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New York City is the ultimate destination for a romantic city break. Have a picnic in Central Park, stroll the Brooklyn Bridge, toast to love on a rooftop — and that’s just one amorous afternoon. There’s no shortage of romantic hotels in the Big Apple to complete your trip. Whether you're looking for a hip boutique far from the Midtown masses or an ultra-luxe hideaway with enviable views, you'll find options in spades. Below, just a handful of our favorite romantic hotels in NYC.
Best Overall: The Greenwich Hotel
No detail has been spared at Robert De Niro’s world-class, five-star hotel in a landmark Tribeca building. The 88 rooms, of which no two are exactly the same, are a flawless combination of style and decadence. Tibetan silk rugs, English leather couches, and unique artworks adorn the generously-sized spaces, luxury Swedish beds ensure a restful sleep, and the bathrooms are finished with marble or Moroccan tiles and deep-soaking tubs.
Romance levels are sent soaring at the Japanese-style spa; designed in stone and timber and lit with glowing lanterns, it’s connected to a sleek indoor swimming pool. A private, leafy courtyard for guests only is so tranquil you’ll forget you’re staying in the heart of downtown Manhattan. While fantastic restaurants abound in the neighborhood, there’s no need to leave The Greenwich Hotel grounds for an aphrodisiac of a meal. On-site Italian restaurant Locanda Verde serves up rustic yet sophisticated dishes like squid ink linguini and wood-fired garlic chicken for two in a candle-lit, casually elegant sitting (and a roaring fireplace makes for an extra cozy atmosphere during cold months).
Best Budget: The Lucerne
Sophisticated and surprisingly affordable, The Lucerne on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is the perfect hotel for a romantic and reasonably priced stay in New York City. Though compact, all 202 rooms in the historic building have been decorated in a classic, elegant style, with soft-glowing lamps and luxury linens. The Lucerne is renowned for the kind of refined, stately service that’s reminiscent of a bygone era. The American Museum of Natural History is a five-minute walk away, Central Park can be reached in 10 minutes, and it’s just a seven-minute walk to the 72nd Street/Broadway subway station to take the 1/2/3 train to Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn.
Adding to the romantic atmosphere is the on-site French-Mediterranean restaurant Nice Matin, a beloved neighborhood eatery with a large sidewalk café space that feels more like Paris than NYC. It’s a popular weekend brunch spot, so you can fuel up with a spread of coffee, juice, and orange-buttermilk french toast or eggs benedict before a day of exploring the Big Apple. The nightly complimentary wine hour is just a bonus.
Best Boutique: The NoMad Hotel
Old-world glamour meets contemporary luxury at The NoMad Hotel, a 168-room property that has the feel of a much smaller stay thanks to its stylish, character-filled rooms. In a restored 12-story Beaux-Arts building two blocks from Madison Square Park, the romance begins in moody, low-lit common areas, which boast velvet drapes, a 200-year-old fireplace imported from France, and a breath-taking two-story library complete with a spiral staircase.
European-inspired rooms are filled with statement furniture and original artworks specifically chosen to enhance each space. Reclaimed hardwood floors, high ceilings, and claw-foot bathtubs (in most rooms) create a romantic, bohemian-chic ambiance. The restaurant at The NoMad is one of New York’s most celebrated, helmed by the same team as the three Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. It’s a truly special experience to eat in the upscale yet cozy dining room beneath a glass-enclosed atrium, enjoying perfectly prepared modern American dishes such as lobster poached with butternut squash, Swiss chard, and ginger complemented by a world-class wine list.
Best Design: The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel
Entering the foyer at The Beekman, the first thing you must do is look up. A soaring nine-level atrium gives way to a pyramidal skylight, a beautiful remnant of the revived Victorian-era building which was constructed in 1883. The sense you have stepped back in time continues through the reception area, decorated in grand style with chandeliers, antique rugs, vintage lamps, and leather and velvet armchairs, and into the hotel bar, which has become a lower Manhattan hot spot since The Beekman opened in 2016.
The hotel's 285 guestrooms are more contemporary than the common areas, with only subtle nods to the past like a drinks trolley with cocktail-making ingredients (a welcome treat if you’re too exhausted from a day of exploring to go out for a nightcap). The rooms boast high-tech conveniences too — such as a Chromecast-compatible flat-screen TV and a radio with Bluetooth wireless streaming — and are particularly large and light-filled by New York City standards, with sleek marble bathrooms. An unexpectedly large gym with Peloton bikes is an additional perk.
