New York City's savvy innkeepers know how to host honeymoon couples and other romantics in exemplary fashion. So there should be no surprise that hospitality perks are getting more sensual with each new place to perch: wine hours and rooftop pools, high-thread count sheets and spa toiletries, complimentary minibars and floor-to-ceiling windows where the city glitters at your feet. Although you won't be spending all your time in your room, it's bound to be a memorable one if you choose from among the city's sexiest hotels. Note: Only two are in the Times Square area; you don't want to be mistaken for tourists, do you?
Written by Angela Gaudioso.
High above New York's west side—the lobby starts on the 35th floor—the Mandarin Oriental may be the city's most romantic. The views alone are swoon-worthy; fortunately, a fainting couch is positioned in rooms adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Satin pillows and silk covers, attentive but unobtrusive staff, a restaurant that sets the scene for proposals both decent and indecent make this a top choice for couples who can afford a splurge.
Live life large at this sleek Chelsea hideaway, a Kimpton hotel. Amenities include a nightly wine hour to get you in the mood, a smartphone app that allows you to order in-room while out on the town, personal assistant services, free wi-fi, a 24-hour fitness center, and a full-service spa. Not only is Eventi gay-friendly, it's also pet-friendly. Guest rooms provide generous city views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The sexy Cityview Deluxe King is a 300-square-footer with high ceilings, custom Frette linens, a posh marble bathroom with dual showerheads, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities, terry robes, and a fully-stocked, gourmet honor bar.
It may be hard for any hotel to top Robert de Niro’s place. The actor’s own penchant for perfectionism is embodied here in downtown Manhattan to the extent that he may well be accused of being the world’s first method hotelier. Sparing no expense (and likely neither will you), his TriBeCa hideaway has a zoom lens trained on all the finer details. Eight floors include thirty-foot atelier windows, floors and doors of reclaimed wood, silk Tibetan rugs, English leather settees, Italian Carrara marble, Moroccan tiles, and Duxiana beds. A 250-year-old, pine-and-bamboo structure transported from Kyoto and was reassembled to house its sensual Shibui spa and sexy pool. Adjacent Locanda Verde offers tasty Italian fare.
If The Jetsons ever docked their spaceship in NYC, they'd bunk at this innovative, future-forward Times Square-area hotel. There’s automated check-in and out, the world’s only robotic luggage concierge, and something they call Mission Control on the expansive fourth floor, which holds the DohYO restaurant, bars, comfy lounge areas, and the largest hotel terrace in NYC. After a refreshing morning shower, meet on four for complimentary tea, coffee, and muffins and plot the day’s itinerary. Every floor in Yotel has its own galley stocked with complimentary hot drinks and a food-to-go menu. Minuscule but stylish “cabins” proffer organic mattresses and stunning city views. So go see a Broadway show steps away in the Theatre District, and hang out in Mission Control till bedtime.
Formerly known as The Lambs Club, this Stanford White-designed landmark once was a gathering place for stage and screen legends. Its Art Deco allure and bygone glamour have gracefully transitioned into the modern age. Guest rooms maintain the romance of the past while providing high-tech necessities as well as sexy suede walls, 400-thread count linens, and bespoke cocktail set. Bathrooms come with terry robes, Asprey products, and raindrop showers. The Lambs Club restaurant, bedecked with red leather banquettes, chrome torchieres, and a stately limestone fireplace evoke assignations past, future, and present. The five-star hotel is within walking distance to Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and Times Square as well as NYC's world-class shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
Royals, presidents, and stars of stage, screen, and sports have all stayed at The Plaza. Ernest Hemingway told F. Scott Fitzgerald that whenever he died to “give my liver to Princeton and my heart to The Plaza.” More than a century old but recently renewed, The Plaza has 282 guest rooms boasting the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York. While stunning Beaux Arts architecture and superb ambiance remain, new offerings under its gabled roof include a Champagne Bar and the stylish Rose Club. The portrait of Eloise, a touchstone for good girls with a flair for mischief, remains.
On a downtown strip once notorious for grit, derelicts, and soup kitchens, stylish folks now gather. The sophisticated seventeen-story brick hotel was the first of the new boutiques to open in the area and is within walking distance to SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Union Square. (Or grab a pair of complimentary bikes instead and pedal along dedicated paths.) Successfully marrying old with new, The Bowery’s handsome interior includes old-world tapestries and Oushak rugs, dark wood, arched stone fireplaces, and wall-mounted antlers. In rooms, floor-to-ceiling factory-style windows, killer views, 400-thread count bedding, and spacious marble baths give occupants the next level of luxury. Book an upper-floor suite, with its own patios, for the vistas. Downstairs is a great outdoor bar and the rustic-hip Italian ristorante Gemma.
Straddling the High Line elevated park in downtown’s Meatpacking District, there’s nothing standard about André Balazs’s sexy eighteen-story tower with stunning views of midtown, the West Village, and the Hudson River. There’s a 24-hour gym, seasonal rooftop bar, and its very own crêperie. Bikes are complimentary to guests and free wi-fi is everywhere. And the fantastic Whitney Museum of American Art is just two blocks south.
Across from New York’s only private greensward, Gramercy Park, with Greenwich Village and Union Square a few blocks south, this haute landmark in a cherished neighborhood has been home to creatives and dignitaries for almost a century. A recent refresh added Belle Epoque décor and a collection of twentieth-century art including Warhol, Basquiat, and Haring. Julian Schnabel designed or curated many of the furnishings and art that fill its interior. Cozy up to the Rose Bar’s wood-burning fireplace. The hotel’s bohemian vibe carries through to guest rooms with Renaissance-rich palettes and sexy velvet and mahogany appointments. Feather beds are robed in imported Italian linens, and embroidered chairs, soaking tubs, and marble vanities round out the fine amenities.
After a busy day exploring SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the East Village, retreat to this sleek minimalist in the nearby Lower East Side, where spacious, corner bedroom studio suites are outfitted with plush Tempur-Pedic® king beds. Floor-to-ceiling glass exterior walls allow you to see and be seen. Welcoming contemporary rooms have private balconies, deep soaking tubs, and luxe amenities. Ask the hotel’s in-the-know concierge to recommend the latest celebrity haunts and sexy hotspots.
If your ring bearer was your pet corgi, have no fear. He may also accompany you at the SoHo Grand. Manhattan’s first luxury downtown hotel in the heart of SoHo offers all the creature comforts to man and pooch. World-class art galleries, chic clothiers, designer shops, and trendy restaurants comprise the ‘hood. This fixture on coveted editorial best-lists year after year affirms its ability to balance service and style. Guest rooms feature original artwork, Egyptian cotton linens, Frette bathrobes, and Kiehl’s toiletries. Each is equipped with plasma TVs and an iPod dock and speakers. Suites come with 21” iMacs and an iPad pre-loaded with a downtown neighborhood guide to inform your strolls with or without Fido. Speaking of which, pet rooms are available at no additional charge.
Panoramic views and sunsets over the Hudson River distinguish this trendy resort in New York’s Meatpacking District. Tuck into one of the many bay window nooks in spacious and stylish guest rooms and suites or give one of its Juliet balconies a go, and then behold the stunning river vistas from this romantic perch. Drawing inspiration from the sixties and seventies, interior prints shimmer and stripe their way through rooms that also feature tufted headboards and mod sofas. A vibrant color scheme with bursts of magenta, gold, and champagne energize, and velvet and linen bring texture, drama, and downright comfort to the environs. Be sure to take a plunge in the 45-foot, glass-surrounded heated rooftop pool while you’re there.