Hoping to make Valentine’s Day special for your partner?
With the pandemic cloud still hanging over much of the world, it’s prudent to stay close to home. However, if you must travel, it’s generally safer to travel by foot or car (rather than by plane) and it’s essential to remain hypervigilant about observing COVID-19 public health and safety protocols.
Yet, many people are tired of living and working in one place, and desperately desire a taste of the pampered luxury they once knew. Here are some New York City hotels that promise a change of venue for locals as well as a chance to rekindle and recharge romance on Valentine’s Day. These celebratory hotel packages are only a sampling of many available at different locations and price points throughout the city.
Of course, during a global pandemic, cleanliness and safety are top of mind for hoteliers and their guests. Be sure to read the fine print on the respective websites that explain specific COVID-19 precautions being taken at each property. If your questions aren’t fully answered, call the front desk before you book.
Baccarat Hotel New York City
Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan (directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and only steps from Fifth Avenue), Baccarat New York City is the first hotel and global flagship for the iconic crystal brand.
Even the unique building facade evokes the feel of crystal curtains. All 114 guest rooms and suites are tastefully appointed with romantic decor and other lavish flourishes, including a “champagne button” on the phone. The Spa de La Mer offers a 55-foot sunken marble swimming pool complete with day beds that transport guests to the ambiance of La Côte d’Azur.
The More Amour package includes a ball of roses and chocolate welcome amenities; in-room continental breakfast for two; and a Baccarat crystal Romance Pendant packaged as a gift.
The Love and Luxuries package includes Cristal Champagne; the rose ball amenity and rose petal gift box; keepsake Baccarat Champagne flutes; a private one-hour photo shoot for the couple in the Grand Salon or The Bar; cashmere robes from luxury knitwear designed HANIA New York; and one treatment at the spa. Also included: a fine-dining in-room dinner experience with a five-course gourmet menu including caviar, lobster, foie gras, and champagne and wine pairings, and breakfast in bed.
Baccarat Hotel is Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide Seal of Approval verifying more than 360 global health security standards (the only hotel in New York with that recognition). The website details many of these health and safety precautions.
For more information, reservations and pricing: Baccarat Hotel New York City
Open since 1927, The Lowell is located in a residential neighborhood on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, just a block away from Central Park and steps from Madison Avenue. This classic remains one of the city’s last privately-owned hotels. Intimate in size, this boutique property has 74 sun-filled rooms and suites spread over 17 floors. The spacious suites are furnished with all the comforts of a pied-â-terre including kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces and terraces. The hotel is known for concierge services that aim to fulfill every whim and desire.
The Warmth and Wine package offers guests welcome beverages from the private bar upon arrival; a bottle of red wine and selection of macarons prepared by the hotel’s chef; daily breakfast for two; complimentary WiFi; and a daily newspaper of choice. Also included are two complimentary fireplace lightings: One of the hotel’s “fireplace butlers” arrives at the guests’ room or suite with a bundle of wood and hand-lights the fireplace, allowing guests to select their desired aroma.
Lowell adheres to the Leading Hotels of the World’s Healthy Stays initiative. See the hotel website for details regarding health and safety precautions.
For more information, reservations and pricing: The Lowell
The Hoxton, Williamsburg
Romance isn’t limited to Manhattan. Located in vibrant Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just across the East River, this unique property is one of several “open-house” hotels from UK-based Ennismore, their first launch in North America. The brand aims to promote “discovery” and immersion in local neighborhoods, redefining the idea of a budget hotel. The Hoxton’s eclectic Williamsburg neighborhood is known for its art, music and good food; bicycles are available to guests at no-cost to promote exploration of the surrounding community. The hotel has 175 guest rooms, either Snug, Cosy or Roomy, all with views of either Brooklyn or Manhattan.
The Bedside Picnic package is perfect for guests who want to cocoon and cuddle. The basket is filled to the brim with The Hoxton’s favorite snacks, Winterly cocktails, linen napkins by Brooklyn artist, Dusen Dusen, and a Valentine’s Day tradition, conversation hearts. Couples will receive a room service credit, and the hotel’s Flexy Time feature allows guests to linger leisurely and check out whenever they like (when booking directly on the hotel website).
See The Hoxton website for details regarding health and safety precautions.
For more information, reservations and pricing: The Hoxton
The James New York-NoMad
This 337-room hotel (with 25 suites and 2 Penthouse Suites) is located in the heart of the NoMad neighborhood of New York City just north of Madison Square Park. Coupling classic with modern touches, The James is housed in a century-old Beaux-Arts building along with its signature restaurant, Scarpetta (now only open for outdoor dining, takeout and delivery), and an underground cocktail lounge, The Seville (where service is currently paused). In-room pantries feature locally-sourced products and snacks. The pet-friendly property also welcomes your dogs or feline friends.
