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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Hotels with Availability for Mardi Gras

February 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Mardi Gras is on February 21st this year, which is only a few short weeks away! From an incredible parade to mounds of beads and excitement, Mardi Gras is definitely an event worth attending at least once in your life. Check out the following luxury 5 star hotels that currently have availability during Mardi Gras to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun!

Windsor Court Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of New Orleans, on the edge of the French Quarter near the banks of Mississippi. It recently underwent a $22 million restoration, redefining 5 star luxury, and now offers 316 newly designed guestrooms and suites.

W New Orleans French Quarter

This hotel is next to Jackson square and boutique shops, and it’s a short walk from the Riverwalk and Harrah’s casino. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.

Loews New Orleans Hotel

Located just 3 blocks from the French Quarter, across from Harrah’s casino, the Arts district, and Riverwalk, this luxury hotel has 285 rooms and 12 suites.

W New Orleans

This hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter surrounded by the bustling Bourbon Street, boutique shops, and live entertainment. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.

JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans

This luxury hotel is located on Canal Street and it has 487 rooms and 7 suites.

Ritz Carlton New Orleans

Located on Canal Street a short walk from the French Quarter, this hotel allows guest to experience the most uniquely European city in the United States.

The Roosevelt New Orleans

This hotel is located in the central business district one block from the French Quarter. It was remodeled in 2009 and it offers 504 rooms and 135 suites.


Hotel Monteleone New Restaurant Details Revealed

January 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Hotel Monteleone is one of only a few French Quarter hotels rated Four Diamonds by AAA. This luxurious 5-star property is located on Royal Street, one block from Bourbon Street, in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. After much anticipation, the Hotel Monteleone has revealed the name of its new restaurant, Criollo Restaurant and Lounge, and it is expected to open March 2012. Criollo will offer a fine dining experience that will feature contemporary Louisiana cuisine. It will infuse traditional Creole flavors of Spanish, French, Italian, and African with new spices to create Louisiana Fusion dishes. In additional to phenomenal cuisine, the restaurant will also offer a selected variation of wines and spirits chosen to compliment the flavors in each food. According to Joseph Maynard, the Chef de Cuisine at the Criollo Restaurant and Lounge, “the dishes on the menu present a balance between rich foods and lighter options to cater to a variety of diners.” Located next to the Carousel Bar and Lounge right inside the Hotel Monteleone, the Criollo Restaurant and Lounge will bring some new flavors and fun to the already incredibly vibrant city of New Orleans!


Monteleone's Cocktail Bar is Back in Town

January 20, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Starting on January 25th, if you're going to be in the New Orleans area, make sure to check out the newly reopened Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone.  Hotel Monteleone is maybe the iconic hotel of the Bourbon Street area, and the reopened bar is being celebrated with quiet the kickoff event.  Starting the six month countdown to the Tales of the Cocktail festival, the reopening will feature  special previews of the coming 10th anniversary event, including the festival's first book, Tales of the Cocktail from A to Z.  Not only that, the world-record centerpiece by bead artist Stephan Wanger will be on display and you can view the fine artwork while sipping from your very own complimentary Old Fashioned.  Continue the festivities with a performance by Robin Barnes.

Alongside the reopening, Hotel Monteleone has announced the coming year's regular performers, always free at the Carousel Bar whether you're staying at the hotel or just in the area.  Joining Robin Barnes will be the Luther Kent Quartet, Eudora Evans & Band, the George French Jazz Quartet, and legacy showing Lena Prima, daughter of the Monteleone regular, Louis Prima, in the sixties.  While other hotels might give you similar luxury, none will be closer to the Jazz culture at the heart of New Orleans than the Hotel Monteleone.


Very Bad Santa Is Very Good: Hotel Monteleone for Christmas

December 8, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another article from yours truly! Don’t know who I am? That’s okay, sometimes I wake up in a fit of existential angst and ask myself the same the question. But regardless, I have some great news that I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear: The Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans has a suite of featured events for the hotel seasons, including the grand reopening of its cocktail bar. And with signature drinks such as the Joyous Noel or Papa’s Nightcap, they’ll warm your heart and your belly. I’m not even going to tell you what happens during the Very Bad Santa Crawl, but needless to say, if you’re even thinking of staying there on December 10th, it’s a must-see. If you’d rather be a good Santa, they’re offering a children’s holiday tea time. And Christmas day things really cut loose, gourmet-style. And by that, I mean a family feast prepared by their signature chefs. If you’re looking to get away to more cajun climes for the holidays, I can’t think of a better place than the Hotel Monteleone.


Christmas in New Orleans: Hotel Monteleone Welcomes Local School Choirs

November 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Monteleone, New OrleansYou're invited... to partake in the festive yuletide cheer at the “Grande Dame of the French Quarter" in New Orleans. The Hotel Monteleone, a landmark since 1886 and the largest full-service hotel in the area, gets serious props for decking the halls in such a big way every year. The hotel will start hosting local school choirs in its lobby for 30-minute performances every weekday starting Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 16. Free and open to the general public, the concerts feature everyone's favorite holiday songs. Here's the schedule:

November 28 (11:00 am) St. Matthew the Apostle School

November 29 (11:00 am) St. Benilde School

November 30 (10:30 am) St. Matthew the Apostle School

December 1 (11:30 am) St. Mary’s Academy and (12:00 pm) St. Augustine High School

December 2 (11:00 am) Country Day School

December 5 (11:00 am) Kehoe-France School and (12:00 pm) Holy Cross School

December 6 (11:30 am) St. Philip Neri School

December 7 (11:00 am) St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School

