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The best date hotels in NYC

Make your next date World Series level when you score a room at one of New York City’s best date hotels

By Hannah Howard
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Dinner and drinks is a perfectly classic date idea in NYC (albeit a bit of a yawn), but if you are looking to hit a homerun, you best score a reservation for two at some of New York City’s best date hotels. These sexy Manhattan and Brooklyn hotels are, not surprisingly, some of the most gorgeous, fun and well-appointed hotels in all of New York City, not to mention the world. It’s also no surprise that as locals we never get the chance to stay at one. (Because who in New York really has time or disposable income for a staycation?) But sometimes the company of that special someone warrants a splurge. After all, there is no better date than one with plush white robes, a gigantic bed and, of course, room service. When you do muster the strength to put on clothes to leave your glorious room, there are infinite restaurants and bars nearby (or even inside when you consider the best hotel restaurants in NYC), plus new neighborhoods to explore, and all the top attractions of New York City at your doorstep, adding deep layers to an already killer date weekend. 

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Best date hotels in NYC

1. The Standard, High Line

Hotels Chain hotels Meatpacking District

If your date is going so well that you can’t possibly say good night (or wait until you get back to Queens), download the “One Night Standard” app and you’re in luck (or literally getting lucky). Use it anytime between 3 p.m. and 5 a.m to see if a room is available, and you just may find seriously low rates (think $99) at one of the city’s hippest hotels. The app lets you snag a first-come, first-serve room (so it may be a standard room or a penthouse suite) at a last-minute rate. Stay to imbibe at the Biergarten and brunch at The Top of the Standard. Take your complimentary bikes out on a spin on the High Line. 

2. The Mark

Hotels Boutique hotels Upper East Side

Move on up to the East Side to The Mark, an historic, super posh hotel built in 1927, which reopened in 2009 following a $150 million makeover/gun renovation, taking it from stuffy to flashy and fab. Sip a Lychee Raspberry Bellini at the Mark Bar, splurge for a fancy dinner at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, then soak it out in your Art Deco-esque room’s deep, luxurious bathtub. You can bring Fido along, too—The Mark will provide a dog bed and an extra classy water bowl. 

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3. Ace Hotel New York

Hotels Boutique hotels Flatiron

Stay here and you may be tempted to spend all day eating and drinking. From gorgeous cocktails in the buzzy lobby bar, to the to-die-for lamb burgers at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, oysters on ice at The John Dory Oyster Bar and cold brew galore at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, your inner foodie has everything you need. And in case that’s not enough, the sandwiches at No. 7 Subs is what your dreams are made of. Recover from all that in robes so soft you’ll never want to take them off.

4. The Bowery Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels East Village

Drink at the hip-as-it-gets lobby bar, brunch your hearts out at Gemma, then check out two bikes—the Bowery Hotel offers free bike rentals—and pedal around the East Village. Date perfection. And it gets even better: afterward, gawk at the great views in your loft-like, light-drenched room, chill on your private terrace, and wrap up in Egyptian cotton bathrobes. 

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5. Mandarin Oriental New York

Hotels Chain hotels Hell's Kitchen

For the go-all-out date, there’s little more extravagant than the Mandarin Oriental, with its sweeping views of Central Park, amethyst crystal steam rooms and multiple pools. Don’t miss the lavish spa treatments, like the Opulent Rejuvenesence Facial or a couples Oriental Harmony massage. Or stay in your room instead to indulge in a bath in its deep soaking tub. 

6. Dream Downtown

Hotels Boutique hotels Chelsea

There are endless options for great nights out in The Meatpacking District or Chelsea, which makes the Dream Downtown a perfect hideaway for a date weekend. Enjoy delicacies at nearby Chelsea Market before returning to the hotel to dance the night away at the trendy rooftop lounge. Cap the night by collapsing into 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens. Added bonus: The hotel’s heated pool with chaise lounges and soft imported sand is open year-round.

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NoMo SoHo Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy NoMo SoHo Hotel

7. NoMo SoHo Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Soho

Located on cobblestoned Crosby Street, NOMO SOHO is an ideal spot from which to shop, dine, explore and play. The romantic décor inspired by Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film “La Belle et la Bete” will no doubt impress your date. Feast on duck bao buns and Wagyu Bavette steak at the NoMo Kitchen Restaurant, and schedule a spa treatment at Aire Ancient Bath to unwind in serious beauty.

8. The Marlton

Hotels Boutique hotels Greenwich Village

Unleash your inner artist or musician when you stay at The Marlton in Greenwich Village, a popular bohemian hideaway back in its heyday. Built in 1900, the location is perfect for exploring the West Village, or heading north a few blocks to get your shopping on in Chelsea. For literary lovers, this hotel is the ultimate aphrodisiac, as Jack Kerouac wrote The Subterraeans and Tristessa from this very spot.

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9. Hotel on Rivington

Hotels Boutique hotels Lower East Side

With a stunning penthouse view and in-room yoga, plus a cool neighborhood and a sky-high thread count, a stay here makes for an awesome date. Huge steam showers are worth lingering in, as are the crazy comfy Tempur-Pedic mattresses topped with Frette linens. You’ll need your beauty rest after partying into the wee hours at the nearby Lower East Side bars and clubs.

10. The Roxy Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Tribeca

Live the ultimate rock star life at the glamorous Roxy, situated in genteel Tribeca. Rooms come with plenty of mid-century style, replete with a turntable and a no-joke selection of records—plus pet goldfish upon request. Take your date to the Django, the subterranean jazz bar, and to the Tribeca Film Festival when it’s happening right at this very spot.

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11. The New York EDITION

Hotels Boutique hotels Flatiron

Imagine a cocktail at the sleek lobby bar, a bone-in 40-day dry-aged prime steak at The Clocktower and a night in an EDITION Loft overlooking Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, and the Empire State Building. Housed in the 1909 Metropolitan Life “Clocktower” building, this luxury hotel from Ian Schrager is luxe but understated. Cozy up to the 30-foot-long blackened-steel fireplace for a nightcap, then dive into a custom imported linen-topped bed.

Photograph: Courtesy NU Hotel

12. Nu Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Boerum Hill

Spend a night in charming Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and try not to fall in love with the coffee shops, bakeries, stores, restaurants and elegant brownstones nearby. Feel all zen on cork floors and organic bedding, and curl up with a book in your own personal hammock. The beds are pretty comfy, too. Leave each other love letters (or, um, to-do lists) on the bathroom’s chalkboard walls.

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