With Valentine’s Day ready to rear its sweet, cherubic head in just two short weeks, a handful of hotels in New York have created some unique and romantic deals to make sure that there is, in fact, love in the heart of the city. Here are five of our favorite offers guaranteed to set the mood for your big-time romance in the Big Apple:
“Love on Ice” at The Standard: If you’re ready to turn that winter cuddle buddy into a springtime sweetheart, say it in a way that will sweep him off his feet—literally. The “Love on Ice” promo marries the ultra-trendy vibe of The Standard with the whimsy of your favorite rom–com. The package includes dinner for two at the Standard Grill (two drinks, one appetizer, two entrées, two sides, two glasses of Moet, one dessert) and ice skating rental for two. Make sure to remind him—that is, if he didn’t already know—that part of Beyoncé’s video “Rocket” was filmed just upstairs. As the old adage goes, “If it’s good enough for Bey, it’s good enough for me.”
“An Affair to Remember” at the Refinery Hotel: Head just a stone’s throw north of the Empire State Building to the clean, industrial-chic Refinery Hotel for a Valentine’s Day not soon forgotten. Your story begins on the rooftop under the sultry red glow of the city’s sexiest skyscraper with a bowl of chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of—what else—Vueve Cliqout or Dom Perignon. Choose from one of two packages, both including a live performance by Jazz/soul musician Thana Alexa and a Kissing Booth self portrait. It’s the quintessential New York Valentine’s Day.
“Romance Lives” at the Eventi – A Kimpton Hotel: The notably gay-friendly Eventi – A Kimpton hotel is pulling out all the stops to help you shout your love from the rooftops (or at least have it written in huge letters on the side of a building). That pop you heard when you walked in? It’s just the bottle of champagne that greets you upon arrival—with chocolates, of course. Surprise your other half with a custom message, large and bright for the world to see on the Eventi’s famous BIG Screen Plaza. The staff knows your romance will live late into the night, so unplug the alarms and sleep in because they’re throwing in a late check out.
Valentine’s Day Weekend Package at the Andaz Wall Street: Yes, we admit, it’s not in (or near, for that matter) any NYC gayborhood, but this Andaz had such a tempting Valentine’s Day offer that we’re ready to go join the wolf pack on Wall Street—at least for a couple nights. Book the weekend here and you’ll be welcomed with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. After a twirl on the ice at South Street Seaport Ice Rink, unwind with a “Champagne Cream Side-by-Side Massage” in your room and breakfast in bed. If you’re a lone wolf come Valentine’s Eve, stop by the Andaz Wall Street’s Bar 7even 5ive. Order the top-shelf “Wrecking Ball” and a “Cocktail Cupid” will deliver another to whomever you choose. No word on whether they’ll sing the song as they swoop in to hand off the drink.
“Romance at The Plaza” at The Plaza: As if staying at The Plaza under ordinary circumstances wasn’t already romantic enough, the team behind this New York landmark is offering a package to take an over-the-top experience to a whole new level. Spend the night in a guest room or suite and you’ll be greeted by the requisite chocolate truffles and champagne (bonus: you keep the two champagne flutes etched with The Plaza’s logo). The next morning, wake up to breakfast in bed and a floral arrangement from Gramercy Park Flowers. Only The Plaza can make an elegantly simple offer look so jaw-droppingly luxe.