For couples visiting New York in search of a sexy setting to stay around Valentine's Day—or at any other time of the year—NYC.com offers its own list of Sexiest Hotels in New York City, which will appeal to your sensual, aesthetic, and luxury needs. Proximity to hot nightspots, cool restaurants, and celebrity clientele also are key criteria in making your selection. Celebrities
traveling to New York City tend to stay at hip locations that offer a more low-key setting and away from the masses of tourists patrolling the streets of the city, qualities which also appeal to couples on the move. The unique qualities of the hotels listed below make them a cut above the rest when it comes to catering to couples who want their stay in New York City to be at locations which are instantly romantic and as accommodating as possible.
SIXTY Lower East Side
Set in the center of Manhattan's SoHo District, 60 Thompson is a small 100-room luxury boutique hotel designed by famed interior designer Thomas O'Brien. It earns its high reputation based on its subtle, sophisticated style and exceptional service. The in-house restaurant here, Kittichai
, draws New Yorkers, international foodies, even top chefs to its tables. Couples here enjoy its modern chic environment. A real treat is to head up to the guests and members-only rooftop lounge and take in an aerial view of one of New York's trendiest neighborhoods. Bohemian chic meets art house wise meets quiet yet radical elegance.
The Alex heralds a new generation of luxury boutique hotels, with impeccable guest rooms, serene suites, and a welcoming, urban contemporary style environment. Its colorful collection of 203 guestrooms, suites, and apartments, beautifully designed by David Rockwell include T1 lines, flat screen LCD TVs, limestone baths and fully equipped gourmet Poggen Pohl kitchens. With its bamboo floors, clean lines, soft velour curtains and fresh orchids The Alex exhibits a tasteful, understated beauty and elegance that the many couples who walk through its doors appreciate.
Bryant Park Hotel
The Bryant Park Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel centrally located in midtown Manhattan, earned its reputation by being the first exclusive luxury designer hotel. Combining luxury and first-class service, it features 129 oversized rooms with marble baths, deep soaking tubs, and a separate shower. Beds are fitted with 400-thread Egyptian linen, goose down duvets and cashmere blankets, and leather headboards, offering sleeping comfort that is truly unmatchable. In addition to B&B Italia custom designed furnishings and hand woven rugs in its classy rooms, the Bryant Park Hotel's Cellar Bar
provides a vibrant setting frequented by a fashionable crowd, live DJs, and dining in the famous in-house Japanese restaurant, Koi
This 13-story hotel provides 208 guestrooms and 20 suites, all of which represent the quintessence of contemporary, almost futuristic interior design. In additional to all the amenities a luxurious boutique hotel has to offer, Dream features a 1950's style rooftop lounge, Ava, named after movie star Ava Gardner, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Times Square, Columbus Circle and the Hudson River. From the lobby you can take the glass elevator down to the Chopra Center New York, which provides Ayurvedic healing arts as taught by Deepak Chopra. Dream is also home to the Fellini-inspired restaurant, Serafina, designed by the Rockwell Group and serving upscale Italian cuisine. Dream is a truly special boutique hotel selection for the discerning couple if there ever was one.
Hotel Gansevoort offers a pretty retreat from the urban metropolis, combining downtown chic with uptown luxury in what is generally thought of as a gritty Meatpacking District location. Its 187 spacious guestrooms and 23 stylish suites are sophisticated yet minimalist in their layout, and feature a colorful array of neutrals and grays shot through with a splash of blackberry, lending them a softness and lightness you feel upon entering them. Other features include richly textured walls, ceramic interiors, custom designed stainless steel sinks and Carrara marble. To top it all off, there is a 45-foot heated outdoor pool with underwater lights and music open 365 days a year and a beautiful rooftop bar and lounge with landscaped garden.
Hotel on Rivington
This striking boutique hotel's main claim to fame today is that it offers floor-to-ceiling windows in each of its 120 stylish guestrooms. Many of the rooms here boast uniquely designed bathrooms that are equipped with both glass shower stalls and oversized Japanese hot tubs. Easily spotted from the street due to its shimmering, 20-story glass-paneled façade, it is arguably one of the hippest hotels on our entire list, with its famous Thor
restaurant serving some of the finest cuisine in all of New York. Its Lower East Side location also makes it in walking distance from some of the coolest nightspots, bars, and restaurants for those couples who want to party late into the night close to their hotel.
