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Street view of Hotel Life Palace, Sibenik, Croatia |Two Champagne flutes on balcony overlooking London | Woman sleeping in boutique hotel room

Do You Need a Romantic Getaway? | Top 5 Romantic City Breaks

Our lives are busier than ever before! Far from providing us with acres of leisure time to spend as we please, the technological era has left us ‘always switched on.’ Evenings are interrupted by work emails via our mobile devices and weekends seem to rush by in a blur of chores and activity. Which all leads to the question, how much time do you and your partner really spend together? Time that isn’t spent seeing to children’s needs, time completely free from work demands and away from domestic drudgery? A Romantic Break together (alone!) is a great way to refresh romance, recapture the spark and keep your relationship going strong.   

A romantic break takes the notion of ‘date night’ one indulgent step further. Together, you are escaping the four walls and the 9 to 5, fleeing to a destination where you can rediscover why you fell in love in the first place.   

So what would be your ideal getaway? For many couples, city breaks are a favourite. Go classic with Paris, London, Rome or New York and simply absorb all the architecture, cuisine and culture these iconic cities offer in abundance. Or, why not get a little more adventurous?  Take the road less travelled with a trip to Marrakech to browse the colourful souks and soak up the city’s rich history or check in to a trendy, boutique hotel in Belgrade's old town in Serbia.

To help you find the perfect destination for your next romantic city break we picked 5 of our favourites and asked them why they are such a great choice for couples.

#1 Hotel Life Palace, Sibenik, Croatia | Q&A with Ana Bogavcic, Front Desk Manager

  • Why would you recommend Hotel Life Palace for romance / couples celebrating romantic occasions?

As the name says, Heritage Hotel Life Palace really is a true palace. The building itself is about 500 years old and you can sense and feel history on every corner. At Life Palace we will treat you like royalty and we will do our best to fulfil all requests which will make your romantic vacation unforgettable. Because of our location, the moment you step on the main street, 100 meters from hotel, you can see the most popular cathedral in Croatia, protected by UNESCO - St Jacobs cathedral.

  • What is the most romantic room in Hotel Life Palace?

All of the rooms are unique, charming with some original parts from rich history. Superior rooms have an amazing view on the picturesque little square where you can feel how the city breathes. If you are looking for a real royal experience, Deluxe room is a perfect choice. Overlooking the main city street and square, it just forces you to get out and feel the dalmatian way of living.

  • Do you have any insider tips for romance?

Life Palace is a perfect place for exploring the city and beautiful surrounding. There is a possibility of having a private wellness getaway, relaxation in the hotel wellness area which consists of sauna, jacuzzi and a place to relax. In lobby you can find pastry shop where you can try delicious homemade cakes and cookies.

  • Are there any nearby romantic landmarks / activities that you would recommend to couples staying with you?

There are two national parks nearby, Krka waterfalls and Kornati islands. We can organize private tours for both of them as well as a visit to some of the historical cities such as Trogir, Split or Zadar. Of course, sailing, cycling and hiking are just some of the activities on offer. If you are a fan of fortresses, there are 4 of them in Sibenik, after visiting all  of them, you will not be able to tell which is the most beautiful.

  • What romantic dining experiences do you offer? 

A la carte restaurant is a part of hotel, all ingredients are local, daily fresh and carefully selected every day. We have a menu which is a perfect fusion of dalmatian traditional food and modern presentation. Our chef is always willing to make a tailor made meal, prepared by wishes of our guests. We provide dining on a lovely terrace on the main square overlooking the street. Breakfast in bed, theme dinners and wine tasting are included in our standard offer.

See more details and book your romantic city break at Hotel life Palace

#2 London Hilton Park Lane, UK | Q&A with Yvonne Ottley, Marketing and Communications Manager

  • Why would you recommend London Hilton Park Lane for romance / couples celebrating romantic occasions?

London Hilton on Park Lane offers an unforgettable experience. It is best known for offering stunning views from the choice of 56 spacious Suites. All Suites offer separate living rooms and views of Hyde Park, Mayfair or the city. Many have unique features, such as dining areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, window seats, walk-in wardrobes, whirlpool tubs and original artwork. Enjoy access to the Executive Lounge with complimentary breakfast each morning. 

Set in the heart of Westminster, Mayfair is one of London’s most attractive villages. The hotel’s prestigious Park Lane location is abundant with boutiques and cafés, while also offering the relaxed calm of nearby Hyde Park and Green Park. A short walk from Hyde Park and Green Park underground stations, London Hilton on Park Lane is the perfect base from which to explore London’s iconic sites. With world famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace on the hotel’s doorstep, Guests will also find themselves a stone’s throw from the vibrant shopping districts of Oxford Street, Knightsbridge, and Bond Street.

