Valentine's Day -- that time when heart-shaped chocolate boxes and sparkly red Hallmark cards suddenly become the most cherished, or most hated items on the planet.
For those for whom V Day is an agonizing roll call of sappy jewelry and florist TV ads, take a look at these unromantic getaways, guaranteed to suit even the most bitter broken heart.
1. Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Holland
Honest advertising does work. As long as you're targeting a low base.
We're going to assume that romance is unlikely in a place that has widely promoted itself as "the worst hotel in the world."
Boasting such features as "a basement bar with limited light and no fresh air" and "an open canteen serving a wide range of dishes based on running eggs," this low-end property with a penchant for honesty is sure to repel overly affectionate honeymooners.
Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Kerkstraat 136-138, 1017 GR Amsterdam; +31 20 622 0687;www.hans-brinker.com; rates from US$28 for a dorm bed
2. Karosta Prison Hotel, Latvia
One place to leave the kids while you go somewhere nice.
Guests at this former Soviet prison will be too preoccupied trying to survive cleaning duty, courtyard exercise drills and guard inquisitions to care much about being lovelorn.
A stay at this penitentiary -- which has a brutal Cold War history -- can include sleeping in a room with iron bars and frequent insults from your overseers.
The property is also said to be haunted. Sleep tight.
Monastery stays have grown in popularity in recent years and are now available across Europe, Africa and North and South America.
While many of these cloisters feature luxury services akin to any other high-end hotel, there are still a number of properties that expect guests to observe strict religious practices -- rooms are small and sparsely decorated, food is simple and silent prayer is the day's top activity.
Some, like Finland's New Valamo Monastery, even enact dress codes that require knees and shoulders to be covered at all times.
New Valamo Monastery, Valamontie 42, 79850 UUSI-VALAMO, Heinävesi, Finland; +358 17570 111; www.valamo.fi/; rates from US$55
5. Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany
Where Nosferatu likes to vacay.
One of the most bizarre hotels on the planet, this Berlin abode features amenities such as coffin beds and a bathroom that's a gigantic plastic bag.
One room even features a small cave hidden beneath a woodpile -- so if you feel like recreating a serial killer horror flick, you're in the right place.
Most people will probably find the level of quirkiness here a tad distracting for a romantic night in.
Hordes of screaming children, SpongeBob SquarePants-themed suites, public "slimings," a Dora the Explorer live show and pizza dinners with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ... there may exist no greater argument against sexual activity.