A Guilt-Free Getaway
If you’re looking for a sweet escape to celebrate the holiday of all things heart-shaped, here’s some good news: You don’t have to blow your savings on a romantic five-star hotel. Each of these listings provide privacy, hotel-like amenities and a price your wallet will love.
The Freehand Chicago
Wipe those metal bunkbeds from your memory, the super-hip Freehand Chicago hostel offers private rooms that rival a traditional hotel, starting at $109 a night. Enjoy complimentary breakfast in a bed designed by Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to decorators, Roman and Williams. Then head out to explore the neighborhood — the hostel’s located just two blocks from Michigan Avenue.
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
This charming cottage in the Poconos has a minimum four-night stay, which works out to about $194 per night. The cozy property, available through TripAdvisorRentals, sleeps four. So it’s perfect for a Galentine’s Day getaway or a weekend escape with a couple of couples. While the house is ideally situated on the Delaware River with access to hiking and skiing, we wouldn’t blame you for posting up next to the fire for the entire trip.
Who wouldn’t want to spend the most romantic weekend of the year amid the rolling hills and full glasses of wine country? This Airbnb rental comes with amazing views, a wraparound deck, and a location just 10 minutes away from downtown Napa, where you and your S.O. can pick up the “wine train.” At $200 per night, with a two-night minimum, this spot is perfect for a long weekend.
Design lovers will appreciate that this adorable and colorful home on offer from TripAdvisorRentals, took home the award for best small house in the 2014 Sunset magazine Small Space, Big Dreams contest. Foodies, will appreciate it’s location, nestled near Portland’s restaurant row, Division Street. Priced at around $214 a night with a four-night minimum, you’ll have to resist making yourself a little too at home and moving in for good.
New York City
A rooftop terrace and cocktail bar are just a few of the hotel-like amenities at The Local hostel, in the up-and-coming Queens ‘hood of Long Island City. With private rooms priced at $114 on Hostelworld, this is one of the least expensive ways to visit the Big Apple.
Chock-full of old-timey charm, Boston is a super-cute Valentine’s Day getaway option. And this one-bedroom apartment on Airbnb in the historic Back Bay comes in at a cost that’s just as sweet: $152 a night with a 2-night minimum.
An outdoor terrace, steam room, complimentary breakfast and more await guests at high-end hostel HI Richmond. Private rooms are available for $107.52 per night— a bargain considering the prime location near cafes, restaurants and nightlife.
Venice Beach, California
Samesun Venice Beach, another Hostelworld listing, sits right on the neighborhood’s famous boardwalk. The view of the Pacific Ocean alone is worth the $112.50-a-night cost of a private room. The suntan from your Valentine’s Day weekend may fade, but the California dreams won’t!