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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.

Watch the U.S. Open: Game.Set.Match at the Westin New York at Times Square

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin New York at Times SquarePlanning to take in all the action at the U.S. Open this year? Tennis fans who bed down at The Westin New York at Times Square, the official NYC hotel sponsor of the U.S. Open, will get get spoiled with extra treats. Starting at $269 per night and available August 29- September 11, 2011, the Game.Set.Match package includes round-trip MetroCard transportation for two to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center via subway, and a gift bag with a signature US Open item (a $30 value). A two-night minimum stay is required.

Bump It Up Bliss: The Pre-Natal Spa Package at The Peninsula New York

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Pensinsula New YorkThe Peninsula New York knows what to expect when you're expecting: lots of backaches and muscle pain! So the ultra-luxury hotel is pampering mothers-to-be with pre-natal massages, personal training sessions, cravings-based snacks and more. In designing the "Bump It Up Bliss" spa package, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA has partnered with Amy Tara Koch, style expert and author of “Bump It Up: Transforming Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement”. Manhattanites will want to splurge on this one! Here's what's included in the $660 package:

* Three 60-minute Maternity Massages

* Three 30-minute Pre-natal Personal Training sessions

* Cravings-based welcome snack and “preggo-tini” by the pool

* Copy of “Bump it Up: Transforming Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement”

* Complimentary day use of the swimming pool, fitness centre and all yoga and core classes

Sponsored Article: A Rooftop Retreat at The James New York

By: Five Star Alliance

The James New YorkThe James New York brings luxury liberated from tradition to Soho. Located on the corner of Thompson and Grand, the newly built property was conceived and designed as a locally inspired, community focused and environmentally thoughtful hotel. Unique outdoor spaces include an Urban Garden and rooftop pool.


Enjoy an R&R retreat at the rooftop pool located on the hotel’s 18th floor. This unique rooftop retreat in New York City, surrounded by inspiring skyline views, boasts a concrete “halo” roof that frames the pool deck, teak decking, an outdoor shower and plush chaise lounges. Available for hotel guests to relax and soak up the sun, visitors can take in the 360 views of the Manhattan Bridges, New Jersey and The Freedom Tower to The Empire State Building.

The James New York

The Urban Garden is an artistically-inspired multi-tiered outdoor escape, featuring sculptures made from recycled and reused materials, and rustic furnishings surrounded by park-like landscaping.

More than just a green space, the Urban Garden is a venue for entertainment, cultural events and fine cuisine. With activities including Tribeca Film Festival screenings, video art program, spa services, croquet and more, the Urban Garden is a hub for creative communities to gather and interact. Guests can enjoy outdoor yoga classes, one-on-one fitness sessions with celebrity trainer Oscar Smith and spa services at Urban Spa Cabana. In addition, this space features a 130-seat David Burke Garden restaurant and bar as well as a working herb garden.

Stay Weekends and Save at The Iroquois New York

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Iroquois New YorkLooking for a place to bed down in Midtown Manhattan this summer? The Iroquois New York-- tucked between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on quiet Club Row-- is rolling out the red carpet with the "Stay Weekends and Save" package. Stay Saturday and Sunday nights and receive a $75 hotel credit to be used during your stay. Or book Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and get a $100 hotel credit to be used during your stay. (Subject to availability, valid through September 5, 2011.) Within walking distance of some of NYC's best loved attractions, The Iroquois spoils guests with a host of creature comforts: free Wifi, a modern fitness center with Finnish sauna, luxurious guest rooms with Frette linens and Molton Brown bath amenities. Be sure to dine at Triomphe Restaurant, helmed by new executive chef Jason Tilmann whose career includes stints at Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod; "21" Club, Union Square Café, Daniel and Le Cirque in Manhattan; and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. (He has also appeared on the Food Network shows "Chopped" and "Iron Chef America.") For excellent cocktails, head to Lantern's Keep, styled like a turn-of-the-century salon.

Hot in New York: Weekly Rooftop Pool Parties at Gansevoort Park Avenue

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gansevoort Park Avenue, New YorkThe best way to cool off in steaming hot New York? A rooftop pool, of course. The Gansevoort Park Avenue's got a pretty one (with plenty of pretty people, to boot). Lots of open-air terraces, fireplaces, international DJs spinning the tunes over a killer sound system... All 20 storeys above the city with fab 360 degree views. For the summer, The Gansevoort is kicking things up a notch with the "vitaminwater zero Gansevoort summerseries," an exclusive weekly pool party taking place every Sunday from 3- 9 pm on the roof- with "world renowned DJs spinning poolside." The website indicates that "guests are admitted on a first come, first serve basis with no cover" though it looks like it's by guest list only. Of course you could shell out for VIP bottle service and guarantee yourself entrance and a reserved table. Price tag? A poolside table can be yours for $2000 minimum, and a sundeck table for $1000.

