From an Affair to Remember to Sex and the City, New York City stars as the sexy lead in numerous films and TV shows. In person, the city is as equally alluring, especially when it comes to staging a romance-filled honeymoon. Hotels across the city court honeymooners with everything from popping bottles of Champagne on starry rooftops to rose petals strewn across white-linen beds to just plain swoon-worthy settings. Here are the top six hotels for a romantic honeymoon getaway in NYC.
The New York Palace
There’s nothing like having your own palace to heat up a honeymoon. Fully renovated in 2013, the historic Palace on Madison Avenue in Midtown lives up to its name. Steal a kiss under the moonlight in the graceful courtyard, once the carriage entrance to the 1884 Villard Mansion, ringed with motifs taken from several 15th-century Italian cathedrals. Cruise the magnificent lobby, presided over by a handsome fireplace created by Beaux-Arts sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (his only other fireplace is on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Later, ease into the evening over creamy French dishes at Villard Michel Richard. Top it off with a bottle or three of room-service Champagne in your lofty suite in The Towers, the hotel’s modern extension that shoots 55 stories up into the sky, making it one of the tallest hotels in the city. The Towers — replete with touches like Italian renaissance-style marble floors and a gold leaf dome in its sparkling lobby — are near picture-perfect. The cream-hued suites follow suite; nuzzle by the floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the skyscrapers glinting beyond for a night to remember. The hotel offers a range of lovebird packages, including the Just Married deal (from $615 with a two-night minimum), which includes chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast for two, a spa credit of $200 and, best of all, a 4pm departure, so you can spend all day in bed. Rooms from $395; suites from $895. 455 Madison Ave., 212-888-7000, book now
The only thing better than the views from the Mandarin Oriental’s sky-high lobby? Enjoying them while getting a side-by-side couples’ massage. The hotel’s height advantage is evident from the moment the elevators deposit you in the lobby: The Mandarin Oriental’s first floor is the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The lavish spa also sprawls out on that floor, with massive windows that give the sensation of floating with the clouds. This spa has it all: an amethyst-crystal steam room, a dark-wood yoga space and — tailored for lovers — an Oriental-style 650-square-foot spa suite with a fireplace, elevated bath, dual massage beds and king bed (yes, it is larger than the average NYC one-bedroom apartment). Splurge on the Couple’s Escape treatment (starts at $1,150 per couple), which includes an herbal bath, massage, and the Five Elements Bento, a light lunch with seasonal ingredients. Views from the rooms are equally impressive, especially from the Hudson River Room, which takes in a wide sweep, from the Statue of Liberty to the George Washington Bridge. Ease into the evening over a Mandarin Sunset (vodka, blood orange juice, lychee juice, Lillet Blanc) while gazing out onto Central Park from the Lobby Lounge. Then, cross Columbus Circle for a horse carriage ride under the stars. Rooms from $795. 80 Columbus Circle, 212-805-8800, book now!
