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10 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Upper West Side

January 30 2019

The Upper West Side in Manhattan is a romantic setting for any couple. Marvelous brownstones set on tree-lined streets and nearby Central Park is reminiscent of all your favorite rom-com movies (i.e., When Harry Met Sally).

Hotel Beacon on the Upper West Side is a charming getaway for the occasion. The historic hotel is located in the same building as the famed Beacon Theatre, and stunning parks and museums are all just blocks away. Spend a night in one of our deluxe, one-bedroom suites at a special price for that romantic escape you’ve been looking for. Here’s a look at activities to enjoy while you’re here.

1. Catch a show at the Beacon Theatre

The Beacon Theatre has a reputation for booking dynamic, top-class acts, and its acoustics are unmatched. If you’re here this Valentine’s Day, purchase tickets to see critically-acclaimed jazz singer, Gregory Porter. See what’s on using the Beacon Theatre show calendar.

2. Slow down with a museum date

Looking for a fresh topic of conversation? Museum exhibitions in New York City will give you plenty to think and talk about. For something unexpected, browse paintings at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, which features colorful works by the late Russian artist. The Museum of Art & Design always has something new, and the American Museum of Natural History is a classic choice. Want to read more about museums on the Upper West Side? Take a look at our museum guide.

3. Ride the vintage carousel at Central Park


Go for a ride on one of the most beloved carousels in the United States. It's located in the middle of the park at 65th Street, open 11-5 pm in the wintertime, weather permitting. Rides are $3.25 each.

4. Pretend it’s spring at the Butterfly Conservatory

Springtime is for lovers, flowers and their pollinators – butterflies. Put some color in your cheeks indoors and hang out with hundreds of butterfly species in the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History. Buy tickets ahead of time.

5. Consume chocolate

Chocolate is a must on Valentine’s Day, and Jacques Torres offers it in many forms. Warm up with their famous hot chocolate, which goes best with – you guessed it – their chocolate chip cookies. Traditional Valentine’s Day chocolates also available.

6. Sunset at Riverside Park

Seeing sunset makes any day a bit more magical, and the quiet Riverside Park on the UWS is a choice place in NYC to see it. Head to the park overlooking the Hudson River at 78th Street near the Boat Basin Café for the best sunset views over New Jersey.

7. Catch an independent film at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

Instead of seeing a blockbuster film at a chain movie theater, see what the Film Society of Lincoln Center has in store. Quality cinema in an intimate setting. See what’s playing.

8.  Dinner on the Upper West Side

Booking ahead is an absolute must on Valentine’s Day, but you can always go on a date outside of this busy holiday, or for lunch. See our foodie guide to the best restaurants on the Upper West Side.

9. Taste & pick up a bottle of wine at Pour

Would you prefer to stay in this Valentine’s Day? Our accommodations feel more like apartments than hotel rooms, complete with kitchenettes. The best wine boutique on the UWS is just around the corner from us: Pour at 321 Amsterdam Ave.  Pour offers variety and easy-to-understand wine labels.

10. Listen to love ballads at a jazz club

There are a few jazz club options on the UWS, but we recommend Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola for something new. With live acts nightly, the upscale jazz club at The Shops at Columbus Circle will feature love songs sung by the powerful Kim Nalley on Valentine’s Day. Buy tickets in advance.


Spend a romantic evening at the Hotel Beacon in one of our Deluxe One Bedroom Suites. Your stay includes American Breakfast for two each day, Jacque Torres chocolates, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival. Book the Romantic Package for our best possible rate.