You know one of the most important aspects of your honeymoon is where you stay. And while plenty of New York City hotels pack personality, when it’s romance you want you’ll need to choose experiential properties dripping with memory-making opportunities. Luckily, these unforgettable New York honeymoon hotels ensure all that and more for you and your better half.
Escape to Italy without leaving the city at Hotel Hugo, one of NYC’s newer properties. Opened in 2014, the hotel is modeled after opulent Italian ocean liners, with Italian walnut and maritime accents throughout. Stroll hand-in-hand into the lobby, where floor-to-ceiling windows flood natural light into the garden-filled indoor space. Make sure to book a room with views of the Hudson River, as enjoying the view from your 300-thread-count-sheet bed is romance at its finest. Wander into the attached Il Principe Cucina Italiana for an espresso and antipasto, tastes of aged parma prosciutto and imported buffalo mozzarella dancing on your tongue. Zip up to the twentieth floor rooftop venue Bar Hugo to shake it to live DJ music or clink cocktails while admiring water views with the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower in the backdrop.
The Kimberly Hotel
Drop your bags with the porters and glide through The Kimberly Hotel’s gold-trimmed doors into a lobby immersing you and your sweetheart in old-world glamour. Marble walls encase antiques, Roman statues, a grand pendulum clock, and a colorful 2,000-gallon aquarium. Follow the aroma of oven-fresh pizza into Bistango, a homey Italian eatery. Glass of wine in hand, watch pastas, salads, and pies being made in the open kitchen, and fall into the countryside atmosphere created by the nature-themed faux windows. If you’d prefer Old Hollywood, the Ibis Restaurant, with its art deco design, domed ceiling, and vintage celebrity photographs is supposedly where Desi Arnaz proposed to Lucille Ball. Grab your love’s hand and ascend upstairs to your room, sinking into a plush bed draped in Frette linens, or sip a drink on your private balcony overlooking Midtown. At sunset, get to the rooftop, called Upstairs at the Kimberly, to take in front-row views of the Chrysler Building swathed in orange. Indulge in farm-to-fork tapas and a craft cocktail—the aptly named Chrysler aperitif, blending Hennessy Black cognac, champagne, and honey is a good choice—to enhance the experience.
The Waldorf Astoria
The only problem with a New York honeymoon at the Waldorf Astoria is that you and your sweetheart may never leave. Wander through a grand lobby that could double as a museum, filled with antiques, art deco chandeliers, and an air of mystery (there actually was once a secret underground train beneath the property for VIPs to enter). The sheer amount of amenities fills your itinerary: savor a steak at the historic Bull & Bear, dig into an original Waldorf Salad at Oscar’s American Brasserie, or explore the rooftop garden and hives (and taste some house-made honey). Go on to peruse the main level’s jewelry shops, take a historical tour of the property, and sip craft cocktails at Peacock Alley, where the Chocolatini (laced with homemade cocoa and Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka) is one delicious aphrodisiac. Of course, heading to your room for a deep soak with Salvatore Ferragamo bath amenities is also a superb idea, as is an afternoon at their Guerlain Spa, lying side-by-side with your love during a 50-minute couple’s massage before a rejuvenating steam, champagne, and chocolate truffles revive you both.