The Library Hotel, which sits steps away from the New York Public Library in Midtown East, is the hotel version of a sexy librarian. The quirky hotel, which is organized around the Dewey Decimal system, charms literary lovers with its themed floors and rooms, which represent different Dewey Decimal categories, from philosophy to travel to, yes, romance. Each room has its own private book collection, and the nightly turndown service includes a literary quote left on the pillow. Request the Love room (1100.006), which has the hotel’s only terrace, and expect plenty of love tomes, including books such as the Art of Arousal by Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Also popular? The Erotic Lit room (800.001), with kama sutra guides that’ll add spice to your night. Canoodle over cocktails like the Great Gatsby on the 14th-floor Writer’s Den, warmed by a fireplace, or in the Poetry Garden, the flourishing rooftop terrace (at night they turn into Bookmarks Lounge). The hotel also offers creative lovebird packages, such as Love Poems for Two ($125 on top of your room rate, through the end of April, National Poetry Month), which includes a workshop with poet-in-residence Karen Clark who will teach you to pen sonnets. Or, opt for the Erotica Package (from $350 with a two-night minimum), which offers Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Belgian chocolates and a romance kit with massage oil, body dust and — no, really — a feather tickler and “wild cards.” The night is young. Rooms from $299. 299 Madison Ave., 212-983-4500, libraryhotel.com
Intimate strolls on the waterfront? This is the place. NYC has no lack of romantic parks. Central Park is the honeymoon headliner, while Bryant Park is the urban darling, but Battery Park is one of the few that combines lush greenery with iconic views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The bonus is that Battery Park is rarely crowded. Stroll it on a warm weekday afternoon and you may share your patch of lawn with just the chirping birds. Opened in 2012, the soaring Conrad has a handle on contemporary chic. The lobby, with cathedral-high ceilings, looks more like MoMA than a hotel — thanks to its massive contemporary art pieces, including the signature Loopy Doopy by Sol LeWitt, which rises 13 stories above the atrium. Even newlyweds need their space, and the airy rooms, starting at a generous 400 square feet, provide it. Add some sizzle with the Romance Retreat package (from $450), which includes a bouquet of flowers upon arrival, Champagne and strawberries, and daily breakfast-in-bed. Come evening, dine out at the elegant Atrio Wine Bar and Restaurant, and then cozy up under the stars on the rooftop bar, gazing out at the bright lights, big city. Rooms from $359. 102 North End Ave., 212-945-0100, book now!
Two words: hipster honeymoon. Formerly, newlyweds traveling to New York City stuck with Manhattan. No longer. Brooklyn is the new byword for hip, and several hotels have sprung up to accommodate trendster sweethearts. At the handsome Wythe Hotel, you don’t even need to step outside to experience Brooklyn as the borough is well-represented inside. Built in a renovated factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, the Wythe Hotel incorporates local materials and art throughout, including in the loft-style rooms with the requisite exposed-brick walls. Beds are made from salvaged wood; the custom-made wallpaper comes from Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper; and bath products are courtesy of Rockaway-based Goldies. Even the booze in the mini bar is small-batch. Kick off your amorous night in the hotel’s restaurant Reynard, run by the team behind Marlow & Sons, with a seasonal menu that might include scallops with sweet potatoes and bacon. Then, stroll Williamsburg for the ultimate hipster night: bowling and microbrews at Barcade, vintage shopping on Bedford Avenue and then maybe a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Cap off the night back at the hotel, on the rooftop The Ides Bar, which proffers sweeping views of Manhattan. Rooms from $195. 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 718-460-8000, wythehotel.com
Langham Place, Fifth Avenue
Few NYC streets hold more romance than Fifth Avenue, that stately strip housing perfume-scented Saks Fifth Avenue and blue box-heaven Tiffany’s. In 2013, the classically cool Langham Place, Fifth Avenue took its rightful place on the avenue. Though new to NYC, the Langham name dates to 1865, when the Langham, London opened as one of the first grand-dame hotels of Europe. In New York, the hotel has a debonair mix of old-world Europe and arty New York, making it easy to imagine one of those famous celluloid couples — Humphrey Bogart and Deborah Kerr, say — sharing a whiskey on the rocks in the jazzy Measure Lounge. If your tastes skew complicated, try one of the lounge’s signature cocktails; the Lady Pink with fino, rhubarb, citrus, agave and bitter orange was created for Langham NYC by mixologist Alex Kratena, who holds the title of 2012 Tales of the Cocktail International Bartender of the year. Newlyweds may never want to leave the sophisticated confines of the hotel: the Langham has a soothing spa, chef Michael White’s exquisite Italian restaurant, Ai Fiori, and an array of creative packages for couples. One for the foodies is the Cook and Go package ($900-$1,200 per night), which includes a cooking lesson and meal with wine pairing in the privacy of your own suite. Rooms from $595. 400 Fifth Ave., 212-695-4005, book now!
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