New York's Five Most Romantic Hotels

Want to enjoy an unforgettable weekend in the most romantic city in the world? Here are a few ideas.

Hopper Editors - Oct. 26, 2017

In a city like New York, whose high-rise towers cram a population as large as London into half the space, intimacy is highly valued. Perhaps this is part of the reason why the city has such a wealth of beautiful hotels, gorgeously romantic hideaways where lovers can sequester themselves from the flurry of the city outside. Here we’ve picked five of the best that the Big Apple has to offer.

Slip away to the intimate elegance of the Gramercy Park Hotel

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Overlooking quaintly charming Gramercy Park, this 1924 hotel’s sensuous, boho-chic rooms boast pillow-top mattresses, velvet throw blankets and an English drinking cabinet - making them ideal spaces for hiding away with a lover. Beyond the rooms, the top-floor parlour exhibits pop art from Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, and the Gramercy Terrace bar is romantically wound in lights and creeping vines. There’s also a delightful spa and a delectable Italian trattoria.

Get playful at The Standard, High Line

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The Standard stands at the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking district, just overlooking the High Line, its ‘60s-influenced design and playful features making it ideal for couples with an adventurous side. Rooms offer wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, giving rise to numerous naughty possibilities, and the theme continues into the bathroom, whose walls are also made of glass. The Liberty Suite even has an Austin Powers-style round platform bed, along with a teacup bath designed for two. Hungry lovers can fill up on German fare in the Biergarten, and the hotel has its own ice rink, free to couples on Valentine’s Day.

Swim and snuggle at Room Mate Grace

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A slightly less pricey option, Room Mate Grace has a gorgeous heated pool with swim-up bar serving delicious cocktails. The rooms are designed with minimalism in mind, but contain plenty of luxurious touches to stoke up the romantic atmosphere, such as Egyptian cotton linens, black-out curtains and Queen-sized platform beds. And with Times Square is a mere ten minute walk away, couples can stroll over to drink in the scene on a bright New York day, or just stay in bed all morning if it’s grey - breakfast is served until noon.

Immerse yourselves in pure fairytale romance at the Mondrian SoHo

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For fairytale romance, you can’t get any better than the ivy-draped Mondrian. Its design was inspired by Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête, visible in the sprinkling of surreal touches found throughout the hotel, such as the talon-bearing tables, fuzzy lamps and oversized chairs decorating the lobby. The theme continues into the magical Isola Trattoria, where diners eat beneath chandeliers hanging from a glass ceiling looking out to the heavens. The rooms are a little simpler, ensuring comfort is the first priority, but with sharp white-and-blue color schemes they are still drenched in character.

Enjoy classic American style at The Carlyle by Rosewood

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Lovers with money to spare will love this pre-Depression era hotel, built in 1930 and a discreet host to artists, politicians and rock stars through the decades since. It’s all about classic American style, particularly in the hotel’s two iconic lounges, Bemelmans Bar and Cafe Carlyle; Woody Allen plays the clarinet in the latter every Monday night. But if you’d prefer to keep to the privacy of your own romantic world, then there are 188 Art Deco rooms and suites to choose between, some with glorious views over Central Park.

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