pre-/post-celebration. For example, their two-terrace presidential suite features expansive dining and seating spaces that are perfect for hosting large parties. If your group craves out-of-room dining, you can also head to the jazz-inspired Brassica Bar which serves up southern dishes and craft cocktails.

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The St. Regis Atlanta

Celebrate: Pampered like an Oscar Starlet

If you’re looking to pamper your partner –  or perhaps yourself – like Southern royalty, then The St. Regis Atlanta offers all the bells and whistles. St. Regis is known for its hallmark butler service, available to guests at any time of day or night. Whether it’s finding your favorite book to read poolside or a last-minute gift, these butlers embody the hotel’s century-long commitment to excellence. Their Empire Suite is a particular highlight, featuring a Media Room that elevates your private screening experience. This is the ideal accommodation for any cinephiles looking for reasons to celebrate their favorite new films on Oscar night.

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Austin, TX

  1. Hotel Saint Cecilia
  2. Commodore Perry, Auberge Resorts Collection
  3. Four Seasons Austin

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Celebrate: Album Release or Summer Solstice Party

Hotel Saint Cecilia makes for a chic check-in to if you’re celebrating anything from an album drop to the start of summer.  Perhaps one of the property’s most alluring qualities is its exclusivity with just a handful of rooms and common spaces available only to its members and vetted guests. The space embodies the 1960s and 70s rock and poetry revolution creating the ideal setting to celebrate an album release. Every accommodation offers Rega turntables and Geneva sound systems; additionally, the hotel invites guests to borrow from their vintage LP library, as well as a collection of rock biographies and poetry anthologies. Saint Cecilia’s 50-foot heated lap pool is their crowning jewel, open to guests twenty-four hours a day – if you need a spot to mark the summer solstice, look no further. The neon “SOUL” sign serves as a stunning backdrop to your next poolside post.

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Commodore Perry, Auberge Resorts Collection

Celebrate: Bridal Shower

Ring in a new chapter of life at the elegant yet lively Commodore Perry Estate. This hotel is set across ten acres of greenery just outside Austin’s downtown and offers a handful of Ken Fulk-designed spaces to host a shower with your closest friends. The dining on property is also a highlight; working with your SmartFlyer travel advisor to arrange for a bridal shower buyout of Lutie’s Garden Restaurant – which has quickly become one of the hardest reservations to score in Austin. This former Jazz Age hotspot invites you to celebrate over glamorous craft cocktails and seasonal family-style plates. For an added touch, you can also book a portrait session with artist Delaney Allen who created the installations found across the Mansion gardens.

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Celebrate: Festival Season

Austin’s music and arts scene gives plenty of reasons to celebrate. Four Seasons Hotel Austin offers your group the ideal lakeside retreat to return to after spending a day at your favorite festival, with SXSW being an annual favorite. The property seamlessly blends in with the famous Lady Bird Lake, providing guests plenty of outdoor activities. For example, escape the heat with a dive into their saltwater pool. Or over sunset, grab a seat at the Live Oak restaurant for prime Austin bat viewing. The hotel’s Congressional Suite is also a highlight with its one-of-a-kind wraparound terrace and fire features.

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Chicago, IL

  1. The Peninsula Chicago
  2. 21c Museum Hotel Chicago
  3. The Langham, Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago

Celebrate: Bachelorette Parties

Book a weekend as glamorous as the Magnificent Mile at The Peninsula Chicago. Other than its premier location, the Peninsula Spa experience is not to be missed, making it your ultimate spot to plan a bachelorette party with flair. Inspired by Ayurvedic and Asian philosophies, the hotel offers your gal group treatments ranging from an all-natural Hot Stone Massage to an Ayurvedic massage. The Peninsula Academy also offers guests guided tours throughout Chicago from private art galleries to skyline river tours for true immersion into The Windy City.

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21c Museum Hotel Chicago

Celebrate: Going Away Party

If your bestie is jumping ship to a new city, then 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is an ideal spot to make the most of their departure from the midwest. The hotel is one of nine locations that form North America’s only multi-venue museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the art of the 21st century. In addition to their guided docent tours of the property museum, the hotel also offers Art Lovers packages that include tickets to art museums across the city. The team here can help you plan something memorable to commemorate the end of an era in calling The Windy City home!

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The Langham, Chicago

Celebrate: Joint Birthdays

Multiple family members, friends, or colleagues with their birthday in the same month? Sounds like plenty of reasons to celebrate with a weekend affair at The Langham Chicago. This hotel is best suited for multigenerational getaways that warrant a blend of wellness and entertainment. While parents take their little ones to explore downtown Chicago, the Chuan Spa invites those looking for something more lowkey to unwind with a mani-pedi and heated stone lounger. To close out the day, book a table at the Club Lounge to watch the sun crest over the river as your Langham butler preps the cake.

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Los Angeles, CA

  1. Hotel Casa del Mar
  2. Hotel Bel-Air
  3. Venice V Hotel

Hotel Casa del Mar

Celebrate: Half Birthdays

Making it to the midpoint between birthdays is more than enough reason to bring your loved ones together. Hotel Casa del Mar is our recommendation for a half-birthday beach escape; this hotel is located right on Santa Monica beach and has full access to the gardens, walkways, and clifftops of Palisades Park. For seafood lovers, their main restaurant, Catch, offers fresh fish in an upscale-yet-casual setting. Their Sea Wellness spa is also a treat, featuring treatments like Microcurrent Facials and Deep Sea Manicures for true self-care as you look ahead to the next six months.

