If ever there were a perennial reason to treat yourself or a loved one, it’d be in the name of romance—and the most romantic hotels in NYC let you do just that. Even if you’re a New Yorker, a staycation is a much more cost-efficient 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 night or two, there are also romantic getaways in NY, hotels on the beach near NYC, romantic hotels in America….) Either way, you can’t put a price on love—but if you could, these are great places to start.
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Most romantic hotels in NYC
One word: fireplace. Is there anything more romantic than crackling tinder and a bedside bottle of champagne? Not much, aside from a gigantic circular tub with disco ball–esque tiling. Midtown’s Royalton has it all, landing it in a top spot—not surprising given its dreamy Philippe Starck 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 and 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 glamour 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 (and magic show) at your fingertips, there’s no better place for an extended date.
Get out of town (sort of) and experience Williamsburg’s brand new 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 any 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. Once home to Humphrey Bogart’s wedding, Babe Ruth’s drinking habits and JFK’s headquarters for a brief time, the hotel’s star-studded history just oozes romanticism—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 and design envy-invoking aesthetic, heavy in oak and 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 Stephen Starr on the second floor.
This ultra-secluded oasis boasts one of the best spas in NYC, and it’s backed by Robert De Niro, so you know it’s gotta be good. Each of the 88 guest rooms are unique, though all are 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.
Tribeca is surely among Manhattan’s most exclusive neighborhoods, and the Smyth does an excellent job of capturing the essence of its posh surroundings. Enter the unassuming structure and check in at the no-nonsense front desk, from which you’ll be whisked up to your sleek, modern suite that you and the object of your affection will likely never want to leave.
Known far and wide for both its top-notch spa and unforgettable afternoon tea, the Surrey is 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 en couple if only for the portrait opportunities against soaring factory windows and the endless views beyond–it’s only fitting for a hotel built on a foundation of art and beauty.