Among the most visited cities in the world, New York is also one of the most romantic. Central Park, in particular, is a prolific movie location, especially for romcoms and love stories, making it a dream location for weddings, honeymoons and proposals. Visits to iconic sights and nightly slumber in a fine hotel are sure to inspire fairy-tale passion. But getting just the right place to stay is part of creating the magic. Why not make like Harry and Sally and create your own amorous New York moment? Here are the top NYC hotels that are conducive to romance.
French interior design by Jacques Garcia, a Michelin-starred restaurant, claw-foot roll-top baths and proximity to the Empire State Building make NoMad a great choice for couples. Set in a turn-of-the-century beaux-arts building in the Flatiron district, it exudes bohemian sophistication. Literary lovers will delight in the two-story library and while the hotel doesn’t have a child-free policy, it’s very much a grown-up haunt.
Owned by movie legend Robert de Niro, The Greenwich Hotel is found in trendy TriBeCa, but has exotic Moroccan decor. The 88 bedrooms are uniquely designed with touches such as North African tiles, Carrara marble bathrooms, silk rugs, plush European sofas and – in the Scandi-style suites – private saunas. Spend time in the Japanese-inspired spa together or rent bicycles for a pedal along the Hudson River path.
One of the most famous hotels in New York, The Plaza is a sought after venue for those seeking glitzy nuptials. Lavish rooms have been graced by royalty and film stars, while the public areas have appeared on many screens. Couples wanting a grand and glamorous break can spread out in a unique suite or a belle-epoque guest room. Caviar and bubbles in the Champagne Bar overlooking Fifth Avenue is the epitome of upscale romance.
The colour of love is abundant at the Gramercy Park Hotel. From heavy scarlet drapes to rich pink walls and russet velvet armchairs, there’s a theatricality that’s augmented by works from top contemporary artists. Head to one of the hotel’s fashionable bars for cocktails by candlelight, accompanied by live musicians, or stroll hand in hand through Manhattan’s only private park (hotel guests get access). And for those reluctant to venture over the chamber threshold, there’s round-the-clock room service.
The smart Upper East Side address reflects the classy ambience of The Lowell, built at the end of the Roaring ‘20s. The 74 rooms all offer something a little different – some have four-poster beds, fireplaces and bathtubs with TVs, and all have hardwood floors. For a touch of vintage romance, book afternoon tea in the gleaming Pembroke Room.
Famed as the domicile of mid-century novelists and writers, The Marlton Hotel (once Marlton House) is enveloped in luxury but retains a bohemian edge. The property has a high-end town house feel and is located in Greenwich Village, one of the most desirable neighborhoods on the planet. The French restaurant, Margaux, serves seasonal Mediterranean dishes and is a great spot for a cozy meal à deux.
Once one of the highest buildings in the city, The Beekman offers excellent connections for exploring from its Financial District home. Public rooms ooze vintage vibes, while bedrooms have a simpler, soothing style. The central feature is a nine-story glass-roofed atrium with wrought iron bannisters. For a moodily-lit night out in sexy surrounds, drink in the Alley Cat bar, found in the basement of the hotel.
With The Pierre just across the road from Central Park and the Pulitzer Fountain, you won’t have far to go for a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride. This vast 714-bedroom hotel is infused with Indian heritage and is known for attentive service. Get a taste of a bygone era with lift attendants, hotel chauffeur at the ready, fairy-tale ballrooms and a large rotunda with murals by Edward Melcarth.
Named after one of New York’s destination parks, The High Line Hotel is found in Manhattan’s swish Chelsea neighborhood, surrounded by trendy galleries, bars and restaurants. With just 60 rooms and homey antique decor, it has a more boutique atmosphere than some of the bigger establishments. There’s free bike rental, as well as a patio for couples wanting their daily coffee and croissant with a dose of vitamin D.