A romantic weekend in New York calls for many things, but chief among them is lush digs. The St. Regis, a stalwart of the city’s hotel scene since 1904, has emerged from a $90-million renovation a more beautiful and modern creature. The makeover has struck a balance between old and new, with original touches like Waterford-crystal chandeliers and high-tech details like TVs built into bathroom mirrors.
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But the jewels in the St. Regis’ crown are its designer suites. Possibly even better than receiving a little blue box is staying in one, which is why the Tiffany Suite is a girlie dream: That signature hue is splashed throughout, from pretty little seat cushions to the lining of the desk drawer, and it’s complemented by feminine details like a giant picture of a diamond necklace.
The Dior Suite is where any self-respecting fashionista should aspire to slumber while in the Big Apple. It has a subtler scheme of mauves and greys, and a stunning illustration capturing four Dior designs dominates one wall. Recline on the chaise longue by the window and take in the view of Fifth Avenue for a perfect moment to lock away in your memory forever.
The Dior Suite at the St. Regis hotel in NYC.
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Yes, the Empire State Building is quintessentially romantic, but standing in line for two hours is not. You’ll get to Top of the Rock—that’s Rockefeller Center—much quicker, and some say the views are even better.
Join other happy couples for Free Love in Times Square. No, not the ’60s kind of free love—more of a month-long celebration of romance. The annual Valentine’s Heart Design contest winner will be on display, and there’s a digital art show every night.
Head to Hayden Planetarium on Valentine’s Day for hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and stargazing— the theme is “celestial love stories.” But don’t get too tipsy before the main event lest you pass out while trying to spot constellations.
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Don’t forget to avail yourselves of the luxuries of your temporary home: Have a crab-cake eggs-Benedict breakfast at the St. Regis’ King Cole Bar & Salon before indulging in a couples massage at the Remède Spa.
Can there be romance without jewellery? We think not. The Tiffany & Co. flagship on Fifth Avenue is bauble mecca, of course, but after you’ve made your pilgrimage, pop into Kara Ross’ new boutique on Madison Avenue for one of her sought-after pieces.
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