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NYC is made for romance, with its shimmering cityscapes, cozy cocktail bars and eateries, hand-in-hand-stroll-worthy parks, and made-for-the-movies street scenes. It's the perfect urban backdrop to your one-of-a-kind Manhattan love story! But don't limit your romantic getaway (or staycation, for you local New Yorkers) to all the swoon-worthy things that there are to do and see, when your hotel could and should be part of the overall romantic package. Here, we've rounded up 10 of the most romantic hotels in NYC for your next Valentine's Day, anniversary, or just-because NYC escapade-for-two.
The High Line Hotel
This transporting Chelsea hotel – a reimagined collegiate gothic-style seminary dating to 1895 – oozes character, history, and romance. Since 2013, it's served as a quaint guesthouse filled with "vintage eclectic Americana," where 60 airy guestrooms spill over with antique furnishings, hardwood floors covered by heirloom rugs, oversized windows, and charming accents like rotary phones and embossers. The grounds (once an apple orchard) include a French-style gated garden courtyard, while a coffee bar and cocktail bar serve up drinks to pair with your canoodling. Nearby, the beloved High Line park invites romantic walks, while the hotel lends out complimentary Shinola bicycles that are primed for a sunset ride along the nearby Hudson River Park.
The Bryant Park Hotel
This cosmopolitan, design-and-fashion driven property – perched on the fringes of lovely Bryant Park in a 128-room art deco building – is highly regarded as one of the most romantic hotels in NYC. Rooms offer cozy leather-paneled beds, covered with 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and wool blankets, while bathrooms boast Travertine marble and Molton Brown bath products. Got some mood music in mind? There's a BOSE Wave Music System and iHome Loading Dock on hand, too. Bryant Park, just across the street, is a perfect spot for a romantic hand-in-hand stroll – or a whirl on the free ice-skating rink set up there in winter (alternatively, the park hosts movies under the stars during summertime). Or, you needn't leave the property, period, what with the hotel's gothic-inspired Cellar Bar or Koi Japanese eatery, right on site.
Gramercy Park Hotel
This landmark NYC hotel has been welcoming a star-studded guest roster for nearly a century (fun fact: Humphrey Bogart once got married here). Inside, expect fine touches like handcrafted furnishings from around the globe and an impressive rotating art collection featuring museum-quality 20th-century works from the likes of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. The 190 rooms and suites come appointed with velvet drapery; feather beds coated with Italian linens; red oak floors; and marbled vanities. Best of all, guests get keys to access Manhattan's only private park, the hotel's namesake, Gramercy Park. The on-site food-and-beverage offerings are linger-worthy and perfect for date nights: try Danny Meyer's Italian eatery Maialino, or sip on cocktails under the high ceilings of the scene-y Rose Bar.
The Greenwich Hotel
Tucked away in the posh Tribeca neighborhood, The Greenwich Hotel – backed by Robert De Niro – proposes a romantic hideaway well worth seeking out. Expect global furnishings, Tibetan silk rugs, Swedish beds by Duxiana, and bathrooms adorned with hand-laid Moroccan tiles or Carrara marble. Apart from the 88 individually appointed guestrooms, the hotel puts forth several romantic retreats, including the Drawing Room bar, plant-filled courtyard, lantern-lit indoor pool, and Locanda Verde Italian eatery. Don't miss the transporting, elements-inspired Shibui Spa oasis for rejuvenating massages, baths, and skincare treatments.
The Bowery Hotel
Touting 17 stories and 135 guestrooms, this hip-and-happening hotel beckons lovebirds to the gentrified Bowery strip on the Lower East Side. Googly-eyed guests can check into sun-drenched rooms outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows framed by thick velvet curtains (that offer primo city views), Turkish rug-draped hardwood floors, and marbled bathrooms with rain shower heads and C.O. Bigelow bath amenities. Take advantage of the free loaner bicycles, or hide out in the vintage-vibe hotel with its 24-hour room service, tucked-away velvet-filled lobby lounge, and stylish Gemma Restaurant dolling out fine Italian dishes.
