Going Out While Staying In: Book a Valentine’s Getaway at a Local Luxury Hotel

If you want a special Valentine’s Day celebration but don’t want to go out on the town, consider having the best of both worlds: Make a night of it at one the area’s luxury hotels.

By: Emily Leaman

Dozens of local hotels have packaged up the holiday with the best accommodations and accoutrements—in-room spa treatments, rare teas, sparkling Champagnes, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Here are our picks for the best in-town getaways.


The Fairmont (2401 M St., NW; 202-429-2400; fairmont.com/washington). The Fairmont is pairing a Georgetown date night with its luxurious overnight accommodations. Book the Taste of History and Romance Package—available only on February 14—and enjoy a reception at Tudor Place from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, complete with wine, chocolate, live music, and a display of antique Valentine’s cards. At the hotel, you’ll be treated to a three-course candlelit dinner for two at the Juniper Restaurant. Then choose two cocktails from a selection of Valentine’s-inspired drinks—such as the Chocolate Kiss, with Absolut vanilla vodka and Godiva liqueur, or Love Potion, with Courvoisier VSOP—and they’ll be delivered to your room during turndown. The package starts at $249.

Kimpton’s DC hotels will be showing couples how to relax—literally. With the Rub the One You’re With massage package, love-birds will be treated to an in-room massage class with a personal massage therapist, who will give you tips on head, shoulder, hand, and foot massages. After an hour of instruction, therapist will leave you and your partner in each other’s hands with a take-home massage kit featuring Fresh Sugar Body Oil, a lavender-and-lemon aromatherapy candle, and a relaxation CD. As part of the package—which starts at $299 for a king deluxe room and is available February 14 through 17—you’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne. Call 800-KIMPTON to book a reservation.

Participating hotels: Hotel George (15 E St., NW; hotelgeorge.com), Topaz Hotel (1733 N St., NW; topazhotel.com), Hotel Rouge (1315 16th St., NW; rougehotel.com), Hotel Helix (1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW; hotelhelix.com), Hotel Madera (1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW; hotelmadera.com), Hotel Palomar (2121 P St., NW; hotelpalomar-dc.com), Hotel Monaco (700 F St., NW; monaco-dc.com).

Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave., SW; 202-554-8588; mandarinoriental.com). February 8 through 17, enjoy the Valentine’s Sensual Delight package—a one-night stay that includes a Kama Sutra game, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and a chocolate-fondue dessert with assorted fruits and cakes. Not that your car will be on your mind, but valet parking is included. The package costs $459 a day.

Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant (1015 L St., NW; 202-898-1200; morrisonclark.com). With the Progression to Passion package, you’ll practically eat and drink your way through Valentine’s Day. Couples will start in the hotel’s private courtyard garden with hors d’oeuvres and a pair of Flaming Passion cocktails, made with angostura, brandy, Grand Marnier, sparkling wine, and a splash of rum. A three-course dinner in the dining room will follow. For dessert, relax in your room while enjoying the Ménage à Trois, a not-so-dirty confectionery trio that includes a warm miniature Valrhona-chocolate cake, a Swiss-chocolate milkshake, and a chocolate-laced napoleon. And for the perfect Valentine’s night cap, make use of the bath and body potions in your room. The overnight package is $450 a couple. For those wishing to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and dinner only, it’s $85 per person. The deal is available February 14 through 17.

Park Hyatt Washington (24th and M sts., NW; 800-778-7477; parkhyattwashington.com). For couples booking a stay February 8 through 17, Park Hyatt Washington is spicing up its Comfort and Joy winter package with a complimentary bottle of the hotel’s signature Cabernet Franc 2003. In addition, you’ll be treated to a stay in the Park Deluxe guest room—a 618-square-foot studio with a king-size bed, limestone bathroom, and private bar—a pot of tea from the hotel’s rare selection, and a full American breakfast each morning. Rates start at $399 a night.

The Quincy (1823 L St., NW; 202-833-8639; thequincy.com). If you’re looking for a laugh on the Day of Love, book the Quincy’s Love & Laughter package, which includes two VIP tickets to the DC Improv’s new show with comic Christian Finnegan. (His credits include Chappelle’s Show and Comedy Central Presents.) Back at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a room filled with rose petals and chocolates. The package costs $139 a night and is available is available February 7 through 17. If you spend Valentine’s Day at the Quincy, you’ll also be treated to a glass of Champagne at the show.

Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner (1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean; 703-506-4300; ritzcarlton.com). At the Tysons Ritz, couples can book the Romance to Remember package February 8 through 18. It includes a stay in one of the hotel’s deluxe rooms—or, for an extra charge, the Club or Executive Suite—a full breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, rose-petal turndown service, Champagne and strawberries, and late checkout at 2 PM. Upgrade the package with items from the A La Heart Menu, which includes personalized spa robes, breakfast in bed, candy, a teddy bear, and more. The package starts at $289. Contact the hotel’s “cupid concierge” at 703-506-2692 to learn more.

Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C. (1150 22nd St., NW; 202-835-0500; ritzcarlton.com). Looks like Willy Wonka is taking over the Ritz DC this Valentine’s Day—and he’s cooked up the Be My Chocolate Valentine package for chocoholics. Book a stay February 9 through 18, and you and your valentine will enjoy a chocolate treat upon arrival, a chocolate-scented bath in your room, and a chocolate lover’s breakfast in bed, which will include chocolate-chip pancakes and muffins and more. If you go this route, make arrangements for a late checkout—it might take a few hours to come out of the sugar coma. Package starts at $399.

The River Inn (924 25th St., NW; 800-424-2741; theriverinn.com). February 14 through 17, take your pick of three Valentine’s Day packages: the (Everything I Do) . . . I Do It For You package; the Take My Breath Away package; and the Love Me Tender package. The first is the most unusual—and budget-friendly, at $299 for a one-night stay. It includes a pair of tickets to the Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum. In your hotel room, you’ll find a dozen long-stemmed4 roses, a pair of Godiva chocolates on your pillows, a breakfast basket in your refrigerator, and a CD of romantic love songs. You can upgrade any of the packages to include dinner and drinks at the hotel’s restaurant, Dish, for an additional $150 per couple.

St. Regis Washington (923 16th St., NW; 202-638-2626; starwoodhotels.com). You’ll have no reason to leave your room at the St. Regis if you book A Touch of Romance, available through February 29. You’ll enjoy chilled Krug Champagne; chocolate-dipped strawberries, fresh oysters and passion fruit; a private in-room couple’s massage; and a butler-drawn bath with flower petals, candles, and soft music. Package starts at $999 for a suite room.

Willard InterContinental (1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-628-9100; washington.intercontinental.com). The Willard is offering packages at various prices, but our favorite—and the most extravagant—is the Capital Night of Romance. It includes one night’s accommodations for two, breakfast in bed, Champagne, chocolate-dipped berries, romantic bath amenities, a poetry book and romance CD, and a gift certificate for a one-night return visit in a deluxe room. Plus you get your choice of rooms: the Presidential Suite ($3,400), a 2,280-square-foot indulgence with a black-and-white marble foyer, two sitting rooms, and a private dining room, or the Jenny Lind Suite ($2,300), a multilevel space with a canopy bed, sunken Jacuzzi bathtub, and city views. A more wallet-friendly option is the Tranquil Escape Valentine’s Spa package—one night’s accommodation for two, American breakfast in bed, and a 60-minute couple’s massage (tip included with package price). This package starts at $819.

Want more Valentine's Day advice and information—from where to dine, to where to go, to what gifts to buy? Click here for the Washingtonian Guide to Valentine's Day.