If ever there were a perennial reason to splurge on a getaway, it’d be in the name of love—and the most romantic hotels in New York City let you do just that. Even if you’re a local, a staycation at a spa hotel or hotel with a Jacuzzi is a much more cost-effective way to say “I love you” than a round-trip flight to Aruba. (Although if you are in the mood to make a commitment beyond a local stay, there are plenty of romantic getaways in NY). Either way, you can’t put a price on love—but if you could, these romantic hotels are great places to start.
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One word: fireplace. Is there anything as romantic as some gently crackling tinder and a bedside bottle of champagne? Not much, aside from a gigantic circular tub surrounded by disco ball–esque tiling. Yep, Midtown’s Royalton has it all, landing it in the top spot...not surprising given its dreamy design and sultry lobby.
There’s plenty to write home about at the Pierre, particularly the breathtaking rotunda, lavishly appointed rooms and sprawling views of the city from each and every floor. It’s among the most coveted addresses in the neighborhood, and for good reason: the hotel’s storied past, old world elegance and romanticism are still apparent in its design and service.
Film noir aficionados, eat your heart out. The NoMad, in all its beaux-arts beauty, is an architectural gem rife with dark glamor and mystery. The hotel’s aesthetic, inspired by designer Jacques Garcia’s childhood Parisian apartment, is the epitome of romantic, and with a world-class bar and restaurant, led by the team behind the Michelin three-starred Eleven Madison Park at your fingertips, there’s no better place for an extended date.
Get out of town (sort of) and experience Williamsburg’s awe-inspiring urban utopia, a breezy concrete behemoth complete with 15,000 square feet of landscaped elevated promenade, world-class dining and drinking by Andrew Carmellini and an unreal concierge team that can turn a standard stay into the ultimate romantic escape.
After opening its doors in 1925, Gramercy Park Hotel became an instant New York favorite, thanks largely to its celebrity clientele. It was the location of Humphrey Bogart’s wedding, played backdrop to Babe Ruth’s drinking habits and was even home to JFK for a brief time. The hotel’s star-studded history just oozes romance—and the key to the city’s most exclusive park certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Ian Schrager’s New York EDITION is a treat for each of the senses, particularly given its intoxicating spatial scent courtesy of Le Labo, and design envy-invoking aesthetic; heavy in oak, marble and other rich accents essential to romantic staycationing or vacationing. Revel in the rainforest shower and follow it up with drinks or dinner at The Clocktower from Jason Atherton on the second floor.
This ultra-secluded oasis boasts one of the best spas in the city and is backed by Robert De Niro, so you know it’s gotta be good. Each of the 88 guest rooms are unique and equally well-appointed, much like a skillfully curated box of chocolates. Needless to say, this one’s perfect for lovebirds seeking both privacy and an element of surprise.
Built in 1881, this landmark Queen Anne building had quite the cultural history before being reinvented as a hotel. The first production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in New York was mounted here and Edgar Allan Poe published The Broadway Journal on-site. Begin your stay with a visit to the breathtaking nine-story Victorian atrium capped with a skylight. Does it get more romantic than strolling through these storied halls with someone you love?
What was formally the fancy Smyth hotel, is now the location of AKA's luxurious Tribeca branch. The exclusive surrounds alone ooze romance, but behind the unassuming exterior of this four-star are beautiful mid-mod suites with floor-to-ceiling corner windows that offer stunning views of Manhattan from the comfort and privacy of your bed. Should you feel the urge to leave the room, you can both partake in one of the free yoga classes available or sip on cocktails infront of the fireplace in the lounge.
Known far and wide for its top-notch spa and unbeatable privacy, The Surrey offers a charming taste of London just minutes from Central Park. If that’s not romanticism itself, we’re not sure what is. In case you need further convincing, this place boasts the honor of Relais & Chateaux affiliation plus Daniel Boulud dining, so we’ll let the esteem do the talking.
Going to Williamsburg counts as a vacation for Manhattanites, right? At the Wythe, the city’s most photogenic industrial-chic interiors await. It’d be a shame not to stay as a couple if only for the portrait opportunities against soaring factory windows and the endless views beyond, which is only fitting for a hotel built on a foundation of art and beauty.
Playful touches like faux fur rugs combine with classic decor elements, like leather armchairs, in this cosmopolitan hotel in the Lower East Side. Couples might like any of the downtown chic rooms—many boast sweeping views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn—but the terraced options are particularly swanky. Your proximity to trendy bistro Dirty French is just an added bonus.
This Soho hotel takes the typical dinner-and-a-movie date to the next level: guests can pop into the state-of-the-art screening room on Sundays for dinner, drinks and a film. The perks aren’t the only thing that helps this British hotel stand out from the pack, either. Instead of the typical monochrome color palette, Crosby Street Hotel incorporates bright colors and funky art pieces throughout the lobby, terrace and guest rooms for an adorably whimsical look.