Crosby Street Hotel
Set on a quiet cobblestone street within the bustling SoHo nabe, the artsy and chic Crosby Street Hotel offers lucky lovers 86 romantic rooms and suites spread out over its 11 floors. Expect contemporary in-room decor from designer Kit Kemp with floor-to-ceiling windows (the top floors have stellar views across lower Manhattan) and marble bathrooms; the Meadow Suite even has its own private terrace garden. Apart from the rooms, guests can dip into The Crosby Bar and Terrace, or hide away from the city hustle in the hotel's private sculpture garden; art-filled drawing room with fireplaces and deep sofas; or 99-seat screening room.
The Library Hotel
Lovers who double as book lovers will find the perfect fit at The Library Hotel, a temple to literature set steps from Bryant Park and the city's main library. Each of the 60 literary-themed rooms in the 10-floor hotel comes adorned with books and art dedicated to topics like philosophy, religion, or the arts (try the "erotic literature" or "philosophical love" room for the best romantic bets); more than 6,000 books are spread throughout the property. A stay here gets couples ample included-in-the-rates perks like a continental breakfast and an evening wine-and-cheese reception in the second-floor Reading Room. Don't miss the 14th-floor rooftop Writer's Den and Poetry Garden, a terrace with cozy-up views of Manhattan (it transforms into the Bookmarks Lounge, for cocktails, come nightfall).
Mandarin Oriental, New York
For those iconic sky-scraping bird's-eye views out over Manhattan, look no further than this luxe NYC outpost of the esteemed Asian-inspired Mandarin Oriental hotel collection. Anchoring the southwest corner of sprawling Central Park, atop the Time Warner Center, couples can score in-room views well worth cuddling the day away for, with floor-to-ceiling window vistas that spread out across the park, and onto the Hudson River and New York City skyline. Beyond the 244 upscale guestrooms and suites, perfect date nights await without every stepping foot off of the property: Try the celebrated Asian/New American eatery Asiate, order up cocktails at the stylish MObar, luxuriate in the massive spa (complete with a couples' spa suite), or slip in a swim-for-two at the property's 75-foot lap pool. Upscale shopping awaits at the Shops at Columbus Circle just downstairs, as does the robust performing arts calendar or esteemed nearby cultural institutions like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Refined and classy, The Pierre – flagship property for the upscale Taj hotel chain – has commanded staying power on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, just steps from Central Park, since the 1920s. Check into one of 189 rooms or suites with your sweetie, to enjoy old world elegance and romanticism, classic Central Park and NYC skyline views, and Turkish marble bathrooms. Refuel at the on-site Italian fine-dining eatery Sirio Restaurant; dig into "black-tie crowd" dishes (like Maine lobster or Welsh rarebit) or sip on table-side cocktails under the soaring rotunda; or share a tea-for-two or romantic toast at the Two E Bar/Lounge, with a schedule of weekly live jazz performances.
Soho Grand Hotel
The sophisticated, 17-story Soho Grand Hotel is situated right in the heart of happening SoHo, with the quarter's nearby upscale boutiques, sexy bars and eateries, and art galleries filling in the nabe's distinctive cast iron architecture and cobblestone streets. A boutique property with personality, guests can expect artistry and craftsmanship throughout, with 355 guestrooms and suites appointed with custom and vintage furnishings, top-of-the-line fixtures, Frette linens and bathrobes, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities, and a selection of original artwork. Dramatic public spaces show off fine touches like vaulted ceilings and velvet drapes, and without leaving the front door, romance-minded guests can find several intimate settings in which to dine and drink. Check out the classic Grand Bar hotel bar; the guests-only, fireplace-anchored Club Room; the Salon (dubbed "SoHo's living room"); and the seasonal outdoor eatery, Gilligan's, serving up seafood and locally sourced ingredients.