Let's get real about Valentine's Day: Chocolate and flowers can get real old really quick, restaurants are overcrowded with smooching twosomes, and everyone knows that couple's massages can be really awkward. So what are two people to do to celebrate the day of love without falling into the pitfalls of V-Day clichés? Well, why not take a quick midweek getaway or extend the holiday with a week off to escape the cold and rekindle the flame?
If you're pondering a mid-February trip, we've got all the hottest destinations for you to form new memories with your S.O. without having to take out a second mortgage. These design-worthy hotels are MyDomaine-approved, intimate, and, best of all, all fall under $200 a night for a basic room. Whip out your Google Flights app and start looking at airfares; we've got your accommodations covered—from Barcelona to Nashville. Sidenote: These hotels are also a great respite from all the romance and cheese factor—if you're flying solo this year.
The Kimpton Gray is one of the Windy City's newest hot spots and the best under-$200 lodging option in Chicago—by far. It is housed in a lovingly restored Georgia Gray marble building in the Loop neighborhood, and the lobby bar boasts romantic Mad Men–esque vibes with its historic library-inspired décor and tableside caviar and champagne cart service. The top-floor bar promises sweeping views and an alfresco ambiance year-round with its retractable glass roof, abundance of leafy plants, and Argentinian-inspired bar bites. Bonus: The hotel features killer minimal design throughout, so your eyes will be pleased around every corner.
Book from $179 per night.
Urban Cowboy is not your grandmother's B&B. Brooklyn's beloved Urban Cowboy opened a Nashville outpost earlier in 2016 in a 19th-century Victorian mansion. Turn up the romance in the guestrooms' clawfoot tub or order personalized private spa services right to your room, or—if music is more your speed—walk down to the front sitting rooms that are filled with instruments and, often, musically inclined guests. The perfect getaway for boho nomad types who want a more personable experience of the country-music capital.
Book from $195 per night.
Winter is the perfect time to hunker down by a wood fire stove and sip on red wine while admiring sweeping white mountain views, and the newly opened Scribner's Catskill Lodge is the perfect place to do it. Housed in a refurbished 1960s motel, the place once featured, in its heyday, a Playboy Mansion–esque basement grotto hot tub, but new owners Marc Chodock and Glennon Travis rose well above the seedy history and gave the space a more modern Alpine chalet vibe. Brave the cold for a winter walk to Kaaterskill Falls, or drive around to explore all the culinary delicacies that Hudson Valley and the Catskills have to offer.
Book from $175 per night.
Cross the border north of New York state and spend a weekend in bustling Montréal at the newly opened William Gray Hotel. Located in Old Montréal, the hotel and neighborhood will seduce you with its European charm, French flair, and killer design. And while you may need to bundle up when venturing out to explore the city, it won't be without filling your belly with some of the finest dining on this side of the pond. Back at the hotel, warm up fireside in a chic Scandinavian-inspired lobby.
Book from $180 per night.
Looking to escape the cold entirely? Look no further than the design darling Casa Fayette, opened last year in Guadalajara. Set in a 1940s mansion in the historic Layafette neighborhood, the DimoreStudio-designed hotel boasts modernist Art Deco vibes, with a plush emerald green restaurant, a ruby red bar, and a dusty pink lobby. The bedrooms are more minimalistic and feature blue-colored glass panels and gilded touches. The lap pool is complete with shaded lounge chairs to turn up the relaxation factor.
Book from $149 per night.
Escape to the City of Love in a stunningly designed Nouveau retro hotel for under $100 a night? It's possible at Hotel Panache, a recently opened hotel in Paris's vibrant Grands Boulevards neighborhood. The Art Nouveau property is adorned with jewel-tone velvet sofas with brass accents, blown glass lighting, mosaic floors, and geometrically paneled walls. The hotel's restaurant is an homage to modern Parisian culture, serving elegant locally sourced food and featuring large windows and mirrors that reflect the quaint Parisian life outside.
Book from $97 per night.
Escape to Europe without breaking the bank, to Barcelona's Casa Bonay. Set in a neoclassical 19th-century building—once the home of a wealthy Catalan family—the modern interiors were updated by Studio Tack (also of Scribner's Catskill Lodge). Previously at Ace Hotel, co-founder Inés Miró-Sans envisioned a similar concept for the Spanish metropolis, where the lobby doubles as a meeting ground, complete with coffee shop, juice bar, cocktail bar, and two restaurants: one of them being a lunchtime Vietnamese barbecue pop-up.
Book from $84 per night.
Even in one of Europe's most expensive cities, reasonably priced lodging and great design collide. London's Ace Hotel is the fifth of its kind and boasts a minimalistic Scandinavian-meets-Brooklyn design. Have a pre-dinner cocktail at their bird's-eye Gallery Bar; dine at Hoi Polloi, the hotel's modernist English brasserie; or head to the basement at Miranda for a nightcap. What you save on the hotel room, you can also splurge on the booming restaurant scene in the area.
Book from $193 per night.
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