Best for Luxury: Gramercy Park Hotel
Gramercy Park Hotel, a haunt for glamorous New Yorkers and the international jet set since 1925, offers a rare level of luxury and service. For the duration of their stay, every guest receives a coveted key to Gramercy Park, a private green space normally accessible only to neighbors who pay for the privilege. Inside the historic, beautifully maintained building, the décor is best described as Renaissance-revival. Victorian and art-deco handcrafted furniture is upholstered in bold hues, works from Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Damien Hirst hang on the walls, and a light installation of more than 4,000 bulbs hangs from the ceiling in the Drawing Room.
Gramercy Park's 190 guest rooms are decorated with opulence, in vibrant shades of red, blue, and green leather, mahogany, and velvet. The hotel also offers impressive culinary experiences; there’s Danny Meyer’s Italian restaurant Maialino, and the Rose Bar, one of the most sophisticated and sought-after spots to drink in Manhattan (look carefully and you’re almost guaranteed to see a celebrity).
Best for Nightlife: The Standard, High Line
Floor-to-ceiling windows provide uninterrupted views of Manhattan and the Hudson River at The Standard, High Line, the 18-story glass building that looms 17 meters high over the railway-track-turned-urban-green-space. The achingly cool outpost of the hip boutique hotel chain is steps from Chelsea Market, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the boutiques, bars, and restaurants of the Meatpacking District, and, of course, the High Line.
Rooms here are compact, but feel bigger thanks to the aforementioned floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek, minimalist decor. The Standard, High Line is the place to be any night of the week, when a glamorous crowd fills trendy rooftop bar Top of the Standard for sunset drinks with jaw-dropping views, or Le Bain nightclub for DJs and dancing that goes until very late. Celebrities are known to frequent The Standard, High Line — it was here that Solange Knowles and Jay-Z’s infamous elevator argument went down. Pro tip: sleep with the blinds open to be woken up by a mind-blowing view of the sun rising over New York.
Best View: Mandarin Oriental
It’s hard to imagine waking up to a more romantic view than Central Park. At the Mandarin Oriental, New York, which rises over Columbus Circle and Central Park West, many of the luxurious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Manhattan’s biggest green space (others offer a nearly as breath-taking outlook towards the Hudson).
As well as a rare perspective of the city, rooms here offer more space than many Big Apple hotels, and they have generously-sized marble bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs. If you’re not in a Central Park view room, you still get to appreciate the panorama over breakfast in the white-tablecloth dining room, or at The Aviary, the cocktail bar on the 35th floor where award-winning Chicago chef Grant Achatz oversees an innovative drinks menu — in other words, lots of glass bell jars and ooh-inducing liquid nitrogen — matched expertly with unusual bar snacks. A mesmerizing view of yellow taxis looping around Columbus Circle unfolds below. The hotel has all the perks you’d expect of a Mandarin Oriental, including a fully equipped fitness center with a sauna and swimming pool.
Best in Brooklyn: The William Vale
The benefits of staying in Brooklyn over Manhattan are tempting: bigger rooms, more reasonable rates, and, last but not least, the incredible view. The William Vale makes the most of its position just across the East River from Manhattan by rising 21 stories to give guests a breath-taking panorama of the cityscape. The William Vale’s rooftop bar, Westlight, has become so popular a spot to clink glasses at sunset that there’s frequently a queue for the elevator to get up there — but hotel guests get priority access over non-guests, so there’s no need to cut your afternoon activities short and get in line.
After the sun goes down, on-site southern Italian restaurant Leuca is a romantic way to spend an evening, otherwise, there’s an abundance of good neighborhood eateries to choose from, such as Paulie Gee’s pizza. All 183 light and bright, contemporary rooms have a balcony with uninterrupted views, either of Manhattan or Brooklyn; snag a Gotham Queen for the iconic skyline vista.
Best City Center: The St. Regis New York
The St. Regis on Fifth Avenue, just four blocks from Central Park, is the epitome of a romantic Big Apple hotel. The 237 luxuriously appointed guest rooms that make up the historic landmark Beaux-Arts building seem to have been styled with lovers in mind, decked out with silk-lined walls, chandeliers, elegant furniture, marble baths, and deep hues of red and blue. A 24-hour butler service makes the experience extra-special — request some tea or coffee upon arrival, or even to have your suitcases unpacked.
Sip a glass of champagne in the King Cole Bar, a playground for New York’s elite since the 1920s (Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich, and John Lennon are among the icons who have laid their heads at the storied hotel). The St. Regis’ Midtown location is unbeatable; on top of the proximity to Central Park, the hotel is a five-minute walk to MoMA, 10 minutes to Rockefeller Center, and 15 minutes to Times Square. Rather fittingly, this uber-romantic property is just one city block from the famous LOVE sculpture.
Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular romantic hotels in NYC. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 30 different hotels, read over 30 user reviews (both positive and negative), and stayed in 4 of the hotels themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.