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Make Plans for a Valentine's Day Staycation

Take advantage of the weekend with some romantic R&R at these Houston-area hotels.

By Megha Tejpal February 10, 2016

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Forget the box of chocolates, a chocolate martini is a more decadent gift for your Valentine.

Especially in recent years, Valentine's Day has taken place during the hustle and bustle of a busy week. But this year, couples get a chance to unwind with a February 14 that falls on a Sunday. Many local hotels are marking the occasion with weekend packages that have a foodie focus. 

Hotel Derek is offering two special packages this Valentine's Day. The "Quintessential Cupid" starts at $129 per night and includes a luxury room, chocolate truffles upon arrival, a champagne toast in the room and $50 credit to use in the hotel—perhaps on a meal at Revolve Kitchen + Bar.

Starting at $149, the "Cozy Cupid Kit" is designed for a relaxing staycation with the option to rent two in-room movies and all the movie night essentials, including popcorn, candy and of course, liquor from the mini bar. Should you choose to leave the comfort of your room, Revolve is there for you, serving seasonal menu items and themed cocktails like a chocolate martini made with Godiva liqueur and vanilla vodka.

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Get snuggly with some bubbly.

From Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14, Royal Sonesta is offering a romance package that includes chocolate-dipped strawberries in the room, a three-course dinner for two at the hotel's upscale ARA restaurant, a late checkout of 2 p.m. and complimentary valet parking.

The Axis Lounge, located in the lobby, is even serving up a themed cocktail for the occasion. The Cerise Royale is crafted with Tito's Handmade Vodka, cherry syrup, and prosecco. Room rates for Valentine's Day weekend start at $288. Opt to stay over on Sunday night to take advantage of President's Day sales at nearby River Oaks District and the shops at the Galleria, both less than a mile from the hotel.

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Enjoy luxurious accommodations at Hotel Sorella at CityCentre.

Hotel Sorella, the stylish boutique hotel located in the heart of CityCentre, is offering the "Ti Amo" package. It includes a welcome gift of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in the room, complimentary valet parking and a room-service breakfast-in-bed for two. Rates begin at $219 for Friday and Saturday night.

The hotel's Italian-inspired restaurant Radio Milano invites guests to enjoy a special Valentine's Day prix-fixe menu by executive chef Jose Hernandez. Highlights of the four-course dinner include foie gras with orange jam, veal cheeks and passionfruit champagne sorbetto. The prix fixe menu is priced at $85 on Saturday and Sunday evening, though à la carte options are available.

With scenic Hermann Park as a backdrop, Hotel Zaza is the ideal place to enjoy a romantic weekend at any time of year. But this weekend, the upscale boutique hotel's Valentine's package includes luxury accommodations, a $50 food-and-beverage credit and late check out for two-night stays. And if you need a few kinks worked out, the ZaSpa has discounted the True Love Couples' Massage all month.

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The mood is set.

Historic Hotel Icon, located in the heart of Downtown's bustling bar and restaurant scene, is offering its "Love Is in the Air" package until February 22 for guests who want to extend their celebration of love. Room rates start at $399 per night and include dinner for two at the hotel's restaurant Line & Lariat, complimentary valet parking and a breakfast buffet.

Guests can truly heat things up with the rose petal bath butler service for an additional cost. The L&L Bar in the hotel's spacious lobby will serve a Valentine's Day cocktail "The Queen's Crown," a tipple that pairs La Marca Prosecco, crème de violette and blackberry. Or for $40, score a bottle of the prosecco accompanied by six chocolate covered strawberries.

Let time stand still with a romantic staycation at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown. The hotel is offering a Valentine's special throughout the month of February to include all-day breakfast for two guests, complimentary valet parking, and outdoor movie screenings with popcorn, decadent sweet treats and more. Bike rental for two is a romantic way to explore nearby Discovery Green. 

A true escape in every sense of the word, The Woodlands Resort is offering an "Enchanting Romance Package" for the whole weekend that includes deluxe accommodations, in-room breakfast for two, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, along with unlimited access to the sauna, steam room and whirlpool. The resort is quietly nestled within the lush landscape of The Woodlands, and offers scenic views at every turn. Robard's Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant which sits lakeside on the property, is normally closed on Sundays but will serve its full menu on February 14.




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