The Zoom Zen package is designed to allow guests to unplug, recalibrate and rejuvenate for the night; upon arrival, a “technology valet” stores your devices to take away that temptation. Your room will be stocked with mindfulness puzzles, a yoga mat and meditation pillow for full-body wellness. A selection of Scarpetta cocktails will be delivered to your door, and you’ll be ready to relax on a comfy bed with luxury linens. You’ll also get a James NoMad sheet face mask and contactless spa kit delivery, courtesy of the skincare brand, Ingredients Skincare.
For more information, reservations and pricing: The James New York-NoMad
The William Vale
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, each guest room at The William Vale features a private balcony with sweeping views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, custom designer decor and contemporary artwork celebrating local artists. During this winter season, the hotel has transformed its 23rd floor outdoor rooftop into a spectacular skating rink, created with Glice‘s sustainable synthetic ice. The heated chalets surrounding Vale Rink can be booked for a private, Alpine-style fondue featuring fingerling potatoes, gherkins, sourdough bread, apples and endive.
The Choose Your Own Love Story package offers a menu of amenities that can be added to the guest experience. These include a “Romantic Setup” of rose petals, tealights and a how-to guide for creating a romantic atmosphere; a “Shag Sexy Kit” with a curated kit of essentials for a night of pleasure including a Shag massage candle, bondage tape, feather tickler, blindfold, sexy dice and Sutil lube; Bubbles and Truffles, which includes a bottle of Brooklyn Winery Blanc de Blancs Bubbles and box of Fine & Raw Chocolate Truffles.
The Over The Top Love package includes a stay in the hotel’s luxury penthouse suite, Vale Garden Residence, a two-story duplex featuring a beautifully designed outdoor space with jacuzzi and sweeping views of the city. An ideal backdrop for photos, the package includes: car service to the hotel, a romantic petals and candles setup upon arrival, bubbles and truffles, a balloon bouquet, fresh strawberries and whipped cream, a couples treatment at the hotel’s Winter Spa, a chef-driven 3-course dinner for two with caviar and champagne, a deluxe Shag Sexy Kit, and a romantic bubble bath set-up.
The hotel website outlines a list of global pandemic response procedures.
For more information, reservations and pricing: The William Vale
Mint House at 70 Pine
On average, units at Mint House at 70 Pine are many times larger than most New York City hotel rooms, offering the ambiance of a private apartment. Housed in a 1932 Art Deco landmark building in lower Manhattan’s Financial District (just one mile from the Brooklyn Bridge), the structure’s interior has been transformed into a modern residence and hotel with 132 suites. The flagship property of a tech-enabled hospitality company offers guests smart TVs, a 24-hour digital concierge, in-unit fitness amenities (like the MIRROR home gym system) and other amenities in the building.
For its Valentine’s Day package, Mint House has partnered with Michelin-starred restaurant Crown Shy (co-located in the same building) to offer guests a luxurious, intimate, and safe dinner. They’ll be treated to a delectable three-course meal prepared by award winning chef, James Kent while indulging on a complimentary bottle of wine, all from the comfort of their suite. Prior to arrival, the dining table will be set to create the perfect ambiance for the delicious evening ahead. Along with many mouth-watering appetizers, entree choices include either Dry-Aged Duck, Couscous, Apple, and Fennel, with Xo sauce or Black Bass with Saffron Rice, Pine Nuts, and Delicata Squash.
The property adheres to the Mint Clean Standard; the website details many of its health and safety precautions.
For more information, reservations and pricing: Mint House at 70 Pine
Intercontinental New York Times Square
The iconic InterContinental Times Square recently reopened its doors after a multi-million dollar renovation. Located just steps away from Times Square, the hotel’s refreshed suites offer an oasis from the streets below. The interior decor features an aesthetically soft color palette setting off outstanding city views. The 607 rooms and suites are spacious, including a two-story penthouse suite with a kitchenette, dining space for eight guests, ample closet space and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views.
The Champagne Bubbles in a Bubble package features a luxurious and private full-floor retreat with soaring views of the Manhattan skyline with 10-14 rooms (for 10-14 couples or individuals); a hospitality room featuring a stocked self-service mini bar full of champagne splits; romantic comedy movies set in NYC, preloaded and ready to stream in guest rooms (Think: Maid in Manhattan, Moonstruck, New York I Love You, Serendipity, Hitch, etc.); and a $200 gift card to Benjamin Steakhouse per room.
The property follows the global IHG Clean Promise, which is based on science-led protocols and enhanced service measures developed in partnership with experts from the Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey. Details of the IHG Way of Clean are outlined on the hotel website.
For more information, reservations and pricing: Intercontinental New York Times Square
*Note: The dates and lengths of these special Valentine’s Day offers vary from just a few days to the entire month of February.
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