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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.

W New York Union Square Renovations Revealed

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


Read more at Luxury Travel Advisor >>

Live it Up with Trump's Great Gatsby Package

By: K. Clare Johnson

One of the greatest novels of all time has inspired of the most expensive luxury packages of all time. New York's Trump International Hotel Tower has announced the Trump Great Gatsby Package. Recommended for couples, the over-the-top experience includes:

-A three-night stay in a luxurious Central Park-view suite.

-Chauffeured car service for the duration of the stay.

-Dinner for two at the hotel’s Three-Michelin-Star restaurant, Jean-Georges

-Breakfast daily at Nougatine at Jean Georges

- A magnum of Veuve Cliquot Champagne served in-room

-Ladies will receive an Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Art Deco shagreen and onyx cuff, accompanied by a personal note from Ivanka Trump.

-Gentleman will receive a custom-tailored suit and shirt from Bergdorf Goodman, plus vintage Art Deco cufflinks.

The package comes with a Gatsby-appropriate price:  $14,999. The package is available for travel March 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013.

View rates, details, and more photos of Trump International Hotel Tower >>

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Newly Unveiled Renovated Guest Rooms at The Tuscany NYC

By: Meagan Drillinger

The Tuscany NYCFive Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the newly unveiled guest rooms and suites at The Tuscany Hotel in New York City. Read more here: 

Boutique luxury lovers will flip over the newest addition to New York's hotel scene. Located along 39th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues and steps away from Grand Central Terminal, guests of The Tuscany NYC-A St Giles Luxury Collection Hotel are perfectly situated to explore all that New York City has to offer. The hotel recently reopened in November 2012 following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The unveiling on December 18, 2012 showed off the first phase of the revitalization (think fully renovated guest rooms and suites). The second phase will wrap up in early 2013 with the debut of the 17th-floor Penthouse Suite, with wraparound terrace and views of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings. The Penthouse Suite will also come with its own private kitchen and living room/den area (complete with working fireplace).

The Tuscany embodies both Old and New World, with custom oak and leather wall panel systems and hardwood floors complemented with artistic wall murals made by artists and designers (think Sarah Morris and Paul Smith).

All bathrooms have glass tile walls and Duravit vanities. Nice Touch: In-room bath amenities are Molton Brown.

View rates, details and more photos for The Tuscany Hotel New York City >>

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Dog Spa Days at The New Yorker Hotel

By: K. Clare Johnson


The world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show starts tomorrow in Manhattan, and even non-show dogs are feeling the pressure to look their best. If Fido isn't quite in pageant shape, don't worry. The New Yorker hotel has come to the rescue with their Classic Dog Spa Package.  Priced at $50 per pooch, thedeal includes use of Jog A Dog™ treadmills (which are exclusive to the hotel), grooming stations, blow dryers, and indoor potty areas. Guests who book this package will also receive a special edition dog show publication, free of charge, along with complimentary dog treats.

For even more canine comforts, upgrade to the Premium Dog Spa Package, which at $75 per dog includes all of the amenities in the Classic Dog Spa Package, in addition to access to bathing areas.

Sounds like a barking good time.


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New Year, New You Package at The Westin New York Grand Central

By: Oksana Balytsky

We absolutely love New York City almost as much as we love bringing you exceptional deals for high-class hotels in the Big Apple! Be sure to check out the following hotel that is currently offering a special package for $179!

The Westin New York Grand Central, located on 42nd Street at Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan, convenient for both business and leisure travel, has a New Year, New You package. For $179, you get deluxe accommodations, Organic Avenue juice in-room amenity, complimentary New Balance lending gear lending (sneakers and workout accessories), access to Westin Workout studio, free WiFi and a late 4 p.m. check out. Guest can book until March 31st, so get jump start that New Year’s resolution, and be sure to check out the Westin New York Grand Central!

