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Love Shack Baby!
by Chloe Liederman and Kat Long
February 5, 2009
Hotel Gansevoort
18 Ninth Ave @ 13th St, 212-206-6700
hotelgansevoort.com
Splurge on panoramic views and Hudson River sunsets at this uber-chic full-service luxury resort in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The Indulgence Escape package (from $625) includes a bottle of Veuve-Cliquot, fresh strawberries, chocolate body frosting, a copy of The Kama Sutra Book of Erotic Games, chocolate truffles at turndown, continental breakfast, late check out and your very own Sensual Traveler’s Mile High Kit for discreet “mobile intimacy,” featuring a “whisper-quiet” vibrator and other
erotic goodies.

Library Hotel
299 Madison Ave @ 41st St, 212-983-4500
libraryhotel.com
Tell her a bedtime story she’ll never forget at this library-themed boutique brick hotel. Each of the 10 floors are named for a category of the Dewey Decimal System, and each room features a unique treasure trove of books pertaining to a certain topic, such as mystery, biography, romance or erotic literature, to name a few. This V-day at the Library, one of two romantic stories can unfold: The Cupid’s Pink Romance Turndown (from $395/night, two night min.), features champagne, pink roses, truffles and a special collection of love books selected and arranged by the hotel’s librarian; The Erotica Package (from $475/night, two night min.) sets the mood with music, Italian Prosecco, a dozen red roses, strawberries, whipped cream, chocolates and a mini erotic library. Yours to keep: erotic dice, two plush bathrobes and a Kama Sutra Love Essentials Package complete with lube, lick-able massage oil and edible honey dust.

Jolly Hotel Madison Towers
Madison Ave @ 38th St, 212-802-0600
jollymadison.com
This Italian boutique hotel with 1920s American architecture and charming décor is the perfect solution for celebrating on a budget. The Amore Package (from $239) includes a box of truffles and a bottle of Italian sparkling wine, while Il Dolce Far Ninente (from $230), translation: “the sweetness of doing nothing,” features a complimentary buffet breakfast, chocolates and a Bulgari Relax gift bag, the better to pamper your partner. A weekend getaway in the city? A couple C-notes. A crackling, wood-burning fireplace at the in-house Whaler Bar? Priceless.

Hotel Roger Williams
131 Madison Ave @ 31st St, 212-448-7000
hotelrogerwilliams.com
This contemporary Murray Hill hideaway proves that a romantic escape doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Frugal travelers will swoon at the mix of cool style and comfortable warmth. The Romantic Manhattan package (from $289) includes deluxe accommodations, champagne, truffles and a gourmet breakfast. There are also two bars at the hotel, the Mezzanine Lounge and the elegantly landscaped Veranda 411 on the roof. Yes, it might be a bit cold for al fresco frolics—but won’t you and your honey keep the heat on high?

Hotel Elysee

60 E 54th St, 212-753-1066
elyseehotel.com
Old New York meets Le Gai Paris at this 1920s luxury hotel. Sleep on Egyptian cotton sheets and enjoy the Winter Romance Package (from $355), which includes a bottle of Veuve-Cliquot, a pound of chocolate, bathrobes, breakfast in bed each morning and a $100 gift card to Bergdorf Goodman. More shopping, you say? The NYC Luxury Shopping Package (from $320) includes a Zagat shopping guide, tea for two at Bergdorf’s BG Café, a facial at Erno Laszlo or La Mer on Bergdorf’s beauty level and delivery of your purchases to the hotel, plus pink champagne and a pound of cocoa-dusted truffles.

Ritz Carlton Battery Park

2 West St, 212-344-0800
ritzcarlton.com
In addition to its waterfront views, the Ritz’s downtown location offers a variety of romantic packages. For ultimate relaxation, we recommend How Deep (Massage) is Your Love? (from $695), which includes an hour-long couples massage at the hotel’s Prada Beauty Spa and champagne for two. Or, indulge her sweet tooth with the Chocolate Lovers’ Package (from $475), which includes admission to The Chocolate Bar. This exclusive, in-house lounge features an all-you-can-eat buffet of gourmet desserts, unlimited champagne and some of the island’s most breathtaking views.

