To experience the full romance of a honeymoon in New York City, focus on the quiet pleasures—be it a thought-provoking art exhibition, culture-changing Broadway production, or handheld walk through Central Park. While there are plenty of hip, trendy neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn in which to post up, we recommend settling into Manhattan's historic and storied Midtown East for a honeymoon in New York City. Here, you'll find grande dame hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, and avenues packed with fancy boutiques. Life may speed by in the blink of an eye in the chaotic city that never sleeps, but in this part of town, you'll find it hard not to get swept up in the inherent romance at its core.
No matter what kind of experience you crave, there’s a classic honeymoon resort or trendy newcomer right here in the U.S. Read on to find out which city escape is right for you:
The Plaza Hotel New York’s claim to fame may be Eloise, its fictional six-year-old resident,but checking into your newly revamped suite— with sparkly chandeliers, plush bedding, and marble bathrooms—will make you feel all grown up. Fill your days with breakfast at the gourmet Todd English Food Hall (there are 23 different vendors), high tea at the Palm Court, cocktails at the Champagne Bar, and facials at the city’s only Guerlain Spa. You’ll feel little need to venture outdoors—except for leisurely strolls across the street into Central Park, of course. (Rooms from $400.)
Firmdale Hotels is known for quirky-chic properties in London and the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, New York. Now the founders are bringing that aesthetic to Midtown with the Whitby Hotel. Every turn leads to a discovery, from works by emerging artists on the walls to landscaped terraces off the spacious suites and an honor-system bar in the first-floor lounge. After dinner at the dimly lit restaurant (we’re calling it: best roasted Brussels sprouts in town), take your seat at the cinema for a screening of Casablanca, popcorn and wine in hand. (Rooms from $695.)