Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovebirds. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with friends and family or treat yourself to some well-deserved “me” time. Whether you’re looking to rekindle romance with your special someone, reconnect with your kids or hit the reset button solo after a whirlwind year, there’s nothing like exploring a new city or revisiting a favorite destination.
With modern, luxurious accommodations in top-rated cities around the world, Club Quarters Hotels makes it easy to indulge in your love of traveling. And as a special Valentine’s Day gift to you, we’re offering a Share the Love package with exclusive rates and fun cocktail/mocktail/artisan hot chocolate kits to make in your room. If you’re staying at a Club Quarters hotel in the U.S., you have option of enjoying a signature CQ-exclusive Jolly Hour passion fruit craft cocktail kit, complete with mixers, bar tools, garnishes and spirits delivered to your room. If you’re staying at a Club Quarters hotel in London, you can opt to receive a Queens of Mayfair artisan hot chocolate kit with hand-crafted marshmallows and spirits, as well as vouchers for two coffees at Queens of Mayfair.
Ready to start planning an unforgettable Valentine’s Day getaway but need help choosing the perfect destination? We’ve rounded up our favorite cities for every kind of traveler.
The best cities for a romantic escape: London, San Francisco
With its impressive cathedrals, regal palaces, sprawling city parks and intimate pubs, London doubles as the perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway with your special someone. A short drive outside the city unlocks miles of idyllic countryside dotted with castles and charming villages that channel major fairytale vibes. If you stay at Club Quarters London City, you’ll be strutting distance from the beautiful Sky Garden, the Museum of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and hauntingly lovely St. Dunstan in the East. And Club Quarters Covent Garden Holborn is perfectly situated to explore the idyllic Lincoln’s Inn Fields (a great picnic spot), the Royal Opera House, stately Somerset House, and so much more. Opt for a romantic stroll through Hyde Park or The Regent’s Park — both beautiful in every season and a quick cab ride away from both properties — before enjoying a meal at any of London’s world-class restaurants or cozy local haunts. And with iconic destinations like Windsor Castle, Bath, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds an easy train or car ride away, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from for a romantic day trip.
In recent years, the Golden City has become best known for its reputation as a hub for tech companies and startups — but with its breathtaking architecture, sun-kissed beaches and unique blend of urban and natural beauty, San Francisco beckons with countless attractions sure to steal your heart. The city offers a unique, vibrant setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day vacation, especially if you and your travel companion crave city comforts combined with nearby nature escapes. Located near the city’s breathtaking waterfront and walking distance to countless must-visit attractions and neighborhoods — including Chinatown, Belden Place and Telegraph Hill — Club Quarters San Francisco serves as the perfect home base to explore the city from. Take some time to tour San Francisco’s many museums — you’ll find options that spotlight everything from music and film to natural science, optical illusions and even ice cream. And weave in romantic experiences like a picnic at scenic Stow Lake, a ramble through the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park or a sunset cruise across the Bay of San Francisco that lets you watch the skyline twinkle to life after dusk. If you’re looking to go all out for your love on Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing like soaking up aerial views on a guided seaplane tour of the Bay Area.
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The best cities for art and culture lovers: Chicago, New York City
If art, architecture and rich cultural experiences are your love language, add Chicago and New York City to the top of your Valentine’s Day getaway list. Whether you’re traveling solo, with your significant other or with friends and family, both of these beautiful big cities brim with ways to fill every moment with new discoveries.
“Paris on the Prairie” is one of Chicago’s many nicknames, and it well lives up to the reputation. Home to one of the most sweeping collections of dazzling architectural styles in the world, the city itself is like a great, sprawling museum that blends Old World aesthetics with sleek, contemporary style. Couples, families and solo travelers can immerse themselves in all the urban beauty from a scenic architecture boat tour along the city’s river. Snap a shot in front of Millennium Park’s iconic Cloud Gate, a favorite spot for proposals. And pencil in the ultimate art and culture lineup with stops at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Illusions, the Chicago Cultural Center and the American Writers Museum. Both Club Quarters Central Loop and Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan place you walking distance from all of them. At night, the city comes to life with top-notch performances in the nearby theater district, waterfront restaurants perfect for intimate dinner dates, and casual local eateries from Lincoln Park to the South Loop that are great for groups and families with kids.
