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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.

Lil' james Family Adventurer Package at The James New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The James New York
If you are planning a family vacation in New York City, let The James New York help. The luxury hotel's lil' james Family Adventure Package offers the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.

The Package Includes:

- Two tickets to Children’s Museum of the Arts, where kids can view a vast collection of international children’s art. The interactive museum also offers workshops in video-making, sound creation and a fun clay bar. 

- Milk and cookie turndown service.

- Welcome amenitiy featuring a custom James Backpack, seedling gift, or water bottle

-In-room DVDs, kid-friendly menus from David Burke Kitchen, board games, and books.

 

Terms and Conditions include:

Package is available for stays through December 31, 2015. 24-hour advance reservations are required. Package components may be replaced with a similar item without notice, based on availability. Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Offer is not applicable to groups. Please read the rate description carefully for additional terms and conditions.

Rates for the 'lil James Family Adventurer Program start at $389 per night >>


Did You Know? The Pierre Hotel New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Pierre Hotel New York opened in 1930 at a prime site at the corner of Fifth Avenue at 61st Street, commanding unrestricted views of Central Park. Many consider the signature room of this iconic hotel to be the rotunda. The Rotunda's famous tromp l'oeil murals were created in 1967 by American artist Edward Melcarth (1914 -1973). It was his intention to bring the style and spirit of the Renaissance paintings into the present.

In the mural scenes, classic mythological figures like Neptune and Venus are intermingled with a woman with young children who resembles Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as well as a man in a Nehru jacket, a clothing style popular in the 1960s. Other mythological figures, such as the River Gods and Minerva, share space with a young Adam & Eve (Adam was posed for by actor Erik Estrada in his younger days) and the painter's cat, Sasha. Several of the figures were modeled on people from New York society and some of the artist's patrons and benefactors. Melcarth also sculpted the male and female heads above the entrances to The Rotunda and the restaurant.

The Pierre Hotel New York

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Image of the Day: Park Hyatt New York


By: Five Star Alliance

At 3100 square feet, the Onyx room is the largest of the event spaces at Park Hyatt New York.
The impressive meeting space features 28’ of back lit white, Italian onyx rising from floor to ceiling,
and incorporates custom lighting schemes for dramatic effect. The 1,300 square foot Foyer has washed
oak paneling, hand painted watercolor panels,and carpeting digitally created to replicate an aerial view
of the majestic trees in Central Park. 

Park Hyatt New York

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Sunday Screenings at The Tribeca Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Tribeca Grand Hotel


Guests at the Tribeca Grand Hotel can go to the movie theater without ever leaving the hotel. The hotel's private screening room offers roomy plush leather seating, state-of-the-art projection, and digital surround sound.  

On Sundays the Tribeca Grand hosts free weekly screenings of cult classics and buzzworthy television shows including Mad Men, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire, open to guests of the hotel and New York locals. It's first come first serve, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.


 

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Did You Know? The Library Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Library Hotel
The Library Hotel's
collection of over 6,000 books is organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honor one of the 10 categories of the DDC and each of the 60 rooms are uniquely adorned with books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to.

Each of the ten guestroom floors of the Library is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System including:

Social Sciences
Literature
Languages
History
Math & Science
General Knowledge
Technology
Philosophy
The Arts
Religion

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Knickerbocker


By: Five Star Alliance

Everything old is new again. The Knickerbocker is open for business once again. The hotel was originally created by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, and has re-opened as the first luxury hotel in Times Square. Mere blocks from Fifth Avenue, The Metropolitan Opera, Rockefeller Plaza, MoMA, and Central Park, here is where famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso and renowned American playwright George M. Cohan made their homes, and where names like Rockefeller and Fitzgerald gathered in what was once known as The 42nd Street Country Club.

The Knickerbocker

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Image of the Day: The Blakely New York Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Blakely New York Hotel is ideally located at 136 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, The Blakely is within walking distance of the high-end fashion of 5th Avenue, the enjoyment of Central Park, the lights of Broadway, as well as numerous corporate headquarters on 6th and 7th Avenues. Other area attractions include Rockefeller Center, The Museum of Modern Art, City Center, Carnegie Hall, the AOL-Time Warner Center, and numerous dining options right at its doorstep. 

The Blakely New York Hotel

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Image of the Day: Hotel Mela New York


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Mela New York  is relaxed, at-home sophistication and excitement in the heart of Times Square.

Hotel Mela New York 

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The Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 


Spend New Year's Eve in New York City


By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.