Whether it’s a chic city hotel or a wild beach resort, New York is surrounded by a big red heart
Whether it’s Manhattan or Brooklyn, secluded Niagara or elegant Westchester, the bucolic Hudson Valley or the far reaches of Long Island, New York State offers hotels and sumptuous and romantic resorts for all tastes. Here are 10 places to consider for your next romantic retreat.
Oheka Castle – Huntington
Outdoor area at Oheka Castle — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Located on West Gate Drive in leafy Huntington in the middle of Long Island, this legendary mansion, America’s second largest private home when built in 1919, is a French-style dream mansion. The paved and walled courtyard leads to the entrance hall where a stone horseshoe staircase unfolds, inspired by that of Fontainebleau in France.
The second floor of Oheka Castle houses a splendid drawing room-library, ballrooms and dining rooms overlooking the courtyard or the classic French terraced gardens, recreated from the original design of the Olmsted brothers. Among the 32 individually designed rooms and suites is the spectacular glittering Egyptian-themed suite with trompe-l’oeil stone blocks mimicking a pyramid.
West Manhattan Pendry – New York
Bar in Pendry Manhattan West — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Located on West 33rd Street in the new Manhattan West development within the confines of Midtown West, this luxury hotel is perfectly located for the ultimate city break. Explore the superb restaurants and shops of Manhattan West and the adjacent Hudson Yards. Admire spectacular views from Edge, the 100-story open-air observation deck at 30 Hudson Yards. Afterward, relax in Pendry’s cozy service and soak up the warm, modern design of this 23-story tower.
Pendry Manhattan West has 164 rooms, including 30 suites to die for. From the lobby, stroll through Zou Zou’s, an Eastern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant run by acclaimed New York chefs Madeline Sperling and Juliana Latif. Breakfast at Vista Lounge, an exotic chic Havanese restaurant and bar lined with palm trees. And have a drink in the hotel’s exclusive cocktail bar, the gold leaf-adorned Pendry Bar, or on the rooftop Japanese whiskey bar.
Troutbeck – Aménie
Outdoor beauty in Troutbeck — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, this incredibly quaint English-style mansion is a country retreat surrounded by natural, landscaped grounds. The rooms and suites are located in the main house, which dates from 1920; in the more secluded Garden House, a later addition behind the idyllic original walled garden; and in the small 250 year old Century Lodge, originally a tavern and now bookable as a private retreat, complete with kitchen and lounge.
Troutbeck offers plenty of fun activities, including tennis courts, an outdoor pool with food and drink service, and hiking and walking trails through its 250 acres. Perhaps best of all, The Barns Spa offers daily classes and wonderful treatments, including the somatic experience that combats trauma and stress. Lie down in one of the many hammocks scattered around the property and just enjoy the chirping of birds as background noise. End the day with a tasty meal inspired by local ingredients and the property.
Hotels near Baccarat New York, New York
Bar at Baccarat Hotel New York — Photo courtesy of Baccarat Hotel New York
The stunning and sparkling Baccarat Hotel New York is named after the French luxury crystal maker and its design is inspired by the company’s sought-after products. Oversized crystal chandeliers draw attention throughout the lobby, Grand Salon dining room, and sultry-toned bar. Uniquely, in rooms and suites, bedside telephones include a “champagne button” for a quick supply of the most romantic of wines.
Despite all the splendor of its design, the hotel feels intimate — a suave love nest in the heart of bustling Manhattan. Book a couples massage at Spa de La Mer and a private cabana by the glamorous indoor pool. Lovers can even enjoy some of the best restaurants in town in the hotel’s Grand Salon, which is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Kreuther, whose eponymous restaurant – Gabriel Kreuther – is located nearby, across from Bryant Park.
The Creator – Hudson
Bar at the Maker — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
It may be located in the once-industrial town of Hudson, 200 miles north of Manhattan, but this is the place to party. This eye-catching boutique hotel blends La Belle Epoque with La Boheme, with the result spread across a three-building complex rooted in a grand, restored Georgian house in the center of arty Hudson. Explore Warren Street, where art seeking meets artisan shopping, often in the same attractive storefront.