The W Hotel Union Square
201 Park Ave S, 212-253-9119
starwoodhotels.com
Situated just north of Union Square, the W is steeped in understated elegance. The Feel the Wuv package (from $269) includes an exclusive Jimmyjane SPIN ME game, feather tickler, and Seduction Sash, plus a box of chocolates, a bottle of bubbly and a late check out. While you’re there, consider capturing the memory with an exclusive W custom portrait of the two of you by award-winning nude photographer Brian Leighton. Book in advance and bring your birthday suit.

Milford Plaza
700 Eighth Ave, 212-869-3600
milfordplaza.com
The Milford Plaza’s well-appointed digs put you at the source of the action in Times Square, without the flashing neon coming through your windows. And with 1,300 guestrooms, chances are you could reserve on February 13 and still get a romantic room or sweet suite. Milford Plaza is offering a special package for Valentine’s Day (starting at $169, with access code “GOrate”), which includes an upgrade to a Milford Club Room with fabulous city views, breakfast in the casual Club Lounge, and a box of sumptuous Godiva chocolates.

The Royalton Hotel
44 W 44th St, 212-869-4400
royaltonhotel.com
This landmark hotel’s classical, columned exterior contrasts nicely with its interior design—think huge, overstuffed sofas and muted lighting in the lobby, clean lines and ultra-modern style in the rooms. Several special rates are available, like the Stay Big Recession Package (from $289), which includes overnight accommodation, a Roman tub with candles, one complimentary bottle of champagne and continental breakfast for two at the on-site Brasserie 44. Who doesn’t love a bargain?  

Westin at Times Square
270 W 43rd St, 212-201-2700
starwoodhotels.com/westin
Inject a little Times Square razzle-dazzle into your romantic life at the Westin New York. One glimpse of its soaring, multi-hued atrium will tell you that the Big Apple really deserves its name. The Westin offers an Indulge package (from $399) for urban lovebirds, which includes champagne and strawberries, breakfast for two in bed or at the hotel’s Shula Steak House, and luxuriously late check out at 4pm. And did we mention the Westin’s Heavenly Beds? We know you won’t just be sleeping in them.

Omni Berkshire Place
21 E 52nd St, 212-753-5800
omnihotels.com
So you can’t afford a trip for two to Paris—enjoy the next best thing at the Omni Berkshire Place, an old-school New York luxury hotel that offers a French Kiss romance package year-round (from $306). You and your petite amie will receive deluxe accommodations, champagne upon arrival, breakfast in bed for two (French toast, of course), and other special goodies. The hotel concierge will also be at your personal beck and call for last-minute activity arrangements—like ordering a dozen roses or an extra case of champagne. Ooh la la!

The London NYC
151 W 54th St, 866-690-2029
thelondonnyc.com
The London is the ne plus ultra of continental opulence, with state-of-the-art technology and amenities to make your stay as effortlessly relaxing as humanly possible (with rates to match). The London offers a My Sweet Valentine package (from $539, depending on the day of your stay) with the kind of crisp, efficient luxury that Queen Victoria would have loved: suite accommodations, a bottle of champagne,  gourmet chocolates and other tasty treats courtesy of Gordon “Hell’s Kitchen” Ramsay, the hotel’s celebrity chef. Just stay out of the kitchen if you know what’s good for you.

70 Park Avenue Hotel
70 Park Ave @ 38th St, 212-973-2400
70parkave.com
Chocolates and super-luxe suites are nice, but…sometimes you just want a backrub. Indulge in the gay-friendly Kimpton Hotel’s 70 Park Avenue, a modern urban getaway destination, and its unique Rub the One You’re With massage package (from $599). You’ll receive deluxe accommodations, an hour-long massage class with a private instructor in your own room (so you can practice on your lucky lover afterwards), a kit containing signature massage oils and bath salts, and chilled champagne on arrival. We guarantee you’ll never want to leave.

Warwick New York
65 W 54th St, 212-247-2700
warwickhotelny.com
Give her a taste of European grandeur at this classically appointed and affordable Midtown hotel. The All You Need is Love package (from $375) includes champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, complimentary breakfast plus 15 percent off dinner for two at the in-house Murals on 54, late check out and two VIP passes to the Museum of Modern Art. Request one of the interior—and very private—executive suites, decorated with Queen Anne-style furniture and cream-colored upholstery, or splurge on the Cary Grant Suite (named for the screen legend who lived there for 12 years).
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