Even when it doesn’t fall on a Monday, there’s never quite enough time to steal away on Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, many area hotels are offering couples “staycations” designed to squeeze every ounce of romance out of a weekend. We’ve compiled a few options below that will leave your sweetheart pleased, smitten, or head over heels, depending on your budget. Prices reflect a one-night stay.
PLEASED (around $150)
Escape! Romance Package at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
This staycation keeps it simple and leaves the rest up to you. Upon arrival, couples receive a bottle of Champagne (or nonalcoholic beverage on request) plus late check-out and breakfast for two in the hotel’s restaurant the next morning. Book the Escape! Romance Package here.
Date Night in DC at Savoy Suites Hotel
Savoy is teaming up with Artfully Chocolate/Kingsbury Confections to make chocolate junkies feel warm and fuzzy this holiday weekend. Couples receive a bottle of Champagne; a box of ACKC chocolates featuring rose, passionfruit, and Champagne truffles; a $20 gift card to ACKC; and complimentary transportation from the hotel to the chocolatier. Book Date Night in DC here.
The Date Night Package at St. Gregory Hotel in DC
This package gets you a bottle of Champagne and customizable “special touches” (including dinner for two, Godiva chocolates, and more), which allow you to show off how well you know your main squeeze. Book the Date Night Package here.
Valentine's Day at the W Hotel
You and your honey will receive a bottle of Champagne on arrival, two complimentary drinks at any of the W's affiliated bars and restaurants, and Valentine's Day turn-down service with complimentary Bliss Body Butter to help you relax. Checkout is at 2 the next day. You can apply this deal to any of the W's accommodation levels; couples who book a VIP room or VIP suite can also indulge in a candle-lit five-course tasting menu at J&G Steakhouse. Rate ranges from $260 to $600. Book a Valentine's Day at the W package here.
SMITTEN (around $250)
“Get Turned on at the Legacy” Sweetheart’s Package at the Legacy Hotel in Rockville
You and your special someone will receive a bottle of Champagne and stay in a deluxe room, which features a whirlpool tub, free wi-fi, HD TV, and gourmet coffee. Phillips Seafood Restaurant will host you for dinner (up to $100), room service will provide your breakfast, and housekeeping won’t come knocking until 3 PM. Take home two free “I Got Turned on at the Legacy” T-shirts to remember the night, though we don’t recommend wearing them in public. Ever. Book the Sweetheart’s Package here.
Rediscover the Romance Experience at L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
Have $100 worth of dinner plus a bottle of wine at American Grill, and then retreat to your room, where you’ll receive nightly turndown service. The following morning, sleep in—check-out’s not until 2, and the newspaper will be delivered to your room (so you don’t get too lost in your own intimate world). Book the Rediscover the Romance Experience here.
Sweetheart Package at the Mason Inn
After your prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner at Boxwoods, a bottle of Champagne and six chocolate-covered strawberries will be waiting in your room for a second dessert. Awake the next morning for Boxwoods' breakfast buffet. Call 703-865-5705 or book the Sweetheart Package here.
Fall in Love in the Nation's Capital at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
Spend the night in a deluxe room with your Valentine and a chilled bottle of Champagne, or take advantage of the Cafe Promenade's four-course prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner (a separate offer for $72 a person). Breakfast for two in the cafe is included in the package. Book the Fall in Love in the Nation's Capital package here.
Monaco Is for Lovers at the Hotel Monaco in Old Town
Lovers who book this package will receive a welcome gift of sweets and Champagne in deluxe accommodations plus continental breakfast in bed and complimentary valet service. Book Monaco Is for Lovers here.
Suite Romantic Escape at St. Gregory Hotel in DC
Chilled Champagne and red roses will meet you in your suite accommodations, which feature a bedroom, living room, and fully stocked kitchen. Have breakfast the next morning at the M Street Bar and Grill or opt for breakfast in bed. Parking is also included. Book the Suite Romantic Escape here.
Tiffany & Co. at the Sheraton Rockville Hotel
This package has the gift built in—each reservation comes with a Tiffany & Co. heart necklace on arrival. Exchange gifts over a three-course dinner—including two glasses of wine or Champagne—in the hotel restaurant; you’ll also receive two robes, and check-out is at 2 the next day. Book the Tiffany & Co. package here.
HEAD OVER HEELS ($350 and up)
Experience More at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown
Georgetown's Four Seasons hotel invites guests to "experience more" all month, but Valentine's Day weekend brings some romantic add-ons. Check in for a two-night stay that includes a $100 credit toward any of the hote
l's amenities, including the full-service spa as well as Bourbon Steak, which is on The Washingtonian's list of 100 Very Best Restaurants. Get more generous with the hotel's Present Your Present at Valentine's Day Dinner on Monday evening, which allows you to buy a gift at the M29 Lifestyle store and have it wrapped and waiting at your table. The five-course dinner features Maine-lobster risotto, Chateaubriand for two, and more at $199 per couple, with the option of wine pairings at $65 per person. Book the Experience More package here.