The Mercer is SoHo's foremost luxury boutique hotel and the first hotel of its kind to offer an authentic taste of loft living. Often described as sister hotel to Hollyood's famed Chateau Marmont and the ocean front classic The Raleigh in Miami, it is no surprise that it appeals to so many couples who want to bath in its large oversized marble tubs, to dine in the 200-seat Mercer Kitchen
overseen by world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, or to relax in its wonderfully laid-back lounges, casually looking around to see what other notables happen to be staying there. This intimate boutique hotel, housed in a 6-story brick Romanesque revival building dating from 1890, was originally built for John Astor II.
This Times Square beauty, a stylish four star boutique hotel, features 200 uniquely styled guestrooms which are remarkably large by traditional boutique or even New York standards. The Muse attracts couples largely due to its comfort, freshly creative design, and the dozens of amenities it offers its guests which include WiFi and high-speed internet access, complimentary yoga accessories, the Yoga channel on every TV, in-room spa services, and pet-friendly policies
. The lighted make-up mirrors are always a big hit with its female guests, and overall visitors here would say that The Muse has a certain contemporary feminine flair. It's almost as if in staying at the Muse you've literally entered the pages of Vogue magazine.
New York Palace
The Palace is known for its luxurious accommodations, spectacular views, spacious rooms and unparalleled service. Heads of state and rock stars stay here. Offering a choice of Deluxe, Executive Club, and Towers guest rooms, all rooms and suites are designed in either traditional or contemporary décor, with marble bathrooms, brocade drapes and classically patterned carpets. Top level Triplex Suites feature rooftop terraces, eighteen-foot windows and Art Deco interior design. The New York Palace is a good choice for couples who'll spare no expense when it comes to finding the most luxurious place to stay during their visit to New York City.
On the Preferred Boutique hotel registry, Night bills itself as an exercise in Modern Gothic Gotham, a study in the contrast of black and white set against the Technicolor background of New York's Times Square. As a ravishingly dark and beautiful luxury boutique hotel, its 70 guestrooms present the look and feel of private residences, each outfitted with sleekly sophisticated black and white décor and furnishings that evoke a sense of mystery, intimacy, and contemporary sophistication. Night's unique triplex penthouse suite at the top is a frequent setting for photo shoots and exquisite private events. Night's amenities for the mere mortals staying below include valet, bellhop, and concierge services, a 24-hour per day multilingual staff, and an in-house restaurant aptly named Nightlife. To invoke the lyrics of Pat Benatar with a twist, you'll want to stay here because the night belongs to lovers and to those couples who are turned on by a luxurious boutique noir setting.
The SoHo Grand Hotel is located in the heart of the exciting SoHo neighborhood, where 19th-century industrial buildings with ornate cast-iron facades house chic galleries, theaters, restaurants and shops. The guestrooms, splashed with palettes of grays and coffee tones, are as eclectic as the neighborhood, with eight-foot picture windows showcasing the unique downtown perspective. Inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 1800s, they include draftsman desks and nightstands styled like potter's tables. Why do beauties Heidi Klum and Gwyneth Paltrow like to stay here? Maybe its because the rooms also come complete with Italian Frette linens and robes, fancy Blisslabs, and Privé bathroom amenities.
Tribeca Grand Hotel
Manhattan's Tribeca Grand Hotel in is in a dynamic downtown neighborhood of trendy restaurants, shops and businesses. Host to Robert DeNiro's annual Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca
("Triangle Below Canal") is a mecca for film notables and creative types, and movie premieres are often held at the hotel's Grand Screen Room. Little Italy
, Chinatown, Hudson Square
nightclubs, New York University, Greenwich Village
and Wall Street are all within three to 12 blocks of the Tribeca Grand, and couples will find hundreds of eclectic shops, galleries, eateries and clubs within 10 minutes of this hotel.