London Hilton on Park Lane also works with a number of partners to offer unique and exclusive experiences for guests, including Touriocity who specialise in tailor made walking tours of the local neighbourhood and wider tours of London.

  • What is the most romantic room/s in London Hilton Park Lane? 

Suites: Park Lane Suites, Clarence Suites, Balmoral Suite, Boutique Suite, Royal Suite, Presidential Suite

  • Do you have any insider tips for romance?

Customise your arrival with flowers, freshly arranged by our resident florist. We can personalise your welcome amenities to suit you – from chocolate dipped strawberries to cocktails and canapés in room. Book a couples massage at Spa To You. Head up to the bar at Galvin At Window to watch sunset over a glass of champagne

  • Are there any nearby romantic landmarks / activities that you would recommend to couples staying with you?

A stroll in Hyde Park. A walk through Shepherd Market with the variety of boutiques and fine jewellers. Watch a film at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema. Browse the art galleries and pop up installations at local venues. VIP shopping at selected designer showrooms and boutiques in Knightsbridge. Visit one of the nearby Royal palaces followed by afternoon tea

  • What romantic dining experiences do you offer? 

Dine with stunning views at Galvin At Windows, Enjoy conversations over cocktails in the intimate CC Bar, Escape to a Polynesian paradise with Dinner and live music at Trader Vic’s, Wine and food pairing experiences at Galvin At Windows, Cocktail master classes at Trader Vic’s. Afternoon and Evening Tea at the rosette awarded Podium restaurant. Luxury Picnic hampers on request. Breakfast in bed with stunning views from the rooms.

See more details and book your romantic city break at London Hilton Park Lane

#3 Cıragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Turkey | Q&A with Derya Dastan Aktay, Reservation Manager

  • Why would you recommend Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul for romance / couples celebrating romantic occasions?

Luxurious Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the place of love and romance that loved ones can indulge, pamper and explore in style at this former Ottoman palace.

Located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus, facing the Asian continent and overlooking the ancient city, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers the glamour of a genuine Ottoman palace in a city where east meets west, Europe meets Asia and history meets the contemporary. The only Ottoman Imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is unique in every sense. With its splendid style, superb location, fascinating view and resort ambiance, including a spacious green garden with palm trees, it has been an Istanbul icon since its opening.

As being one of the most romantic places in the earth, Çırağan Palace Kempinski witnessed a lot of love stories in its premises. This legendary beauty is always the perfect place for couples who wish to spend a romantic day with very attractive offerings.

  • What is the most romantic room/s in the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul?

Grand Deluxe Room as room category ; Feature a panoramic 180 degree Bosphorus View with the city’s key landmarks including the Old City and the Maiden Tower clearly visible. The rooms have large balconies a seating area, working desk and a bathroom with bathtub.

The Sultan Suite, one of the most prestigious and unique suites in the world where the spirit of this historical palace can be felt best, and where the sultans, royal families, government delegates and world-famous stars are hosted, is the most romantic and flamboyant suite of the hotel. Couples can enjoy the marvellous Bosphorus and feel the soul of this historical palace that Ottoman sultans once called home. With its colossal and beautiful doors, two decorative fire places, crystal chandeliers, artsy columns, replicas of paintings from the famous palace painter Fausto Zonaro, floor to ceiling windows and an extraordinary Bosphorus view, this magnificent suite has the best romantic atmosphere for the couple. For an unforgettable and romantic getaway, lovers can experience the romance to the full with the magic of the Sultan Suite.

  • Do you have any insider tips for romance?

Bosphorus Boat Tour with a romantic dining experience. Romantic Dining Experience in a legendary Tugra Restaurant or in a Palace Rooms. Enjoy a relaxing massage in of the private booth in the lush green gardens by the pool. Romantic Helicopter Tour with a Champagne. In Room romantic dining experience on the balcony overlooking the beauty the scenery.

  • Are there any nearby romantic landmarks / activities that you would recommend to couples staying with you?

Bosphorus Boat Tour with a romantic dining experience. Dreamy Dining Experience in a legendary Tugra Restaurant. Romantic Dining Experience in Maiden Tower & Galata Tower.

  • What romantic dining experiences do you offer? 

