Want to impress your date this Valentine’s Day? Treat your love to a romantic weekend away or staycation in New York City. From fine dining to late checkouts, you’ll be sure to sweep the one you love right off of their feet on February 14. By Sarah Shaker.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day like a VIP at The James NY with that special someone or host your closest friends with dinner in The Penthouse Loft, on the hotel’s 16th floor. The James will kick off its Private Penthouse Dinners on February 14 by offering an exclusive holiday-inspired dinner for up to 10 people. Guests will enjoy a handpicked menu that can be curated by celebrity Chef David Burke and dedicated servers for the evening. Dinner for up to 10 people is offered at $4,000. For a full night stay plus private dinner, it’s going for $7,500. Chef David Burke is also available to host for an additional fee.
Book Affinia Manhattan’s “Love in New York” package for a staycation to remember. Your night will include rose petal turndown service, a bottle of wine and a sweet dessert for two, courtesy of the hotel’s onsite Niles NYC Restaurant & Bar. Conveniently located steps away from Times Square, guests at Affinia Manhattan can take in the city’s theater and nightlife scene before heading to the hotel for its “Love In New York” nightcap. Guests should book by February 15 to enjoy special savings on stays February 1st through February 28th. Rates start at $176 per night, based on double occupancy. Mention promotional code LOVE when booking.
Greenwich’s swank The JHouse boutique hotel is offering an “Ultimate Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Day Package” to really get you in the mood. Share you passion for each other (and cocoa based treats) with a Chocolate Truffle Making Class with the hotel’s executive chef, Francois Kwaku-Dongo. Enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner at The JHouse’s renowned eleven14 Kitchen restaurant with chocolate as its sweet finale during your stay. You’ll also be treated to house made chocolate from the property’s Chocolate Lab awaiting your arrival to your room and hot chocolate presented at check-in. This package is available February 14 or 15, priced from $479, double occupancy.
With consistently low rates, the Wolcott Hotel is calling all wallet-conscious couples for an iconic Valentine’s Day staycation. Its midtown location provides the perfect point to start and end the day near the city’s top romantic attractions, including panoramic views on top of the Empire State Building (think “Sleepless in Seattle”), snowman creations in Central Park and a jaunt along the Highline. Wolcott Hotel offers exclusive discounts for an intimate dinner at AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar located across the street and 20% off yoga classes at the nearby Yoga Union, where couples can find inner peace together.
NYC’s first and only Japanese-owned hotel, The Kitano New York, will be offering unique sake-pairing dinners for couples on Friday, February 14. This distinct offering provides diners with the chance to learn about traditional Kaiseki cuisine while teaching proper sake pairing and drinking techniques. The February sake dinner will be held at the hotel’s Michelin-rated restaurant, Hakubai, and will feature Hiakkaisan Sake pairings flown in from the Hakkaisan Sake Brewery in Niigata, Japan. Specifically catered to couples, this delicious five-course, traditional Japanese meal is $170 per couple and includes a take home gift of Hakkaisan Sake and JAZZ at KITANO admission tickets with complimentary cocktails.
Take a four-hour drive or train to Boston to spend Valentine’s Day at The Charles Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square. Dine at Rialto, the intimate restaurant from James Beard Award Winning Executive Chef Jody Adams, combining local ingredients with regional Italian culinary traditions. On February 14, the restaurant will be serving a three-course menu with Tajarin, Lobster Minestrone or Grilled Lamb Chop and Moscato Zabaglione for $85 per person, with optional wine pairings available. The hotel is also home to a thriving Jazz Club, intimate cocktail lounge and the well-known Henrietta’s Table with honest to goodness New England cooking. Room rates start at $259 per night.
Hyatt Times Square
Opening on Valentine’s Day, Bar 54 in Hyatt Times Square is the perfect backdrop to share a special moment with that special someone. To make your lady swoon, order a rose in a glass with Bar 54’s La Rosa cocktail with muddled strawberries, simple syrup, Ramazzotti Amaro, Cabeza Blanco Tequila and lemon juice strained and topped with Rose Champagne. Couples looking to book a staycation for this romantic occasion can reserve the “Be Wonderful” package complete with overnight accommodations, two daily 50-minute treatments at the newly opened spa and a daily $50 credit to Bar 54. Valid through March 2, the “Be Wonderful” package rates start at $450 per night based on double occupancy.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.