Hilton Americas 1600 Lamar, 713-577-6139

Houston, you can ring in 2005 “As You Like It” this New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Americas-Houston. This downtown hot spot will offer three unique options to meet a variety of tastes and pocketbooks. If black tie suits your mood, make your reservations at the Skyline Bar & Grill for a six-course dinner for two, free-flowing champagne or apple cider and party favors, live music, dancing, toast at midnight, a luxurious guest room, and a breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar on New Year’s Day. Your splurge of $595 per couple includes all tax and gratuity.

If you’d like a classy but more subdued affair, choose Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops and feast on a five-course gourmet dinner for two with drinks, party favors all night long, live music, a toast at midnight and an elegant guest room. The package goes for $395 per couple. And if you have theater or late-party plans and want a casual dinner on the way, the hotel’s Cafe Americas will be serving a special menu with a glass of champagne and a three-course meal beginning at 5 p.m. for $50 per couple.