Tugra Restaurant is a legendary restaurant for a romantic dining experience in a legendary palace that once housed the Ottoman sultans. With breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, located on the first floor of the historic Çırağan Palace, selected as “One of the 50 Most Romantic Places in the World”, Tuğra Restaurant, without doubt, boasts one of the most enchanting and romantic locations in the world. With its floor to ceiling windows and beautiful terrace overlooking Asia, Tuğra Restaurant exudes an elegant ambiance in beige, blue and brown hues, decorated with clove and tulip motifs that reflect the glamour of the Ottoman age. Velvet curtains, massive hand-crafted paintings, together with beautiful woodwork, complement the specially designed plates, crowned with the flourish of the “sultan’s signature”. In this authentic atmosphere, Tuğra Restaurant is the best dining experience with special Ottoman and Turkish menu for those who want to taste flavours of love.

See more details and book your romantic city break at Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

#4 Columbus Monte-Carlo, Monaco | Q&A with Victoria Chaki, Sales Manager

  • Why would you recommend your Columbus Monte-Carlo for romance / couples celebrating romantic occasions?

The destination Monaco, personal and lifestyle hotel

  • What is the most romantic room/s in Columbus Monte-Carlo?

Rooms overlooking the Princess Rose Garden

  • Do you have any insider tips for romance?

Arrive by Helicopter, have dinner in one of the Michelin star restaurants in Monaco, propose in the Princess Rose Garden

  • Are there any nearby romantic landmarks / activities that you would recommend to couples staying with you?

The Palace of Monaco, and the Princess Grace Rose Garden

  • What romantic dining experiences do you offer? 

Breakfast in bed

See more details and book your romantic city break at Columbus Monte-Carlo

#5 Hôtel de Joséphine Bonaparte, Paris, France | Q&A with Xavier Crouzet, Director

  • Why would you recommend Hotel de JOBO for romance / couples celebrating romantic occasions?

The Hotel de JOBO is an intimate love nest in the heart of Paris. Behind its palatial red doors lies a secret world of glamour waiting to be discovered. Lavish carpets, draped walls, soft lighting, fresh flowers, charming garden-style courtyard and cosy lounge bar invite you to sit back, relax by your beloved’s side and savour a glass of our specially selected wine or champagne – the first glass is on us!

It is the place for a proposal, honeymoon or anniversary. No matter who you are, who you are coming with, you will immediately feel at home here at The Hotel de JOBO, your perfect romantic getaway.

  • What is the most romantic room/s in Hotel de JOBO?

The most romantic bedroom? All 24 of them!! We have four themes: The "Gourgandine" is delicate, feminine, beautiful. The "Incroyable , the “incredible leopard" is just... incredible! It's cosy, it's wild, it’s the bedroom that makes every gentleman smile. The "blue, white and red" bedroom that we like to call "La Sans-Culotte" is very chic, very French. And finally, the "Merveilleuse”, the marvellous “Toile de Jouy". Beautiful and classy. The Junior Suite is something to see once in your life and is probably the most romantic bedroom of the HOTEL DE JOBO. Paris is yours. Now is the time to take yourselves for Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte.

  • Do you have any insider tips for romance?

Here in the Marais, a moment for romance is on every street! Out on the streets of Paris we suggest hopping on a bike and leisurely riding through the back lanes of Old Paris, or even stepping out on foot around the Marais and discovering it’s many hidden gardens. The river Seine is just a 5 minute walk away and we suggest an evening stroll hand in hand along the quays towards the romantic bridge Pont-des-Arts watching the city light up as you go. For an added touch of magic as you walk, the acoustics of the Louvre’s archway passages attract classical street musicians to the delight of every passerby.

  • Are there any nearby romantic landmarks / activities that you would recommend to couples staying with you?

What's great about Paris, and especially in "Le Marais"'s neighbourhood, is that you can do pretty much anything. You like museums? Ask the reception, they will give you all the addresses!! You like to shop? The street behind the hotel is filled with great shops! Plus, 10 minutes away in taxi, you have the famous "le Bon Marché" department store. Are monuments more your thing? Reenact Doisneau’s famous kiss in front of the majestic Hôtel de Ville, or visit the Eiffel tower at nightfall and enjoy the champagne bar on the 1st level.

Tired of walking? Hop on one of the many river boats along the Seine, whether it be for a drink and music in a floating bar, waterside dinner for two, seats at a floating show, a guided tour up the river on a Bateaux Mouches, or to speed things up, an excursion on a Riva, the Seine’s many river boats have much to offer.

  • What romantic dining experiences do you offer? 

We do not provide dinner services BUT we will be happy to prepare a generous platter of gourmet cheese and "charcuterie" to go with our great wine and champagne selection. Do you have more of a sweet tooth? Enjoy our French pastries and cakes at teatime. Our breakfast buffet is available every morning, and if you want to stay in bed all you have to do is dial #9 for reception and ask us! You want take away? We will take care of everything.

See more details and book your romantic city break at Hotel de JOBO