January 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
We are extremely excited to offer a Five Star Alliance Giveaway! We are always looking for ways to give back to our loyal clients, and we couldn’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ then by giving away free nights at a few of our favorite luxury hotels. Simply ‘like’ Five Star Alliance on Facebook before March 1st and automatically be entered to win. To make it a bit more of a challenge, we’ve decided to try to hit 5,000 likes by March 1st, 2012, and the sooner we hit that target, the sooner we’ll pick our lucky winner. And the perks of getting involved with Five Star Alliance on Facebook and Twitter certainly won’t end with this contest. We will be offering special offers and promotions, more giveaways, advice from our expert agents, the latest luxury travel news, and much more!
The winner will have the option to choose either 2 free nights at The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City or 3 free nights at the 41 Hotel in London. The Carlyle prize will entitle the winner and 1 guest to 1 complimentary Deluxe Room for 2 nights. The prize expires on July 31st, 2012, and it is subject to availability. It may be used between January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012 and July 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012. Please be aware that the expiration date regrettably cannot be extended. All other expenses (food, beverages, service charges) to be settled upon departure. Other terms and conditions may apply. The 41 Hotel prize will entitle the winner and 1 guest to a 3 night stay in a luxurious King Bedded Room, including full English Breakfast. (Any additional charges to be settled on departure). The voucher is valid until June 30th 2012, it’s subject to availability, and some black-out dates may apply. Other terms and conditions may apply. For further contest details, please click here.
To view hotel photos, descriptions, availability, and more, we encourage you to visit the following sites!
January 12, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
Hoping to get away for a weekend without breaking the bank? The Pierre Hotel New York is currently offering incredible Five Star Alliance rates, so be sure to take advantage of the deals to get the best of both worlds: luxurious accommodations at an incredible price.
Stay a Bit Longer Deal: Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free. This option is available for various room types including the Classic Room with 1 king bed, City View Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds, Executive Suite with 1 king or 2 twin beds, City View Suite with 1 king bed, and Premiere Suite with 1 king bed.
Suite Celebrations Deal: This promotion offers a 50% discount on the second night of your stay at this hotel’s Executive Suite, City View Suite, or Premiere Suite.
Business Edge Package: This includes wi-fi and continental breakfast, and this offer is available with the City View Room, Park View Room, and Signature Room.
Whether you’re hoping to visit New York City for a romantic escape, a business trip, or simply a fun weekend with friends, the rates at the Pierre Hotel New York are too good to pass up!
January 9, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Brooklyn's next big hotel, the Hotel BPM, was dreamed up by a young DJ and business grad who is probably more excited about the project than anyone else. DJ Bijal quickly made a name for himself in the celebrity DJ scene, and he's looking to expand his reach as host to a hip new hotel location. Doubling as weekend destination, the club-like lobby will take on a more neon lighting scheme and the music will be at a higher BPM. The black, green and white logo and design features accentuate the auditory experience.
A recent contest to name the 76 custom mattresses in each of the hotels rooms came up with "The Sound Sleeper," making me change my title pun. And if you like it enough when you stay, you can even buy the mattress yourself. King and Double rooms will start at $160 and $180 respectively, so make a stop by Sunset Park when this one opens up to experience a hotel that has its finger on the pulse of the Brooklyn nightlife.
January 5, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
If you're sitting at work thinking, boy it's really about time I got that promotion I deserve, you need wait no more. The Hotel Plaza Athenee New York is offering you not just one but five promotions, all available through March 31st. They might not come with a raise, but they might as well, since you'll be saving a good chunk of cash while staying at one of the top hotels in New York.
First up are the straight money-saving specials. Stay three or more nights in an executive room and save 30% off the BAR (not including amenities). If you're looking stay just three nights, then go ahead and book two and get the third free in either Superior or Deluxe rooms.
If you'd rather just be getting more for your investment, then the Winter Nights, City Lights promotion offers a guaranteed upgrade from Classic to Superior and Superior to Deluxe on any length stay. Or go for Serenity in the City and wake up every morning to a delicious continental breakfast for two and receive 25% off BAR. The Classic Suite Special is a similar 20% off BAR and free breakfast for the suite-minded folks. It's hard to go wrong when such a great hotel, just a short stroll from Central Park and all of Midtown, is ushering in the New Year with some great specials. I know I resolved to travel more this year, and this might just be what gets me out the door. So maybe I'll see you at the Plaza Athenee New York!
December 23, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
In the #9 spot, we have the Jumeirah Essex House, a premiere Manhattan hotel.
