1. The Pierre, a Taj Hotel
One of only two US hotels under the luxe Mumbai-based Taj Hotels brand, expect to be treated like royalty at this 189-room Upper East Side property, with amenities like afternoon tea, Turkish marble baths and Jaguar car service. Whether it’s the City View room, focused on the skyline, or the Park View room, overlooking Central Park, the views are spectacular. Since 1930, The Pierre has checked in guests, including such stylish folks as Karl Lagerfield and Yves Saint Laurent, which sets the bar right where it needs to be. Take your palate on a jaunt to France without even leaving the hotel, by dining at Perrine where the menu includes tuna tartare, oysters on the half shell, and Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac. One of the most romantic hotels in NYC, The Pierre is luxurious and ideal for a special anniversary or celebration.
Price per night: $921
2. The Plaza Hotel
If you’ve seen “Sleepless in Seattle” and the recent “The Great Gatsby” reboot, then you already know about this 282-room Midtown hotel’s opulence across from Central Park South. Dip into The Champagne Bar just off the lobby for bubbles and caviar or sit down under a glass conservatory at The Palm Court for its afternoon tea. An offshoot of the Guerlain on Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the fourth-floor Guerlain Spa is a splurge spa for couples. Treatments include the Couples Experience, side-by-side massages followed by flutes of Champagne and a 20-minute soaking ritual. Old World elegance is back at the room, such as fringed fainted sofas, the hotel’s signature ornate headboards, and 24-gold-plated bath fixtures.
Price per night: $889
3. The Equinox
Tucked into Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s latest eye-candy development, anchored by the helix-like metallic “Vessel” sculpture, each of the 221 rooms flaunts an EQX Regenerative Toolkit that includes “yoga accessories and massage essentials.” To reach check-in, you are whisked up 25 flights in an elevator. For the couple who likes to stay fit together, access to the Equinox Club is a strong perk. Give each other massages using the hotel’s Grown Alchemist line of skincare, folding in botanicals found in nearby High Line Park. Electric Lemon’s 8,000-square-foot, glass-walled rooftop terrace on the 24th floor, which includes indoor and outdoor seating, features fire pits and an unparalleled skyline view.
Price per night: $916
4. Mandarin Oriental, New York
The view from the 35th-floor, glass-walled MO Lounge makes this 248-room hotel in Columbus Circle’s Deutsche Bank Center a romantic choice. All-day dining extends to cocktails and dinner in the evenings, when Manhattan truly glitters. Equally stunning is the spa’s perch framing the city’s skyline and offering treatments in its VIP Spa Suite with a fireplace. Guestrooms further frame the hotel’s Central Park views via floor-to-ceiling windows and the décor’s awash in soft golds, purples and reds. Staff can easily book private experiences just outside the hotel, such as a private horse-drawn carriage ride in Central Park or a private yacht charter in the Hudson River.
Price per night: $1,036
5. Baccarat Hotel and Residences, New York
Chandeliers dripping with crystals should be no surprise at this 114-room Midtown hotel owned by the French-crystal manufacturer of glassware and other products. The Bar alone is a veritable step into Paris. All-white guest rooms amp up the romantic factor with pops of red hues and, naturally, Baccarat crystal stemware plus cashmere throws on the bed. If that’s not pampering enough, Spa de la Mer is the country’s first branded spa with La Mer skincare brand. Want to wander a bit? The hotel’s town car drives guests within a 15-block radius.
Price per night: $903
6. The Greenwich Hotel
Co-owned by actor Robert DeNiro, this 88-room Tribeca boutique hotel blends wellness and style at its Shibui Spa, inspired by Japanese design and boasting treatments like 105-minute Onsen baths, a luxury once reserved for only emperors. The spa also flaunts an indoor pool, rare for a big-city hotel. Or book a private yoga class for two in the comfort of your room. While no two rooms are alike, what they have in common is a goal to destress by adopting neutral color schemes. Drinks can be had in the courtyard or the cozy Drawing Room bar while Locanda Verde’s menu is a culinary love letter to Italy.
Price per night: $801
7. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
There are few things more iconic to New York City’s romantic flair than the Brooklyn Bridge. One of the most romantic hotels in NYC, 1 Hotel is right next to it, along the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. As an eco-oriented LEED-Gold certified hotel, food is sourced from local farmers and much of the materials used during construction, such as barn wood, were reclaimed or recycled. Sunsets seen from Harriet’s Rooftop and Harriet’s Lounge are nothing short of romantic and Bamford Spa caters to couples with the “Couples de Stress Massage.” Rooms are calming and nurturing, with tons of greenery.
Price per night: $714
8. Lotte New York Palace
Spanning a 55-story skyscraper and six 19th-century houses, Lotte New York Palace packs a lot of amenities within, from a French bakery and Gilded Age-themed cocktail lounge to ilaOnly Spa where treatments include a facial using rose quartz crystals. In the television drama “Gossip Girl,” this hotel was shown to be the lavish residence of “Serena van der Woodsen.” An ornate staircase in the lobby leads to guest rooms where no luxuries are spared, especially in the 5,000-square-foot suites. Staying on a Friday or Saturday night means you get to see Steve Cohen’s magic show in the Madison Room. If you want more personalized concierge service, book a room in The Towers, which are the skyscraper’s top 14 floors, for a hotel-within-a-hotel experience.
Price per night: $686
9. Akwaaba Mansion Bed and Breakfast
For a more intimate stay, this 1860s Black-owned Italianate mansion in Brooklyn’s Stuyvesant Heights has only four rooms and is shouldered by beautiful brownstones. Guests can hang out in the b&b’s common areas, among antiques and 14-foot-high ceilings, and wake up to a hot Southern-style breakfast served in the dining room each morning. A garden tucked away from the street is a nice respite from the city’s bustle and massages can be booked in the privacy of your guest room, where a Jacuzzi and fireplace also await.
Price per night: $205