A great urban hotel should make you forget the concrete jungle that’s right outside its doors, and is especially important if you plan to celebrate your nuptials in one of the world’s largest cultural centers. Each of the big city hotels has mastered what honeymooners hearts are after: A little privacy, impeccable service, and the need to never go outside, even if you eventually should.
The Lodhi, New Delhi, India
This resort-style hotel defines urban escape in the middle of India’s very vibrant and very busy capital. With just 48 guest rooms and suites spread across seven acres, The Lodhi offers ample space to spread out for couples looking for endless cultural opportunities right outside their door. The oasis-like property also has quite a few reasons to stay close, like its fine dining options which include Indian Accent, a restaurant by renowned chef Manish Mehrotra. Throw in a world-class spa with an exclusive Hammam and guest rooms with private plunge pools and you’ve found the perfect urban oasis for two.
The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore, MD
This Relais & Chateaux property—Maryland’s first and only—is an ideal spot for couples looking for a quick post-wedding getaway. The historic 19th-century mansion underwent a massive five-year renovation before opening as a boutique hotel in 2015 in Baltimore’s much-coveted neighborhood of Mount Vernon, where 19th and 20th century brownstones line the streets. With just 18 rooms, nine of which are suites, The Ivy is an intimate escape where the big draw is its many common spaces, including a library, lounge, conservatory, tea room, and courtyard. Couples looking for a night away should take advantage of the hotel’s mini-moon package, which includes breakfast in bed, a couples massage, a private Charm City tour, and a three-course dinner at the property’s French-influenced restaurant, Magdalena.
Hotel de Russie, Rome, Italy
Seriously, what could be more romantic than celebrating your eternal love in the Eternal City just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps? Legendary hotelier Rocco Forte’s family runs this urban retreat where many of the rooms look out over the Piazza del Popolo. Al fresco courtyard dining, a dreamy secret garden, and the hotel’s rich history (Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso stayed here) are just a few reasons this place is major on magic. With ritzy accommodations that blend old and new, you’ll seriously never want to leave—which is just as well since Rome’s best spot for cocktails and aperitivo can be found directly inside the hotel's walls at the Stravinskij Bar.
The Betsy-South Beach, Miami Beach, FL
Arguably located in the best part of South Beach—across the street from the sand and within walking distance to everything—is The Betsy-South Beach, an Art Deco paradise where year-round sunshine floods into its luxe guest rooms and suites. The main attraction here is the hotel’s rooftop deck swimming pool with panoramic Atlantic Ocean and city views, but there’s also another courtyard piscine should you ever want to relax in a more secluded spot. Couples looking to splurge on a mini or honeymoon can book one of the Skyline Penthouses, where gigantic private terraces were made to spend quality alone time. But if the thought of spending QT without your pooch is problematic, don’t fret—the hotel is also dog-friendly.
The Inn at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA
A one-time military barracks turned boutique hotel, this 22-room property has come a long way since housing unmarried officers when San Francisco’s Presidio was an Army base. Built in 1903, the Georgian Revival-style building is tucked into the area’s protected parkland at the Golden Gate with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. The comfortable accommodations, spread out between the main house and a smaller Victorian-style guest house, nicely blend contemporary touches with historic accents. Take a romantic hike along Lover’s Lane, then get cozy around the fire pit with a glass of vino from nearby wine country. Bonus: it’s next door to the popular and picturesque Presidio Chapel of Our Lady so newlyweds can literally stroll on over after saying their “I Dos.”
The Setai, Tel Aviv, Israel
The brand new Setai in Tel Aviv is a site to be seen—and actually has been since the 12th century. Originally a fortress, it served as an Ottoman-era prison and later as a police station. Now, after a 25-year renovation, the property has been transformed into the city’s most luxurious hotel digs. Located in Jaffa, a neighborhood of Tel Aviv that was an ancient port city, newlyweds will find dreamy, picture-perfect courtyards made up of citrus and olive trees and one insane rooftop infinity pool to keep them busy. The only thing better than that? The posh rooms—outfitted in neutral tones and dark walnuts, with glittering views over the Mediterranean—were basically designed for romantic mornings in bed.
Country Club, Lima, Peru
Old-school charm meets modern-day elegance at this 1920s-built hotel in Lima’s bustling San Isidro district. The opulent, Gatsby-esque building—a Peruvian cultural monument in its own right—is set on a sprawling property but houses just 83 guests suites, keeping the feel small and the service personal. The rooms themselves are spacious and charming, and, after a recent renovation, feature all of the modern amenities the sophisticated traveler expects. Optional: Guests can opt for one of the pricier rooms with an in-room Jacuzzi tub. Not Optional: Following in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway or Ava Gardner and sipping one of the Country Club’s legendary (and award-winning) pisco sours at the patio bar.
Boscolo Exedra Nice, Nice, France
It’s not hard to find and appreciate the romance of the French Riviera. It is hard, however, to find the right hotel that will be tucked away enough for couples in what’s a bustling summertime tourist hotspot. The ultra-luxe Boscolo Exedra is steps from the main shopping districts of downtown Nice but feels like it’s located on a quiet street. Mixing its Belle Époque heritage with modern design, service, and amenities, this five-star hotel is just as easy to escape from as it is to spend a day lounging around. Be sure not to miss a pre-sunset apéritif (and sweeping views of Nice and the Côte d'Azur) from the rooftop terrace.
Henry Howard Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Southern hospitality is alive and well at this charming New Orleans gem. Apart of the city’s picturesque Garden District, the renovated 1867 Greek revival townhouse, built by and named for local architect Henry Howard, is walking distance from bustling Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue. Guests love the fanciful wallpaper, the quirky local artwork, and the brass instruments that hang above luxe four-poster beds in each of the boutique hotel’s 18 guest rooms. Relax the day away in The Parlor—grand with 12-foot ceilings and pine floors—or ask the front desk hosts to mix you up a cocktail and enjoy it from the spacious front porch.
Hyatt Centric South Beach, Miami Beach, FL
This white hot Miami hotel is the place to rest your head if you both appreciate little comforts in a more contemporary setting. With floor-to-ceiling picture windows, the rooms here are sleek and have an indoor/outdoor feel thanks to the property’s dramatic Atlantic Ocean and skyline views, which means you can enjoy the gorgeous SoBe setting without ever leaving your room. When you do decide to depart the love nest, the third-floor private sundeck and pool has private cabanas for canoodling couples, and the rooftop restaurant—DECK Sixteen—has elevated Spanish-Mediterranean grub, a sexy white peach sangria, and sunset views.
Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Set inside a former bank building inspired by the Pantheon, this ultra-luxe property is just as grand as it is romantic. Couples drawn in by the intimate ambiance and the lavish architecture will stick around for the over-the-top service and excellent dining options, including a cozy club floor where you can dine while overlooking the city skyline. The hotel’s central location makes it the perfect home base to explore all of the charm that the City of Brotherly Love has to offer, but if camping out and relaxing in the hotel is more your ‘moon vibe, make sure to book a couples massage at the Richel D’Ambra Spa downstairs, where the ritual is performed using sounds of Tibetan singing bowls to give lovers a greater sense of togetherness.