Buzz: Art in the City and the Urban Spa Cabana at The James New York

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James New YorkThere's a lot going on in Manhattan this summer. And The James New York-- right in the thick of things-- puts the best of the city at your doorstep. A champion of the arts, this hot hotel offers three summer-long programs in the outdoor Urban Garden. Running through September, the film series features selections from the 2011 TriBeCa Film Festival. On the garden's outdoor wall, videos are projected from the best up-and-coming international artists in the "Moving Image Art Fair." The hotel also hosts a series of film screenings and art showings followed by discussions with the artist and/or their galleries. Book the "See Art Soho" package at The James New York and check out the neighborhood's hidden talent from the perspective of the Art Curator, Matt Jenson. Return from your walking tour and head straight to the Urban Garden for a massage in-- check this out!-- the Urban Spa Cabana, the hotel's newest feature. (In-room spa treatments are also available seven days a week.)

The Waldorf Astoria New York is Getting a Makeover

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waldorf Astoria New YorkIn other news out of New York, one of the city's most famous Grande Dame hotels is rumored to be getting a renovation-- "to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars." Celebrated designer Alexandra Champalimaud will redo the interiors of The Waldorf Astoria, restaurants included. (Champalimaud is also responsible for the gorgeous design at The Pierre and The St. Regis Beijing, along with the penthouses at The Dorchester.) We can't wait to see what she'll do with the Bull and Bear Steakhouse. The legendary hotel is the flagship for the eponymous hotel collection, encompassing global properties like the Casa Marina Resort in Key West and the Trianon Palace Versailles outside Paris.

Celebrate New York's Historic Marriage Decision at The Pierre Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Pierre Hotel New YorkThere's been much rejoicing in the wake of New York's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. And for those newly betrothed who want to live large in the Big Apple, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel has announced the "Modern Marriage Package." Spend your wedding weekend in the privacy of a sumptuous suite high above Central Park and get treated to a variety of delights. Priced from $2,095 per night in a City View Suite ($3,500 per night in a Luxury Grand Suite), the package includes:

* All the festive wedding trimmings: A welcome cocktail, personalized wedding cake by The Pierre's expert pastry chef and a luscious floral arrangement designed by L'Olivier Atelier

* Indulgences: Relax with breakfast in bed, an in-room couple's massage and a late night aphrodisiac menu with selections that include oysters, chocolate and Champagne

* A special gift for your wedding celebration: A memorable carriage ride through Central Park, followed by a specialty picnic basket for lunch in the world's most romantic park

Valid through September 11, 2011. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply.

New Hotel Amenities: Order Room Service on an iPad

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Pavillon des Lettres, ParisWhen we toured the new Pavillon des Lettres in Paris-- a new hotel with a literary theme-- we were thrilled to see that each of the 26 rooms, named for a different writer, comes with an iPad. This fine hotel isn't alone in the industry in offering this coveted new amenity. According to the USA Today Hotel Check-In blog, more and more hotels are distributing iPads to guests for ordering room service:

Hoping to generate more food and beverage sales and reduce the need for staffers, a growing number of hotels are providing the popular tablet computer to guests in their rooms. An app, developed by Orlando-based Intelity and downloaded on the device, allows guests to order food, browse hotel amenities and local attractions, request wake-up calls, schedule housekeeping, message hotel staffers or other guests, and arrange car service. Flight information and 5-day weather are also shown, as are targeted ads based on guests' rates and preferences information.

Upscale hotels providing iPads include The Plaza, Mondrian SoHo, and Royalton Hotel in New York.

The James New York Celebrates Inclusion on Hot List 2011 with Special Offer

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James New YorkWe weren't surprised to see The James New York-- the bastion of cool in New York's Soho-- nab a spot on Conde Nast Traveler's 2011 Hot List, the acclaimed travel magazine's annual list of the world's best new hotels. It's one of our favorite hotels, and, in fact, we just gave away a 3-night stay at The James as part of our luxury hotel giveaway! (Read about the winner of the contest here.) The James New York is celebrating the award by offering a $50 hotel credit for each night you stay- to be used on dining at the David Burke Garden, drinks at rooftop bar Jimmy, or in-room services. Must reserve by July 31 for stays through December 30, 2011. More details:

"Don’t forget to enjoy a secret rooftop retreat in Soho. Our plunge pool is now open and is perfect for basking in the summer sun. It's The James New York's sexiest and most coveted feature. Surrounded by inspiring views of the city skyline, the rooftop boasts a concrete “halo” roof that frames the pool deck, teak decking, an outdoor shower and plush chaise lounges."