If Hotel Walls Could Talk! Hotels.com Romance Survey Uncovers Both Dissidence and Harmony Between the Sexes Surrounding Valentine's Day

Hotels.com reveals it all from what puts couples in the mood, and that ideal celebrity dates are George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston

Feb 01, 2012, 09:07 ET from hotels.com

DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotels.com® smells romance – or maybe scented candles – in the air as they release results from the 2012 Romance Survey. The survey found that many couples like to get away for Valentine's Day, and gleaned insights into their hotel rooms with some intimate findings. What do men and women think about Valentine's Day hanky-panky? Read on to find out!

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When asked, "What is a must-pack item for a romantic weekend?" Lingerie came out on top - (64 percent females; 50 percent males.) The second item couples reach for is the camera (30 percent females; 36 percent males.) We'll leave it up to the imagination if they are used together. A few other questions include: How often do you and your partner make time for romance during vacation and where is the most romantic place for hanky panky in a hotel? The numbers below don't lie - somebody isn't telling the whole truth here:

My partner and I make time for romance during vacation:

Women Say...

Men Say...

A few times during the day (41 percent)

Every day (40 percent)

Every day (31 percent)

A few times during the day(37 percent)

More than once per day (24 percent)

More than once per day (18 percent)

The first day (5 percent)

The first day (5 percent)

Where is the most romantic place for hanky panky in a hotel?

Women Say...

Men Say...

The bed (36 percent)

The bed (26 percent)

Pool/Jacuzzi (26 percent)

Pool/Jacuzzi (29 percent)

The bathtub (13 percent)

The bathtub (14 percent)

Let's talk celebrities. When given a choice of three celebrity crushes, George Clooney is the clear winner amongst women and Jennifer Aniston inches past Halle Berry for the men.

Which of these celebrities is your ideal Valentine's Day date?

Women Say...

Men Say...

George Clooney (34 percent)

Jennifer Aniston (28 percent)

Bradley Cooper (18 percent)

Halle Berry (25 percent)

Will Smith (9 percent)

Pippa Middleton (11 percent)

Other (36 percent)

Other (35 percent)

But not all hope is lost! Many respondents wrote in a fourth option: their spouses. Passing over Hollywood A-listers for the ones they truly love – now that's romantic!

Contrary to the popular rumor that oysters are an aphrodisiac, they came in last on the list of foods that put respondents in the mood for romance.  Strawberries and dark chocolate tied for the most romance-inducing foods.

Which food puts you in the mood for romance?

Women Say...

Men Say...

Dark Chocolate (32 percent)

Strawberries (30 percent)

Strawberries (31 percent)

Dark Chocolate (26 percent)

Filet Mignon (13 percent)

Filet Mignon (22 percent)

Oysters (7 percent)

Oysters (12 percent)

Don't let commercialism fool you – most sweethearts (44 percent females; 45 percent males) say that their ideal Valentine's Day gift is "just spending time together" as opposed to any tangible gift items. However, jewelry creeps into second place with 32 percent of women and 26 percent of men responding a sparkly bauble is the ideal Valentine's Day gift.

What's your ideal Valentine's Day scenario?

Women Say...

Men Say...

Spending the evening in a hotel suite (32 percent)

Spending the evening in a hotel suite (46 percent)

Dinner at a romantic restaurant  (25 percent)

Dinner at a romantic restaurant  (21 percent)

Snuggling by the fire (23 percent)

Exploring a new city (19 percent)

Exploring a new city (20 percent)

Snuggling by the fire (14 percent)

"There's something romantic about being spontaneous," said Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for hotels.com. "Tonight's Local Deals on our site and the hotels.com mobile apps, which feature exclusive mobile deals, allow couples to find an abundance of last minute travel deals and jolt romance into their winter by getting away, even if it is at a local cozy hotel."

For those lovebirds who like to get away for the holiday, the hotels.com Valentine's Day Sale is an easy way to plan the perfect gift: spending time together plus wine and chocolate without breaking the bank. Guests staying two or more nights at any Valentine's Day Sale hotel, get a $25 credit toward wine and chocolate at Lot18, in addition to up to 30 percent off the hotel room.

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Hotels.com North America
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Email: taycole@hotels.com

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