The Maker includes a cafe straight out of a Montmartre storybook; a veranda restaurant lined with palm trees; a bar and lounge that can only be described as super sexy, and an outdoor patio overlooking the seasonal guest-only pool. The bedrooms are each individually curated with unique artwork and furnishings. Choose an attic penthouse with a private outdoor terrace with daybeds, perfect for a more private party or just to relax.
Baron’s Cove – Sag Harbor
Bar at Baron’s Cove — Photo courtesy of Baron’s Cove
Storied Sag Harbor sits on the easternmost tip of Long Island, just north of the legendary posh Hamptons at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Although Baron’s Cove was built in the 1950s, a 21st-century renovation has seen it reopen as a modern luxury resort with a nautical-inspired lobby and bar and lounge with cozy wood-burning fireplaces.
The restaurant has harbor water views, and the luxurious rooms offer a choice of views: either with private garden terraces or harbor loft suites with balconies. Relax by the heated saltwater pool by the harbor, play tennis and enjoy the services of the spa. Explore Main Street, where the restaurants and shops of this iconic nautical town offer sweet indulgence.
The Point – Saranac Lake
Guest bedroom at The Point — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
If solitude in the middle of nature is synonymous with love, this is the most romantic place you will find. Dating back to the early 1930s, this private Adirondacks estate on Upper Saranac Lake was originally built as a so-called grand camp for William Avery Rockefeller II. Rustic luxury is still the norm now that The Point is a resort town. A low-key and exclusive resort, that is, with just 11 guest rooms located in the main lodge and four original log buildings.
Furnished in period style, including many original Rockefeller antiques, and surrounded by the quiet of the forest, the simple pleasures are accompanied by the best service and the best food and wine. There is no TV and Wi-Fi only in the main office outbuilding. Whether it’s relaxing by the bonfire on the promontory overlooking the lake, boating in a vintage yacht, or hiking to Camp David (a shack serving cocktails by the fire) , being in the middle of this very special nowhere is not really difficult.
The Abbey Inn & Spa – Peekskill
Exterior of the Abbey Inn & Spa — Photo courtesy of the Abbey Inn & Spa
Located at the foot of the Hudson Highlands, an hour’s drive north of Manhattan and overlooking the majestic Hudson River, the Abbey Inn and Spa was redeveloped from the former convent of the Episcopal Sisters of Saint Mary, located on the Historic Fort Hill.
The property brings 42 luxurious rooms and suites to this village near the Croton Highway. It also adds the Mediterranean-inspired Apropos Restaurant and Bar, whose menus are led by Hudson Valley farms and the changing seasons.
The spa, a 2,500 square foot sanctuary, also favors local products and offers a hair and nail salon, saunas and whirlpools, and a tranquil relaxation room where you can expect a sumptuous massage, taken together or not. Explore the surrounding historic old Dutch countryside and stroll the Peekskill waterfront and the town’s restaurants and entertainment.
The Giacomo Hotel – Niagara Falls
Bar at Hotel Giacomo — Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls USA
Niagara Falls is known as the honeymoon capital of the world, and Niagara Falls USA, the non-Canadian side of this wondrous body of water, includes this beautiful hotel built for romance. In fact, what is now Hotel Giacomo was built in 1929 as the United Office Building (once the tallest skyscraper in Niagara Falls) and designed in an Art Deco-era Mayan Revival architectural style.
It’s now a luxury boutique hotel with rooms featuring hot tubs, fireplaces, and, if you ask nicely, views of the Upper Niagara rapids. Relax over a cocktail in the Giacomo Lounge before enjoying a downtown restaurant for dinner. The Giacomo includes a bedtime snack of hot cookies and cold milk, delivered straight to your room, as a treat for all guests.
Aurora Hostels – Aurora
Inns of Aurora exterior — Photo courtesy of The Inns of Aurora/Bryan Peck
This unique development of five immaculately restored historic homes near Cayuga Lake in upstate New York also includes shops and restaurants, all of which make up a storybook village, away from the daily grind . The rooms have a private balcony to take full advantage of the view of the lake.
Take advantage of Inns of Aurora’s bespoke spa, a healing and wellness center offering Ayurveda-inspired classes and treatments. After a day of outdoor activities, a candlelit farm-to-table dinner at 1833 Kitchen & Bar, the property’s main restaurant helmed by Chef Eric Lamphere, can be followed by s’mores and a nightcap by the fire by the lake, where stargazing is recommended. .