Whether you love or loathe the commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day, a roadside motel just isn’t going to cut it when you’re trying to woo that special someone. Set the scene for love by booking a room at one of these steamy hotels. We started with TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s most romantic hotels, but it seemed like cheating to just reprint their picks—and who likes a cheater on Valentine’s Day? So we hand-picked many others that have won our hearts as well.
Spindrift Inn, Monterey, California
King-sized canopy beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and ocean-view window seats at the Spindrift Inn (check prices) mean you and your honey never have to leave the room … although you’ll be tempted by the afternoon wine and cheese reception and rooftop garden outside. Fly to Monterey Peninsula Airport (check prices).
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Make it really just the two of you with a stay at Little Palm Island Resort and Spa (check prices), which is only accessible by seaplane or boat. There are also no phones or TVs, but there is plenty of romance on the island. You’ll sleep in air-conditioned thatched roof bungalows, dine on the beach on white-table-clothed tables, and enjoy the privacy of your own outdoor shower and hot tub. Fly to Key West International Airport (check prices) and then take a free yacht to the resort.
Koa Kea Hotel and Resort, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii
Romance is all around at the Koa Kea Hotel (check prices). Here, you can take a couples’ horseback ride around the island, dine on your private balcony, or relax with treatments in the spa’s couples suite. Fly to Kauai’s Lihue Airport (check prices).
Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island
Treat your Valentine like a Queen or a King with a night at the Castle Hill Inn (check prices), a charming oceanfront hotel in Newport. Stay in the two-floor Turret Suite, which features a giant soaking tub with an ocean-view. Use the suite’s binoculars to check out the 12 nearby lighthouses. Fly to the Theodore Francis Green State Airport (check prices).
Ocean Lodge, Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Staff at the Ocean Lodge (check prices) are ready to assist you in whatever you need to make your stay special—including arranging a rose petal bath, special nightly turn down, or even a lovely dinner on the hotel’s rooftop terrace. For the most wow factor, book a luxury suite, which has a custom stone walk-in shower, whirlpool tub, and private veranda with ocean views. Fly to Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (check prices).
Capella Ixtapa, Mexico
Take a dip in your private plunge pool, located on your room’s own terrace, while you soak in ocean views at the Capella Ixtapa (check prices). Don’t even want to leave the bed? Control the lights and television from the bedside touch panel. Fly to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (check prices).
Mariaggi’s Theme Suites Hotel, Manitoba, Canada
Want to take your sweetheart on an exotic vacation without the plane ride? Feel like you’re honeymooning on an African safari, a Moroccan desert, or in the Caribbean with a suite at the Mariaggi’s Theme Suites (check prices). Here, you can stay in extravagantly designed rooms that you feel like they’ve gone to another continent. Fly to Winnipeg International airport (check prices).
The Plaza Hotel, New York City
Glamor and romance await at the classic Plaza Hotel (check prices). You’ll be able to leave behind all those pesky household chores, as the Plaza’s butlers will help you unpack your luggage, draw you a bath, shine your shoes, repack your luggage, and take care of your laundry and dry cleaning. Fly to LaGuardia (check prices).
Paradise Stream Resort, Paradise Township, Pennsylvania
Drinking Champagne on a romantic getaway is so cliche. Instead, soak in the Paradise Stream Resort’s (check prices) private Champagne tower. Located in a four-level private suite, this seven-foot-tall whirlpool bath shaped like a Champagne glass fits two people. The room also has a fireplace, sauna, and massage table for ultimate romance. Fly to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (check prices).
Opus Vancouver, Canada
Not a natural Romeo? Stay at the Opus Vancouver (check prices), where the “Cupid Concierge” will help hopeless romantics plan the perfect stay. He doesn’t have a bow and arrow to make the target of your affections fall in love with you, but he does have some pretty potent weapons—like Champagne and red roses—in his arsenal. Fly to Vancouver International Airport (check prices).
If these 10 hotels got you in the mood for romance, be sure to check out the most romantic hotels worldwide at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. And let us know what you think of our picks in the comments area below!