ROMANCE TO ORDER: Tricia Carter, marketing manager at Hotel Providence, describes the location as “intimate and luxurious,” as well as “naturally very romantic.” The hotel’s Valentine’s Day promotion hopes to capitalize on that aesthetic.
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By John Larrabee
If you want to pamper someone special this Valentine’s Day season, you might consider a weekend in Newport, where one hotel has turned the evening bath into something straight out of a romance novel.
At The Chanler at Cliff Walk, the staff will fill your Jacuzzi, put a bottle of wine and glasses near the tub, light candles and sprinkle rose petals throughout the room. “We call it bath butler service,” said Christine Sullivan, general manager of the boutique hotel. “It’s part of our two-night romance getaway package that’s available all month. The price is $345 to $895, depending on the room, and that also includes a special dinner in our restaurant, breakfast both mornings and a visit to one of Newport’s spectacular mansions.”
The Chanler is just one of the many Rhode Island hotels that expect to see an upward business spike this month by offering special deals designed to deliver romance. A typical package will include dinner at a top restaurant (either in the hotel or nearby), champagne and gourmet chocolate treats in the room, luxury bath products and a late check-out time. The strategy is working, as many hotels began to see reservations jump a month ago, especially for the weekend that follows Feb. 14.
“We’re offering the package both weekends, before Valentine’s and after, and we’re very close to selling out both,” said Elaine Murphy, director of sales at The Hampton Inn and Suites Providence Downtown. “It’s easy to see why. Providence is a great city. You can take in a show or just explore the streets. There are many night spots and restaurants around the hotel. Everything is very close.”
The big attraction around Valentine’s Day is indulgence, pampering, and a chance to focus your attention on your companion – and that’s what every hotel getaway aims to provide.
Hotel Providence, for example, offers a package it’s calling “The Hopeless Romantic.” It includes champagne and oysters (or fruit and cheese if you choose) served in the room, breakfast for two, dinner for two, valet parking, and something the hotel calls “a rose-petal turndown,” which means the staff prepares the room with soft music, soft lighting and petals spread from the door to the bed. In the hotel restaurant, guests will have some special choices – pomegranate salad, pork osso bucco, salmon roulade and espresso crème brulee, to list a few.