Image of the Day: Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium

By: K. Clare Johnson

Trump SoHo New York brings a new perspective of Manhattan from its 391 guest rooms, providing unparalleled views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows in the deluxe and premiere rooms and suites.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium >>


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Kids, Paul Frank, and The James New York

By: K. Clare Johnson

 Image Courtesy of The James New York







Image courtesy of The James New York


At first glance, The James New York might seem to be too sophisticated to cater to smaller, younger guests.
But this sophisticated Soho luxury hotel has teamed up with illustrator Paul Frank to make kids feel welcome. 
You'll probably recognize Frank's whimsical Julius the Monkey character that has appeared on clothing, accessories,
and many other products. 

Paul Frank amenities for kids include:

-Crib for youngest guests with cozy Paul Frank blankets.

-Paul Frank car seats and boosters for use in The James New York car service or city taxis.

-Paul Frank pajamas for boys and girls, sizes 3T-7.

-Paul Frank coloring sheets and crayons.

Paul Frank amenities aren't the only things parents can expect from The James New York. Babysitting services are available on request, along with a selection of children’s books, movies and a Play Station for use during your stay. David Burke Kitchen has also created in-room dining options sure to appeal to tiny palates.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at The James New York>>

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #2 New York

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!


As of this writing, there are 98 luxury hotels on Five Star Alliance.  New York City, aka The City That Never Sleeps, is the most populous city in the United States. The city is comprised of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  There are an estimated 50 million visitors to New York City every year. 

What makes our guests love New York? 

-The overwhelming amount of things to do and see!  Wall Street, The Statue of Liberty, world-class dining and shopping, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Musuem Mile, and Central Park are just a few of the hundreds of things to do and see in the city.

-The wide range of places to stay.  Accommodations range from classic luxury properties like The Waldorf-Astoria to historic properties like Castle on the Hudson to funky modern spots like Gansevoort Park Avenue (pictured above.)

 -The city is fun for all ages. Times Square is a family-friendly destination, sporting events and touring shows abound at Madison Square Garden, and the subway and bus system is extensive, efficient, and economical. 



Where to stay?

-New York is popular all year round in terms of tourism, but the holiday season is particularly in demand. Springtime in New York is also a terrific time to visit.

-Nightly rates for a mid-April getaway in New York range from $225 at The Alex Hotel to $425 at The Gramercy Park Hotel  (pictured) to $625 at The Surrey New York


Did you know?

There are seven state parks with the confines of New York City.


Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in New York>>

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #13 The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 New York's The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, is #13 on our list! Here are a few facts about the luxury hotel:

-Located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side overlooking Central Park, which makes it central to New York activities such as strolling Museum Mile.

-This timeless classic has been around since 1930. Its 187 elegant rooms are fit for royalty,and 64 out of the 187 rooms are their brilliant sui

-The Carlyle owes its refined interior style to an inimitable roster of designers, including past greats Dorothy Draper and Mark Hampton to present-day stars Thierry Despont and Alexandra Champalimaud.

-The Carlyle is the exclusive U.S. source for Rubinacci neckties. Both the classic seven-fold tie and the signature Carlyle tie are available for purchase at the concierge desk.

-In-house boutiques at this Manhattan luxury hotel include the Kenneth Rendell Gallery, H.M. Luther antiques, Helly Nahmad art gallery, Blain|Di Donna art gallery, florist L'Olivier and Yves Delorme linens, as well as designer boutiques Vera Wang, Stubbs & Wootton and Perrin Paris 1893.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel>>

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Le Parker Meridien Makes Lincoln Palatable (and Tasty!)

By: Five Star Alliance


Baked Ideas

The beloved Abraham Lincoln has had quite a year.  Between vampire-slaying and being channelled by Daniel Day-Lewis, the tall quiet man who was the 16th U.S. President must be exhausted. Or at least, he would be if he weren't already dead. But his year is not over!  Le Parker Meridien is featuring an edible Abraham Lincoln as part of its City Harvest gingerbread display.

Created by Patti Paige of Baked Ideas, the 3-foot scupture is 100% edible and is made from Rice Krispie treats, chocolate, fondant, icing, cookies and peppermint sticks.

Honest Abe just became Tasty Abe.


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