If you don’t plan on sleeping much: Crash Hotel, Edmonton
Set in Edmonton’s downtown Ice District and minutes from Rogers Place sports and entertainment arena, Crash Hotel shatters the cookie-cutter mould of more traditional city digs. Inside the 1904 building (formerly the Grand Hotel) you’ll find 72 cozy, one of-a-kind-rooms kitted out with after-party trimmings such as sliding blackout window coverings, earplugs and bottled water. Room designs include accent walls stacked Tetris-style with vintage suitcases, as well as oversized wall decals—think mojito recipes and a Star Wars Stormtrooper shadowing Darth Vadar. Room configurations cater to your individual party style; find the usual kings, queens, doubles and double doubles along with party suites (with in-room shower), bunk beds and hostel-style set-ups. Many of the rooms are above the Denizen Hall music venue (hence the earplugs), where no keg goes untapped and vintage arcade games keep the party going whenever weekend house band The Barkells takes a break. Spontaneity rules here; pick up a Crash onesie at the front desk and check in after midnight to save $50 on your room. Rates from $120.
Nearby point of interest: One block north, Rogers Place arena is home to the Edmonton Oilers and live music performances. —Diane Bolt
If you want great cocktails: Pod 39, New York City
The rooftop bar at this budget-friendly hotel has killer views, late-night bites and a tequila-focused cocktail menu that lures even non-hotel guests. Dine at chef April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco, a loud, dimly lit taqueria-meets-Buddha-lounge, hang out at the hotel’s Playroom Lounge for table tennis and games, then head to the rooftop for a nightcap. Rates from US$80.
Nearby point of interest: Visit the Empire State Building after dark, when the city’s lights sparkle at their brightest. —Alyssa Quirico
If you want a pool party vibe: W Scottsdale, Ariz.
Swap the serenity of the Arizona desert with a high energy party vibe inside the W Scottsdale. On weekends, you’ll find a young, upscale crowd splashing about in the rooftop WET Pool to the spins of resident DJs—the pool is open 24/7. Amp up the evening with live music at the hotel’s Living Room lounge Wednesday to Saturday. Rates from US$379.
The morning after: Reinvigorate with a detoxifying ginger rub massage or an oxygen blast facial at Bliss Spa. —Sherri Haigh