It may seem like a sleepy time -- this seasonal void between Christmas and New Year. In reality, you've got decisions to make. I'm not talking about end-of-year tax plans, or even resolutions. This is more imminently important.

Where are you spending New Year's Eve? With hundreds of possibilities in San Francisco and the East Bay, many are taking the nostalgic route and booking the night in a historic hotel.

Consider the benefits. Some of the most architecturally stunning buildings on earth are hotels. With their grand marble pillars and gilded ceilings graced with crystal chandeliers, these are American treasures -- and they lighten the mood of all who look back on our past through a rose-colored lens.

Here are three nearby historic hotels with spectacular New Year's Eve events:

  • The Claremont Resort in Berkeley. One of Frank Lloyd Wright's favorite hotel estates, the Claremont turns 100 in 2015. She remains one of the Bay Area's most distinctive landmarks, on 22 acres with sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay.

    The hotel has several options for New Year's Eve, including parties in the Claremont Ballroom (music by Martini Straight Up), Empire Ballroom with music by DJ Sal Castaneda, Paragon Bar and Meritage lounge. See http://www.claremontresort.com/ for pricing.

  • The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. At 103, this graceful lady has a timeless elegance. It's easy to imagine San Francisco's most prominent couples twirling in the Grand Ballroom to the biggest bands of the day.

    This New Year's Eve there are two ways to celebrate at the Palace. One is the NYE International Ball featuring four separate rooms with seven DJ's and an 11-piece salsa band.

    Or you can soak up the ambience in the famed Pied Piper Bar & Grill with an elegant five-course dinner and dancing to the retro R&B/swing band Cosmo Alley Cats. $95 (includes party favors and a champagne toast). http://www.sfpalace.com/

  • Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Some of the city's most talked-about events have been held at this storied Union Square property, including the Black and White Ball.

    Billed as Northern California's largest upscale New Year's Eve event, the "Passport to the World NYE Ball" is a 30,000-square-foot party with the largest dance floor in San Francisco and 15 DJ's from around the world. True to San Francisco style, you'll also see live art and an edgy fashion show. http://www.westinstfrancis.com.

    Got news? You can reach Ginny Prior by phone at 510-723-2525, by email at ginnyprior@hotmail.com or on the web at www.ginnyprior.com.