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THE DORCHESTER, PARK LANE, W1
FOYER PLAY You’ve arrived! Take a moment to inhale true luxury. Ahh, this is London at its most oozingly opulent. Sashay through the grand marble Promenade to spy which Royals are currently in residence.
GET A ROOM High-end chintz is the theme in all rooms, but splash out on the Oliver Messel Suite, which makes Liberace’s look low-key. Nothing says ‘J’taime’ like swooshing florals, sweeping drapes and rococo flourishes. The bed is so big it’s fit for a fivesome. Past guests to this room include Marlene Dietrich, Noël Coward, and Sylvester Stallone, so you’ll be in good company.
WINE ME, DINE ME Three Michelin stars will impress your date, so let chef maestro Alain Ducasse take your taste buds on a romantic getaway with Scottish lobster, turbot, fillet of beef and chocolate and raspberry heart (four-course Valentine’s menu, £155). Have a nightcap in the bar, where live jazz will lift spirits as you do the same.
THE SEX FACTOR The hotel has teamed up with Smythson to offer an extra treat in the bedroom. Guests who tweet the hotel with #headoverheels are given a leather Smythson notebook.
WHAT PRICE LOVE? Oliver Messel Suite from £3,798 (dorchestercollection.com)
THE LONDON EDITION, BERNERS STREET, W1
FOYER PLAY Look up! A giant mirrored egg reflects the hotel’s swish, buzzy reception below. Ian Schrager’s design artfully straddles grandeur and hipster — get stuck in by shooting some pool with your squeeze in the entrance lounge.
GET A ROOM Schrager returns to form with the rooms here, which are more chic and Scandi-style than the wow-factor lobby. The effect of the dark wood, ambient lighting and soft sheepskin blankets is that of finding yourself in the arms of someone extremely attractive. ‘Oooh, never let me go,’ you might whisper as you slip under the crisp white sheets.
WINE ME, DINE ME Critics and cool-hunters have given Berners Tavern the nod so of course it’s fully booked for Valentine’s. But who cares? Order room service of aged Scottish beef burgers (£14.50), and watch Annie Hall in bed — now that’s romance.
THE SEX FACTOR There are no gimmicky romance packages. Instead, snuggle up in the Punch Room (reservations only). If the jasmine tea and oak moss punch (£31.50 for two) doesn’t get you in the mood, you might as well forget it.
WHAT PRICE LOVE? Rooms from £295 (edition-hotels.marriott.com)
SOUTH PLACE HOTEL, SOUTH PLACE, EC2
FOYER PLAY Sweep your paramour off Moorgate and into this Bond villain’s lair, that’s if Dr No shopped in Conran and had great taste in coffee tables… The roaring fire, elegant furniture and come-hither lighting set the tone, playfully offset with quirky artworks and staff whose ‘hey, there’ attitude is happily more Miami than Square Mile.
GET A ROOM All 80 rooms are cool but to really impress book the top-floor Suite 610, which has panoramic views of the City — and if you’ve seen Shame, you’ll know how sexy a room with a view can be. Stick some Sade on the Bang & Olufsen and (calling all exhibitionists) luxuriate in the glass bath, cheekily set by a window.
WINE ME, DINE ME Start civilised with octopus carpaccio and fillet of brill (set menu £85) at the hotel’s rooftop Angler restaurant (Grace Dent called it ‘bloody brilliant’), then head to the bar for a From Russia With Love cocktail (£11) before rolling into the games room for a game of strip poker you can finish in your suite.
THE SEX FACTOR The For Your Eyes Only package includes a James Bondage love box with a ‘Gold Finger’ vibrator, PVC bondage tape, silk ties, teasing feather, massage oil and organic (phew!) condoms.
WHAT PRICE LOVE? Suite 610 £1,200, Valentine’s package (regular room) £460 (southplacehotel.com)