It doesn't have to be that way, though.
Even in the recession, it's possible for couples to have a romantic Valentine's celebration at deeply discounted rates. Since travel and reservations have been down at some hotels, many are offering special deals to entice couples to rent a room, even if they live just a few miles away.
Don't worry about spending your utility bill money trying to live it up at the Trump Hotel, though. Maybe, consider three-star hotels such as the Holiday Inn, Residence Inn, or Comfort Inn. These places aren't grand, but I've found you can get a lot of freebies and amenities when you stay overnight on Valentine's Day.
For example, the Residence Inn is offering couples a free bottle of sparkling cider, chocolates and a buffet dinner with a suite reservation. No, it's not wine nor a box of Godiva, but, excuse me, it's free!
Many hotels also offer free massages.
Regardless of what bonuses you get for camping out with your spouse all day at a hotel. The main focus is alone time and restoring the intimacy in your relationship.
Sometimes, all you need is a fresh setting and a little pampering to revive the love.