Romantic hotels in NYC: Six spots to put you in the mood for love

If you want to make it a night to remember, get a room in one of the most romantic hotels in New York City.

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Whether you want to end a great date on a high note or rekindle the passion in your relationship, these romantic hotels provide the perfect setting for amour. Though there are many glamorous boutique and spa hotels in the city, these offbeat urban sanctuaries will stoke your fantasies and transport you to another time or place. Order room service, crack open a bottle of champagne and hang up the Do Not Disturb sign—rose petals on the bed are entirely optional.


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Gramercy Park Hotel

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

This 1924 hotel, which reopened in 2006 after a dramatic design overhaul, occupies one of the most romantic spots in New York; it overlooks charming Gramercy Park, which was modeled in the 1830s after a London square. Like other parkside residents, guests have access to one of the coveted keys to the tranquil patch of green. In cold weather, however, you might prefer to canoodle beside one of the hotel’s three fireplaces, or tour the blue-chip art collection—wall space in the top-floor parlor and living room is devoted to Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, respectively. The place has the air of a contemporary baronial mansion: Live out your Wuthering Heights fantasies in quarters outfitted with oak floors, sweeping red velvet drapes, tapestry-covered chairs, English-style drinks cabinets and handmade velvet headboards.

  1. 2 Lexington Ave, (at 21st St), 10010
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Hotel Elysée

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The former home of Tennessee Williams and Tallulah Bankhead, among other colorful figures, this small 1926 property is like a scaled-down grand hotel: Rooms are furnished with antiques, gilt-framed paintings and old prints, and most of the marble-tiled bathrooms have tubs—though a duo soak would probably require contortionist skills. Suites are decked out with (nonfunctional) fireplaces and crystal chandeliers. For a glamorous meal, ask the concierge to book you a table at the reinvented Monkey Bar, or have select dishes, like half a dozen oysters ($20) and dry-aged sirloin with bordelaise sauce ($55), delivered to your room—about half of the nonsuite accommodations are furnished with love seats for cozy in-room dining.

  1. 60 E 54th St, (between Madison and Park Aves), 10022
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The Jane

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Imagine sharing a sleeper compartment on an express train speeding through the night.… A stay at Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson’s budget-to-moderate property is a lot more affordable than a ride on the Orient Express. Taking inspiration from movies by the Coen brothers and Wes Anderson, the hoteliers have created a time-capsule fantasy world where staff wear traditional bellhop uniforms and rooms are modeled on train and ship cabins. Choose a (very) cozy bunk-bed setup with a bathroom down the hall, or a more spacious, wainscoted Captain’s Cabin with private facilities—many have terraces or Hudson views.

  1. 113 Jane St, (at West St), 10014
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The London NYC

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The British may be famously reserved, but they’re also notoriously kinky beneath their buttoned-up exteriors. Designed by David Collins, the wizard behind the interiors of some of the British capital’s most glamorous restaurants and bars, the London NYC combines cool sophistication with sexy amenities. All of the spacious guest quarters are suites, either open-plan or divided by French doors into sleeping and lounging areas, and the showers are built for two, with double rain showerheads. If you can’t afford the menu at Gordon Ramsay at the London, the fiery British chef has a less expensive on-site eatery, Maze. And if you don’t want to leave your room, you can order in—conveniently, the ingenious coffee tables adjust to full height for a private dinner à deux.

  1. 151 W 54th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10019
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Mondrian Soho

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

For a fairy-tale escape, stroll hand in hand through the ivy-covered passageway that leads to this fanciful contemporary hotel. Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz took inspiration from Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête, adding surreal touches in the lobby such as coffee tables perched on talons and parasol-shaded lamps; the fresh, white-and-blue rooms are more restrained, with subtly romantic touches like arabesque-print upholstery. Even if you’re not staying the night, you can dine in a magical, chandelier-lit garden setting in the glass-enclosed Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar.

  1. 9 Crosby St, (between Grand and Howard Sts), 10013
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The NoMad Hotel

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

If you can’t arrange a Parisian rendezvous with your bien-aimé(e), check in to the NoMad for a convincing facsimile of the experience. Not only did the hotel’s designer, Jacques Garcia—known for designing rue Saint-Honoré A-list crash pad Hôtel Costes—create the opulent public spaces, he modeled the room decor on his old Paris apartment. The slightly bohemian domestic vibe, fostered by distressed leather chairs, antique travel-themed art and vintage Heriz rugs, reinforces the illusion of a left-bank assignation. A claw-foot bathtub takes pride of place in the middle of some rooms, so you can scrub each other’s backs (using aromatic Côté Bastide products) in comfortable surroundings. If you can snag reservations at the hotel’s wildly popular restaurant, try for a table in the intimate nook off the atrium, where you can get cozy by an ornate marble fireplace imported from a French chateau.

  1. 1170 Broadway, (at 28th St), 10001
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