December 8 (11:00 am) St. Alphonsus School

December 9 (12:00 pm) St. Rita School

December 12 (11:30 am) St. Clement of Rome School

December 13 (10:30 am) Ursuline Academy and (12:00 pm) Archbishop Chapelle High School

December 14 (12:00 pm) St. Anthony of Padua School

December 15 (11:00 am) Memorial Baptist Christian School and (11:30 am) St. Paul’s Episcopal School

December 16 (11:30 am) Isidore Newman School


Creepy Crawler Tea at the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

October 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Windsor Court Hotel, New OrleansFirst creepy crawly cocktails... Now an Afternoon Tea! From London to New Orleans, luxury hotels are pulling out all the stops for a happy Halloween this year. The Windsor Court Hotel-- the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond hotel in Louisiana-- has teamed up with the Audubon Insectarium to treat guests to a "Creepy Crawler Tea" in honor of Halloween. Taking place in Windsor Court's Le Salon on October 22 and 23, the tea will have all kinds of Halloween-inspired treats and teas: Pumpkin Spiced Chai, Cranberry Blood Orange Tea, and for the adults- a “Bloody” Orange Martini made with Mandarin vodka, blood orange juice and Grand Marnier garnished with a blood orange slice. On display on each table: terrariums filled with creepy crawlers like spiders, scorpions, and centipedes sure to delight the kids, donning their Halloween best. (Read: Costumes welcome!)

This is the second annual "Creepy Crawler Tea"- back by popular demand. Guests can choose from a Classic Tea service for $28 or a Royal Tea service for $35, which includes smoked salmon and caviar canapés and a glass of sherry, house sparkling wine or chardonnay. The children’s tea, for children 5 years of age and younger, is $17.


Christmas in New Orleans: Papa Noel Rates of $99 at Hotel Monteleone

October 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MonteleoneExperience the magic of Christmas in New Orleans with discounted rates at the Hotel Monteleone, a landmark in the French Quarter since 1886. Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel has a jam-packed calendar of festive Yuletide events-- from choir performances to Children's Holiday Teas, where Monte the Lion (the hotel's official mascot) will join Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and Santa's elves in singing carols and reading classic Christmas tales. Take advantage of the special Papa Noel rates from November 20- December 29, 2011 and you'll be basking in luxury for just $99 per night! (Weekend rates are slightly higher, starting at $119 per night, and some blackout dates may apply.) The Hotel Monteleone decks the halls for the season- with a beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby and festive white lights decorating its exterior. For the full calendar of events during the holiday season, click here.

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Win a Trip to New Orleans with the Hotel Monteleone

September 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Monteleone, New OrleansWant to go on a trip to the Big Easy? The Hotel Monteleone has launched its second and final social media-based trip giveaway to New Orleans in conjunction with its 125th Anniversary. The contest, “History, Holidays and the Hotel Monteleone,” is running through the Hotel’s Facebook page and will end on November 4 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). The prize includes round-trip airfare to New Orleans from any location in the continental United States, a two-night stay in one of the hotel’s luxury suites, a signed copy of the Hotel’s 125th Anniversary history book, "Hotel Monteleone: More Than a Landmark, The Heart of New Orleans Since 1886," and a set of limited edition 125th Anniversary Mignon Faget cocktail glasses.

How to enter? It couldn't be easier. Simply visit the Hotel Monteleone’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/hotelmonteleone and click “Like” if you're not already a fan. Next, click "Contest" on the Left sidebar. Contestants must enter their first and last names, state and email address. That’s it. The Hotel Monteleone will randomly select a winner at the end of the contest period on November 4 and will announce the winner on November 9 through Facebook.


The Amazing Rebirth of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

June 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

After sustaining serious damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans underwent a $275 million dollar renovation and redesign, and will be reopening to much fanfare in October 2011. Billed as one of the "most significant hospitality developments in New Orleans in over a decade," the restored hotel is now the city’s premier meeting and convention hotel- having doubled its meeting and exhibition space. Anchoring the Sports and Entertainment District in downtown New Orleans, the 32-storey hotel has 1,193 guest rooms and expansive food and beverage offerings. News from NOLA: The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has partnered with Make It Right-- Brad Pitt's nonprofit-- on a fundraising campaign to build 150 environmentally friendly homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Hot Rates: $79 Rooms at International House, New Orleans

June 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

International House, New OrleansWe just got word about a fabulous deal at one of our favorite hotels in New Orleans. International House-- the sexy hotel by Sean Cummings and LM Pagano that's located two blocks from the French Quarter-- is offering "RockStar Rooms" starting at just $79 per night on select dates (June 1,2,19-23 & 27-29; July 4-14 & 21-31; August 1 - 31, 2011). Book your stay and you'll be one of the first to stay in the hotel's newest room type designed by LM Pagano. To wit: "The "apple king room" is the favorite room for the entrepreneurs flocking to New Orleans. They feature a 42 inch wall-mounted Sony LCD screen connected to an Apple TV, a custom closet by Louisiana Closets and 3 Jack & Jake's locally grown organic apples."

While staying in style at the International House, don't miss the Urban Farm Breakfast, a dazzling way to start the day. Here's what's on the menu (get ready to drool!)

* Fresh Yard Eggs - with the chef’s daily special preparation

* Protein Pen – a daily duo variety of honey baked ham, house cured pepper bacon, homemade scallion breakfast sausage, or Steen’s cure pork loin

* Starch - a daily preparation of Yukon gold potatoes, or Papa Tom’s natural stone ground grits

* Hot off the Griddle – a daily selection of French crepes, pain perdu, or hot cakes

* Bread Basket – a daily selection of toasted French baguette, Creole cream cheese biscuits, flakey croissants, or fresh Danish – unsalted butter