Sweet Rendezvous Romance Package at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
Let the Omni Shoreham Hotel set the mood with Domaine Chandon sparkling wine and gourmet truffles on arrival; romantic turndown service including lighting, music, and bathrobes; and breakfast through room service (or at the hotel restaurant) featuring two “Valentini” morning cocktails. Plus, couples who get engaged over the weekend will receive a weekend-night certificate for a future stay. Book the Sweet Rendezvous Romance Package here.
Adore Mi Amore at Hotel Palomar in Arlington
The suite featured in this package features floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows overlooking the Potomac River and Key Bridge, a deep bathtub for soaking, two flat-screen TVs, soft bathrobes, and more. Couples receive strawberries and Champagne, dinner at Domaso restaurant, and a complimentary in-room movie. Book Adore Mi Amore here.
Missing You on Valentine’s Day at Hotel Palomar in Arlington
If you’re a pair of star-crossed lovers who find themselves apart this holiday, there’s a package for you, too. Book your DC stay at the hotel and have the staff send a dozen roses sent to your loved one plus a free call to anyone in the country (we can guess how you’ll use it). The package is priced separately from your stay. Book the Missing You on Valentine’s Day package here.
Valentine’s Spa-liday Package at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
Maybe what your loved one really wants this Valentine’s Day is a luxurious, decadent break. This package is all about getting pampered: There’s a mimosa-Champagne sugar body scrub followed by a chocolate-truffle body wrap at the boutique spa, s’mores by the wood-burning fireplace, and a three-course dinner with wine pairings at Fahrenheit Restaurant. Book the Valentine’s Spa-liday Package here.
The JFK & Jackie Camelot Valentine’s Day at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC
The Kennedys are as close to a royal family as the United States has, and this package celebrates their legacy, the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration, and the picture-perfect Jackie and JFK. The package includes the former First Couple’s favorite cocktails on arrival; a romantic three-course dinner and wine pairings at the Lobby Cafe, inspired by their favorite foods; and a copy of Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House (with DVD). Book the JFK & Jackie Camelot Valentine’s Day here.
All You Need Is Love at the Ritz-Carlton (Georgetown and West End locations)
Spend Valentine’s Night in one of the Ritz-Carlton’s deluxe rooms, with plush amenities such as thick terry-cloth bathrobes and slippers, a deep bathtub to soak in, and 24-hour room service. The package includes a bottle of Champagne and breakfast in the Lobby Cafe. Book the All You Need Is Love package here.
The Two-Night Magnifique Package at the Sofitel Washington DC
Stretch out your blissful weekend with this two-night stay at the Sofitel. Upon arrival, you'll receive a gift of flowers or chocolates. Whenever you're ready, have the concierge send Champagne to your room. Each morning, room service will bring you breakfast, and you can spend your final day in bed together or enjoying the hotel's amenities—check-out is at 4. Book the Magnifique Package by February 13 here.
A GIRL CAN DREAM, CAN’T SHE? (thousands)
The Big Night Package at the Inn at Little Washington
The Inn at Little Washington is not only one of the most plush and expensive boutique hotels in the area, but also boasts a restaurant that ranks second on our 100 Very Best Restaurants list this year. This package lets you and your honey experience both luxuries: overnight accommodations, a welcome cocktail, afternoon tea, a signed copy of 85 Inspirational Chefs, the new Relais and Chateaux cookbook, and breakfast in the morning. The pièce de résistance however, is the nine-course tasting menu served at the Chef's table in the kitchen, along with wine pairings from the sommelier. The Valentine's Day menu includes miniature filets of black cod sauté with shrimp dumplings, and macaroni-and-cheese with Virginia country ham and shaved white truffle. Call 540-675-3800 to check availability and book the Big Night.
The Suite Romance at the Park Hyatt Washington DC
How celebrities must do Valentine’s Day: A stay in the presidential suite with butler service, strawberries, and Champagne; an in-suite couples massage with a set of monogrammed robes; chauffeured transportation in a BMW 7-Series for a $2,000 private shopping spree at Tiffany & Co.; a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings and live piano accompaniment at Blue Duck Tavern; a rose-petal drawn bath in the hand-carved travertine tub; and in-suite breakfast for two. Book the Suite Romance package here.
The Ultimate Girls' Getaway at the W Hotel
Grab your four best girlfriends and have a Valentine's Day weekend to rival an episode of Sex and the City. Your clique will spend the weekend in an "E-Wow" presidential suite with unlimited movies; a $1,000 room-service credit; a custom-made brunch with unlimited Bellinis and Bloody Marys on the rooftop terrace or in your suite; and a luxurious day at Bliss spa, including massages, manicures, and pedicures. Book the Ultimate Girls' Getaway here.