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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.

Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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New York City Living The NoMAd Hotel Way

August 1, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

NoMad Hotel, New York City
The NoMad Hotel takes its name from the up and coming NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) district of Manhattan. The NoMad Hotel is housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District.

The NoMad Hotel roots itself deep within the French culture from the design of the hotel to the food to the awards that it wins. Guests will want to carve out some time to sample the cuisine by the property’s critically acclaimed and award winning head chef, Daniel Humm.  Humm serves hotel guests dishes that celebrate the originality of New York while keeping true to his French culinary roots. The restaurant is comprised of a series of rooms surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium and features a refined yet approachable menu with a wine program that celebrates the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative, classically-focused cocktails.Guests can sip on classically-focused cocktails. 

A vacation within a vacation, The Nomad Hotel’s ability to allow guests to enjoy one concrete jungle to the next makes this property ideal for any city seeking travel appetite.

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Did You Know? The Algonquin New York

July 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at The Algonquin. In 1919, they gathered in the Rose Room with some literary friends to welcome back acerbic critic Alexander Woollcott from his service as a war correspondent. It proved so enjoyable that someone suggested it become a daily event. This led to a daily exchange of ideas, opinions, and often-savage wit that has enriched the world's literary life. George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun, and Edna Ferber were also in this August assembly, which strongly influenced writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker magazine, which today is free to guests of the hotel.

The Algonquin

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Image of the Day: The NoMad Hotel

July 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 Manhattan's The NoMad Hotel has bathtubs positioned so that you can soak and see the famous city skyline at the same time.

The Nomad Hotel

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Did You Know? The Chatwal New York

June 15, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Chatwal New York

The Chatwal New York
 
is designed in a 1930s Empire Art Deco style. Based on its swanky looks alone, one almost expects Fred Astaire to waltz through the door. Fred has unfortunately shuffled off this mortal coil, but he did indeed hang out at the hotel when he was alive. Why?  Located on 44th Street, in the heart of the theater district, the building was originally host to the famous Lamb’s club, America’s first professional theater club. Other legendary members of the club include Spencer Tracey, Milton Berle, Charlie Chaplin, Irving Berlin, and Will Rogers.

 

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The Penthouse Suite at The Surrey New York

June 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Surrey New YorkNestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Surrey New York is both a familiar destination and an unexpected delight. Experience the very best of New York in easy walking distance from the hotel's location on East 76th Street. Madison Avenue, Central Park, and the Met are all conveniently located nearby.

The Surrey New York

Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities over the years. 

For those who'd like the celebrity treatment, The Surrey New York offers a stunning Penthouse Suite. 

The 1,200 square foot Penthouse offers extended luxury with private access to the rooftop garden. Located on the 17th Floor, the modern, loft-like suite is ideal for entertaining, featuring stunning views of Central Park and the Upper East Side. The Suite includes a living room and dining room, fireplace, full kitchen, 1,100 square foot private outdoor terrace, oversize bedroom with private sitting area, spacious master bath with soaking tub and half bath for guests.

 

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The Mark Makes a Mark on Bergdorf Goodman

June 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Mark New York

 

 

Bergdorf Goodman, the legendary fashion mecca on 5th Avenue, has teamed up with chic luxury hotel The Mark New York to bring guests the ultimate luxury experience.  No matter what time of day or night, guests at the midtown hotel can avail themselves of the department store's wares.

Exclusive to The Mark guests, Bergdorf Goodman is providing unlimited access to their personal shoppers.  Guests need only to call the hotel's concierge in order to use a variety of services from the store.  They also get complimentary delivery to the hotel. 

 

 

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Posted in: New York, NY

Good-Bye Room Service?

June 3, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Hilton Hawaiian Village

 

No more cheeseburgers in the wee hours of the morning? No more breakfast in bed? That's the terrible future suggested by a recent Crain's New York Business news item picked up by Gawker. According to the Crain's piece, written by Lisa Fickenscher, Gotham's largest hotel, the New York Hilton Midtown, will discontinue room service in August. The hotel cited rising costs and declining popularity for the move.

The Hilton isn't the first hotel in the chain to get rid of room service, the Hilton Hawaiian Village (pictured left)eliminated room service in October 2012.

Guests won't go hungry though, the hotel will open a cafeteria style restaurant called Herb n'Kitchen where guests can grab a meal.

 

 

 

 

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Posted in: New York, NY

Discover The Quin Hotel

May 30, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

 

Quin HotelIt is universally acknowledged that New York City is one of the most unique cities in the world. This city encapsulates the epicenter of culture and art stateside, with many historic and famous landmarks and design elements that make New York City quintessentially, New York City.  So where does one stay to experience the elegant NYC fabu-luxe life?

Enter The Quin Hotel, which opens its doors in September 2013. The 198-room boutique style hotel is located in one of NYC’s prime time real estate spots at 101 West 57th Street, making it easy to access the famed NYC landmarks that make this city so legendary. The aesthetic and sophisticated-cultural specific design elements to NYC are reflected in the hotel’s architecture, which can be seen within the walls of its original beaux-arts architecture that it shares with Carnegie Hall.

The hotel also brings New York fashion trend of bespoke to its furnishings and amenities. With views of the New York skyline, equipped with DUX beds, FRESH spa products, personal Nespresso machines and much more, The Quin Hotel is an oasis of luxury.

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Posted in: New York, NY

W New York Union Square Renovations Revealed

May 8, 2013
By: Guest Writer

 

 

Jena Tesse Fox recently wrote for our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, about the renovations at The W New York - Union Square:

 W New York Union Square

 

Heads up, New Yorkers! The W New York - Union Square has unveiled the results of a major renovation project. The transformation is part of the W brand's plan to renovate more than 11 of its properties across North America, and includes a full re-design of the hotel's 270 guestrooms and top suites, W Living Room, Todd English's Olives New York, and destination bar Lilium by Gerber Group (previously Underbar). The renovation also preserves original design details of the landmark 1911 Beaux Arts building, including its turn-of-the century Great Room with 23-foot high gilded ceilings and grand windows, which was restored late last year.

 

The W Living Room:  The new design of the W Union Square Living Room, by New York based design firm Krause + Sawyer, is good for for conducting business by day and unwinding by night. A black steel communal table, equipped with inlay plugs for chargers, encourages guests to mix and mingle while staying connected.

 

The Guest Rooms + Suites: Each of the hotel's 270 remodeled guest rooms and suites are anchored by a sculptural headboard representing an abstract view of Union Square. Silver window coverings are brightly stitched together with silk fabric mimicking a man's tie, while wall coverings in a soft, sophisticated "Park Avenue" white are contrasted with a bohemian metallic blue. Cool touch: The Extreme WOW Suite (the W brand's take on the Presidential Suite) is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities including wall units that can easily interchange from dining room table to space for a DJ booth.

 

Lilium and Olives New York:  The hotel's renovation also includes the re-design of its destination bar Lilium, as well as a complete renovation of Todd English's Olives New York restaurant. Lilium, the hotel's subterranean nightspot, sits beneath the hotel's façade. Key features of the 1,600 square foot interior include a twisted metal ceiling that cascades down the walls and complements the sculptural black steel lilies, created by metal artist Scot Brown. At Olives, the expanded bar, now located in the center of the space, creates a vibrant hub in the heart of the restaurant while new seating choices include u-shaped banquettes, an elevated chef's table or a nine-seat raw bar along the signature open kitchen. For more information, visit www.whotels.com/unionsquare.

 

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