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Hotel Bel-Air

Celebrate: Wellness Milestone

What better way to celebrate hitting your fitness goal than a holistic Bel Air affair The iconic Hotel Bel-Air is your ideal destination to escape in with its pink bungalows and enchanting grounds. The property is set in the canyons of Los Angeles, ensuring you and your party ultimate privacy amongst the flora and hummingbirds. Whether you’re celebrating the culmination of a health battle or perhaps a physical or spiritual transformation, Dorchester Collection’s impeccable team will look after you with TLC.

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Venice V Hotel

Celebrate: Full Moon Party

You could say we Smarties geek out over how our sun, moon, and rising signs are impacting how we navigate the world. We also see the full moon as a moment to recenter and rejuvenate and a reason to celebrate. The recently opened Venice V Hotel is your home base for a stunning view overlooking the ocean in the heart of lively Venice. This reimagined 1915 landmark is just a few steps away from the neighborhood’s prime surf, dining, and entertainment. The hotel offers plenty of services to make your Venice experience memorable, including taking open-air electric Moke cruisers through the canals and along the beach. For a pit stop, we recommend picking up beach picnic provisions at Dudley Market before you enjoy the full moon twinkling just outside your room.

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Miami, FL

  1. Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  2. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
  3. 1 Hotel South Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Celebrate: Career Level Ups

Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s sexy art deco setting is a fitting backdrop to celebrate your new promotion. This hotel is famous for its high-touch beachside service; their Faena Playa beach club staff is always ready to accommodate guests’ needs, whether it’s more sunscreen to beverages and light bites. We also suggest taking advantage of the Tierra Santa Healing House, a unique South American-inspired spa with direct beach access. Bask in amenities like an ice room, waterfall therapy alcove, and a hammam as you and your crew celebrate your next professional chapter.

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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Celebrate: Becoming an Empty Nester

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort invites new empty nesters to disconnect and celebrate their newfound freedom by unwinding on their sprawling grounds. This nine-acre resort features four freshwater pools situated across the grounds, as well as a 70,000-square-foot smartphone-free spa. Their extensive spa menu includes over forty options, but make sure not to miss their signature Thermal Experiences. These unique wellness journeys guide guests through a loop of hot and cold areas to relieve stress and stimulate circulation. This stay is sure to kick off your time as an empty nester with a clear head and recalibrated physical state.

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1 Hotel South Beach

Celebrate: Earth Day

For eco-conscious guests looking for reasons to celebrate beachside, we recommend 1 Hotel South Beach. This breath of fresh air in the heart of the Miami scene is uniquely designed by Plant the Future. The designers successfully bring the outside into the hotel without sacrificing style, comfort, or luxury. This ethos is especially present in their health and wellness sanctuary, the Miami outpost of the Bamford Wellness Spa. Originally created by Carole Bamford, every treatment puts an emphasis on organic and naturally-made ingredients. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day with sustainability in mind.

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New York, NY

  1. The Mark Hotel
  2. The Greenwich Hotel
  3. Pendry Manhattan West

The Mark

Celebrate: Post-Divorce Party

When it comes to kicking off the next chapter of newfound independence, a post-divorce party is best done in style uptown. Gather your girls for a private charter aboard The Mark’s historic sailboat through the Hudson; this seventy-foot ship was built back in 1921 by legendary yacht designer Nathanael Herreshoff and continues to operate out of this cushy Manhattan retreat. Your journey starts at Tribeca’s North Cove Marina and journeys southward to New York Harbor. While aboard, The Mark’s Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten prepares a delightful spread of cocktails and main courses. Return for an evening at the hotel known for servicing even the most discreet of guests. We assure you that you’ll check out ready to step into whatever the next chapter holds.

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The Greenwich Hotel

Celebrate: Creative Project Wrap Party

Celebrate wrapping on your latest cinematic or creative endeavor with a check-in at The Greenwich Hotel. This downtown staple situated amongst Tribeca’s charming cobblestone is known for its dining outlets perfect for any reason to celebrate. This includes Locanda Verde, as well as the ultra-private Drawing Room and Courtyard with a menu curated by Italian Chef Andrew Carmellini. In terms of accommodations, look no further than the TriBeCa Penthouse. This top-floor sanctuary was designed in close collaboration with hotel partners Ira Drukier and Robert De Niro. The design fuses the Japanese Wabi aesthetic with New York’s industrial charm to create a unique space perfect for hosting larger groups to celebrate your big project being complete.

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Pendry Manhattan West

Celebrate: Friendsgiving

Friendsgivings have been on the rise in the past decade for various reasons. But one thing is certain: every Friendsgiving deserves a feast to remember. Pendry Manhattan West’s newest addition to the New York culinary scene – Zou Zou’s – promises guests a lively and modern take on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. Set in an open kitchen, Chef Madeline Sperling and Juliana Latif invite guests to dine on a colorful menu that celebrates dishes from Lebanon to Turkey to Egypt. A stay in the hotel’s stunning room product will make for the ultimate end to your day of gratitude.

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Ready to start the celebrations? Contact your SmartFlyer advisor and start planning your ideal city stay.

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