New York may be the setting for about a thousand romantic movies, but the truth is it's hard for romance to blossom amidst the blaring of taxis and jostling crowds. These hotels are quiet, relaxing, and filled with old New York charm.
This B&B-style 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 stationary, the bathroom wall, and even the toilet paper. 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. On a typical June weekend, the joint packs up to at least three to four brides.
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 is the perfect prelude to a night of snuggling up in the Egyptian cotton sheets.
The decor and ambiance of the hotel -- which enforces its own upscale dress code in the historic lobby -- are incredibly romantic in a very "Old New York" kind of way. Staff members go out of their way to (quietly) please guests. It all sets the stage for dramatic romantic happenings -- not the least of which included a wedding proposal to one of our Oyster reporters and an editor's wedding.