Looking to add a little ROMANTIC sizzle to your ho-hum hotel room?
You’re in the right place!
Here’s what you’ll find on this page…
One Sentence Summary:
This page contains the steps needed to decorate a hotel room for a romantic getaway, tips & tricks, easy romantic decoration theme ideas, and common mistakes to keep in mind.
Table of Contents
- How to Choose the Location (Hotel, Motel, or Bed & Breakfast)
- Prep the Room
- Choose a Theme or Use One of Ours!
- Execute the Surprise
Other Information: For more information on hotel rules you don’t want to break while decorating, a recommended list of hotels that will decorate for you, and more, please see our Ultimate Guide on How to Decorate a Hotel Room.
Step 1: Choose a location (Motel, Bed & Breakfast or Hotel)
Why Choose a Hotel?
Hotels are typically well established and conveniences oriented than other accommodations. They offer high quality amenities, a variety of room styles & sizes, considerate customer service.
Alternatively, hotels are often more expensive than a motel and less personal than a bed & breakfast.
When it comes to decorating for a romantic getaway, a hotel room is the perfect “blank canvas” because of the neutral color themes commonly used and abundance of lighting. Adorn your room with ease and rest assured that when it comes to clean up, as long as you don’t leave an egregious mess, the hospitality staff will take care of it. We recommend verifying an individual hotel’s decoration cleanliness policy before making a reservation.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for couples benefits! See our recommendations in the Quick Tip below.
- Quick Tip – Before you check in, ask the hotel what types of couples perks they offer. Many hotels will offer one or many of the following:
- Room Discount (typically 20%)
- Upgrading to a larger room or room with a view
- Couples packages including extra amenities or additional perks
- Late check out
- Access to the spa or sauna
- Decoration packages (the hotel will decorate and clean up for an extra charge)
Why Choose a motel?
Motels are ideal if you need to take a short stop while on the road. Although they offer less amenities, they are often more convenient, private, and inexpensive than a hotel. Additionally, the staff typically have a better pulse on local unique restaurants, activities, and shopping.
When it comes to decorating for a romantic getaway, a motel room should have all basic necessities. Since the standard room décor may not be as quality as other accommodations, you may want to add more decorations to improve the romantic vibe.
Motel staff are typically not as accommodating as hotel staff when it comes to decorating & clean up, so we definitely recommend understanding the facility’s policy before check-in.
- Quick Tip – Utilize motel staff to make your romantic travel experience extra unique. Make sure to ask them for recommendations in the following areas:
- Restaurants & shopping
- Finding local tours or subject matter experts
- Discovering “locals only” experiences and activities
- Famous locations to visit in the area
Why Choose a Bed & Breakfast?
Bed & breakfasts are ideal for a relaxing, low stress romantic trip. They tend to have more charming features with amenity offerings that can be either highly unique & personal, or very minimal. You will need to do extra research and coordinate with staff to understand the options.
Since these locations often have small owner-operated staff, they require some extra effort from guests in the form of personal clean up check-out policies. Large messes can yield high fees at checkout.
Step 2: Prep the Room
How do you Set Up a Hotel Room in Secret?
If you’re trying to make your romantic decor a surprise, there are a few approaches you can take:
- Have someone else decorate the room for you
- Go early and decorate the room yourself
- Ask the hotel staff to decorate the room for you
- Pay a service to decorate the room for you (we recommend Uberoom)
How to Decorate Like a Designer?
The objective of your decorations is to make the hotel room look personalized, inviting and festive.
Before you check in, study pictures of the room from the website or a review site. If there are aspects of the hotel room that you don’t like, then cover them with things that you do like.
For example, common curtains, bedding, pillows, and lighting can easily be disguised with thoughtful embellishments. Bring your own comfortable pillows, purchase a themed throw blanket, or cover the curtains with a quality backdrop.
Further improve the ambiance by appealing to all of the senses: play fun music, open a delicious smelling air freshener (we recommend against candles because they can set off the fire alarm), turn on a themed loop video or picture on the TV, and hang additional mood lighting.
Remember that most hotel rooms come with a coffee pot, microwave, and/or refrigerator. These items can be used to creatively enhance your décor by allowing you to include small touches such as making small desserts, keeping flowers fresh, or cooking small pre-packaged meals.
Step 3: Choose a Theme
The most meaningful romantic themes are based on the relationship you share with your significant other. When planning how to decorate your hotel room, we recommend basing your decorations on shared experiences or interests.
However, sometimes its difficult to find a common interest theme or your significant other wouldn’t appreciate that type of theme.
If that sounds like your situation, then feel free to use one of our Romantic party themes below.
If you’re looking to set a more playful mood for a birthday, see our page on How to Decorate a Hotel Room for a Birthday.
I Love You to Pizzas
Bring some steamy cheesy romance to your hotel room with these creative decoration ideas.
Start by converting your space into a quaint pizza parlor with striped awnings, patterned hanging garden fans, giant pizza balloons, and an inviting banner that says “I Love You to Pizzas”.
Add a few pizza plushy pillows to the bed and a large bouquet of two dozen red roses that practically scream “That’s Amore!”
Set the mood with this Romantic Italian Dinner Playlist on Spotify, a video of the Italian Flag from YouTube, or a 10 Hour Spiderman Italian Song that progressively speeds up. Make a tender gift of a pizza box full of topping themed socks.
Order pizza delivery or toss the pizza poppers into the microwave, open your gummy pizza candies, and let the night melt away as you watch Mystic Pizza or Pizza My Heart.
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Breakfast in Bed
If your idea of a romantic vacation includes a relaxing morning with all the cozy comforts, then Breakfast in Bed is the theme for you!
Transform your hotel space with a pastel burlap pennant banner, “Pancakes and Pajamas” shimmer banner, and sweet strawberry hanging lanterns. Liven the room with fresh cut flowers and a friendly fluffy jumbo teddy bear. Improve the ambiance even more by playing some music from this Spotify playlist and using this Youtube video on the TV.
Add a few snug & warm finishing touches by including some bamboo wood breakfast trays, cushy slippers, and a stimulating New York Times Breakfast in Bed Crossword puzzle. Don’t forget to brew a cup of organic Peruvian coffee to go with it!
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All You Need Is Love
Whether your relationship started in the 1970’s or has only existed for 70 minutes, for this romantic trip All You Need is Love and some groovy décor.
Hang the colorful flower power wall decals around the room, psychedelic Abbey Road Beatles poster above the bed, and shiny disco balls from the ceiling. Plug in your “All You Need is Love” neon light and mind-bending lava lamp.
Throw your plush pink fur rug on the floor and your record coasters on the table.
Finally, put on your hippie circle glasses, snack on some M&Ms because this hotel room is cool beans.
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Step 4: Execute the Surprise
Once the room is fully decorated, it’s time to execute the big reveal!
Hopefully your partner doesn’t know about your decorations ahead of time. If they do know or suspect something, we recommend charging ahead anyway! A fun decorated room is a thoughtful gesture and will still make your partner feel appreciated.
If they don’t know about your decorations and you’re trying to maintain the secret, we recommend doing the following to avoid making any mistakes:
- Make sure the front desk doesn’t give away the surprise! If you have checked in earlier and already have the key, either ask the front desk ahead of time to be discrete when you check in or pretend to check in while your romantic partner waits somewhere else.
- Talk about things that make it seem like you haven’t been in this place before. Comment on fun or interesting features of the hotel.
- Ask your partner to open the door to the room door. This is pretty easy to do if you offer to carry most of the bags/luggage.