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Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like a Kimpton Bathrobe

January 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Unlike other industries, where it's just about guzzling free candy and wearing too many red cardigans, Valentine's Day is a special time of year for hotels. The January slump is suddenly reversed by couples seeking out romantic getaways, anonymous hook-ups, and indulgent spa treatments. Not to mention special food that puts you in that special mood. Here are our three picks for Valentine's Day hotels in NYC.

Remember when we found out Kimpton Hotels devoted an entire month to flaunt their funky leopard-, giraffe-, and zebra-print bathrobes? And remember how, unless you were a guest, it was kinda hard to get one? Well, that part is still the same. But they're making it more worth your while with a month-long "Robe-mance" package ($269, booking code ROBES) that includes a $25 dining and beverage credit and two robes.

Couples who are feeling a little more expressive can sign up to have their Valentine's Day message appear on the Big Screen Plaza (above) at Eventi Hotel. Simply compose a love note (20 words maximum), email it to info@bigscrenplaza.com, and watch it scroll across the screen starting at 12pm on the big day. Guests can also book the "14 Days of Valentine's" package (available Feb 1-14, rates vary, booking code LOVE), which provides a welcome bouquet, chocolate-dipped strawberries, dinner for two at Bar Basque, 14% off spa treatments and a 2pm checkout.

We've seen the kitchen at InterContinental Barclay New York get pretty festive before. But for this year's Valentine's Day, the hotel has gone above and beyond. A four-course meal ($59 per person, or $349 for the inclusive room package) includes Maine lobster ravioli, Hudson Valley foie gras, and either Bronzino with crab and star anise mousse or Black Angus filet mignon as the entree.

Guests can choose between two different moods for dessert: dark and sensual, or light and playful. The former includes an organic Tanzania dark chocolate cake with hazelnuts, caramel and raspberry coulis, while the "light"-er option is an organic white chocolate mousse with coconut, banana and caramel sauce. We're guessing, somehow, the dessert choice will have a direct effect on the "mood" later on in the bedroom...

If you like to be more hands-on during your romantic getaway (no, not in that way), then consider an Aphrodisiac Cooking Class ($200 per couple) at Andaz Wall Street's Wall & Water. Executive Chef Maximo Lopez (who considers himself a "less is more" chef) is leading this class on Saturday Feb 11 (3:30-5pm), and will focus on "mood-boosting" ingredients like walnuts, cinnamon, saffron, ginger and strawberries. How do all those things come together to make a four-course meal that makes you horny? Only one way to find out!

[Photos: itravel4hockey/TripAdvisor, InterContinental Barclay, Andaz Wall Street]

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