Friday, 31 January 2020

The Lowell's Guide to the Best NYC Valentine's Day Weekend in 2020


Looking for the most magical and romantic experiences in New York City this upcoming Valentine’s Day? Whether you are just visiting the city or a long time resident, The Lowell has created this go-to guide on unique events and adventurous activities to make your Valentine’s weekend superb. Take the opportunity to indulge that special someone, spend time with your beloved family or appreciate cherished friendships with our suggestions below.

Love at The Lowell

For couples looking for the perfect romantic experience, consider booking the Love at The Lowell Offer for the ultimate New York City trip or staycation over Valentine’s Day Weekend. Available on stays from now until February 28, 2021, enjoy the finest amenities and experiences at the #1 Hotel in New York City. When you first check into The Lowell, a welcome bottle of your favorite wine or champagne will be waiting for you with freshly dipped chocolate strawberries to be enjoyed later in the evening. Then, slip into your finest New York City attire for a welcome beverage at Jacque’s Bar. We recommend our Valentine’s themed cocktails, the “His & Hers,” or any of our classic cocktails. 

On stays over February 14, 2020, a special Valentine’s Day turn down service amenity by Louis Sherry will be placed in your suite for you to enjoy. Other special gifts included in this offer are daily American Breakfast in-suite or in the elegant Pembroke Room and two pairs of personalized Frette Pajamas. To view more details or make a reservation, click here.

Check Out a Romantic Broadway Show

Broadway shows are a quintessential New York City experience and lend a hand in defining the city’s rich culture. As one of the first streets ever equipped with electric lights, Broadway still reflects its original namesake with dazzling theater marquees and neon advertisements. This Valentine's Day, ask The Lowell Concierge service to help arrange tickets to a show from a selection of our top choices that tell the timeless tales of romance, true love and sacrifice. Consider classics like The Phantom of the Opera (the longest-running show in Broadway history), Wicked or The Music Man and after the show, the score will have you sweeping your sweetheart off their feet and dancing through the streets of Times Square. For something a bit more modern, check out new arrivals like Hadestown, Moulin Rouge or Come From Away.

Before the show, begin your Valentine's Day evening at Jacques' Bar Enjoy a refreshment or dine on the Valentine’s Day Menu at Majorelle. At Jacques’ Bar, sip our "His" and "Hers" cocktails, the perfect Valentine’s Day concoction. The "His" cocktail is a bold blend of Bourbon, Raspberry Eau de Vie, Crème de Framboise and Maraschino for a libation that has a touch of sweetness and strength. Our "Hers" is a smooth mélange of Cognac, Port Wine, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine for a lively combination of tart and sweet.


For dinner, the Valentine's Day Menu at Majorelle will be an exceptional treat and features unique dishes such as our perfect pâtisserie for the holiday,  Le Bisou, "The Kiss." The beloved Majorelle classic of Red Snapper with fennel, lemon, and Moroccan olives will also make an appearance. Even our traditional after-dinner petits fours will have a new look with the addition of decadent Chocolate Truffles. For an extra touch of passion, reserve a table in the year-long Garden and toast a coupe of champagne under the stars.  Reservations can be made here or or by calling 212.935.2888.

Take a Lovely Central Park Stroll 

A stroll in Central Park is the perfect activity during visit to New York City, so why not tailor it to your Valentine’s Day plans? Escape the bustling streets and take the family or a specific someone to the enchanting sites throughout the park. Begin your journey at the East 65th Street entrance, ideally situated near The Lowell, and captivate the younger ones with a ride on the historic carousel. A tradition in the park for nearly 150 years, children (or adults) can participate by choosing one of the 57 hand-carved horses or two chariots to ride as a fairground organ plays. 

After a momentous ride, head north and walk through The Mall, one of the largest plantations of the American elm, and take in the fresh air and scenery that, during the heart of winter will be dusted with sparkling snow or winter frost. Take the stairs leading into the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain and take in the view of the Loeb Boathouse glistening over The Lake. For a final stop, make your way to the legendary Bow Bridge, where many romantic scenes have been filmed for movies such as Enchanted, Made of Honor, Miracle in the Rain and Autumn in New York. This is the perfect location to pause for an intimate moment with your Valentine and steal a kiss or signify your love by popping the question at one of the most romantic sites in Central Park. 

Take a Cupid and Venus Tour at the Metropolitan Museum

Do you fancy an art lover? Take your Valentine to discover their poetic side with a guided tour through the Met’s collection of love-based and romantic works ranging from ancient Greece to the Paris of the Belle Epoque. Meet with Professor Andrew Lear, former professor of Classics and History at Harvard, NYU, Columbia, and fall in love with the mythological stories of Venus, Orpheus, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Cupid and Psyche and all the troubles they bring upon us mortals. From the Trojan War to the many lovers of Zeus, you will learn how these divinities and art play a role in love, passion and marriage in a two-hour tour. Purchase tickets here

Get Date Night Ready

Before your romantic night on the town, perfect your Valentine’s Day look with a skincare and makeup class at Credo UES, the largest retailer of cruelty- free, non-toxic beauty products and luxury makeup. Led by estheticians and makeup artists from ILIA, be prepared to look and feel your best with leading products like the True Skin Serum Concealer, Liquid Light Serum Highlighter, Cucumber Water Stick and Vivid Foundation. With the attendance of this Master Class, receive a special reward of a free five-piece gift with any purchase of $125 or more. Take a morning of pampering and beauty tips from trained professionals located just steps away from The Lowell and relax before your special evening. View the products and purchase class tickets here

Savor Valentine's Tea in the Pembroke Room

From February 12 to 16, enjoy an afternoon of bubbly, sweet treats and heavenly tea with Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea Service in the Pembroke Room. Bring your sweetie or your little angels and select one of our featured Dammann Freres Tea like the Nuit A Versailles, enhanced with the flavor of Bergamot essential oil, kiwi and yellow peach and with a sprinkling of orange blossom, violet blossoms and pink corn-flower petals, or the exquisite Jardin Bleu, featuring a blend of black teas flavored with rhubarb and wild strawberries and adorned with cornflower petals. To lend a delightful note of whimsy and seasonal charm, English Afternoon Tea Mini Pastries and other Valentine’s items will surprise and delight guests. 

For those who favor the Royal Tea Service, our classic champagne pairing will receive a makeover with the “My Sweet Valentine” Specialty Cocktail, a love potion of bubbly rosé with raspberries, or sip on Chambord Liqueur, Fonseca Red Port or Sherry Bristol Cream. Reservations can be made here and your afternoon can be savored among silver, crystal and an air of love. 

Explore Tiffany’s New Flagship

No one showcases elegance and luxury craftsmanship like Tiffany & Co. The Fifth Avenue location has long been adored and visited by many. The New York City icon has now opened a new temporary location to accommodate renovations. However, fear not! You may still enjoy your Audrey Hepburn moment of breakfast and window shopping right next door at 6 East 57th Street. Blue footprints guide the way from the original location to this new luxury and experimental flagship. Merchandise spreads over the four floors, and the space is dripping with the brand’s signature robin egg blue. A spectacular tower of jewelry boxes creates the Empire State Building in the lobby and all of the Tiffany classics are located on the first floor, including the high-end fine jewelry and the infamous “Return to Tiffany” collection. Spend an afternoon exploring each floor with the expert staff to ensure you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that remarkable person in your life.