The Plaza Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Perhaps New York's most iconic hotel, the Plaza is synonymous with old New York elegance. Amormous couples will appreciate the phenomenal, round-the-clock service -- a 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, and a 24-hour hallway butler -- as well as the phenomenal 8,000-square-foot Caudalie Vinotherapie spa, where crushed cabernet scrubs can be followed up with a glass of wine. Cozy horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park launch on 59th St. -- right outside the door.
The St. Regis New York Rating: 5.0 Pearls
For a truly decadent romantic vacation, you can't do better than the St. Regis, our pick for the top luxury hotel in the city. With butlers on call 24-hours, ever ready to draw guests a bath from the hotel's signature bath menu, chandeliered guest rooms, and a stunning Beaux Arts lobby, the St. Regis is the quintessence of classic, understated romance.
The Greenwich Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
You've probably heard the terms "city escape" and "romantic getaway" thrown around a lot, but at this intimate, 88-room boutique they truly do apply. The Greenwich feels like a lush oasis in the middle of the once-industrial TriBeCa, with a plant-filled courtyard, the luxurious Shibui spa, and an underground, lantern-lit pool beneath a 250-year-old Japanese farmhouse roof. The exceptional rooms, each uniquely designed to evoke an Italian home, and the hip rustic Italian restaurant, Locanda Verde, complete the romantic experience.
Gramercy Park Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Pillow-top mattresses, luxuriously heavy comforters, and velvet throw blankets make these beds perfect for spending lots of time in. The old-world, boho-chic decor accentuates the romantic vibe, and the English Drinking cabinet -- essentially a flip-down bar -- allows couples to enjoy stylish cocktails without going anywhere. But the hotel's best features are outside the room: an excellent spa, a first-class Italian trattoria (Maialino by Danny Meyer), a number of cozy, popular bars (including the Gramercy Terrace, which has strings of lights and crawling green vines), and private access to beautiful Gramercy Park.
The Pierre - A Taj Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
What's more romantic than an iconic, luxury hotel on Central Park? How about one that's willing to pack a picnic with champagne. The stately neo-Georgian exterior and an ornately detailed interior draw a large number of high-profile weddings to this recently-revamped classic -- it's arguably the most visually stunning hotel in New York City.
Mandarin Oriental, New York Rating: 5.0 Pearls
From large rooms with views of the Hudson to a VIP spa suite that couples can book for private treatments, the Mandarin Oriental provides couples with ample opportunities for intimate relaxation. For those who want to splurge on a fancy date, some of the best fine dining restaurants in the city, like Per Se and Masa, are in the same building.
Hotel Elysee Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This quaint hotel in Midtown East channels the romance of France in its marble-floored lobby with a crystal chandelier, gold sparkling brocade wallpaper, and fresh cut lilies by the entrance. In the rooms, fleur-de-lis emblems mark the bathrobes, the , the bathroom wall, and even the . So if you can't make the trip all the way to the city of love, at least you can feel like you have. The glamorous decor has inspired numerous marriage proposals, silver anniversary celebrations, and a notable hook-up scene between Carrie and Mr. Big on Sex and the City.
Crosby Street Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Tucked away on a quiet cobblestoned street in SoHo, the 86-room Crosby Street Hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring the hip restaurants, boutiques and galleries of one of Manhattan's most charming neighborhoods. The hotel itself -- a U.K. import -- is cozy and whimsical, with understated, beautiful rooms full of new and vintage design pieces, fine Frette linens on the bed, a rooftop vegetable garden, a screening room, and a relaxing outdoor "sculpture garden." All in all, it's a superb choice for trendy, sophisticated couples.
Library Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Surround yourself with the romantic poets of the past at this literary-themed boutique hotel a block from New York's famous public library and Bryant Park. The six rooms per floor are dedicated to themes within one of the 10 major classifications of the Dewey Decimal system, so ask for the love room, a junior suite on the 11th floor with a balcony, or the erotic literature room, a deluxe queen on the seventh floor which gets a shout-out in Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories. Wine and cheese every evening from 5 to 8 p.m. is the perfect prelude to a night of snuggling up in the Egyptian cotton sheets.
The Waldorf Astoria Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The decor and ambiance of the Waldorf evoke Old New York romance and set the stage for dramatic romantic happenings. The hotel is a popular spot for both proposals and weddings -- even among the Oyster staff (one reporter was proposed to here; another was married here). The service goes out of its way to (quietly) please guests, and the spa is one of the city's best. But the rooms, while comfortable, don't quite compare to those at the other hotels on this list.