A romantic hotel location is more important to men than women, according to research.
A study of 2,000 adults into the attitudes of Brits and Valentine’s mini breaks found nearly half of men (43 per cent) feel the location of a hotel is important compared to just 35 per cent of women.
While women preferred good reviews (44 per cent) and a reasonable price (51 per cent) to a romantic location.
Other important factors for a love-in weekend also include a big bath, a large bed – and soundproofed walls.
But chivalrous men feel it’s down to them to book the trip, rather than leave it to their female partners.
And half of the women polled agreed the cost of Valentine’s Day should be shared between a couple while only 36 per cent of men agree.
Nearly double the number of men in heterosexual relationships believe it is up to them to decide where to go on the trip (23 per cent) than women (12 per cent).
But 58 per cent of men see 14 February as a day to treat their significant other like a king or queen while only 49 per cent of women agree with the sentiment.
The study, commissioned by hoo, an innovative hotel booking site which encourages Brits to make an online offer for a better deal on hotel rooms, also found three times as many men (14 per cent) as women (four per cent) said the best part of being away for a romantic break is sex in a different location.
Other important aspects included the opportunity for no sound limits on making noise in the bedroom, as well as a weekend of no housework.
Meanwhile, as a renowned nation of dog lovers, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) would bring their pet pooch along on a romantic break with their partner.
While nearly a third (29 per cent) would be willing to splash out between £251-£500 on the perfect Valentine’s Day trip, and 42 per cent consider two nights to be the perfect length of time to spend with their loved one.
going all out
It also emerged romantic Brits would only wait a year into a relationship before going all-out for Valentine’s Day with more than a fifth (22 per cent) believing that’s the right time for a no expense-spared trip.
A third feel it’s embarrassing to barter for better value when booking a romantic hotel break but 28 per cent would expect a hotel they’re staying at for Valentine’s Day to gift a free bottle of champagne.
Co-Founder of hoo, Adrian Murdock said: “It’s heartening to hear British men understand the importance of treating their partner to a romantic trip away – even if they want to bring their dog along too.
“There are masses of amazing deals out there and bartering for a dream break is far easier than shy Brits realise.
“Especially when there’s a much longed-for weekend away from the housework on the cards. Even better, if it’s a room with soundproofed walls.”
Top Valentine’s Day
The study also saw Venice named the top Valentine’s Day location (17 per cent), followed by the luxurious Seychelles (16 per cent).
The Lake District came in at number three (12 per cent) beating the likes of Tahiti, Rio de Janeiro and Kyoto.
But a UK-based trip is overwhelmingly on the cards this year with only 18 per cent planning a break overseas.
Brits also revealed their worst Valentine’s weekend experiences with a partner which included hotel staff barging into the bedroom during a romantic moment and getting dumped.
Others told of their partner getting punched by a man at the next table in the hotel restaurant who thought he was looking down his girlfriend’s cleavage and argued with their other half.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.