Quick facts about the Jumeirah Essex House:
- With stunning views of Central Park, the hotel offers a uniquely quieter perspective on the bustle of New York City. Its 509 guest rooms and suites range from 300 to 2,500 feet and newly include such features as interactive touchscreen displays to adjust lighting, mood, and temperature.
- Just north Broadway, the Essex House gives easy access to the world-class theater on display in the Big Apple.
- The in-house spa offers personal trainers, a sauna and steambath, and full massage treatments to help you relax and enjoy the city.
- The Essex House's storied history dates back to 1929 when construction first began just prior to the stock market crash. Opening finally in 1931, the hotel hosted a number of attendees of the 1939 World's Fair before being acquired for military use during World War II. It is one of only 200 hotels in America recognized by the Historic Hotels of America for maintaining its historic and cultural integrity for its 80 years of operation.
View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Jumeirah Essex House >>
Be sure to keep up with our countdown as we spotlight a new hotel every day until the New Year!
December 19, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance know better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012.
The Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance, and design.
This entry in the Gold List is a special property indeed. The Andaz Wall Street is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, and it stands at the forefront of a design renaissance sweeping the area. Rather than a traditional lobby, the Andaz features a lounge space that combines the check-in counter with a contemporary conversational feel. You don't check-in, you relax and even have a drink with a concierge. This transformation from business to leisure is precisely what the hotel embodies; its clean lines and remarkable efficiency are always the result of impeccable design. In many ways, the Andaz Wall Street is the iPod of New York hotels: It's not that it's fundamentally redesigned the hotel experience, but at every turn it's just a little bit more intelligently designed, a little smoother, and a little more elegant.
The sixth Mondrian Hotel will be coming to the South Bank of the London Thames River in 2014. This hotel is expected to have 100 more rooms than the Mondrian in New York, and it will be the first Mondrian hotel in Europe. This swanky hotel will reportedly have a restaurant, a ground floor bar, and a rooftop bar. This hotel is expected to bring a new excitement to the already exciting city of London, so keep an eye out for its grand opening in 2014!
Don’t want to wait until 2014? Then we encourage you to check out a few other Mondrian properties including the Mondrian Soho in New York City, the Mondrian South Beach in Miami Beach, and the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.
New York City can be a bit overwhelming, and we understand the desire to be located near the trees, grass, and open spaces. We’ve received a number of inquiries about which hotels are located near Central Park, and which of those hotels we would recommend to our luxurious travelers. You ask, we listen and respond, so here are five of our favorite hotels near Central Park!
The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan and offers sweeping views of Central Park. The Surrey New York is nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and it’s both a familiar destination and unexpected delight. The Jumeirah Essex House is perfectly located at Central Park and it’s recognized throughout the world as a model of graceful elegance. The Trump International Hotel Tower overlooks Central Park, and it is the only Forbes Five-Star hotel with a Five-Star restaurant in New York. The Mark New York is just steps from Central Park, and it is sophisticated, chic, and stylishly comfortable.
Looking for something different? With 93 luxury hotels in New York City, we guarantee you’ll find a hotel perfect for you!
December 2, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky
The Peninsula New York is located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City’s shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. This luxury hotel features 185 spacious guest rooms and 53 suites, recently renovated and decorated in a modern style. Specifically designed with convenience in mind, all of the rooms utilize state-of-the-art technology, allowing guests to control their environment with the touch of a button.
The Peninsula New York invites you to celebrate the holidays amidst wonderful decorations and fabulous dining at its restaurants and bars, including the popular Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar and Terrace, which offers breathtaking views of New York. Be sure to participate in the annual Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating class, and enjoy the holidays in good cheer with your loved ones.
November 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
We've seen our fair share of glam girls' getaway packages, but this might just take the cake. Who needs over-the-top Vegas revelry when when you can have Moët (and manis!) in Manhattan?! The Mandarin Oriental New York-- home to Nutcracker Afternoon Teas this holiday season-- has partnered with one of the world’s finest champagne houses to create a bubble-licious "Moët Champagne Slumber Party" for up to four friends. Celebrate NYC's best time of year with Christmas shopping, pampering, and bonding with your best friends over flutes of Moët Imperial Champagne. Here's what the package includes:
*One night in a suite for up to two people, or one night in a suite with a connecting room for up to four people
*Two bottles of Moët Imperial Champagne per suite/room
*Manicures and pedicures in the hotel’s five-star spa
*Saks Fifth Avenue VIP shopping experience with a Personal Style Consultant
*A selection of ‘girls’ night in’ movies
Package rates start from $3,250 for one night of suite-only accommodations for up to two people, and start from $5,000 for one night of suite with connecting room accommodations for up to four people. This package is available until April 30, 2012, is based on availability, and cannot be combined with other offers.