New York City
The Big Apple has served as the backdrop for countless rom-coms, and it’s no wonder why — in addition to its vibrant, diverse neighborhoods and stunning architecture, it has a buzzing, anything’s-possible energy that feels a lot like falling in love. Those looking to fill a Valentine’s Day getaway with music, theater and the fine arts will feel at home in this cultural capital. Whether you stay at Club Quarters Grand Central or Club Quarters Time Square - Midtown, you’ll be hyper close to all of the city’s best sights. If you’re visiting with your romantic partner, make sure you set aside time for a stroll and a picnic in Riverside Park, one of the settings of You’ve Got Mail. Or opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park, less than two miles from either property. A visit to the quaint cafes and boutiques in Greenwich Village just 15 minutes southwest by car is also a surefire way to up the charm factor. The perfect way to wrap up any evening with your date? Cocktails and tunes at an intimate jazz club in Harlem. Those enjoying a Valentine’s Day visit in NYC with friends or family can also get in on Big Apple love with visits to the iconic MET, dazzling Times Square and the kid-friendly Bronx Zoo. End every night on a high note by taking in a Broadway production or soaking up captivating views from the top of the Empire State Building.
The best cities for foodies: Philadelphia, Houston
Sometimes the easiest way to someone’s heart is through their taste buds — and both Philadelphia and Houston know how to whip up some seriously good eats. Plan a Valentine’s Day couples, family or solo vacation around delicious flavors at either of these two foodie-favorite destinations.
The City of Brotherly Love has a food scene worth falling for. We’re not just talking Philly cheesesteaks — though you’ll find plenty of creative riffs on the city staple, including versions made with chicken and truffle-infused takes. There’s so much more to please your palate here, like tasty Vietnamese pho and pastries along Washington Avenue and crave-worthy Italian and Mexican fare scattered throughout South Philly. You can also treat yourself or your love to upscale eateries that are perfect for date night in posh Rittenhouse Square, where Club Quarters is located. And if you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day or visiting with your besties, grab a pint and some comfort food at any of the many college bars and fast-casual spots that characterize West Philly’s University City. Beyond great cuisine, Philadelphia also abounds with unique cultural and historical attractions you can experience in between amazing meals. Don’t miss a stroll along scenic Boathouse Row, a tour of Independence Hall or a visit to one of the city’s many fascinating museums.
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Everything is bigger in Texas, including the flavor. The Lone Star State’s largest city is home to some of the best BBQ in the region — not to mention Tex-Mex cuisine that’s out of this world. If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day getaway to this vibrant destination, you can count on great meals at every turn — especially when you’re staying at Club Quarters smack in downtown Houston. Kick off your visit with a satisfying serving of breakfast tacos, a Texan staple that combines potatoes, eggs, cheese and breakfast meats — all enveloped in a soft tortilla. Whether your getaway is romantic or all about bonding with the kids, definitely make it out to the Houston Botanic Garden. It’s the perfect backdrop for some beautiful photos (and tender moments) among the lush flora. Once you’ve worked up an appetite again, try some of Texas’s world-famous BBQ. You’ll find popular spots throughout the city serving delicious meats with smooth, tangy-sweet sauce. Complete your Valentine’s Day getaway in Houston with plans to catch a sports game or visit a local brewery.
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The best cities for history buffs: Boston, Washington D.C.
If you, your partner or your family are nostalgic for the past, plan a Valentine’s Day trip around it. From stately monuments to charming historic districts with lantern-lit cobblestone streets, Boston and Washington D.C. check all the boxes for a history lover’s dream getaway.
Every street and alleyway in Boston echoes with the memory of its rich past. The birthplace of the American Revolution boasts plenty of quaint neighborhoods, like Beacon Hill with its Federal-style homes and blooming flower boxes, and grand South End — the country’s largest intact Victorian row house district. Venture past the beautiful homes and soak up the historic architecture solo, with your partner or with the whole family. Then check out some of the city’s most iconic attractions, including the 221-foot Bunker Hill Monument, Paul Revere’s house and plenty more on Boston’s Freedom Trail, which begins less than a mile from Club Quarters Boston. It’s only an hour’s drive to Plymouth, where you can turn back time and enjoy a glimpse of what life was like for early settlers.
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Though some would argue it’s most romantic in the springtime, when the cherry blossoms unfurl their pale pink petals, we love Washington, D.C. in the winter when it’s beautiful monuments and gardens are dusted with a fine layer of white snow. Home to countless museums and all kinds of captivating architecture, the nation’s capital makes for a great Valentine’s Day getaway — especially if you’re a history lover. The United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall should top your list of sites to visit. And no trip to D.C. is complete without posing for a photo in front of the White House — it’s just a six-minute walk from Club Quarters. Washington, D.C. is also a great option if you’re planning your Valentine’s Day trip on a budget or traveling with your extended family — most of the museums and cultural attractions here are free for visitors. Parents will find plenty of kid-friendly options, too, like the International Spy Museum and the aptly named National Children’s Museum.
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Remember to share the love with your sweetie, friends, work colleagues (or treat yourself!) with our Share the Love package with exclusive rates and fun cocktail/mocktail/artisan hot chocolate kits to make in your room. Share the Love at one of our iconic destinations this February.
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